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PADI AOWD in Andamans
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Try Dive (boat) with beach bungalow stay Havelock ,Andaman Nicobar
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30-min Try Dive in Neil Island Neil Island ,Andaman Nicobar
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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course Havelock ,Andaman Nicobar
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Try Dive (shore) at Nemo Reef Havelock ,Andaman Nicobar
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Scuba diving in the Andamans

Scuba Diving in Andaman Overview

Scuba diving in Andaman takes you into the translucent waters of the Indian Ocean, where you'll see gorgeous marine life and 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.

Coral in Andaman

Scuba diving in Andaman takes place in the gorgeous Andaman Islands that are renowned throughout the world because of their pristine forests and sandy shores. However, thanks to the diverse and exotic marine life, they've also become one of the world's top scuba diving destinations.

The water around the islands is home to a gorgeous variety of fish species including humphead parrotfish, white-banded shrimp, peacock mantis, manta ray, clownfish, etc. Additionally, there are also immense colonies of corals that flourish on the sea bed which include some rare corals such as black coral, fire corals, gorgonians, etc.

How deep can I go while scuba diving in Andaman?

When you go scuba diving in Andaman, you have around 40-50 minutes before your oxygen runs out. This is more than enough time to enjoy a long dive experience, but the maximum depth will depend on your certification level and experience.

If you are doing a Try Dive/Discover Dive or PADI Scuba Diver course, then the deepest you'll go is up to 40 feet. For the PADI Open Water Diver, you get to dive as deep as 60 feet, and for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, you can go as deep as 100 feet.

While scuba diving in Andaman, even the most shallow dive can be fun because you will get to see spectacular marine life and enjoy the tropical weather and beautiful surroundings.  

What are the packages available for scuba diving in Andaman?

The packages start with Try Dive or Discover Scuba Dive. These are for absolute beginners who aren't sure if they want to commit to a full-time scuba diving course yet. These are single day trips that will teach you the basics of scuba diving in Andaman and offer you a taste of the experience. 

Some packages offer pool training sessions to instil confidence in the divers. You will also undergo a briefing and learn essential scuba skills in shallow waters or in a pool. These packages are the perfect way to experiment with the world of scuba diving.

Once you decide to do more scuba diving, you can start with the scuba diving courses in Andamans. This starts with the basic PADI/SSI Scuba Diver course. The training for this is provided through manual, video, and in person. You'll recieve a full briefing, get to practice the skills in a pool or in shallow water, and then go for your dives. This is a 2 day scuba diving course that offers 2 open water dives, as deep as 40 feet. Upon successfully completing the course, you're awarded with the PADI Scuba Diver certification.

However, if you have an extra day, it is recommended that you go for the PADI Open Water Diver course. This is a 3 day course which offers 4 open water dives up to a depth of 60 feet. This course is more extensive than PADI Scuba Diver course and is perfect for those who are serious about scuba diving. It teaches you the skills you need to become truly confident under water. 

The next course is the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. This course takes you as deep as 100 feet with 5 open water dives, 2 of which are specialized navigation and deep dives, and the remaining three being electives of your choice. With this certification, you are eligible to dive without an instructor, although you always have to take a dive buddy.

And finally, there are Fun Dives for divers who are already certified and just want to explore the exotic waters of the Andaman islands.

Cost of scuba diving in Andaman 

For scuba diving in the Andaman, the prices range from INR 3500 to INR 6000 for Try Dives. For Discover Scuba Diving in Andaman, the price ranges from INR 5000 to INR 10,000. The price for these day trips depend on the location of the dive site, equipment provided, type of dive (shore or boat) and if meals are included or not.

If you want to truly make the most of your scuba experience and have the budget, it is strongly advised that you book a boat dive. This means that you will head out into open water with your diving instructor and crew in a boat, and do your dive in a spot chosen by your instructor. When you go farther away from the shore, the coral reefs and marine life are much more exciting and beautiful. 

If you are just looking for a taste of the scuba experience, do not want to spend much, or don't have time, the shore dive will be the right choice. However do be warned that the sea life is smaller and the shore dive spots tend to be crowded. Scuba diving in Havelock is better for shore dives because the marine life is better here than on the mainland, but in peak season, it may still be crowded.

For scuba diving courses in Andamans, the price starts from INR 19000 to INR 23000 for the PADI Scuba Diver course. For PADI Open Water Diver course, the cost ranges between INR 22,000 to INR 30,000 and the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course ranges from INR 20,000 to INR 28,000.

Some of the factors that affect the scuba diving prices in Andamans are: insurance, meals that are provided, the number of dives and type of dives (shore or boat), and if pool training is provided.

