The dive site called 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 species of marine life animals you might see below the surface.
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 sea life creatures you are hoping to encounter.
Note: The Nemo Reef dive site is a shallow location and the average depths are only around eight (8) metres. So, many of the local scuba schools conduct the PADI® Scuba course for beginners at this calm, sandy bay.
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 with steep walls.
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 Nemo Reef dive site at Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) located at the northeastern side. This shallow reef is only a short swim from Nemo Beach, south of the jetty.
There are two fringing reefs on both sides of the sandy pool-like bay. As a result, new divers should find it easy to enter and exit this sheltered cove while wearing scuba gear.
Some of the aquatic animals that scuba divers and snorkelers can 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 species.
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.