Best Places for Diving in Andaman for an Adventure Packed Vacation

Andaman is known for its scenic virgin beaches, lush green mangrove forests and abundant natural beauty replete with rocky caves and lighthouse and all. What’s more? It is also known for its verdant and vibrant coral reefs and underwater life. Diving along with the pretty little fish in the backdrop of the gorgeous corals is an experience in itself. The archipelago is all about the silvery white beaches and flourishing underwater life. Among other water based activities in Andaman, diving is the most popular one. Here’s all you need to know about diving in Andaman.

Best Spots for Scuba Diving in Andaman

There are enough spots in and around the different islands in Andaman where you can enjoy the ethereal experience of diving underwater. These spots are ideal for both amateurs and professionals. Among the best organizers are Barefoot, Silver Sand Beach Resort, Dive India and Blue Corals etc. Have a look at the list of diving spots.

1. Havelock Islands

Havelock Island is the most ideal place in South Andaman where you can go for diving. You can reach here from Port Blair in a catamaran ferry that takes 90 min, or also in government ferries that take 2.5 hours.
  1. Night Diving at Lighthouse

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    Night Diving at Lighthouse is known to be one of the most thrilling experiences in Andaman. Although it is known for diving by PADI/ SSI Certified divers, but it is considered ideal for all. Among the various underwater beings that you can encounter, the most common ones are Humpback Parrot Fish, Lobsters, Lionfish, Octopus, Fusiliers and more.
    Depth: 6 - 18 metres
    Suitable for: All
  2. Easy Peasy at Aquarium

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    Aquarium is a shallow water, low current spot which is mostly strewn about with hard corals. Mostly frequented by beginners, the spot is equally popular.
    Depth: 10 - 12 metres
    Suitable for: Beginners
  3. Spot the Dugongs at Mac Point

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    Dugong is an underwater animal that is mostly found in Australia and Eastern America. But you can spot this rare creature here in Andaman at the Mac Point.
    Depth: 10 - 14 metres
    Suitable for: All
  4. Swim with the Sea Turtles at Barracuda City

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    Barracuda is one of the most unexplored diving spots in the Andaman. Here you can spot the sea turtles and swim amidst the colourful corals and vibrant fish. Some of the common creatures include Blue spotted stingrays, Coralfish, Surgeonfish and more.
    Depth: 25 - 30 metres
    Suitable for: Intermediates and Experts
  5. Dive up to the Staghorn Corals at Seduction Point

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    Seduction Point is one of the most popular diving points in Andaman. It is basically a huge rock that has several sea organisms and staghorn corals attached to it. A lot of people come here to see this rock.

2. Neil Island

Neil Island is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in Andaman. The tiny island can be completely explored in a two hours long stroll along the coastline. Other than abundant natural beauty on land, it also boasts of a flourishing underwater sea life. You can reach here in an early morning boat from Port Blair. Among the top organizers are India Scuba Explorers.
  1. Enjoy the underwater vibrance at Margherita’s Mischief

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    Margherita’s Mischief is ironically one of the most quiet diving spots in Neil Island that has a smooth and soft current. Boasting of crystal clear water, the most common creatures here are Batfish, Pufferfish, Blue-spotted stingrays, Yellow Snappers, Angelfish, Soldierfish and more.
    Depth: 7 - 16 metres
    Suitable for: All
  2. Explore the Volcanic Rock at K Rock

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    Contrary to its name, K Rock is also one of the low current and safe place to dive at. The volcanic rock lies on the seabed and the most common fish to be found here are Butterflyfish, Snappers, Soldierfish, Sweetlips and more.
    Depth: 12 - 19 metres
    Suitable for: All
  3. Sloping Seabed at Bus Stop

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    Located on the Western end of Neil Islands, Bus Stop has some of the best underwater wildlife and also the most colourful. It has a sandy bottom and is sprinkled with tiny reefs.
    Depth: 14 - 20 metres
    Suitable for: All
  4. Get Adventurous at Junction

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    Junction is situated at the junction between Neil Island and Havelock Island and is known for an adventurous diving spot. Especially visited by the experts, the common fish that can be spotted here include Marlin, Lionfish, Reef Sharks, Trevally and Barracudas etc.
    Depth: 22 - 30 metres
    Suitable for: Intermediates and Experts

4. Port Blair

Port Blair is the most convenient and the most common diving spot in Andaman as most tourists tend to stay here and the airport is also situated here. Among popular organizers are Dive Manta and Sinclairs Bayview Hotel etc.
  1. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

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    Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is one of a kind national park where you can experience scuba diving. Here you can encounter beautiful livid corals and flowers other than regular fish. One other tiny is Jolly Buoy which is also situated within the premises of the park. In case you don’t want to dive, you can also enjoy a glass bottom boat ride here.

5. Other Spots

There are also other spots scattered here and there where you can try scuba diving. Have a look.
  1. North Island, Cinque Island

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    Cinque Island is the most sought after place in Andaman that can only be visited on chartered boats. Other than corals and fish, you can also find varied sponges here. What’s more? You can also find sharks and black corals here.
  2. Bala Reef, Little Andaman

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    A kaleidoscope of colours and vibrant sea life, Bala Reef is a popular diving spot that is located on Little Andaman. Here you can discover varied corals and other mesmerising creatures. You can reach here in ferries from Phoenix Bay and Haddo Wharf in Port Blair.
  3. Corruption Rock

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    Boasting of a plethora of canyons, gullies, channels, ridges, fish and corals, Corruption Point is situated Rutland Island and Chidiya Tapu. Here you can also spot dolphins, tuna and shipwrecks.

Top Diving Centres in Andaman

Among the top diving centres in Andaman are Barefoot Scuba, Andaman Bubbles, Dive India, Ocean Tribe and more. Most of these diving centres are based in Havelock Island. The only thing you need to ensure your instructors is that they should be PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and they should follow the SSI (Scuba Schools International) standards.

Cost and Other Expenses for Diving in Andaman

There are a lot of diving centres in Andaman and the cost and expenditure varies depending on the organizers. And also on the location. The basic diving sessions start from INR 2500 per person and shoot upto INR 6500 and more. 

Best Time to Go

Although Andaman experience a tropical climate and it rains almost all through the year. But according to the experts, the best time to dive is between February and May. The temperature is cooler and the rains are comparatively less. Monsoon Season is between July and September but it is still feasible to dive at that time.

So here's all you need to know about diving in Andaman. So gear up and book a trip right now. Let us know about your experience in the comments below.

This post was published by Aqsa Aleem

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