Things to do in Andaman

When you’re not scuba diving in Andaman, there’s plenty of exciting things to do. Explore pristine beaches and enjoy a chilled out day on the golden sands, or go for a relaxed swim on your own. If you're looking for more active options, you could consider the following activities:

  • Ocean treks
  • Kayaking in Andaman
  • Snorkelling in Andaman
  • Try other water activities like glass-bottom boats, sea walks, etc. Ask us for our packages. 
  • 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.

Read our blog about Things to Do in Andaman for inspiration.

Top places to stay in Andaman

Whether you are scuba diving in Andaman or visiting for a beach escape, you should find a comfortable place to stay. Choose from a range of accommodation options, from budget huts to luxurious air-conditioned cottages.

In most months of the year, the afternoons can get balmy and warm, so you'll be glad of the cool relief of the air-conditioning. Seasoned travellers or budget backpackers may be able to manage without an AC during winter months even in the afternoons, but do consider the weather before making a decision.

Look for accommodation that is located on the beaches, so you can stay close to the sea at all times.

In Havelock, accommodation options are slightly more expensive but are worth it because you'll be away from the traffic and city life of Port Blair. On Havelock Island, you'll feel like you're truly living in a tropical paradise. 

What is the best time to go scuba diving in Andaman

The best time for diving in Andaman 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.

The best time for scuba diving in Andaman is when the weather is warm and pleasant, and temperatures are betwee 24-37 degree Celsius, like in summer. For those who prefer slightly lower temperatures but enjoy sunny days and mild water during the scuba, go in winter when the days are breezy and temperatures hover between 20-30 degree Celsius.

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 due to rougher water. 

What should I carry for my diving trip

For scuba diving in Andaman, all you really need is comfortable swimwear, a towel, and a bottle of sunscreen; the operator will provide the rest of the equipment you need. Read our blog Scuba 101 to understand what equipment you’ll be given.

If you're going on a boat dive, carry light, long-sleeved clothing, a pair of sunglasses and a cap for the sunny boat rides out to your dive spot. You will need your towel between dives, especially if the weather gets a big windy. 

Most operators will provide you with drinking water, and if your package includes it, a snack, a meal, and tea or coffee. Do check with your operator while booking.

What is the best place to go scuba diving in Andaman?

Most people choose to go scuba diving in Havelock Island. It's a great experience and while it is quiet and peaceful, it is not too far away from Port Blair to be inaccessible. The region is blessed with a teeming shoreline, full of hard and soft corals in a wide array of colours. It has a subtle current and is home to many different species of sea animals, including rare and migratory animals like reef sharks (not man-eating) and dugongs.

Night-time scuba diving in Havelock Island is also an extremely fun activity as you get to explore the dark crevices of the sea in the dark of the night. Do note, only certified divers can go for night dives.

What is the best place to go scuba diving in Havelock Island?

There are multiple dive spots to go scuba diving in Havelock, the most popular diving region in the Andamans, the best of which include:

  • Nemo Reef: This ultimate spot for newbies gets its name from the schools of anemonefish or clown fish swarming the area. Nemo Reef is a shallow, sandy patch that goes no more than 40ft deep and makes for an easy diving spot for those just learning how to dive.

  • The Wall: A steep underwater wall starting at 30ft below sea level and going all the way down to 180ft, The Wall has a plethora of sights to witness for beginners and experts alike. This spot can be dived in at different depths which have a variety of marine life and difficulty levels owing to the change in the speed of currents as you go deeper. Spot Napoleon wrasses, octopi, scorpionfish, and more in the colourful corals here.
  • Barracuda City: One of the best spots for newbies as the currents are forgiving and the visibility is extremely clear. You’ll find a long line of corals here that are swarming with many species of fish and sea turtles. 
  • Pilot Reef: Located at the north-eastern end of Havelock, this area features large outcrops of sea rocks and corals that are home to butterflyfish, angelfish, and hundreds of anemones. This spot is also one of the best for beginners as the current is low and the depth ranges from 30ft to 70ft. The famed zebra sharks are known to frequent this point.
  • Dixon’s Pinnacle: One of the most unique dive spots to visit, this area features a large rocky outcrop starting from 110ft deep, shrouded in a rainbow of corals. In the deeper ends, it’s home to barracudas, eels, and more, but what makes it unique is its very top – it serves as a cleaning station! Large sea animals like sharks, manta rays, and bigger fish frequent this spot to be cleaned by smaller fish that feed on dead skin and parasites that are in the large animal’s fins, gills, and teeth.

What is the best place to go scuba diving in Neil Island?

