Scuba Diving in Andaman
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Scuba Diving in Andaman is one of the best diving experiences you can have in India. The sport offers swimming across colorful corals, beautifully patterned fishes, and seabed gardens in absolutely silent waters. The cluster of these splendid islands is all about silver shores embraced by playful ocean waves and are perfect for diving enthusiasts. But if you dare to go deeper, there’s another world inside the ocean that will leave you amazed and bedazzled. 

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However, they should be attempted solely by diving professionals or by moderately experienced divers under the guidance of an expert only. During your
Andaman holiday package, you get the opportunity of exploring and unraveling the mysterious ocean world and its vivid inhabitants there. So whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an expert, there are enough opportunities for you to practice the sport and even master it over a gradual period of time. 

In Andaman, 
Havelock Island is one of the most famous places for scuba diving. A spot called Lighthouse is the best one to go night diving with a depth of 6 to 18 meters. The aquarium is a fringing reef spot is a beginner’s paradise that treats your eyes to colorful schools of fish. Mac Point, a spot with a depth of 10-14 meters is popular especially because one gets to spot Dugongs here. 

Barracuda City a rather unexplored destination for scuba diving lets you explore the deep secrets of marine wonderland as you spot colorful corals and a variety of fish, including 
Blue-spotted stingrays, Coralfish, and Surgeonfish. The Seduction Point is a massive rock embraced with numerous Staghorn corals, which are inhabited by Napoleons and other marine organisms. Neil Island certainly deserves to be on the list of spots for scuba diving in Andaman as the underwater world is fairly unexplored. 

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Except for the above mentioned diving points, Margherita’s Mischief, Margherita’s Mischief, Bus Stop, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy, North Point, Cinque Island, Bala Reef, Corruption Rock, Little Andaman Island and Fish Rock, Passage Island are some of the great points for scuba diving in Andaman.

Best Sites for Scuba Diving in Andaman

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Havelock Islands

Havelock Islands
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In Andaman, Havelock Island is the most preferred site for Scuba diving. Barefoot scuba is one such place which provides you with the best diving experience in Andaman. Whether you are an expert or a beginner you diving experience here will be the most memorable one. There is lot of place in Havelock Island which offers you with a variety of diving spots.

Some of the diving spots at these islands are the wall, Aquarium, Barracuda City, Seduction Point, Lighthouse, Turtle Bay, Pilot Reef and so on. Head out for a dive at this region and get a chance to discover the various kinds of fishes and plants residing deep under water.

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Neil Island

Neil Island

Known for the white sandy beach and its laid back vibe this is another best Neil Island is another best island for scuba diving. This island is located at a distance of 40 km from Port Blair and also has a unique charm. There are a lot of diving spots here where the people can head out for scuba diving. As the waters are crystal clear the divers get the best view of the sea life here. 

Get a chance to witness some unique corals at this part. As the island is rich in marine life and also one can see a lot of paddy cultivation at this region.  With a variety of marine life, this island also offers great visibility of the underwater world here. Enjoy scuba diving at some of the most unknown places here and experience the best.

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Barren Island

Barren Island

Another island which is known for offering the best scuba diving experience is Barren Island. This island is the only active volcano in South Asia and lies 135 km northeast of Port Blair. As the name goes the island is uninhabited by humans which makes it perfect for the divers to head out for adventure. One can find a variety of goats, birds, bats like flying foxes and a few rodent species such as rats. 

This islands offers splendid diving experiences and also to witness both reef fish and the larger ones as well. Turtles, white tip, black tip, and oceanic whitetip sharks and Manta rays can be seen in addition to a large school of barracuda, giant-sized jacks, kingfish and tuna. For a perfect romantic outing with your lovey-dovey, add this place to your honeymoon in Andaman itinerary.

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Elephant Beach

Elephant Beach
This is another place where you can head out for a thrilling scuba diving experience in Andaman. Blessed with white sandy beach and crystal clear water this beach is a haven for the adventure seekers. Although this beach is famous for snorkeling but people swarm to this beach for scuba diving experiences as well.

Explore the amazing marine life underwater and stare at the colorful underwater world. Get a chance to discover some of the most unknown parts while scuba diving. Not just discover the marine life but also dive deep to find some shipwrecks etc. Make some good memories as you discover the sea world and bring back home some good memories.

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North Bay Island Andaman

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North Bay Island Andaman
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Just an hour ride from Port Blair there is another island which is considered as the best for scuba diving. With enchanting coral reefs and amazing water activities, this place has been winning the eyes of tourist all across the globe. Get amazed by the corals at North Bay which are spread over a large area here.

You're very likely to spot many fish, a lobster, or even clams on the coral reef. The Island is very famous among the adventurers across the globe. Discover the underwater world while heading out for a dive at this island.

