Havelock Island, with its swaying coconut trees and sun-drenched beaches, is one of the most beautiful islands in the Andamans. Under the water, it’s even more beautiful, with healthy coral reefs teeming with fish, a number of spectacular dive sites, and great visibility. This is why Havelock is one of the top scuba diving destinations in the Andamans.
Apart from scuba diving in Havelock, there are many other activities to do. Do make time to check out Radhanagar Beach shaped like a crescent moon, and one of the best beaches in Havelock Island. Here’s a list of all the fun adventures to do on your stay:
From December to mid-June, the sea in Havelock is calm and the weather is good. Visibility is good during this time, making it the best time to go scuba diving in Havelock. In the monsoon, from June to Aug/Sept, the sea gets turbulent, so most diving trips are cancelled, unless you’re a very experienced diver.
On diving days, you need to carry comfortable swimwear and sunscreen. The operator will provide all the equipment you need. Read our blog Scuba 101 to understand what equipment you’ll be given. Carry long-sleeved clothing, a pair of sunglasses and a cap for the sunny boat rides out to your dive spot.
If you are a beginner or do not know how to swim, you can still explore the underwater world. Choose a Try Dive in Havelock Island, which is a tandem dive. Most Try Dives in Havelock take place at Nemo Reef, which is also known as Classroom Reef as it is used by first-timers learning the basics. The water is gentle here, and the ocean floor is soft and sandy. Read more about Top Scuba Options for Beginners
These trips are ideal for you if you’re a scuba beginner who is curious about scuba diving. This Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) is a single dive experience that will give you a taste of scuba diving, without requiring any swimming skills. You’ll wade into the water from the shore itself, and do your dive close by. It’s suitable for you if you don’t have much time. The skills you earn in your DSD can be carried forward if you decide to do a scuba course.
This version of the Discover Scuba Dive takes place from a boat, so you’ll get the fun of a scuba dive in Havelock, with the added bonus of a boat ride to a gorgeous dive spot. You’ll have a 45-minute dive out in the ocean, and will be accompanied by a certified, experienced instructor.
If you’re thinking of earning your scuba certification, Havelock Island is one of the best places to do it. The weather is usually warm and sunny, and you’ll enjoy the days out in the boat. The dive sites in Havelock Island are gorgeous and have a wide variety of marine life. You’ll learn with a mix of self-study, extensive training sessions, and will do your open water dives under the supervision of your instructor.
If you aren’t sure about diving in Havelock, you can always try the Sea Walk, which allows you to walk on the bed of the ocean. This takes place from a pontoon or floating platform in Elephant Beach. You will be accompanied by an instructor, and will be walking in a netted-off area underwater. You won’t even get your hair wet for this one.
While diving in Havelock shows you the underwater world, there’s plenty to do above the waves. One of the favourite things to do is to explore the extensive mangrove system in a kayak. You’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will show you the unique flora and fauna of the mangroves. There are also night kayaking trips on certain days, when you can see bioluminescence in the water.
You don’t need to know how to swim for a Try Dive, but if you want to do a PADI or SSI course, it is a requirement. You’ll need to pass a swimming test of 200 metres, and 10 minutes floating.
We recently did the night kayaking trip with Tanaz in Havelock and I have no words to describe the experience.. Happened to randomly click a link which led me to the Great Next and boy am I glad it did! I was always obsessed with watching bioluminscent plankton and had done lots of research on it before going to Maldives but people said it was too rare a phenomenon to be confirmed. However, here maybe thanks to the mangroves or Tanaz's love for the bioluminescence, we found them here in abundance.. I was so skeptical at first when they said you will most definitely see it coz I had heard such opposite feedback from other places in the past, but they are absolutely right.. We saw the bioluminescence throughout our kayaking trip and it was definitely one of our best experiences in life! Please trust the Great Next and Tanaz blindly in organising this trip for you and I assure you you will not be disappointed.. Tanaz only plans this trip during specific time periods to make sure everyone sees this magical phenomenon so be sure to trust her dates and just go with it!
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