Located close to the Havelock Island, Neil Island features some of the most unique dive spots in India, the best of which include:

  • Margherita’s Mischief: This beginner-friendly spot is a large sandy patch, dotted with dozens of boulders, that runs at a depth of 20-50ft below sea level. It’s an enthralling dive for all divers as you get to manoeuvre through the boulders along with pufferfish, stingrays, angelfish, and more. The visibility is splendid, and the currents are easy to manage.
  • K-Rock: This unique spot is made from an irregular volcanic rock that houses a wide array of marine life in its overhangs and crevices. Perched upon a flat, sandy patch, the K-Rock is excellent spot to find butterflyfish, soldierfish, and snappers that you won’t find in many other spots in the Andamans.
  • Jetty Channel Marker: This spot makes for a great learning spot for many beginners, given its easy depth and low current. There is a large concrete pillar that has fallen here, and is now teeming with marine life including parrotfish, pufferfish, manta rays, and more.
  • Bus Stop: Located on the western end of the region, this dive spot has a sandy slope that ranges from 45-65ft deep. This is the best place to find big schools of eels swarming around the small coral reef.
  • Junction: This spot falls between the Neil and Havelock Islands, and is shaped like a long, pointed finger. It is covered in beautiful corals that are home to sting rays, starfish, lionfish, and majestic reef sharks and marlins. This dive spot, however, is reserved for intermediate-level divers.

What is the best place to go scuba diving in North Bay Island?

North Bay Island is a small island near Ross Islands with a pristine white sand coastline, tropical forests along the shore, and a teeming underwater world to explore. The waters here are crystal clear, allowing you to see the colourful corals lining up against the coast. You will find a variety of marine animals here that reside in the maze of corals.

What is the best place to go scuba diving in Port Blair?

Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands, is a hub for many adventure activities and tourist attractions. Along with a bunch of places to explore on land, there are some spots beneath the waves that are worth a visit:

  • Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: This national park consists of about 20 small islands, each with varying flora, fauna, and marine life. You’re most likely to find large numbers of sea turtles and corals here, which are the subjects of the area’s rigorous conservation projects.
  • Corruption Rock: This massive rock has its base about 100 ft below sea level and peeks well over the surface of the water. Covered in bustling corals, this dive spot is popular among marine biologists and scholars studying marine life as the rock is well-frequented by sea turtles, parrotfish, trevallies, barracudas, eagle rays, and many more.
  • Rutland Island: Rutland Island has welcoming, shallow waters that make for some of the best locations for newbies to learn scuba diving. The area is covered in corals that are home to a variety of small, shallow water fish like sea turtles, eagle rays, pipe fish, and more.
  • Snake Island: Contrary to its name, Snake Island does not house any dangerous snakes in its waters. It’s simply a unique location with a wide network of rocky and sandy water channels that are a hotspot for marine life to thrive. It has rich marine biodiversity that is still being actively researched and is a popular spot among scholars and marine biologists – not to mention curious divers that are always looking for a new adventure!

What is the best place to go scuba diving in Barren Island?

Home to the only active volcano in South Asia, the Barren Island has enthralling dive spots covered in volcanic rock. The unique topography of this island makes it one of the best dive spots in the entire world, and the clear visibility adds onto its desirability. Here are some of the best dive spots in this region:

  • Purple Haze: Reserved for experienced divers that can handle strong currents, this has to be among the best, most unique and mesmerising dive spots any diver can visit. Starting off with a dive to a underwater cave that is shrouded in fluorescent corals that softly glow in the dark depths of the sea. The other end of the cave features a sea of purple corals that are the favourite of manta rays, sea turtles, marlins, and other sea animals.

  • Manta Point: Another spot for experienced divers only, this region receives strong currents that manta rays love to ride. You will find dozens and dozens of manta rays that visit the reef here to be cleaned by smaller fish. You will also swim along with needle fish and other smaller reef fish.

  • Auditorium: A beginner-friendly spot, Auditorium features a rocky column-like formation and step-like stones that are every diver’s favourite spot for epic photos. There also is a coral-covered overhang that blocks light from entering the waters, giving you a good chance to practise diving in the dark. You’ll see sea fans softly swaying in the low currents here and also get a chance to swim with manta rays and many schools of small fish.

  • Washing Machine: As the name suggests, this area has a strong downward current that can pose a challenge even for experienced divers. This area has a unique formation of corals, feather stars, and gorgonian fans that grow perpendicular to the current and spread wide in against the flow of the water. Manta rays can be seen emerging from the depths of the downward currents.

  • Coral Paradise: A low-current spot perfect for beginners (to scuba AND snorkelling), Coral Paradise displays its stunning beauty at a shallow depth of about 25ft. This reef front is packed with cabbage and salad corals in a rainbow of colours, with floors covered in brown and blue staghorn corals. This rich ecosystem is home to a large number of small fish that can be seen swarming through the corals.

Discover Scuba Diving in Andaman - Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Check-in at the campsite

  • Diving depth: 40 feet
  • Diving time: 45 min
  • Number of dives: 2
  • Spend the night in tents

Discover Scuba Diving in Andaman: Detailed itinerary:

You have to report at the dive centre at 08:00 hrs, where you'll collect your gear then you'll be transferred to the dive site by a boat. There, you'll engage in two open water dives. Upon completion, you'll return to the dive centre. The trip ends here.

