Imagine a destination where scuba divers and snorkelers can find unique opportunities to explore and experience virtually untouched marine ecosystems.
This section explains why the dive sites near Andaman and Nicobar rank among the best diving locations in India - especially those at Havelock and Neil Island.
There are some that say the Andaman archipelago is the best diving in India. But is that true?
Well, you would need to compare it to several other scuba diving areas, such as:
Even so, you will find this group of must-dive, sun-drenched islands in the southern part of the Bay of Bengal. Yet, these popular eco dive resorts are actually closer "geographically" to Myanmar and Thailand.
The Andaman and Nicobar Island chain is a union territory of India. In addition, recent world tourism facts suggest that many of the 572 islands rank among the least visited places on Earth.
The tropical warm climate also provides refreshing sea-breezes and sporadic rain storms. The customary dry sunny season runs from November through to April.
Divers and snorkelers looking to explore Andaman and Nicobar should head to the south. You'll find the best sites for scuba diving and snorkeling around Havelock and Neil Island.
Put another way:
Nowadays, diving around untouched underwater topography and diverse sea life plants and animals is a rarity. In fact, you might even find an area not yet discovered by humans.
There will be no shortage of steep underwater cliff dives, coral reef gardens, and colourful pinnacles. In the main, you should expect to have up to forty (40) metres of water clarity.
In general, the tropical water temperature averages 28° Celsius (80 to 84° Fahrenheit). The majority of the dive sites are calm with predictable water currents. Some of the common marine life sightings you can expect to see in Andaman Islands, includes:
Pro Tip: Another section contains a comprehensive list of vertebrate and invertebrate animals with lots of fun and interesting facts, pictures, and videos.
It's easy to spot the unmatched marine biodiversity at offshore dive sites around Passage and Barren Island. In fact, North Passage Island is home to some of the biggest fish species that live in the Indian Ocean.
Whereas, Barren Island is an active volcano that creates a distinctive landscape - above and below the water line. Some of the deeper sites in the abyss below tend to attract hammerhead sharks to the area.
The most popular destinations, and easily accessible dive sites for divers and snorkelers, include:
If there is a negative point to make, it would be having to travel by boat for long distances to reach the best dive sites.
Nevertheless, frontier scuba diving in the Andaman Islands is developing fast - and there has never been a better time to join the Andaman explorers.
The archipelago is about 150 kilometres from the north of Sumatra (separated by the Andaman Sea to the west of Thailand). You can fly to the airport at Veer Sarvarkar in Port Blair, and then take a ferry to most of the other islands.