The pristine water of the Indian Ocean and beautiful marine life make it one of the top destinations for scuba diving courses in Andamans. Port Blair scuba diving and Havelock Island scuba diving are the most popular spots, but there are also other smaller islands where the scuba course is a wonderful experience.
The extensive marine ecosystem makes scuba diving courses in Andamans the perfect underwater experience. The Andaman Sea offers one of the highest counts of fish and coral species on the planet. Whether you’re doing Port Blair scuba diving or a Havelock scuba diving session, you can expect to swim alongside a mind-boggling array of fish and a profusion of healthy, colourful coral. Havelock Island itself is an idyllic paradise with white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves, and blue, blue water with high visibility.
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 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. A scuba course goes through the essentials, from breathing underwater to managing your equipment, and then you'll have a chance to practise it all in the open sea, under the guidance of an instructor.
Most Port Blair scuba diving takes place at Chidiya Tapu, south of Port Blair, which has a lush and pristine heritage of natural wonders. Your Port Blair scuba diving trips take you out to explore some spectacular dive sites like Mundapahar beach, Parrot's Rock, Cinque, and Suar Mundi. The outer edges of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and the islands of Rutland and Cinque have a number of potential dive sites yet to be explored.
There's something so thrilling about having the freedom to move and breathe underwater. Scuba courses allow you to explore the mysteries of a part of the world that not many see. With your new skills, you can take a closer look at the wonders of teeming coral reefs, brightly coloured fish and scores of other wonderful creatures. And you're doing all this in the tropical, azure waters of the Andaman Islands. Whether you’re doing a scuba course in Andamans or just looking for a fun dive, you can 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.
The best time for scuba diving courses in Andamans is from 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 scuba Andamans 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.
For your scuba Andamans trip, all you need is comfortable swimwear and a bottle of sunscreen. Carry long sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent for the evenings, and a pair of sunglasses and a cap for the sunny boat rides out to your scuba spot.