Scuba diving in Havelock is one of the top activities on this gorgeous island. The Andaman Islands are a tropical paradise, famous for their white sand beaches, palm tree-lined shores, and beautiful blue waters. Under the waves, it’s even more beautiful, with vivid coral and a wide variety of marine life. Whether you’re a beginner or a certified scuba diver, scuba diving in Havelock offers something for everyone.
Choose from a range of Havelock scuba diving options, from Try Dives to PADI Discover Scuba Diving sessions. You can also read about Havelock scuba diving for beginners here.
A Try Dive offers you a fun way to experience scuba diving for the first time. You don’t need any experience; you don’t even need to know how to swim for this. A Try Dive is perfect if you don’t have much time, or if you’re not sure about scuba diving. You’ll be taught the basic skills, and will do a short dive in the ocean for 25-30 minutes. The whole Try Dive takes about 2 hours, and at the end, you’ll know what it feels like to breathe and move in the underwater world.
Find out more in our blog about Scuba Diving in Andamans for Beginners.
For those who want a longer diving experience, sign up for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) session. You’ll get a more in-depth training to learn the same skills that are taught in the scuba course in Havelock. Once you’re ready, you’ll head out for a 45-minute dive. It’s a thrilling experience because you’ll have the time and confidence to explore deeper and longer, so you’ll get to see some amazing underwater life. With your DSD certificate, you can transfer the skills you’ve learned when you decide to do your scuba course.
While scuba diving in Havelock for beginners is fun, getting certified as a scuba diver is the real thrill. The dive spots you can visit as a certified scuba diver are impressive, and you’ll get to see some fascinating sea life too. The Andaman Islands have shipwrecks to explore, massive coral walls to swim along, and even a deserted volcano island that you can dive around.
For the scuba diving courses in Havelock, you will need to know how to swim. You’ll be expected to swim for 200 metres (any stroke) and float for ten minutes in open water, and will have to do this to pass your test.
The first certification you can get is the PADI Scuba Diver (SD) course. In this scuba course in Havelock, you’ll learn the basic skills to move and breathe underwater, and will dive up to a maximum depth of 40 feet.
The PADI Open Water Diver (OWD) course teaches you the skills required to dive to a maximum depth of 60 feet. This scuba course in Havelock includes four open water dives.
At this level, you spend more time in the water, specializing in the type of dives that you are interested in. You’ll be able to dive to a maximum depth of 98 feet. You’ll be doing 5 dives and can choose from fascinating options like Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Naturalist Dive and more.
The best time to take courses for scuba diving in Havelock is from October 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, from late June to Sept, unless you’re an experienced diver who won’t be deterred by some rough waters. Read the top FAQs about scuba diving here.
For your scuba diving courses in Havelock, 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 spots. Read our blog post about scuba equipment here.
There are two ways to reach Havelock, you can either fly from Port Blair or take a ferry. Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. runs flight services between the two islands via a fleet of seaplanes. These flights are of 20 min and usually operator on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
If you prefer going by ferry, then you can board the air-conditioned catamaran ferries which will take about 90 minutes to reach Havelock. The government also runs ferries between the two islands but these ferries take 2.5 hours to reach Havelock.
Arrive at the dive centre in the morning and head to the shore with your instructor. After a short training session in the shallow waters, you'll board the boat and head to the dive site. There you'll engage in 2 dives before returning to the dive centre. The trip ends here.
Transfers by boat to the dive site and back will be included in the package. One 20-25 minute shallow water training session with underwater breathing exercises will be provided. Two Discover Scuba Dives of 45-50 mins duration each along with an experienced dive instructor is included as part of your package. You will be given a certificate for successfully completing your Discover Scuba Dive course. All scuba diving equipment will be included in the costs. Some operators include photos/videos of your scuba dive in the package, while some operators charge additional. Please check with the operator at the time of booking. All applicable taxes are included.
Accommodation of any kind or any food or beverages will not be included. Personal expenses or any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies etc. as well as insurance is not included and will be additional. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.
Report to the dive centre in the morning and begin with your theory session. You'll then head to the shallow waters or the pool to learn how to scuba dive in a safe environment. After that, you'll freshen up and leave.
You'll arrive at the dive centre today and move to the dive site by boat with your instructor. There you'll engage in 2 open water dives. After that, you'll head back to the dive centre and collect your PADI Scuba Diver certificate.
