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    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

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    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

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    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
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Scuba Diving in Andaman Islands

Scuba Diving 

Ever wondered how it feels being in zero gravity and surrounded by magnificent Coral Reefs and colourful fishes with a deep blue background- that’s Life after a dive in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Scuba stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. It is an apparatus that allows you to breathe underwater. Scuba Diving is an overwhelming marine experience where you can observe and swim along with jellyfish, sea turtles, and colourful corals.

How to Scuba Dive?

You will use a scuba, carry a tank filled with breathing making you completely independent of surface supply so that you can breathe longer underwater.

 Tips

  • You require to have dive certification depending on the type of dive you wish to go. A dive certification from a licensed dive operator before you start scuba diving.
  • You should undergo a proper medical checkup in your home country to ensure that you are fit for diving. You need to sign a medical statement before learning how to dive. Always double-check all your scuba gear to ensure a better experience.
  • No prior experience is needed and a person ten years and above can dive under the guidance of experts
  • People having low or high hypertension, pregnant women, heart patients, to avoid scuba diving. 
  • The best time for Scuba Diving in Andaman is from November to December.

Overview

Pristine crystal clear beaches, tropical climate and lush green forest sound like a foolproof plan to get away from the daily hustle-bustle. Andaman the paradise awaits for you. Whether its a family vacation, honeymoon vacation or a rejuvenating vacation with friends, Andaman is the ideal destination which has something for everyone. 

Where in Andamans

Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)

70-kilometres away from the capital city, resides the dream place for honeymooners, Havelock. The surroundings of Havelock Island is full of serenity, peace, and love. This gorgeous island is called Swaraj Island with a range of activities like scuba diving, water jets, boat rides, snorkelling, etc. This island has diving sites at every 50-100 meters of distance.

Mac Point (6-15 Meters All Levels)

You can dive here to explore Dugong, the state animal of the Andaman. Dugongs are tusked animals located in Eastern Africa and Australia, and the highlight of scuba diving in Andaman.

LightHouse (6-20 All Levels)

This site is famous for night dives. The corals here tend to be beautiful in the shallows of lionfish, octopus and a lot of Fusiliers. If you are lucky enough you can also get to see a gang of Humpback Parrot Fish. Elephant Beach 5-25 Meters All Levels This site lies on Havelock Island where you can experience diving with elephants. 

Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) (12-23 Meters All Levels)

This island dwells in Ritchie’s Archipelago. Here you can explore scuba diving with Margherita’s Mischief with clear water. You can enjoy your drive with batfish, pufferfish, angelfish and more. 

Barren Island (8m-30 Meters All Levels)

The barren volcano is the only active volcano in South Asia. The beautiful stone structures, white reef sharks, and purple corals give a great experience to your water sports adventure.

Barracuda City (25-30 Meters All Levels)

It is an unexplored destination for scuba diving in Andaman. You can explore the aquatic wonderland with colourful corals and beautiful fishes. With a depth of 25-30 meters, you can scuba dive with vibrant sea turtles at the Barracuda City.

Aquarium (3-16 Meters All Levels)

If you are a beginner in scuba diving, this site is the best place for you. It resides in the south-west of Havelock Island. The aquarium is a reef spot with a lot of colourful fishes.

Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Can I scuba dive in the Andaman Islands if I do not know how to swim?

    Of course, you can. For non-swimmers, there is a special program known as the Discover Scuba Dive program. In this, you will be accompanied by a licensed and experienced dive professional throughout your dive.

  • Q2.   How safe is scuba diving in the Andamans?

    Diving in the Andaman Islands is an extremely safe water sport. All safety standards and procedures are followed carefully. Divemasters and instructors have globally recognized certifications. They are completely trained in dive supervision, diver rescue, Emergency First Response (EFR), etc.

  • Q3.   How do I go about booking a spot for my course or fun dive in the Andaman Islands?

