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  • Whether you are honeymoon couple or just looking for some adventure Andaman has been definitely at the top of your list. With the vast greenery of the surrounding and the translucent blue waters this destination has been creating a sensation among the people across the globe.  

    Beckoning travelers from around the world Andaman makes globetrotters explore this place to its core. As Island always brings that distant sea wala feeling finding this place right here and easily accessible makes them want it more.

    From diving in scintillating waters to trekking in the dense jungles, from known beaches to the most unknown beaches Andaman and Nicobar Island has a lot for you to discover. Enjoy the sunset along with your friends or just get lost in a distant beach you will never want to come back from this island. 

    Visit some of the places like Port Blair and Havelock, you will get the finest experience here. Head out on a yacht tour or try the luxurious ferry ride you will all have at a go.

    Andaman is the land of dreams for the adventure seekers. There are plenty of things to do in Andaman. One such activity which is sought by people here is Scuba diving. There are various places that offer scuba diving in Andaman. Havelock Islands, Neil Islands are few of the places where you can head out for some thrilling diving. 

    Let’s make it easier for you with this guide to scuba diving in Andaman and make your vacation a hassle free one.


  • Best Diving Sites in Andaman

  • 01Havelock Islands

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    In Andaman Havelock island is the most preferred sits 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.
  • 02Neil 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 gets 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 a great visibility of the underwater world here. Enjoy scuba diving at some of the most unknown places here and experience the best.


  • 03Barren Island

    Another island which is known for offering the best scuba diving experience is the 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 unihabitated 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 white tip sharks and Manta rays can be seen in addition to a large school of barracuda, giant sized jacks, kingfish and tuna.


  • 04Elephant 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 colourful 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.
  • 05North 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.
  • 06Mahatma 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.
  • 07Cinque 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 variety of corals, fish and star fish as they slowly pass you. There are also sea weeds and various endangered species which you can find underwater.
  • Best Time for Scuba Diving

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    While you are heading out for a vacation in the Andaman most of you might be worried about the perfect time for you adventure sport. As scuba diving is the most sought activity in the Andaman a lot of people question about the best time. Tides play a much bigger role in affecting underwater visibility and that changes from week to week – so the range of visibility remains more or less the same all year long, whether it is raining or sunny.

    January-May

    During this time of the month the sea remains the calmest and is the best time for heading out for diving in the Andamans. You will come across a variety of marine life during this time and also as the sea remains calm you will have better visibility.

    June- August

    These months are considered as a rainy season in the Andaman. Although the monsoon during this time is a bit different from the mainland monsoon the evening can have brief showers. But diving in this period is great as you can find a lot of colourful fish swimming in the warmer water. Weather is usually pleasant this time with the light showers. There are a few restricted places which are not allowed for diving during these months.

    September-November

    The months from September to November is considered as the new season as the south-westerly winds start to die down, but there are still regular showers.  Also at the time the winds occasionally picks up. At this time, the diving is absolutely fantastic and the sites are at their best as they have fish swarming up in the ocean.  But be careful at few other sites as the current can be stronger due to the winds.

    December

    Although this month is cold but people still visit this tourist destination. During this month sometimes there are showers and the winds can be moderately strong. There can be rough condition of the sea during this period. For some the peaking season starts right from the month of December. But there will be few areas where you are not allowed to head out for dives.


  • Types of Scuba Diving in Andaman

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    Most of you might be just familiar with the normal scuba diving where you go underwater and discover the marine life. But you will be interested to know that there is few other scuba diving as well. These diving not only allow you to discover the underwater marine life but also some other diving experiences like Night diving and Deep Diving. 

    Lets make it clearer for you as you learn about these other diving experiences in the Andamans.

    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 where you can head out for deep diving in the Andaman.

    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.


  • Other Essential Info for Scuba Diving in Andaman

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    There are some other essential information about Scuba Diving which will help you for a wonderful experience of Scuba diving in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    Typical Water Temperature

    The water temperature can range from 26 to 30 C (79 to 86 F) depending on the time of year. During peak season the water temperature is normally between 28 C and 30 C (82 F and 86 F).

    Which are the best months for visibility?

    The best month where you get the best visibility of the underwater sea life is during the month of February, March and April. You visibility can range from 5 to 40+ meters.

    What about the pictures taken underwater?

    During your scuba diving you will definitely take a lot of pictures for memories and the capture the vivid sea life. All your pictures will be provided to you in your memory card or pen drive. There will also be a CD provided to you containing all your pictures.

    Will there be a guide for the dive trips?

    Yes there will be a guide provided to you for each of your dive sites. Even if you are an experienced diver you will have your guide with you for safety purposes.

    Do I have to check with doctor before heading out for diving?

    It is always advisable to consult with a doctor before you head out for scuba diving. Proper health conditions are required for diving. Any person suffering from Asthama, Heart disease or extreme back problem should avoid this activity.

    Should I carry any equipment with me?

    No, you do not have to carry any diving equipments with you. All your equipments will be provided by the diving centre through which you are going.

    Do I need any certification of swimming for Scuba Diving?

    No, you do not require any kind of certification for heading out on a scuba diving activity. There will an experience guide with you throughout your whole activity.

    What is the Maximum Depth for the Dive?

    Your scuba diving depth may vary at different diving sites. But the maximum depth will be 30 metres where you will be accompanied by an experienced diver.

    What does a Dive boat carry?

    Your dive boat will carry all the essential stuff for your safety purposes. They are basically as follows:

    1. Dive Flag

    2. Oars, wherever such boat is capable of independent propulsion by oars.

    3. Flares

    4. First Aid Kit

    5. Walkie-Talkie or alternate communication device.

    6. Medical Oxygen set.

    7. Life jackets and buoys.

    Folks get ready to have the most amazing time of your life while you head out for this thrilling activity of Scuba diving in the Andaman and Nicobar Island. Dive, witness and feel each moment as you swim underwater with the colorful fishes.

     



Attractions

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Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

 The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.

 

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Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, people come in plenty toward this beach to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


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Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.

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Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


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Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.


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Diglipur

A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.

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Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. 

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

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