Boat transfers between dive centre and dive sites are included. These packages included two open water dives and all the gear and equipment required for scuba diving. Services of experienced dive instructors and support crew will be provided to ensure a safe experience. Package includes theory and pool training sessions along with PADI Scuba Diver course material and PADI Scuba Diver certification upon successful completion. All applicable taxes are included.
Travel arrangements between home city and dive centre are not included as well as any meals or accommodation during the course are not included. Personal expenses like alcohol or beverages etc. are not included. Adventure travel or dive insurance or any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc. are not included and will be additional. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.
Report to the dive centre and begin your theory session. Post that, you'll head to the shallow waters or pool to learn how to use scuba gear while diving. You'll then freshen up and leave for the day.
Today, you'll follow the same schedule as the previous day, starting with theory session followed by confined water training. Today you'll learn some advanced skills and gain confidence under water.
Today, report to the dive centre and head to the dive site with your instructor. There, you'll enjoy 2 open water dives. You'll then return to the dive centre, freshen up and leave.
Today, following the same schedule as the previous day, you'll arrive at the dive centre and then head to the dive site. There, you'll engage in 2 more open water dives and then return to the dive centre to collect your PADI Open Water Diver certificate.
Boat transfers between dive centre and dive spots will be included. There will be four open water dives in this package. All equipment required for scuba diving will be provided to you. Services of experienced dive instructors and support crew will be included. Theory and confined/shallow water training sessions along with PADI Open Water Diver course material and PADI Open Water Diver certification upon successful completion will be included. Vegetarian lunch on day 3 and day 4 will be provided. All applicable taxes are included.
Travel arrangements between home city and dive centre, any accommodation at Havelock Island or meals not mentioned in the inclusions are not included. Photos/videos of your dive can be booked on the spot; subject to availability of the photographer. Please check with the operator as some include these as a part of the package while some charge additional. Underwater camera rental can be arranged at roughly INR 2,000; subject to availability of camera. Adventure travel or dive insurance or any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc. are not included. Personal expenses like meals or beverages etc. or anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.
Day 1: 2 open water dives
Day 2: 3 open water dives
Today, you'll report to the dive centre where you'll meet your instructor and then move to the dive site via a boat. There, you'll engage in 1 navigation dive and 1 elective dive of your choice. You'll then return to the dive centre.
Today, you'll arrive at the dive centre and go to the dive site via a boat. There you'll engage in 1 deep dive and 2 elective dives of your choice. You'll then return to the dive centre to collect your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
All equipment required for PADI Advanced Open Water Diving equipment will be included. PADI certified instructors and diving crew will be available. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification and dive card upon successful completion of the course will be included. Boat transfers from dive centre to the dive spots are included. 5 dives including 1 compulsory Deep Dive and 1 compulsory Underwater Navigation dive are included. Snacks, bananas, and water between dives is included. All applicable taxes are included.
Any transport costs from the base city to dive centre and back are not included. Any accommodation or meals will not be included. Travel or medical insurance and any items not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.
Months from October to mid-June are the best time to go scuba diving in Havelock. During these months, the visibility is good and the waters are calm. Unless you're an experienced diver, monsoons are not a good idea as the sea can get rough during heavy rains.
For scuba courses in Havelock, you will need comfortable swimwear and sunscreen on the boat. Between dives, you might like to have a light, long-sleeved cotton shirt or kurta to protect you from the sun. Carry a mosquito repellent, sunglasses and a cap.
To reach Havelock, you can take a flight from Port Blair to the island. It It is a 20 min flight in a seaplane which is operated by Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. These flights are usually available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
You can also reach the island by air conditioned catamaran ferries which will take about 90 mins from Port Blair. There are also government run ferries connecting to Havelock but they take 2.5 hours to reach there.
The tour operator will provide you with a scuba suit. But to maintain hygiene standards, you need to wear a swimsuit/bikini/swimming trunks under the suit. You should also carry an extra pair of clothes for when you're not diving.
You don't need to carry any diving equipment as the operator will provide you with those. However, do carry an extra pair of clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, swimwear and sandals.
You need a basic level of fitness for scuba diving in Havelock. If you're going for a try dive, then you don't even need to know how to swim. But if you're going for a scuba diving course, then you are required to be able to swim 200 meters and float in the water for 10 min to be eligible for the course.
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