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Scuba Diving at Havelock Island

Havelock's recently discovered popularity with divers results from the sustained, and significant, promotion of eco-friendly tourism by the Indian authorities.

This section lists the best sites for scuba diving and snorkeling at Havelock island and which marine species thrive in this part of Ritchie's Archipelago, Andaman Islands.

Best Months to Scuba Dive Havelock Island

You will find the best diving destinations in the Andaman Islands in the south, such as at Havelock and Neil Island.

Some of the noted topographical features for scuba divers, freedivers, and snorkelers include:

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). Even so, some of the dive sites in Havelock island can have strong water currents, including down currents where they collide with steep walls.

Note: The climate during the first half of the year is mostly sunny and hot with calm flat seas. But, it may be best to avoid the area when the May monsoons arrive - even though diving is still available at some selected sites.

What Marine Life Can Divers See?

There are several reasons for adding Havelock Island to our India diving list, including the vibrant reef gardens and a diverse variety of marine creatures.

Scuba Diving with Huge Havelock Island GrouperTypical aquatic animals and marine biodiversity found in the area include:

Note: Havelock (also known as Swaraj Dweep) is still considered as being an emerging market for scuba diving and snorkeling. Even so, the best spots will appeal to divers with different certification and skill levels.

List of Dive Sites at Havelock Island


You need to travel about three (3) kilometres offshore (from Elephant Beach) to get to the Aquarium dive site at Havelock Island.

But, once you find it, there's no shortage of marine life and fringing coral gardens for inexperienced divers to enjoy.

Barracuda City

Some of the shallow zones at the Barracuda City dive site create ideal spots to try scuba diving for the first time.

You should find strips of fringing coral reef that contain rich samples of hard and soft (e.g. brown and grey branching staghorn). Plus, there is no shortage of radiant and colourful fish species, including surgeonfish, octopus, and sea turtles.


The Lighthouse dive site has a healthy balance of lively fish species along with some hard and soft coral formations.

The water is shallow at the shoreline and gets deeper as you head away from the beach. This sheltered spot is also a popular destination for night diving specialties due to the clarity of the water.

Mac Point

You'll need a boat to reach the dive site at Mac Point. Nonetheless, an abundance of hard corals and small schooling fishes makes it worth the effort.

Note: This is a good place to see dugong sea cows (the State Animal of Andaman). The marine mammals can grow up to three metres long and weigh around 400 kilograms.

Minerva Ledge

The Minerva Ledge dive site spreads out over a large rocky area. This area is also prone to strong currents so it's best to have the Drift Diver specialist certification.

Some of the unfamiliar sea dwellers spotted in this area include schooling bannerfish, redtail butterflyfish, fusiliers, redtooth triggerfish, and snappers.

Nemo Reef

The dive site at Nemo Reef is ideal for beginners. It is a sheltered bay with clear visibility and there should be very little current.

This help guide explains how to get to the dive site, average depth limits, and what marine life species you might see below the surface.

Pilot Reef

If you enjoy scuba diving underwater canyons, the Pilot Reef dive site is one for the bucket list. Descending down to the seabed means you'll be bottoming out around twenty four metres (79 feet)

Even though it's recommended for experienced divers, this is a good location to see leopard sharks and the requiem shark (also known as whitetip reef sharks).

Seduction Point

The dive site at Seduction Point is unusual for several reasons. You will find all sorts of sea life creatures to look at as they surround this large underwater rock.

It is one of the shallow spots for scuba divers and snorkelers. Even so, you're likely to see large humphead wrasses scouring through the dense population of hard staghorn corals on the ocean floor.

The Wall

The dive site called the Wall is for experienced divers. This huge underwater rock drops all the way down to fifty six metres (183 feet).

It is a favoured place to see soft corals and lots of marine life. But, most of the dive schools will require you to have some experience in deep diving.

Turtle Bay

New divers will enjoy diving at the Turtle Bay dive site because the depth doesn't go below fourteen (14) metres (46 feet).

The presence of marine reptiles (sea turtles) makes this location a popular choice for snorkeling tours as well the usual diving excursions and scuba courses.

Related Information and Help Guides

There are more locations for divers of all certification levels to explore when scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, including:

Note: Another section explains more about passive interaction with marine animals and the importance of diving safely around hazardous sea life.

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