Scuba diving in Andamans, India

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Scuba diving in Andamans

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.

Scuba diving course in 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 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.

Port Blair scuba diving

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.

Scuba Andamans experience

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.

Best season for scuba Andamans

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.

What to carry for scuba diving courses

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.

Best-selling Andamans scuba diving trips

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Try Diving (shore) at Nemo Beach
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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This Try Dive in the Andamans takes place at Nemo Reef, in clear blue-green water and with a wide variety of small marine life. You’ll wade into the water from the shore, accompanied by an experienced instructor so you feel safe at all times. It’s the perfect introduction to the exciting underwater world for beginners.

When you arrive at Nemo Beach, you'll do a short training session of about 20 minutes, and then head out for a 20-25 minute dive. During the Try Dive, you can dive to a depth of 40 feet/12 metres so you'll be able to see the schools of colourful fish and bright coral.

NOTE: For this Try Dive scuba trip in the Andamans, you'll enter the water from the shore itself. There is no boat trip involved.
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  • 1 training session with underwater breathing exercises
  • 1 Try Dive from the shore, of 20-25 mins duration, from the shore
  • Dive instructor and crew
  • All scuba diving equipment
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any boat travel
  • Any food or beverages
  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Insurance
  • Transport to and from dive site
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
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Discover Scuba Diving (shore) in Havelock Island
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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This Discover Scuba Dive (DSD) is a single dive experience that will give you a taste of scuba diving, and you don't even need to know how to swim for this.

This Discover Scuba Dive in the Andamans includes a 20 min training session, and a 45-50 min dive, depending on your air consumption and comfort level. You can dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres or 40 feet. When you're done, you'll receive a Discover Scuba Diving certificate that can be used if you want to do a scuba diving course.

NOTE: You will be doing this dive from the shore itself. This version of Discover Scuba Diving in the Andamans saves you time because you don't go out in a boat. The entire trip will take you about two hours.
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  • One training session in shallow/confined water
  • One Discover Scuba Dive session in open water for about 45 mins
  • Instructor and dive crew
  • All scuba diving equipment
  • Photos and videos of your dive
  • PADI registration and dive log
  • PADI DSD certificate
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any transport to and from the dive centre
  • Any boat ride to and from scuba diving spot
  • Any food and refreshments
  • Anything not listed in inclusions
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Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) (boat) in Andamans
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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This half-day Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experience is perfect for those interested in trying diving but who do not have the time or desire to take a certification course.

You'll learn the basic skills required for scuba diving, and will head out in a boat to your diving spot so you can explore a secluded coral reef off Havelock Island. For this scuba diving trip in the Andamans, you'll spend up to 45 mins underwater, and will be able to go to a depth of 12 metres or 40 feet. When you're done, you'll receive a Discover Scuba Diving certificate that you can use if you want to do a scuba diving course.

NOTE: This trip includes photos and videos of your Try Dive in the Andamans. Do bring a memory card or USB to take your pictures home.
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  • One training session in shallow/confined water
  • One Try Dive session in open water, up to 45 mins
  • Instructor and dive crew
  • All scuba equipment
  • Photos and videos of your dive
  • Transport by boat to and from diving point
  • Light refreshments on the boat
  • PADI registration and dive log
  • PADI DSD certificate
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any transport or accommodation
  • Any meals or beverages
  • Insurance
  • Anything not listed in inclusions
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Sea Walk in Elephant Beach Andamans
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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This thrilling seawalk in the Andamans lets you go for a walk on the sea bed! You'll be wearing a large helmet connected to an oxygen tank, and can wear anything you like (as long as it doesn't restrict your movement). The experience is safe as you'll be accompanied by experienced instructors and will be walking in a netted-off area underwater.

It's unlike anything you’ve done before, and is perfect for someone who has not done scuba diving or snorkelling before. You don't need to know how to swim, and you don't need to have any experience. You won't even get your hair wet or your make-up washed off!