Discover Scuba Diving in Andaman - Inclusions:

  • Transfer by boat to dive site
  • One 20-25 minute shallow water training session with underwater breathing exercises
  • Two Discover Scuba Dives of 45-50 mins duration each
  • Dive instructor
  • Certificate for your Discover Scuba Dive upon successful completion
  • All scuba diving equipment
  • Photos/videos of your scuba dive
  • All applicable taxes

Discover Scuba Diving in Andaman - Exclusions:

  • Any food or beverages
  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

PADI Scuba Diver Course in Andaman - Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Theory and shallow water training

  • Theory session about
  • Training in shallow waters

Day 2: Open water dives

  • Number of dives: 2
  • Diving depth: 40 feet
  • Diving time: 90 min

PADI Scuba Diver Course in Andaman - Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Theory and shallow water training

Arrive at the dive centre in the morning where you'll begin your theory session. After learning the basic techniques of diving, you'll head to shallow waters and practice what you learned. After your theory session, you'll return to the dive centre.

Day 2: Open water dives

Arrive as the dive centre in the morning from where you'll be taken to the dive site. You'll get to engage in 2 open water dives. After that, you'll return to the dive centre and collect your PADI Scuba Diver certificate.

PADI Scuba Diver Course in Andaman - Inclusions:

  • Boat transfers between dive centre-dive spots
  • Two open water dives
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Services of experienced dive instructors and support crew
  • Theory and pool training sessions
  • PADI Scuba Diver course material
  • PADI Scuba Diver certification (upon successful completion)
  • All applicable taxes

PADI Scuba Diver Course in Andaman - Exclusions:

  • Travel arrangements between home city and campsite
  • Any meals except those mentioned in inclusions
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Personal expenses such as additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Andaman - Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Theory session

  • Meet your instructor
  • Learn the theory behind scuba diving
  • Learn how to use scuba gear

Day 2: Theory plus pool session

  • Get an in-depth understanding of diving techniques
  • Learn to dive in confined water
  • Learn troubleshooting techniques

Day 3: Open water dives

  • Engage in 2 open water dives
  • Diving depth: 60 feet
  • Diving time: 90 min

Day 4: Open water dives

  • Engage in 2 more open water dives
  • Diving depth: 60 feet
  • Diving time: 90 min
  • Earn the PADI Open Water Diver certificate

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Andaman - Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Theory session

Report to the dive centre where you'll meet your instructor and begin the theory session. You'll learn about the theory and techniques behind scuba diving.

Day 2: Theory plus pool session

Report to the dive centre and engage in more theory session with your instructor. After that, you'll head to the pool and engage in confined water training where you'll practice what you learnt the previous day.

Day 3: Open water dives

Report to the dive centre and collect your scuba gear. You'll then head to the dive site via a speedboat. There, you'll engage in 2 open water dives and then return to the dive centre.

Day 4: Open water dives

Today, you'll report to the dive centre and then head to the dive site for your 2 more open water dives. Then, you'll return to the dive site and collect your PADI Open Water Diver course. The course ends here.

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Andaman - Inclusions:

  • All PADI course material and paperwork for the PADI Open Water Diver course
  • 4 open water dives of 45 mins duration each
  • Confined/shallow water training sessions
  • All required training including 5 theory modules, equipment orientation, trouble-shooting techniques
  • All necessary diving equipment
  • Supervision by a dive instructor
  • Boat transfers to dive sites where required 
  • PADI certification and log-book (upon successful completion of the course)
  • All applicable taxes

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Andaman - Exclusions:

  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course in Andaman - Short Itinerary:

Day 1: 3 open water dives

  • Number of dives: 3
  • Diving depth: 100 feet
  • Diving time: 120 min
  • Type of dives: 1 Deep Dive, 1 Navigation Dive, 1 adventure dive of your choice

Day 2: 2 open water dives

  • Number of dives: 2
  • Diving depth: 100 feet
  • Diving time: 90 min
  • Type of dive: adventure dives of your choice

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course in Andaman - Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: 3 open water dives

Arrive at the dive centre and collect your scuba gear, after which you'll be transferred to the dive site by a boat. There, you'll engage in 3 open water dives which include 2 mandatory dives and 1 adventure dive. You'll then head back to the dive centre.

Day 2: 2 open water dives

Arrive at the dive centre and collect your scuba gear, you'll then be taken to the dive site where you'll engage in 2 remaining open water dives. You'll then return to the dive centre and collect your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course in Andaman - Inclusions:

  • 5 boat dives, including 1 compulsory Deep Dive and 1 compulsory Navigation Dive
  • All necessary diving equipment
  • Supervision by a dive professional
  • Boat transfers to dive sites
  • Certification and log-book updates
  • All applicable taxes

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course in Andaman - Exclusions:

  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Fun Dive in Andaman - Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Check-in at the campsite

  • Diving depth: 100 feet
  • Diving time: 45 min
  • Number of dives: 2

Fun Dive in Andaman - Detailed itinerary:

You have to report at the dive centre at 08:00 hrs, where you'll collect your gear then you'll be transferred to the dive site by a boat. There, you'll engage in two open water dives. Upon completion, you'll return to the dive centre. The trip ends here.