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Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

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Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
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This is another place where you can experience the best scuba diving. Just close to Wandoor beach on the Andaman Island, this park offers you with some of the best diving sites. The park was made 24 May 1983 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 to ensure marine life.  

While diving one can come across a variety of coral reefs, vivid fishes, mollusks, shells, starfish, turtles, salt-water crocodile and so on. Get a chance to explore this aquatic world as you deep dive into the ocean. Remain awestruck as the fish passes right just in front of you.

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Cinque Island

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Cinque Island
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Offering majestic landscapes of the surrounding and the famous tow island this is another best place for scuba diving in the Andaman. Cinque Islands are two spectacular island pieces connected by sandbars called ‘Manners Strait’. Famous with the divers this island gives you some of the best experiences of your life.

Marvel at the sight of the underwater world as you dive into the ocean. You will come across a variety of corals, fish, and starfish as they slowly pass you. There are also seaweeds and various endangered species which you can find underwater.

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Types of Scuba Diving in Andaman

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Deep Diving

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Deep Diving

Scuba diving is considered deep diving when the depth of the dive is at least 18 meters from the surface, however, most deep-diving adventures occur closer to 30+ meters. Unlike any other scuba diving, deep diving focuses on aquatic life coral reefs and the long lost parts of sunken wrecks which are found deep underwater. 

Get a chance to explore some of the deep marine life which you do not see in a normal dive. Havelock Island, Neil Island and Wandoor are few of the places in Andaman where you can head out for deep diving in the Andaman which is one of the best activities to do in Andaman.

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Night Diving

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Night Diving

It is true that scuba diving allows you to explore the alien underwater world that exists beneath the surface of the ocean. Ever heard about night diving, well then guys its time for you to experience the best in Andamans. Night Diving is another very famous activity in Andaman. Night diving makes this world seem even more mysterious as the darkness transforms the depths into a completely different world. 

A large diving site, Lighthouse at the Havelock Island offers you some of the best sights of the underwater world. Witness some of the variety of hard and soft corals, along with interesting creatures like Humpback Parrotfish, Octopus, Fusiliers, Lobsters, and Lionfish.

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Other Activities to Do in Andaman

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Snorkeling

Snorkeling
As the Andaman Islands offer rarest varieties of corals and rich marine life, snorkeling here is one of the best water sport activities visitors and engage in. This adventurous fun activity lets you plunge into the shallow reef areas and enjoy the amazing under-water corals' structures and vivid marine life. The underwater world of these islands have plenty to offer to snorkelers but the best sites are those further out to sea and away from the regular beat.

Kalipur near Diglipur North Andaman, Lalaji Beach, Long Island, Aquarium on the southwestern end of Havelock, Henry Lawrence, Aquarium, South Button or Swiftlet Rock, Elephant Beach, Middle Button or Turtle Island are some of the best spots to enjoy the best of snorkeling in Andaman.

Location: Havelock, Little Andaman, Elephant Island

Approximate Cost: INR 2,500 per head
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Underwater Sea Walking

Underwater Sea Walking

The Underwater Sea Walk is one of the most unique attractions that one must experience when visiting the Andaman Islands. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience for all the non-divers. Visitors enjoy a safe and exciting underwater walk on the sea bed that is about 6 to 7 meters in depth to witness the magnificent marine life of Andaman.

The wonderful fauna, corals, and a wide range of fish, all in their natural home. Certified experienced guides accompany you at all times ensuring your maximum protection. In this activity, a helmet with a transparent visor is placed on your head while a special apparatus allows normal breathing under the water. Walking on the ocean floor is a wonderful experience which feels like walking on the moon.

Location: Havelock Island

Approximate Cost: INR 1500 per head

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Glass Bottom Boating

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Glass bottom boating offers visitors a chance of uncovering the beauty of the underwater kingdom that is hidden beneath the Andaman Sea. This activity is perfect for people who don’t wish to get their toes wet and are not comfortable with activities like snorkeling or scuba diving. 

The window glass at the bottom lets you experience the mesmerizing world of corals and marine life at places like Port Blair. This thus gives you a lot of comforts and is safe for all age groups. 

This activity is a combination of thrill and relaxation and is surely one of the best things to do in Andaman. These boats sail in particular territories where they know marine life can be seen in abundance without any disturbance so visitors get to enjoy the best ride.

  • Location: Port Blair

  • Approximate Cost: INR 500 per head

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Sea Plane Ride

Sea Plane Ride

A seaplane ride in Andaman can be enjoyed between Port Blair and Havelock Island. It flies up to Barren Island, India's only active volcano where tourists are offered the aerial view of the Volcanic Islands. 

This experience of flying in a Seaplane is definitely worth it as the Amphibian Aircraft offers large individual windows to each and every passenger that gives fantastic aerial view of the scenic beauty of Andaman and Nicobar islands and particularly the thrill it offers while flying so low above the sea level combined with the excitement of landing and taking off in the sea. 

