Scuba diving and snorkelling in Andaman Islands is truly a mesmerizing experience as you are exposed to the tropical beauty of the life that thrives underneath the surface. While snorkelling in these islands, you will get to witness various exotic fish species like jellyfish, star fish, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, schools of dolphins, turtles, sharks, peacock mantis, clownfish, etc. And if you're lucky, you might even spot a dugong swimming about in the tropical waters. Apart from this, you'll also get to admire the colourful corals like black corals, fire corals, gorgonians, etc.
Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands form an archipelago consisting of many islands with white sandy beaches, exotic marine life and vivid corals. The islands are a perfect tropical getaway and have come to be known as one of the world's best diving and snorkelling sites.
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The island is home to many pristine beaches and are surrounded by emerald waters of the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Andaman Sea on the other. An extensive variety of fish species and corals call these shores their home, as they make up for one of the best coral ecosystems in the world.
If you love snorkelling and want to take this sport a step farther, you could consider scuba diving in the Andamans. You don’t even need to know how to swim if you choose the beginner packages. Read our blog to find the right scuba diving trip for you on Scuba Diving in the Andamans for Beginners
If you're planning to go snorkelling in Andamans, then you should book your flight tickets either during summer or winter. During the summer months, the weather is generally pleasant and mildly warm, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 37 degree Celsius. Winter too is a great season to go snorkelling in Andamans. During these months, the weather is not chilly but is light and neutral with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degree Celsius, making it perfect for a romantic getaway.
Monsoons, however, should be avoided if you want to do any sort of watersports in Andamans. During this season, the islands are lashed with heavy rains and strong winds paired with rough seas. Hence, most water sports are inaccessible in monsoon.
For snorkelling in Andamans, you have to first arrive at the dive centre to collect your gear. From there, you will be taken to the dive site. Some dives take place at a beach and some at a dive site in the middle of the sea. Depending on your package, you'll either go to the beach or to the dive site via a boat. There, you get to engage in a snorkelling session and observe the gorgeous marine life of the Andaman sea. After your snorkelling session, you'll head back to the dive centre and return the snorkelling gear.
Snorkelling in Andaman Islands packs in plenty of fun and adventure that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, as long as they are comfortable in the water. A package for snorkelling in Andamans can cost anywhere between INR 1400 to INR 4000 per person.
Since the Andamans are a cluster of isolated islands located in the Bay of Bengal, there are only 2 ways to reach there: air or sea. The most convenient is by air, where you have to book tickets to the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair. The airport is connected to most major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, etc. by regular flights run by domestic flight operators.
If you have a few days to spare, then you can take a cruise sailing from Kolkata, Vizag or Chennai to reach Andaman. These ships run on a monthly basis and take up to 70 hours to reach Andaman.
If you're staying in Port Blair or Havelock, then the best way to get around is via auto-rickshaws or taxis. You can even hire a car with a driver for roughly INR 550 per 35 km, or hire motorcycles for approx. INR 300 to INR 400 per day. The prices vary as per the season. There are also buses connecting Port Blair to Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur in the north, and Wandoor in the south.
You can reach Havelock and Neil Island by regular ferries from Port Blair, Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur
For snorkelling, you only need to wear comfortable swimwear like bikini, swimsuit or swimming trunks. And when you're not snorkelling, you should wear a comfortable pair of t-shirt and shorts. It is also a good idea to wear sunglasses and sun-cap to protect yourself from the sun and sandals/floaters as footwear.
For snorkelling in Andaman, you don't have to carry any snorkelling equipment like fins, snorkels and masks, as they will be provided by the tour operator. What you need to carry is swimwear, comfortable clothes for when you're not snorkelling, sunscreen and sunglasses. It is also a good idea to carry a personal first aid kit along with all the personal essentials.
Since snorkelling is a low-effort activity, it doesn't require much fitness levels. Snorkelling can be done by people of all age groups as long as they have basic fitness levels and are comfortable in the water. Even someone who doesn't know how to swim can also go snorkelling in Andaman.
When you're not snorkelling, you can enjoy many other things to do in the Andaman Islands. You can go for treks, kayaking, scuba diving, or just relax on the white shore beaches of the islands. Explore the adventure activities in Havelock options here. Also check out adventure activities in Port Blair like sea walks, kayaking, and more here.
Andaman is one of the best tropical destinations in the world. While you're there, you can choose from a wide range of accommodation options, from budget huts to luxurious air conditioned cottages. It is recommended that you look for the accommodation on a beachside so you get to stay close to the sea.
Day 1: Go snorkelling in Andaman
Day 1: Go snorkelling in Andaman
Today, you'll report to the dive centre and collect your snorkelling gear. From there, you'll be taken to the dive site via a boat. There, you'll begin your snorkelling session where you'll get to swim with colourful fish and observe the gorgeous corals of the Andaman Sea. After an exciting snorkelling session of 45 min, you'll head back to the dive centre and depart for your hotel. The trip ends here.
