Looking for scuba diving in the Andamans? We’ve got everything from Try Scuba dives for beginners, to courses and advanced learning for experienced scuba divers. But if scuba isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more. Choose from kayaking through the mangroves of Havelock Island, night kayaking in bioluminescent waters, sea walking adventures where you’re underwater but you won’t get your hair wet, or going out in a glass bottom boat from Port Blair, where you stay safely aboard and look through the glass bottom to the coral reefs (and maybe even a dolphin or two!).

When’s the best time for scuba diving in the Andamans?

Why go anywhere else when we have our very own tropical paradise in our backyard? The Andamans are just a short (and domestic!) flight away from where you are, and the months of Jan-May are absolutely perfect here. Blue-green water, white sand beaches, coconut trees swaying along the shore, and a balmy breeze blowing all day – it doesn’t get better than this!

The Andaman Islands have some of the most spectacular underwater life in the world. Divers from around the world come here for the laid-back island life, the island vibe, but most of all, the long diving season. Think iridescent fish, colourful coral reefs, and great visibility. Scuba diving in the Andamans will introduce you to a whole new world!

What else can I do besides scuba diving in the Andamans?

There are more ways to explore the beauty of these islands than scuba diving in the Andamans. Here are our best options.

Sea walking in the Andamans

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You’ll put on a large helmet connected to an oxygen tank, and will descend slowly to the bottom of the sea. You’ll spend about 25 minutes exploring this new world, and then it’s time to head back to land. It’s so easy, and you don’t even get your hair wet. Sea walking is different from scuba diving in the Andamans because you don’t have to learn any new skills, and you don’t even have to know how to swim. And don’t worry: you’ll be accompanied by experienced instructors, and you’ll be swimming in a netted-off area.

7+ years | Book your sea walking trip in the Andamans

Sail in a glass-bottomed boat in the Andamans

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This glass-bottom boat ride is ideal for those who don’t have the time to do scuba diving in the Andamans, or for those who don’t want to get wet. It’s an ideal adventure for families with young children or senior citizens. You’ll get comfortable seats and can enjoy the ride and the beautiful views until you get to the coral reefs. Here, the boat stops, hovering in the water while you peer down through the glass floor of the boat to get a closer look. You’ll be able to see coral reefs, a whole range of fish, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a turtle or a dolphin!

3+ years | Book your glass-bottom boat trip in the Andaman

Try Scuba Diving in the Andamans

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A Try Dive is the perfect scuba experience for beginners. You’ll learn the basic skills, practise in shallow water until you’re comfortable, and then head out for your first scuba diving in the Andamans. You’ll go with an experienced instructor, and will only dive at locations that are suitable for beginners.

10+ years | Book your Try Scuba diving in the Andamans

Bioluminescent night kayaking in the Andamans

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This night kayaking adventure is one of the most magical experiences you’ll ever have. You’ll head out into the sea just after sunset and paddle over an ocean that glows and sparkles with bioluminescence. With every swish of your paddle, the sea is lit up as if the stars themselves have fallen into the water.

All around you, the sea is calm and the lights from the shore are not too far, but you’ll feel like you’re in a different world. Even if you don’t go scuba diving in the Andamans, this adventure is one that you’ll remember all your life.

NOTE: You have to know how to swim for this adventure. Also, if you’re anxious about being out in the dark on the sea, you shouldn’t book this trip. You’ll only be out between 17:00-20:00 hrs, but it’ll be dark.

5+ years | Book your bioluminescence kayak ride.

Day kayaking in the Andamans mangroves

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This kayaking trip is one of the secrets of Havelock Island. While scuba diving in the Andamans is a popular sport, kayaking through the mangroves gives you a whole different experience.

You’ll set out in 1- or 2-person kayaks to explore the extensive mangrove ecosystem of Havelock Island, enjoying the peace and the chirping of birds. The trip takes about 2.5 hours to complete, and you’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide who will take you through the maze and tell you all kinds of interesting facts about the mangroves.

5+years | Book your kayaking trip in the Andamans.

While scuba diving in the Andamans is awesome, we know it’s not for everyone. With all these other adventures for your Andamans holiday, you’ll find there’s plenty to do here, even if you’re not ready for scuba diving in the Andamans yet. Of course, you could always choose to get a chilled beer and put your feet up instead 🙂

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