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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.