Picking up the best scuba and dive sites on the Andaman Islands can be tricky. Look no further, as we at Roads Less Travelled, bring out a list of the hot spots that are sure to raise your curiosity for exploring the enchanting sea world.
No matter if you are a novice or an expert, these sites will help you choose the one as per your requirement.
South Andaman Island/Port Blair Dive Sites
Cinque Island: Has 2 diving spots at North Point and South Reef and its pristine emerald water (visibility of up to 80 ft) makes it the best place to dive on the island.
Black coral, sponges, shark sightings and colorful marine life
Bala Reef: Spreading over 4 kms this diving spot is the second most places to dive in.
Fish Rock: located near Passage Island, this place consists of rocky slopes, boulders and drop-offs, featuring large fan of corals and plenty of sponges.
Nurse Sharks, White tip sharks, bushy soft corals, fishes life eagle rays, potato cod, batfish, tuna, rainbow runners, sweetlips, surgeon fish, yellow tangs, parrot fish, squirrel fish and many species of trevally
Corruption Rock: Located between ‘Chidiyatapu’ and Rutland Island, this dive site is famous for its big underwater boulders. The corals may not be brilliant but the uneven and rugged undersea landscape is spectacular. A bizarre utopia of gullies, channels, ridges and canyons!
Giant napoleons, eagle rays, huge snappers and unicorn fish. You may also sight dolphins, tuna and reef sharks!
Rutland Island: this spot is great for training in open shallow waters.
Small fish and corals. A ship wreck located nearby is a traveller’s delight!
Snake Island: A little detour from Corbyn’s Cove beach offers this amazing rocky land and beautiful landscape.
Trigger fish, Grunts, rays and goatfish!
Havelock Island Dive Sites
While there are many unexplored dive sites on Havelock Island, these are the best ones to choose from:
Mac Point: Mostly hard corals and their inhabitants are found. With good visibility you may be able to spot dugongs.
Aquarium: is a fringing reef with lots of ‘fish-traffic’. Usually good visibility hard corals are found here.
Barracuda City: Suitable for experienced divers, this sight has tons of fish and hard corals.
Turtle Bay: This is an easy pleasant dive site not exceeding 14 meters. Perfect for first timers!
Rays are found in the sand and with luck turtles.
Seduction Point: A huge rock with different kind of aquatic life.
The shallow part is full with stag horn corals and its inhabitants.
Lighthouse is a huge sloped dive site suitable for any kind of dives.
Huge variety of soft and hard corals is found here. It is perfect for night-dives.
The Wall is a huge submerged rock. The Wall drops down to a maximum of 55 meters and is full of life. Huge forests of soft corals and schools of fish circling you, makes it a memorable dive.
Napolean Wrasse, purple, red & yellow soft corals, angler fish, octopuses, scorpion fish etc.
Pilot Reef near Havelock is a huge block of pristine hard corals. At the bottom (max 24 meters) ‘canyons’ are stretching out. Leopard and Whitetip Sharks have been sighted.
Minerva Ledge at Havelock is a large plateau showcasing amazing corals. You need more than one dive to see this place!
Tons of fish, usually good visibility and the possibility of seeing sharks makes it one of the top dive sites.
Campbell Shoal off North Button Island
Witness some stunning hard corals, with sporadic sandy patches and a variety of reef animals at this spot. White tip Reef Sharks, large cod and groupers, Coral Trout, Blue and Golden-banded fusiliers and Giant Trevally.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor:
The National park hosts more than 50 varieties of coral out of which Acropora, Pocillopora, Montipora, Leptoseris, Fungia, Portis, Tubipora and Gorgonians are a must see. Colorful varieties of coral reef fishes like clown fish, butterfly fish, surgeon fish, angel fish, parrot fish, bat fish and groupers. Try and spot hammer headed shark, Manta Ray, and blue fin jack.
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But remember, with each new experience comes caution so witness the exotic marine life but follow some ground rules for better and safer diving experience.
Important Tips for Safe Diving.
- Dive only in the areas permitted by the Andaman and Nicobar Authorities
- Do not dive with unauthorized or unqualified dive operators.
- Opt for International trained scuba divers and organisations such as PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC and SSI for safe diving experience. More details may be obtained by
- Take a short diving course and buddy up with an experienced diver. The Dive centre staff should brief you before the dive.
- Get familiarized with the diving equipment before you dive. Make sure the dive center explains all safety guidelines.
- Solitary diving is not allowed.
- Discuss your dive plan before diving and decide the spots you want to visit
- Wear proper suit for the kind of diving you want to proceed with.
- Descend feet first and stay close to your instructor and dive partner
- Check your air pressure gauge
- Communicate during the dive by rapping on the oxygen tank or making hand gestures
- Signal your buddy and instructor in-case of any emergencies
- Do not dive in-case you are fatigued, sick or injured
- Know your limits and watch out for the signs of overexertion.
You can opt to get additional training’s at these Top 4 SSI and PADI Certified Dive Centers:
- Andaman Bubbles
- Barefoot Scuba
- Doongi Dives