DIVEIndia is the oldest dive center in the Andamans, and was founded by Vandit Kalia, aka Vinnie. He walked away from the rat race to start DIVEIndia in the Andamans in December 2003. Today, we have a fleet of customized dive boats, 14-15 dive professionals covering 2 islands, Havelock and Neil and customers from all over the world. We have always been drawn to a particular type of dive operation: one offering professional quality service, but in a flexible and relaxed manner - a shop where you feel like hanging out after the dive, having a refreshing post-dive beverage (we recommend scuba libres) and swapping travel/dive stories. We'd like to think that our dive shop offers just that. We feel diving should be fun, safe and accessible. Everything we do is based on this. That's why we've never adopted a premium pricing strategy, despite offering premium extras like small groups, unlimited shallow water training if needed, highly experienced guides, etc. And our primary goal is, as always, to make sure our guests have a great time here. We are not a big corporation, we don't have a fancy PR machine, we dont offer everything under the sun - we focus on one thing only, and we like to think we do it better than anyone else.
We have received numerous awards, including Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence from 2012 onwards, and Outlook Traveller's Adventure Tour Operator of the Year, as voted by the readers.
Eco Best Practices
We have a list of rules that we ask our participants to observe when in the Andamans. We pride ourselves on our overall ethical practices: we dive responsibly and promote marine conservation; we help the Zoology and Forest departments; we have various reef monitoring programs ongoing; and we try to give back to the island that has given us a home, by training and employing local dive professionals.