One of the best wreck dives in the Andaman Islands are the rusty remains of a steam-powered cargo ship that ran aground in 1955 - called the SS Inchkeith.
This guide explains how to get to the dive site, average depth limits, and which marine species you may see while diving around the wreckage near to Havelock (Swaraj Dweep).
One of the key reasons that visitors scuba dive Havelock Island is for the warm sea temperatures of 26 to 30° C (78-86 Fahrenheit).
This area usually gets the wet season from June to October. Whereas, the dry season starts in November and runs through to 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 Inchkeith Wreck dive site is quite shallow in places, with average depths bottoming out around twenty (20) metres. As a result, some of the local dive schools will conduct the PADI® Open Water Diver course at this popular destination.
First built in 1923 by John Priestman and Company, the British cargo ship sank during a voyage from Calcutta to Bombay. Despite being made of steel, SS Inchkeith had a top speed of nine (9) knots - even with 4290 grt (gross tonnage).
It was carrying coal and timber when it ran aground on the 2nd of March in 1955. The vessel was 111 metres long, 16 metres wide, and eight (8) metres high when it hit shallow rocks in bad weather near Duncan Island, close to Port Meadows, Andaman Islands.
Important: Another section explains how to become a PADI® wreck diving specialist and explore historical facts about shipwrecks that rest on the seabed.
Some of the aquatic animals that scuba divers and shallow water freedivers may see around the sunken wreckage 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 short video [9:32 seconds] contains more interesting footage about the marine life found at this popular dive site near Havelock Island.