Fun Dive in Andaman - Inclusions:

  • Transfer by boat to dive site
  • Two fun dives of 45-50 mins duration each
  • Dive instructor
  • Certificate for your Discover Scuba Dive upon successful completion
  • All scuba diving equipment
  • Photos/videos of your scuba dive
  • All applicable taxes

Fun Dive in Andaman - Exclusions:

  • Any food or beverages
  • Accommodation of any kind
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Best Time to Scuba diving in the Andamans

Best time to do scuba diving in Andaman

Winter and summer season is the best time to go scuba diving in Andaman. During the winter months, the weather is cool and breezy, and during summer months, the weather warms up and the place transforms into a tropical paradise. During these two seasons, the waters are generally calm with good visibility. During the monsoon season, the seas can get a bit rough so this season is only recommended for experienced divers.

What is it like scuba diving in Andaman in summer?

Summer in Andaman begins in April and lasts until mid-July. The islands in this season are nothing short of a tropical paradise. It’s bright and sunny, meaning the water will be comfortably warm. This also means that the lad may get hot and humid, uncomfortable even, with temperatures grazing a high of 37°C in the day. The visibility underwater, however, is excellent, and the currents are extremely low, creating idea environments for beginners.

What is it like scuba diving in Andaman in winter?

Winter in Andaman begins in mid-October and lasts until March. The weather is just perfect, ranging between 20°C to 30°C. Around the beginning of this season is when scuba diving really begins to pick up in the region. It marks the start of the “new season” and you’re likely to spot young spawns of many marine species as the recently departed monsoons serve as a breeding period for these animals.

Currents can get stronger in this season and the occasional drizzles may make some dive sites undesirable. Visibility reduces as the currents kick up sand from the sea floor, but it still is one of the best times to go scuba diving in Andaman.

What is the weather and temperature like in Andaman?

The Andaman Islands are tropical, and winters aren’t particularly cold here. Temperatures do reach a high of 30°C even in the winters and can soar up to 37°C in the summers. Overall, you will experience a warm and temperate climate. If you visit in the monsoon months between mid-July and mid-October, you are likely to encounter some heavy rainfall and turbulent weather.

Is there rainfall in Andaman?

Yes, mid-July marks the beginning of the monsoon season that stretches until mid-October. The region receives extremely heavy rainfall that can even be turbulent. Many people choose not to visit or go scuba diving in Andaman during this season, but for many, it’s a peaceful time to visit as there isn’t much crowd.

Diving at lower depths is not very affected by the rains, but beginners must be aware that this weather may make diving more difficult owing to the growing currents and rain, depending on your dive location.

The easiest way to travel to Andaman is by flight. There is an airport at Port Blair which is connected to major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, etc. Regular flights fly to Port Blair from these cities.

By flight

The Andamans are a part of the Indian Subcontinent, located off the south-eastern coast of India. Indian nationals can travel there without any passport. The capital, Port Blair, is very well connected to major Indian cities via air and water. Direct flights connect the Port Blair Airport to Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Vizag, while hopping flights are available for air travel from other cities.

Over water

You can also set sail from Kolkata, Chennai, or Vizag via government-operated boats that take about 3 to 4 days to reach Haddo Wharf in Port Blair. These departures are extremely infrequent and inconvenient to book. This makes air travel much more convenient for most travellers.

The operator will provide you with the scuba suit but you'll need to wear a swimsuit/bikini/swimming trunks under the wetsuit.

On your way to and from the dive site, you'll be in a boat or a vehicle and it may get windy or hot. Wear a light, long-sleeved shirt or top to protect you from sunburn for these times and for between dives.

Men can wear swimming briefs or slim-fit swimming trunks. Avoid wearing long, bulky swim shorts that will bunch up under your wetsuit.

Women can wear bikinis or one piece swimsuits that are comfortable. Avoid wearing swim wear with heavy beading or embellishments as it'll press into your skin under the wetsuit or damage the wetsuit.

If you have long hair, keep it tied up tightly so it doesn't float into your mask, get tangled in your gear, or obscure your vision. 

Apart from this, carry a change of clothes if you want to change after your diving is over. Your swimsuit will be wet so carry extra underwear too.

While you're not diving, you can wear a loose cover-up and sandals. 

For scuba diving in Andaman, the tour operator will provide all the scuba diving equipment including a diving suit.

Your operator will also provide drinking water. Most operators offer packages with tea and coffee, snacks, and a meal on longer dive days - but do check your package to be sure.