    It is always a good idea to book your scuba diving slot in the Andamans well in advance. During the peak season, it becomes very difficult to get a slot. You can make the booking by contacting Andaman Island Travels to save yourself from the last-minute chaos.

  • Q4.   What are the timings for my course or fun dive in the Andamans?

    Scuba diving takes place in the earlier half of the day between 6 am and 1 pm. You may be required to spend more time later in the day in case you have enrolled yourself in the course. It will depend on the instructor’s schedule and the progress of your theory.

  • Q5.   I am a certified diver but haven’t dived in a long time. What should I do before I can dive again in the Andamans?

    It would be a great idea if you undertake a Refresher Course if it has been over one year since you dived last time. It will help you in revisiting standard scuba diving skills and procedures again. 

  • Q6.   How old do I have to be to become a certified diver in the Andaman Islands? Is there an upper age limit?

    One can start diving from the age of ten years. As long as your physical and mental healths are good, there is not any upper age limit on learning scuba diving in the Andamans. However, there are certain medical conditions because of which you may not be allowed to dive. These conditions are more prevalent among older people.

  • Q7.   Is there any difference between PADI and SSI certification?

    In content and application, both PADI and SSI (Scuba Schools International) are quite similar. But with SSI, there is a minor cost benefit as you don’t have to purchase any study material (except for the divemaster course).

  • Q8.   My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Will they hurt when I scuba dive in the Andamans?

    Ears hurt due to the water pressure on the eardrums. You will learn simple techniques to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure in your scuba course.

  • Q9.   I wear powered glasses. How do I see underwater without them while scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    There are diving masks with prescription lenses available. You can enjoy your diving experience to the fullest with these.

  • Q10.   How many dives can I do in a day in the Andamans?

    Normally, one can do up to three dives in a day but that is subject to availability and advance booking.

  • Q11.   How long do you need to wait to fly after diving in the Andaman Islands?

    After a single dive, you need to wait for at least twelve hours before taking the flight. In the case of multiple flights, you need to wait for at least eighteen hours before flying. 

  • Q12.   Can I dive in the monsoon in the Andamans?

    Yes, one can dive in the monsoon season but it is not popular in the Andaman Islands. Underwater conditions are not affected by rains significantly but rains result in rough weather and choppy seas. This may discourage long boat rides. Thus, avoid diving in the monsoons here. 

  • Q13.   Where can I stay in the Andaman Islands after my dive?

    Our best recommendation in this case would be Havelock Island Beach Resort located in Swaraj Dweep. Havelock Island anyway is the best place for scuba diving in the Andamans. The resort has its own dive center that offers a number of exciting water activities as well. After completing your dive with them, you can stay at this beachfront resort that is counted among the top ones across the island. 

  • Q14.   Is scuba diving in the Andamans easy?

    Yes, Scuba diving in the Andaman Islands is extremely easy. It is not tough at all. First, a practice session in the shallow waters is given first so that you are familiarised with the experience to some extent. You will be taught the use of scuba diving gear, sign language for communicating underwater, etc. After your training session, you can easily dive deep into the water and enjoy your scuba diving experience. To make everything smoother for you, a licensed diver will accompany you throughout your dive. 

  • Q15.   What is the price of scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    Scuba diving in the Andamans starts from Rs.3,500 per person. This price includes one scuba diving session, instructor charges, and underwater photos of your dive. The duration of the dive is around 45 minutes to one hour. You can spot diverse fishes during this time under the water.

  • Q16.   Can kids also do scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    In the Andaman Islands, kids can also scuba dive. However, the minimum age limit is ten years. Also, the instructors will examine the child before approving. If he/she is allowed to go further, an instructor will accompany him/her during the sport.

  • Q17.   Where should I scuba dive in the Andamans?

    Havelock Island in the Andamans is the best place for scuba diving in whole India. The marine life here is exceptionally rich and mesmerising. Colorful fishes and corals are sure to take your breath away.

