Scuba diving in the Andamans

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The Indian Ocean around the Andaman Islands is teeming with marine life and filled with healthy, natural coral reefs. The many islands and soft sandy beaches make it a perfect tropical destination for scuba diving beginners or those looking to upgrade their certification or do some Fun Dives. Diving in Port Blair and diving in Havelock Island are the most popular, but there are also other smaller islands where a dive is a wonderful experience.

The extensive marine ecosystem makes this one of the best spots for scuba diving in India.

What else can I do in the Andamans

When you’re not diving, there’s plenty of things to do in the Andamans. Explore beaches, go for ocean treks, go kayaking or snorkelling, or relax with a swim. Get detailed information about other adventure activities in Havelock Island here. You can also check out glass bottom boats, sea walks, kayaking, and more in Port Blair. Find out information about adventures in Port Blair here.

Where should I stay in the Andamans

Whatever you’re doing in the Andamans, you should find a comfortable place to stay. Choose from a range of accommodation options, from budget huts to luxurious air-conditioned cottages. Look for accommodation that is located on the beaches, so you can stay close to the sea at all times.

What is the best time to go scuba diving in Andamans

The best time for diving in Andamans is from December/January to May/mid-June, when the sea is calm and the visibility is good. Towards April and May, the weather warms up, making your experience a tropical dream. Avoid going during the monsoon months of late June, July and August, unless you’re an experienced diver who won’t be deterred by some rough water. You can also head out after the monsoons, but you’ll be risking a few showers and altered plans.

What should I carry for my diving trip

For your trip, all you need is comfortable swimwear and a bottle of 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.

Scuba diving in Port Blair, Andamans

Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman Islands, and first point of arrival here. It is quite busy, but is still quite charming. Most diving here takes place at Chidiya Tapu, in the south of the island, which has a lush and pristine heritage of natural wonders. Port Blair diving is suitable for those with limited time, and both scuba beginners and those looking for a scuba course can do it here.
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Scuba diving in Havelock Island for beginners

Havelock Island is an idyllic paradise with white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves, and blue, blue water with high visibility. It is much quieter than Port Blair and has a truly laidback island vibe. Beginners will enjoy Try Dives at Nemo Reef, which has gentle water that is just right for first-timers.
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Scuba diving courses in Havelock, Andamans

If you've tried diving before, you know there's nothing more exciting than being underwater, and able to breathe freely while you explore corals and admire the colours. Taking a PADI scuba diving course in Andamans teaches you the skills (and gives you the required papers!) to take it up a notch. You'll be taught more in-depth techniques and skills for diving deeper, both by video and self-study.
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FAQs about scuba diving in Andamans

Do I need to know how to swim to go scuba diving?

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.

Do I need any special gear?

No, scuba diving beginners don’t have to worry about any gear. Your operator will provide everything you need for your trip.

What do I wear under the scuba suit?

Your operator will provide you with a scuba suit, but you’ll need to wear a swimsuit/bikini/swimming trunks under the wetsuit. Do make sure the swimwear you choose is comfortable. If you have long hair, tie it back firmly with an elastic band so it isn’t floating into your mask or obscuring your vision.

Where do I put the scuba suit on?

Usually you’ll put your wetsuit on at the dive centre, before you set off to the boat. Sometimes you’ll put it on in the boat before the dive.

What is the right age to go scuba diving?

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.

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