You will need a towel, a change of clothes if you want to change out of your wet swimsuit after your dive, sunglasses, sunscreen, a bottle of water. 

You need basic fitness levels for scuba diving in Andaman. If you're going for a Try Dive or a Discover Dive, then you don't even need to know swimming. However, if you're opting for a PADI/SSI scuba diving course in Andamans, then you need to pass a swimming test of 200 meters and 10 min floating to be eligible for the course.

Do practise some breathing exercises in the weeks leading up to your dive.  Try to avoid catching a cold or triggering an allergy because it can be uncomfortable (especially for a beginner) to do scuba diving with stuffed sinuses, a runny nose, or itchy eyes.

If you are pregnant, suffer from heart and lung conditions, breathing problems, or psychological or neurological conditions that may cause distortion of senses or acute panic under or near water, you will not be allowed to go scuba diving in Andaman.

What documents should I carry for scuba diving in Andaman?

Indian nationals are not required to carry a passport, but international travellers have to do so.

Try Dives, Discover Dives, and PADI Scuba Diver Courses do not require prior certification. However, PADI Open Water Diver Courses and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Courses require you to present your certificate as a proof of completion of the preceding course. For Fun Dives, you will have to show prior certification.

Don't forget your log book if you are a certified diver.

You must also carry a government-issued identity card (like a driver’s license) and any vaccination certificates or RT-PCR reports mandated by local authorities.
 
What kind of food will be provided while scuba diving in Andaman?

Lunch and snacks (if included in the package) will be eaten on the boat in between dives. This will usually consist of extremely light food in small portions, so you don’t feel nauseous while scuba diving in Andaman. Drinking water is readily available on your boat.

Safety protocols and advisory on scuba diving in Andaman

Scuba diving in Andaman is generally considered safe, but it is important to note a few guidelines to ensure your safety while diving in the open waters.

  • Avoid scuba diving in Andaman is you have a cough or a cold as it may hinder your limited breathing capacity underwater (especially if you’re a beginner)
  • Avoid diving with open wounds or if you've had recent surgery
  • Avoid interacting with marine life, especially without the instructions of your dive instructor
  • Do follow the instructions of your dive instructor at all times. Consumption of alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicants is strictly prohibited.

Are there ATMs in Andaman?

Yes, there are ATMs in Port Blair but beyond that, it may not always be easy to access a functioning ATM. Do carry some cash on you.

Is there network connectivity in Andaman?

Yes, there is good network connectivity in most regions. It may get sparse on Neil Island and Havelock Island. Most hotels and cafés offer Wi-Fi. The most preferred connections are BSNL, Vi, and Airtel.

Cancellation and refund policy for scuba diving in Andaman

The cancellation and refund policy will depend upon the operator you choose for your dive. In general, no shows don’t receive any refunds. Detailed cancellation and refund policies are available on our website’s trip booking pages.

COVID-19 protocol for scuba diving in Andaman

All divers are required to present their double vaccination certificate. All tourist spots, including dive centres, are regularly sanitised and have thermal temperature checks for all visitors. All scuba equipment is sanitised and disinfected between uses.

Many dive centres offer online lessons in place of classroom lessons for diving courses, thereby limiting exposure to many other visitors. Scuba diving in Andaman also takes place from regularly sanitised boats that are open and don’t have any recirculated air that may pose a higher risk of COVID-19.
 

 

 

Scuba diving in the Andamans - Frequently Asked Questions

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.

 

We offer multiple scuba trips on The Great Next website, from single-day try dives to a full blown PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. To begin, if you are a beginner with no experience of scuba diving but aren't sure if you're ready for a course, then you should go for the Discover Dives. These 1-day trips, offering 1-2 open water dives, are perfect way to see if scuba diving is your thing.

However, if you're sure you want to be a scuba diver, then there are two options you can choose from: PADI Scuba Diver Course and PADI Open Water Diver course. Both the courses offer you PADI certification, but the Scuba Diver is an entry level course which only offers 2 dives up to a depth of 40 feet. However, if you want something more extensive, then you should go for the Open Water Diver course as it gives you more detailed understanding of diving along with 4-5 open water dives up to a depth of 60 feet.

Then there is the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course which can only be done by those who already have the PADI Open Water Diver certification.

No, scuba diving beginners don’t have to worry about any gear. Your operator will provide everything you need for your trip, including a wet suit, diving mask with snorkel, BCD, oxygen tank, scuba boots with fins, regulator, dive compass and SPG.

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.

 

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.

 

Anyone over 10 years may take lessons in scuba diving. Check with the operator if you are traveling 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 a good physical and mental condition to dive.

For kids between the age of 7 to 10 we offer a bubble maker dive, that is specially designed for children. 

No. Just have a light breakfast before reporting to the dive shop - no meals are included in the diving packages - and make sure you read the medical form carefully before signing it. If you answer 'Yes' to any of the questions, you need to get a doctor to sign the form for you. Pack a light towel, some snacks and a bottle of water with you for the day.