In Port Blair, the Seaplane operates from the Pawan Hans Helicopter base in the Airport. In Havelock and Diglipur it lands and takes off from the earmarked water dromme in the Sea near the Shore or jetty.

Location: Port Blair and Havelock Island

Approximate Cost: INR 5,000 per head

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Mangrove Kayaking at Mayabunder

Mangrove Kayaking at Mayabunder
If you are looking for an activity that allows you to enjoy in nature without much adrenaline rush then kayaking at Mayabunder is your thing. Mangrove kayaking in Mayabunder is another activity everyone must try.

Sea Kayaking is one of the most desired activities by the tourists in the Andaman Islands. This ride is for about a total span of 2 and half hours. The sound of the birds chirping along with the serenity on your walk through the greenery steal your heart.

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Parasailing

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Parasailing
Parasailing is a sport that is a wonderful mix of water and airborne adventure. You are tied behind a motorboat and harnessed in a parachute. It is actually as if you fly like a kite behind the boat as it speeds off into the sea. The causal activity is best enjoyed far away from the coast to the beautiful view of the calm waters and the horizon. The driver of the boat is the only controller of the ride.

You can even ask him to throw you into the water and pick you again up to the heights for more adventure. The activity is very well organized, with secure areas where you can indulge in the adventure without worrying about safety issues as all measurements are taken care of under an expert’s supervision.

Location: All Islands

Approximate Cost: INR 250 per head
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Jet Skiing

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Jet Skiing in Andaman is one of the best things to do if you are looking for an exciting experience here. The activity is about zooming around in challenging sea waters surely gives you a high adrenaline rush. It is basically a jet-powered water scooter that gets its velocity from a powerful engine. As this watersport does not involve any training, it can be attempted by all.

However, with an expert riding it for you. It is not advisable to handle the speeding jet skiing, over the waves by yourself. In Andaman, fortunate riders can even spot sea turtles or dolphins, if they enjoy a ride near the islands. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is a famous pot for this activity on the islands of Andaman and Nicobar.

  • Location: All Islands

  • Approximate Cost: INR 250 per head

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Speed Boating

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In the magical land of Andaman, the water sports activity of speed boating can be enjoyed at a variety of spots without any hassle. The speedboats are very popular among the water sports of Andaman. This fun ride is the best way to absorb the fascinating ambiance of the beaches along with other side views of the sea. 

Your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimeters of water from the moment the accelerator hits the floor. The best part about speed boating in Andaman is that unlike many other water sports speed boat rides are not dependent on the weather. However, to avoid any unlikely incidents, it is best to avoid riding during storms or a heavy downpour.  

  • Location: Port Blair

  • Approximate Cost: INR 250 per head

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Surfing

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Surfing

The outer Islands of the Andaman Archipelago are best for true adventures, holding hidden treasures for surfing enthusiasts. Adaman has some of the best waves the planet has to offer and they remain un-ridden except by a few blessed surfers who have had the courage to opt the thrilling activity. 

Surfing happens to be about the most remote surfing place in the world and many of these islands offer great scope for enthusiasts. The best time for surfing in the waves of Andaman is from February to May. Little Andaman and Chidiya Tapu which is the southernmost tip of South Andaman can be your spots for trying out this activity.

  • Location: Little Andaman and Chidiya Tapu

  • Approximate Cost: INR 2500 per head

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Banana Boat Riding

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Banana Boat Riding
This super fun six-person mover caters for all ages and is ideal for the whole family enjoyed. It is like an entertainment ride wherein you can be gentle or hang on tight for the ride of your life.  These banana boat rides are absolutely safe and monitored by experienced and professional staff. 

Life jackets that comfortably fit kids as well adults are provided as a safety measure. This ride on a banana shaped boat consists of a tube. During the ride, the driver of the powered boat attempts to flip the banana boat upside down by doing sharp turns. It surely is an exciting activity to be part of.

Location: All Islands

Approximate Cost: INR 300 per head

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Sport Fishing or Angling

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Sport Fishing or Angling

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are tropical paradise and are known for its marine life, flora and fauna. The Islands have large mangroves forests which provide excellent nursing ground for the juvenile fish. With so many reef systems being undiscovered you are likely to hook into some tiny monsters in the activity of fishing. 

This fishing adventure activity certainly puts you and your gear to the ultimate test. Port Blair and Havelock are spots where you can expect to have some fun time fishing or angling. As the Andaman Islands are still virgin, untouched and believed to be one of Asia’s finest game fishing destinations. It caters to the adventurous anglers who can compromise on comfort but are looking for a truly unique fishing experience.  

  • Location: Port Blair and Havelock Island

  • Approximate Cost: INR 500 per head

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