Port Blair is the most easily accessible destination in the Andaman Islands because all flights land here. It is the capital of the Andamans, and for travellers and adventure-seekers, there is plenty to do here. Scuba diving in Port Blair is one of the most popular activities, but you also have many other choices.
When in Port Blair, make sure you make time to visit Cellular Jail in time to catch the sound and light show. The Anthropological Museum is interesting because it has many artefacts from the indigenous tribes of the Andaman Islands.
If you’re looking for offbeat places to visit from Port Blair, consider the limestone caves and mud volcanoes of Baratang Island. You can cover this in a day trip. Other options are Ross Island and Smith Island, twin islands that are connected by a sandbar that you can only see during low tide. You could also consider visiting Jolly Buoy Island, Diglipur, or Viper Island.
Try to do your scuba diving in Port Blair from December to mid-June. In these months, the sea is calm and the visibility is good. In the monsoon months of July to September, there isn’t much diving unless you’re a very experienced diver.
For your scuba dive in Port Blair, you need comfortable swimwear, sunscreen, a long-sleeved top, and a cap and sunglasses. The operator will provide all the equipment you need. Read our blog Scuba 101 to understand what equipment you’ll be given.
Anyone over 10 years may take lessons in scuba diving. Check with the operator if you are travelling with children, because age restrictions might differ. There is no real cap or age limit for older divers, but you will need to be in good physical and mental condition to dive.
Read our blog about Scuba FAQs to get more detailed answers.