Diving is on throughout the year in the Andamans. That being said, January to May are the best diving months. It usually gets hotter towards May but the sea is calm and visibility is the best in these months.

You can also choose to go diving in the winter months of December to February. The weather is much cooler than the summers and underwater visibility is also good.

In the monsoon months of July to August, there are very few tourists owing to the rains. However, scuba diving continues. It is a good time to visit if you are keen on lesser tourists and lower hotel prices.

No. However, we have powered scuba masks that will correct your vision underwater. When you come to the dive shop, you can wear your glasses but you will eventually have to take them off and keep it at the dive shop with your other belongings. Let your diving instructor know your eye number, so they can provide you with the right mask. 

No. Unless your doctor says it is okay to do so. You need to get a PADI medical form signed by your doctor confirming the same. We will be sharing the medical form after you make your booking. 

No. Unless your doctor says it is okay to do so. You need to get a Medical Form signed by your doctor confirming the same. We will be sharing the medical form after you make your booking.

If you are a beginner it is best to avoid diving in case you have a cold or a cough

As a beginner, you can dive both in Havelock and Neil Island. However, there are no shore dives in Neil Island this is why most first-timers prefer Havelock. 

We recommend you do considerable research before you book. Scuba diving is an extremely safe activity. We cannot however offer refunds if you cancel at the last minute as there are limited diving spots - instructors, gear, boats, support staff, etc are all planned in advanced depending on the number of people going diving the next day. The diving operator cannot bear the loss of a last minute change by a customer. 

BSNL is your best bet. Vodafone and Airtel also work. The internet does work pretty well in Port Blair but it is really poor in Havelock and Neil Island. However, most hotels and cafes offer WiFi.

The recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern, unless you experience severe cramps or nausea, which can make diving uncomfortable. You can dive with a tampon or a menstrual cup, but it is recommeded you avoid sanitary napkins as they can become waterlogged.

Shore dives are dives at the shallow reefs close to the beach with a maximum depth of 7m or 15 feet. 

Boat dives are dives at dive sites 15-30 mins away from the beach. You will be taken to these dive sites on the operator's baot. Maximum depth of boat dives is 12m or 40 feet.

Usually scuba diving operators do not allow non-diving participants on the boat. but you can come along to do boat snorkelling (for an extra cost). On some rare circumstances operators will allow non-diving participants on the boat. This is subject to seat availability, but the participant will have to pay boat charges for the boat ride.

The following are basis current rules of PADI and are subject to change. 

Before flying, you need to maintain a gap of:
- Minimum 12 hours if you have done 1 dive
- Minimum 18 hours if you have done multiple dives
- Best is to keep a 24 hours gap after diving

Yes, we do have a whole bunch of other adventure activities in Andamans like seawalk, snorkelling, day/bioluminescence kayaking, glass bottom boat, etc. please get in touch with our agent for more details, options, pricing and other trip information.

Diving continues in Andamans, even during the monsoons, as rains don't affect diving. So it is very unlikely that diving will be canceled. In the very unlikely scenario that diving is canceled due to bad weather, you will receive a full refund.

When you go scuba diving, you have around 40-50 min before your oxygen runs out. This is more than enough time to enjoy a long dive experience, but the maximum depth will depend on your certification level and experience.

If you are doing a Try Dive/Discover Dive or PADI Scuba Diver course (the beginner level of a certification or simply trying out scuba diving), then the deepest you'll go is up to 40 feet. For the PADI Open Water Diver (intermediate level of certification), you get to dive as deep as 60 feet, and for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (expert level of certification), you can go as deep as 100 feet.

Most divers prefer diving in Havelock Island, followed by Neil Island and North Bay. All locations feature beginner-friendly spots that have low currents, good visibility, and manageable depths. They also have unique diving spots reserved for certified divers only, that are more exploratory and difficult enough to bar beginners from venturing into those particular spots.

Try Dives and Discover Dives can be completed in just a few hours. Scuba diving courses from PADI or SSI can range anywhere between 2-9 days depending on the level of certification and number of dives included.

If you’re planning your travel, please remember the following gaps that need to be maintained before flying after diving:

  • 1 dive: Wait for at least 12 hours before flying
  • Multiple dives in a day: Wait for at least 18 hours after your last dive
  • As a best practice, it is recommended to keep a gap of at least 24 hour gap after diving.

This is because your body needs time to adjust from going to an extremely high-pressure environment (several feet underwater) to an extremely low-pressure environment (several thousand feet above land). Failing to do so can trigger decompression sickness, or DCS, that can be fatal.
 

Scuba diving in Andaman is an extremely safe activity, even for beginners. You will always be accompanied by an experienced dive instructor who is equipped to teach you all the safety protocol and assist you in case of any emergency.