  • Q18.   Do I need to know swimming to be able to scuba dive in the Andaman Islands?

    No, you don’t need to be a swimmer to go scuba diving in the Andamans. If you are a non-swimmer, then you can opt for a special program known as the Discover Scuba Dive program. In this, a licensed and experienced dive professional will accompany you throughout your dive. This incredible water sport in the Andamans is meant for everyone.

  • Q19.   Is scuba diving in the Andamans safe?

    Scuba diving in the Andaman Islands is a completely safe water sport. The crew follows all safety standards and procedures carefully. The divemasters and trainers on the island have globally recognized certifications. They have vast knowledge of the crucial aspects such as dive supervision, diver rescue, Emergency First Response (EFR), etc. You are in completely safe hands.

  • Q20.   Do I need to book an advance spot for my scuba diving program or fun dive in the Andaman Islands?

    Booking your advance scuba diving slot in the Andamans is always a good idea. The island is the best destination in India for exploring marine life and thus, it may become quite tough to get a slot in the peak season. If you want to save yourself from the last-minute chaos, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make advance bookings for you. Along with scuba diving, you can also book slots for other water sports and adventure activities with them.

  • Q21.   Will there be any timing for my course or fun dive in the Andaman Islands?

    Scuba diving can only be done in the earlier half of the day between 6 am and 1 pm. If you have enrolled yourself in the diving course, then you may be required to spend more time later in the day. Instructor’s schedule and the progress of your theory will be deciding factors.

  • Q22.   I am a certified diver but I haven’t dived in a long time. What should I do before I can scuba dive again in the Andaman Islands?

    Taking a Refresher Course would be a good idea in case it has been more than a year since you have dived. By doing that, you will be able to revisit standard scuba diving skills and procedures one more time.

  • Q23.   Is there any age criteria for becoming a certified diver in the Andamans?

    You can start diving from the age of ten years. There is not any upper age limit on learning scuba diving in the Andaman Islands as long as your physical and mental health is good. However, there are certain medical conditions because of which you may not be allowed to dive. But these conditions are more common among old people.

  • Q24.   What is the difference between scuba diving PADI and SSI certification?

    Both (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) PADI and Scuba Schools International (SSI) are quite similar in content and application. However, with SSI, there is a little cost advantage as you are not required to purchase any study material, except for the divemaster program.

  • Q25.   My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a swimming pool. Does it mean that they will also hurt when I scuba dive in the Andamans?

    Your ears hurt because of the water pressure on the eardrums. However, you can control this by learning and applying simple techniques to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure while undergoing your scuba diving course.

  • Q26.   I wear powered glasses. How will I be able to see underwater without them while scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    There are special diving masks that have prescription lenses. You can enjoy diving to the fullest using these.

  • Q27.   How many dives can I do in one day in the Andaman Islands?

    You can do up to three dives in a day usually but that is subject to availability and advance booking.

  • Q28.   How long do you need to wait for taking a flight after scuba diving in the Andamans?

    You should wait for at least twelve hours before taking the flight after a single dive. The wait should be of at least eighteen hours before flying is you have done more than one dive.

  • Q29.   Is scuba diving available in the monsoon season in the Andaman Islands?

    Not popular or recommended, but one can go scuba diving in the monsoon season on the island. Rains do not affect the underwater conditions significantly but yes, they result in rough weather and choppy seas. So long boat rides are discouraged. Overall, scuba diving in monsoons is not a good idea.

  • Q30.   I will be doing scuba diving in Havelock Island? Where should I stay after my dive?

    Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) is the best location for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands. The island is dotted with lavish beachfront properties having private beach and excellent facilities. We would highly recommend Havelock Island Beach Resort as it also has its own dive center that offers a number of exciting water activities. After your dive, you can stay at this luxurious resort to enjoy world-class hospitality. 