You will be taken via a boat from the dive centre to the dive site and back. But transport to and from the dive centre will be at your expense. Services of an experienced dive instructor along with all snorkelling equipment like masks etc. are inclusive of the package. One snorkelling session of 45 min duration is included. All applicable taxes are inclusive of the costs.
Accommodation of any kind meals and beverages are not included and will need to be arranged by you at your own expense. Transportation to and from dive centre to your hotel or any other location is not included and will have to be arranged by you.
Any personal expenses or any additional expenses incurred due to illness, injury, medical emergency evacuations, weather emergencies, etc. and insurance is not included and will be additional. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.
The best time to go snorkelling in Andaman Islands is either during summer or winter. In summer, the weather is warm and pleasant, and temperatures range from 24 to 37 degree Celsius. In winter, the weather is cool, breezy and pleasant with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degree Celsius. During these two seasons, the water is calm and offer great visibility.
However, it is recommended that you avoid the monsoon season as during these months, the islands get lashed with heavy rains, leading to rough seas, which make water sports inaccessible.
The Andaman is a cluster of islands located in the Bay of Bengal, isolated from the mainland of India. Hence, it is only accessible via air and water. Of the two, air is the most convenient one. You can book a flight from major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, etc. to Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair. These flights are operated on a regular basis by domestic flight operators.
And if you have a few days to spare, then you can take a cruise from Kolkata, Vizag or Chennai to reach Andaman too. These ships sail on a monthly basis and take up to 70 hours to reach Andaman. Please plan these well in advance.
When you're snorkelling in Andaman, you only need to wear a swimsuit/bikini/swimming trunks that are comfortable and unrestrictive. When you're not snorkelling, you should wear comfortable clothes like t-shirts and shorts to protect yourself from the sun.
The tour operator will provide you with the snorkelling equipment which includes a snorkel, mask and fins. What you need to carry while snorkelling in Andaman is a pair of extra clothes, swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a cap along with a personal medical kit.
Snorkelling is a low-effort activity that only requires basic fitness. It can be done by people of all age groups. Even if you don't know how to swim, you can still go snorkelling as long as you're comfortable in the water.
No, snorkelling can be enjoyed by people of all age groups as it is a low-effort activity. Though some operators do have a minimum age limit of 10-12 years and a maximum age limit of 60-70 years. A basic fitness level is required and even if you don't know how to swim, you can go snorkelling as long as you're comfortable in the water.
Yes, the snorkelling in Andaman costs include the rental charges for all the snorkelling equipment that you will need. This includes a snorkel, a mask and a pair of fins. Apart from this, if you're booking a snorkelling package with a boat dive, then the cost also includes boat transfer fees to the dive site and back.
If you're a beginner snorkeller, then it is recommended that you avoid going underwater. When you go underwater, the snorkel gets flooded with water, so you won't be able to breathe underwater. To remove this water, you have to resurface and give a strong blow. However, if you have some experience with this and are comfortable in water, then you can go under the surface to get a closer view of the marine life.
No, you do not need to know how to swim for snorkelling in Andaman. As long as you're comfortable in the water and have basic fitness, you can safely go swimming in the tropical waters of the Andaman sea.
The best way to travel while staying in Havelock or Port Blair is by an auto-rickshaw or taxi. If you want, you can even hire a car for INR 550 per 35 km, or a motorcycle for INR 300 to INR 400 per day. These prices are subjective. To reach other parts of the island, you can take local buses, and to reach other islands like Neil Island or Havelock, you can board a ferry which runs on regular basis from Port Blair, Rangat, Mayabunder, etc.
The best time to go snorkelling is during winter and summer. In winter, the weather is pleasant and cool, but not chilly, and the waters are calm with good visibility. During these months, the temperature ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius.
And during the months of summer, the weather is relatively warm but pleasant with temperatures ranging from 24 to 37 degrees Celsius. The monsoon season is not recommended for any water sports in Andaman as during this season, the islands get lashed with heavy rains and strong winds, and the water is rough too. During monsoon, most water sports are rendered inaccessible in Andaman.
While snorkelling in Andaman, you'll get to see a wide variety of fish and corals. You'll get to see various exotic fish species like manta rays, sharks, clown fish, jellyfish, turtles, peacock mantis, etc. And you'll also get to observe various corals like black corals, fire corals, gorgonians, etc.
On your visit to Andaman, you can not only go snorkelling, but also go for many other adventure activities. There are trekking trails on some islands, many beaches have adventure activities like parasailing, kayaking, banana boat and jet ski rides, etc.
Apart from this, if you want to explore the blue waters further, you can sign up for a Discover Scuba Diving trip which lets you go scuba diving in Andaman Islands. And if you are serious about exploring the ocean, then you can even sign up for a full-fledged scuba diving course that are offered by various SSI/PADI certified dive centres.
Check-out our page on scuba diving in Andaman Islands.