There is no correct answer to this question. Choosing a vendor can depend on their experience, how renowned they are, what their charges are, and how qualified their instructors are. All vendors associated with The Great Next strictly follow all diving guidelines and protocols and will give you a safe and comfortable scuba diving in Andaman experience.

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  • Rated : 5

    28-04-2021

    The coordinators are extremely helpful. They go to extra lengths for helping you in figuring out where do you want to go and will be there with you at every step whenever you need them. Amazing service, I wanted to book a last minute ticket, I didn't think I'd get any good treks, but they sorted me out. Highly recommended.

  • Rated : 5

    28-04-2021

    The coordinators are extremely helpful. They go to extra lengths for helping you in figuring out where do you want to go and will be there with you at every step whenever you need them. Amazing service, I wanted to book a last minute ticket, I didn't think I'd get any good treks, but they sorted me out. Highly recommended.

  • Rated : 4

    28-04-2021

    The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

  • Rated : 4

    28-04-2021

    The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

  • Rated : 5

    28-04-2021

    Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

  • Rated : 5

    28-04-2021

    Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

  • Rated : 5

    28-04-2021

    On trek best arrangement what can be offered.

  • Rated : 5

    28-04-2021

    On trek best arrangement what can be offered.

  • Rated : 5

    The coordinators are extremely helpful. They go to extra lengths for helping you in figuring out where do you want to go and will be there with you at every step whenever you need them. Amazing service, I wanted to book a last minute ticket, I didn't think I'd get any good treks, but they sorted me out. Highly recommended.

  • Rated : 4

    The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

  • Rated : 5

    Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

  • Rated : 5

    On trek best arrangement what can be offered.

  • Rated : 5

    We recently did the night kayaking trip with Tanaz in Havelock and I have no words to describe the experience.. Happened to randomly click a link which led me to the Great Next and boy am I glad it did! I was always obsessed with watching bioluminscent plankton and had done lots of research on it before going to Maldives but people said it was too rare a phenomenon to be confirmed. However, here maybe thanks to the mangroves or Tanaz's love for the bioluminescence, we found them here in abundance.. I was so skeptical at first when they said you will most definitely see it coz I had heard such opposite feedback from other places in the past, but they are absolutely right.. We saw the bioluminescence throughout our kayaking trip and it was definitely one of our best experiences in life! Please trust the Great Next and Tanaz blindly in organising this trip for you and I assure you you will not be disappointed.. Tanaz only plans this trip during specific time periods to make sure everyone sees this magical phenomenon so be sure to trust her dates and just go with it!

  • Rated : 5

    The coordinators are extremely helpful. They go to extra lengths for helping you in figuring out where do you want to go and will be there with you at every step whenever you need them. Amazing service, I wanted to book a last minute ticket, I didn't think I'd get any good treks, but they sorted me out. Highly recommended.

  • Rated : 4

    The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

  • Rated : 5

    Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

  • Rated : 5

    On trek best arrangement what can be offered.

  • Rated : 1

    Pathetic experience. They are broker they dont do anything . These guys just do the tie up with local treakking group who are responcible for all the activitites. They tie up with cheaper treakking group and they provide worst quality of food, worst tent, worst and dirty sleeping bags .

  • Rated : 4

    the service is good and the payment process is smooth. but they are just aggregators and you will be pooled to other service providers. I need to go on long treks to experience more about The Great Next services

  • Rated : 5

    It was a phenomenal experience. My first trek and it was way above my expectations. You guys were so warm and friendly, it felt like we've known each other for a long time. Thankyou for making my first experience a memorable one.

  • Rated : 5

    Very well organised. Ours was a last minute request but they were very helpful in arranging it seamlessly. The entire trek was very smooth. What was promised was delivered. The food could have been better but I am not complaining. On the whole a great experience.

  • Rated : 5

    The coordinators are extremely helpful. They go to extra lengths for helping you in figuring out where do you want to go and will be there with you at every step whenever you need them. Amazing service, I wanted to book a last minute ticket, I didn't think I'd get any good treks, but they sorted me out. Highly recommended.

  • Rated : 5

    Very polite and trained leads. Service was fantastic, food was on point. The trek was beautifully crafted by them. Can't wait for my next trip

  • Rated : 4

    The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

  • Rated : 5

    TGN has a very sophisticated and concise web page along with many optional details and information. This is one of the few sites that provides information about the operator. All the operators they recommend are safe, well-trained and reliable. They are easily accessible and offer reasonable deals. I've booked a trekking and river rafting trip with them already, and it was a very good experience. I'll always choose The Great Next to plan my adventure trips.

  • Rated : 5

    'The Great next is a great platform to discover, explore and book some of the best trails and treks nature has to offer! Although our trek group was managed by the amazing 'Renok adventures' , it was the great next that put us through to them. Thank you !'

  • Rated : 5

    Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

  • Rated : 5

    On trek best arrangement what can be offered.