    Apart from Havelock Island Beach Resort, you can also choose from the following top hotels and resorts in Swaraj Dweep:

    1-star properties

    • The Kingdom Resort
    • El Dorado
    • Radhakrishna Resort

    2-star properties

    • Green Valley Resort
    • Gold Star Beach Resort
    • Orient Legend Resort
    • Emerald Gecko
    • Royal Palace
    • Wild Orchid Beach Resort

    3-star properties

    • Symphony Palm Beach Resort
    • Holiday Inn Beach Resort
    • Coral Reef Resort
    • Havelock Holiday Beach Resort
    • Aparupa Sands Marina
    • Cross Bill Beach Resort

    4-star properties

    • Taj Exotica
    • Silver Sand Beach Resort
    • Munjoh Ocean Resort
    • Sea Shell Resort
  • Q31.   Is scuba diving in the Andaman Islands easy?

    Scuba diving in the Andaman Islands is an easy water sport for everyone. First, a practice session in the shallow waters is given first so that you are familiarised with the experience to some extent. The use of scuba diving gear, sign language for communicating underwater, and much more are taught to you during your training session. After that, you can dive deep into the water and enjoy your scuba diving experience. A licensed diver will accompany you throughout your dive so that everything is smooth for you.

  • Q32.   Is scuba diving in the Andamans costly?

    Scuba diving in the Andaman Islands starts from Rs.3,500 per person. This includes one scuba diving session, instructor charges, and underwater photos of your dive. The duration of the dive varies between 45 minutes and one hour. You can spot a number of diverse sea creatures while diving into the ocean.

  • Q33.   Is scuba diving in the Andaman Islands safe for kids?

    Yes, kids can also go for this magical experience in the Andaman Islands. However, the minimum age limit is ten years. Before approval, kids are examined by expert divers. Moreover, they will be accompanying the kid if he/she is allowed to process.

  • Q34.   Which are the best locations for scuba dive in the Andaman Islands?

    Havelock Island is the best place for scuba diving across India. The marine life here is exceptionally abundant and mesmerising. Colorful fishes and corals are sure to leave you awestruck. 

    Top diving sites in Havelock Island are as follows:

    • Barracuda City
    • Turtle Bay
    • Seduction Point
    • Mac Point
    • Aquarium
    • The Wall
    • Minerva Ledge
    • Pilot Reef
    • Lighthouse
    • M4
    • Jackson’s Bar
    • Jonny George
    • Broken Ledge
    • Dicksons Pinnacle
    • Whitehouse Rock
    • MV Mars
    • Red Pillar
    • The Slope
    • Purple Haze
    • S.S. Inchkett
  • Q35.   Where can I for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    In India, the Andaman Islands is the best destination for scuba diving owing to its rich marine life. Its turquoise, clear waters let you explore the best of underwater world. Scuba diving in Havelock Island is among the best experiences as the island is home to colorful corals and incredible fish. You can get close to the marvels of the marine life here. Although scuba diving is available at so many places in the Andaman Islands, the best location is Havelock Island owing to its rich diversity.

  • Q36.   Will it be safe if I go for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    If you enjoy a sound health and do not have any medical complications, then you can go for scuba diving. You will have to attend a training session with licensed divers before you dive into the ocean. The best quality scuba equipment will be given to you. Moreover, an expert trainer will accompany you throughout your dive.

  • Q37.   When should I go for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    The duration between November and February is the best time to go for scuba diving on the island. During this time, the water temperature is the most pleasant. We would highly recommend booking your slot in advance if you want to avoid any last-minute chaos.

  • Q38.   Do I need to carry something while going for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    While going for this incredible water sport, you need to carry a few things with you. Just put these in a bag and leave it outside the water. Once your diving session is done and you are out of the water, you may need these. 

    The things to carry are as follows:

    • Towel
    • Bottle of water
    • Extra set of clothes
    • Personal medicine kit
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