Scuba diving in the Andamans

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Scuba Diving in Andaman Overview

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.

Aquatic life of the Andaman - What will I see while scuba diving in Andaman?

The Andaman Islands 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 the Andaman?

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, 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.

What are the packages available for scuba diving in Andaman?

The packages start with Try Dive/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. Some packages also offer pool training sessions to instil confidence in the divers. 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. 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 perfect for those who are serious about scuba diving.

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.

Scuba diving in Andaman prices

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

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.

What else can I do in the Andaman

When you’re not diving, there’s plenty of things to do in the Andaman. 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.

Where should I stay in the Andaman

Whatever you’re doing in the Andaman, 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.

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.

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 should I carry for my diving trip

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.

Scuba Diving in Andaman Summary

  • State:Andaman Nicobar
  • Total days:1-4 days
  • Grade:Easy to Moderate
  • Max depth:40-100 feet
  • Season:Summer and winter

Scuba diving in Port Blair, Andamans

Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman Islands, and first point of arrival here. It is quite busy, but is still quite charming. Most diving here takes place at Chidiya Tapu, in the south of the island, which has a lush and pristine heritage of natural wonders. Port Blair diving is suitable for those with limited time, and both scuba beginners and those looking for a scuba course can do it here.

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Scuba diving in Havelock Island for beginners

Havelock Island is an idyllic paradise with white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves, and blue, blue water with high visibility. It is much quieter than Port Blair and has a truly laidback island vibe. Beginners will enjoy Try Dives at Nemo Reef, which has gentle water that is just right for first-timers.

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Scuba diving courses in Havelock, Andamans

Havelock Island is an idyllic paradise with white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves, and blue, blue water with high visibility. It is much quieter than Port Blair and has a truly laidback island vibe. Beginners will enjoy Try Dives at Nemo Reef, which has gentle water that is just right for first-timers.

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Discover Scuba Diving in Andaman

Sketch 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

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

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.

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

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 Andamans

Sketch 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

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

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:

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.

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

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/p>

PADI Open Water Diver Course

Sketch 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 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

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

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:

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:

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:

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.

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

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

Sketch 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

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

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 includes 2 mandatory dives and 1 adventure dive. You'll then head back to the dive centre.

Day 2:

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.

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

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 (for certified divers)

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Check-in at the campsite

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

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

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.

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 taxe

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 go/Weather

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.

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Getting there

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.

What to wear

The operator will provide you with the scuba suit but you'll need to wear a swimsuit/bikini/swimming trunks under the wetsuit. While you're not diving, you can wear comfortable beach wear and sandals.

What to carry

For scuba diving in Andaman, the tour operator will provide all the scuba diving equipment including a diving suit. All you need to carry is swim wear and sunscreen.

Preparation/Fitness

You need basic fitness for scuba diving in Andaman. If you're going for a try dive/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.

FAQs about the Scuba Diving in Andaman

Do I need to know how to swim to go scuba diving?

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.

Which scuba diving package is right for me?

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.

Do I need any special gear?

No, scuba diving beginners don’t have to worry about any gear. Your operator will provide everything you need for your trip.

What do I wear under the scuba suit?

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.

Where do I put the scuba suit on?

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.

What is the right age to go scuba diving?

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.

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