NOTE: Don't forget to carry a USB drive to pick up your complimentary videos and pictures after your adventure.
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  • Transport by boat from Havelock jetty to Elephant Beach and back
  • 1 session of sea walking for about 25 mins
  • Use of washrooms, changing facility ad locker at pontoon-boat in Elephant Beach
  • Complimentary videos and photos of your seawalking adventure
  • Experienced instructors and staff
  • All equipment needed for seawalking: helmet, oxygen
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any transport from Port Blair or anywhere else in Havelock
  • Meals
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions
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PADI Scuba Diver Course (Andamans)
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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This PADI Scuba Diver certification course is your first step to amazing underwater adventures! If you enjoy snorkelling or have been on a Try Dive or Discover Dive before and enjoyed it, you'll love the Scuba Diver course. You'll learn the basic skills and techniques you need to dive deep into a magical world of coral and brightly coloured fish. You'll learn both by video and self-study, and will understand how scuba diving equipment works. You'll be able to practise all your new skills in shallow water, at your own speed, before you head out for a thrilling dive in open water, where you can go as deep as 12 metres or 40 feet, under the guidance of an instructor. During these two days, you will do 3 shallow water dives and 2 open water dives.

Note: For this PADI Scuba Diver course, you need adequate swimming skills and should be in good physical health.
    Inclusions
  • All necessary equipment
  • PADI learning materials, log-book, card, etc
  • Expertise charges
  • Refreshments on the boat
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any accommodation
  • Any transport or pick-up
  • Anything not listed in the inclusions
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PADI Open Water Diver
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most widely recognized scuba course in the world. It is valid around the world, and does not need to be renewed. And where better to get your Open Water Diver training than in the the Andamans? The Andamans have gorgeous reefs, teeming with colourful marine life. On this course, you'll get 4 days to explore the blue ocean, scuba diving at Havelock Island, going as deep as 18 metres or 59 feet.

For this certification, you'll be scuba diving in Havelock, in small groups, at some of the most stunning dive spots in the world. You'll train in 5 theory modules, as well as 5 sessions of confined water skills, equipment orientation and troubleshooting techniques, and finally, the highlight of your certification, 4 open water dives.

IMPORTANT: You'll need to pass a 10 minute floating test and 200 metres swimming/300 metres snorkelling test.
    Inclusions
  • All PADI course material and paperwork for the PADI Open Water Diver course
  • All required training including 5 theory modules, equipment orientation, 5 sessions of confined water training, trouble-shooting techniques, and 4 dives up to 18 metres depth, for 45 minutes each
  • All necessary diving equipment
  • Supervision by a dive instructor
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the experience
  • Drinking water, vegetarian lunch, bananas, and tea during dive
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Photo service is optional (Can be booked on arrival; subject to availability of photographer)
  • Camera rental (can be arranged for INR 2000; is subject to availability)
  • Any transfers to and from hotel
  • Meals
  • Anything not listed in the inclusions
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PADI OWD Course+Stay
Havelock, Andaman Nicobar
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Stay in the gorgeous islands of Andamans for five nights and six days while you learn scuba diving in Havelock. This Open Water Diver certification course teaches you the skills and techniques required to go scuba diving to a maximum depth of 18 metres or 60 feet. On this course, you'll explore the blue ocean while scuba diving in Havelock Island. You'll train in 5 theory modules, confined water skills, and finally, the highlight of your certification, 4 open water dives.

During this 5 night/6 day stay, you'll be staying in a comfortable hut-style accommodation with attached washroom, equipped with a large bed with mosquito net, a fan, and plenty of storage space.

NOTE: You should know how to swim if you want to do this course. While you don't have to be a great swimmer, you will be required to swim 200 metres (at your own pace) in open water, and float for 10 minutes.
    Inclusions
  • PADI Open Water course material
  • PADI certified instructors and crew
  • All scuba equipment required for training and dives
  • Four open water dives with PADI instructor
  • Shallow/confined water training sessions
  • PADI Open Water Diver certification (on successful completion of the course)
  • All boat transfers for open water dives
  • Snacks, water, bananas betweeen dives
  • One certified diving instructor per 4 divers
  • Accommodation for 5 nights on twin sharing basis in upgraded huts
  • Room amenities: non air-conditioned, with beds, mosquito nets, pedestal fans, attached washrooms with hot water geyser, balcony with chairs, and storage space for clothes and luggage
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals during your trip (but you can order and pay at the on-site restaurant
  • Photographs or videos of your dives
  • Air travel costs
  • Sightseeing or local transfers
  • Visa and entry permits
  • Personal expenses like tips, beverages, soft drinks, etc
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

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