The underwater topography, especially the giant pinnacle formations discovered by a local scuba instructor, make this one of the iconic diving destinations to the east of Havelock Island.
This help guide explains how to get to the dive site, average depth limits, and what species of marine life animals you should see if you choose this spot for a dive.
One reason visitors go scuba diving at Havelock Island is for the warm sea temperatures of 26 to 30° Celsius (78-86 Fahrenheit).
This region usually gets the wet season from June to October and the dry season starts in November until May.
Even so, some dive centres in Andaman offer year round scuba diving and snorkeling lessons at the nearby islands.
This area is a paradise for scuba divers and there are many dive spots to choose from. In general, you should base the destination on which particular ocean life plants and animals you are hoping to see.
Note: The dive site called Dixon's Pinnacles is not shallow, and the average depths bottom out around thirty (30) metres. This is why some of the local scuba schools conduct the PADI® Advanced course at this popular location for scuba diving.
In general, you should expect to have good underwater visibility. In fact, the water clarity extends to forty metres (130 feet) during the optimum months for diving.
So, when is the best time to dive in the Andaman Islands? The peak season for scuba diving starts around the end of October and runs all the way through to May.
Having a tropical climate means the sea temperature is warm for most of the year, averaging 28° Celsius (around 82° Fahrenheit). But, some dive sites in Andaman Islands can have strong water currents, including downwelling currents where they collide at some of the steep wall dives.
Note: The climate during the first half of the year is mostly sunny and hot, with flat calm seas. So, it may be best to avoid the area when the May monsoons arrive - even though diving is still available at some selected sites.
You will find Dixon's Pinnacle dive site around nineteen (19) kilometres to the east of south Havelock (aka Swaraj Dweep). The peaks of three deep pinnacles form a triangle underwater and a mind-blowing experience for divers who appreciate stunning underwater topography.
This location differs from some of the nearby shore dives, and you should be familiar with boat diving practices if you join an organised scuba trip. The average depth levels out around eighteen (18) metres (60 feet).
But wait - there's more:
The largest rock provides a natural habitat for colourful hard and soft corals as it rises up from the seabed close to 40 metres below the surface in open sea.
You won't be disappointed if you enjoy swimming around giant barrel sponges (Xestospongia muta) and this area has developed into a lively cleaning station.
Some of the aquatic animals that scuba divers and qualified freedivers might see around the coral reef formations include:
Pro Tip: Check out our A to Z list of marine vertebrate sea animals for more interesting facts about different fish families.
Note: The main section contains a list of Havelock Island dive sites for scuba diving and snorkeling with information about the marine species that thrive in this part of Ritchie's Archipelago.