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Scuba Diving in Andaman


Scuba diving in Andaman is the greatest water sports other than amazing beaches. The best year for diving in Andaman & Nicobar Isles is from October to April. However, one can indulge in a scuba diving activity all throughout the year. Beautiful sloping reefs, steep walls, sandy bottoms, coral gardens and great pinnacles can be seen while diving here. Visibility is usually good and can extend up to 130ft (40m).Diving underwater is something that has attracted mankind since they figured out that there was a living world under the seas.  SCUBA is an abbreviation for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, in other words, equipment to allow us to breathe underwater.

When to dive in Andaman Islands?

 The best time for scuba diving in Andaman usually starts in October or November and extends until May. Water temperature at the Andaman Islands is tropical, ranging from 80-84˚F (27-29˚C).Some sites experience currents including down currents and some sites are mostly calm with predictable drifts.

Is Andaman good for Scuba Diving?

Silver shores, exciting ocean waves, colorful corals, and beautiful marine animals makes Andaman a top diving destination. Andaman offers incredible opportunities for both beginners and certified divers.Due to its long coastal stretch, these islands have a very rich marine biodiversity. They harbour more than 1200 species of fish, 350 species of echinoderms, 1000 species of molluscs and many more lower forms of life. Among vertebrates, dugongs, dolphins, whales, salt water crocodiles, sea turtles, sea snakes etc.

Can a non swimmer do scuba diving in Andaman ?

So the simple answer is Yes, a non swimmer can scuba dive

You should be physically and mentally fit for the experience. This activity is strictly advisable for kids aged 12 and above. 

You can download the medical form here. Please read the form carefully to ensure your participation. You should consult a doctor and obtain a fit-to-dive certificate if any of your answers is a yes.


Best Dive Sites for Scuba Diving in Andaman

The safest and renowned islands for scuba diving are Havelock Island aka (Swaraj Dweep) , Neil Island aka (Shaheed Dweep), and Port Blair in Andamans. The best dive sites for beginners and non-swimmers are:

1.Nemo reef ( Shore dive ), 2.Tribe Gate ( Boat dive ), and 3. Red Pillar  ( Boat dive) for diving in Havelock.

4.Jetty channel marker ( Shore dive ) and 5.Margherita’s Mischief ( Boat dive ) for diving in Neil.

6. North bay Reef ( Shore dive ) in Port Blair.

Scuba Diving Cost in Andaman at Port Blair, Havelock and Neil in 2023

Diving Type Location Dive site Price
Shore Diving
North Bay Island
North Bay
INR 3000
Shore Diving( Recommended )
Havelock Island
Nemo Reef
INR 3500
Shore Dsd
Havelock Island
Nemo Reef
INR 4500
Boat Diving ( Recommended )
Havelock Island
Tribe Gate
INR 5500
PADI Scuba Diver Course
Havelock Island
Nemo / Tribe Gate
INR 18000
PADI Open Water Diver Course
Havelock Island
Nemo/Trbe Gate or Red Pillar
INR 28000

Types of Scuba Diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Shore Diving:

This is our most basic entry-level package, designed for non- swimmers, but still want to experience diving.This program takes 1 hour 30 minutes (max) including the 15 minutes shallow water training that covers the basic hand signals, learning how to use the equipment to breathe etc. This is followed by a 20-30 minute underwater assisted dive.


INR 3500


Boat Diving:

Boat Diving in Andaman is great way to see the marine life, this is an approximately 2-3 hour session, where we take you by boat to a exclusive reef, and conduct this program one-on-one, We try for a minimum of 45 minutes of dive, although that will depend a little on your air consumption.


INR 5500



Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but not quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. PADI dive shops offer this program either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. 


The Best Scuba Diving in Andaman

INR 6500


PADI Open Water Course

PADI® Open Water Diver is the first scuba certification level. A highly-trained PADI Instructor will teach you how to scuba dive in a controlling environment. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home or abroad and be an ambassador for the underwater world.


The Best Scuba Diving in Andaman

INR 29000

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I had one of my best experiences with Blue coral and Travel de Andaman. They helped us in transport, activities, restaurants know-hows, basically anything and everything we needed. I am claustrophobic and had never dared to try snorkeling and scuba in the past.However I attempted snorkeling with them, they have really excellent divers, I snorkelled with one of their divers named Joshua, he was really super good with me and made me so comfortable that, I snorkelled for 30 mins at a stretch 😊 that too in deep sea And that’s a real achievement for me. Not only this, but he made me so comfortable with the water that I attempted scuba dive in Neil😍 it was really a step towards fighting my fears. Last but not the least, the owner of Blue coral dive - Nikhil, he was in touch with us, right from when we booked the trip (almost a month prior to the travel). He was always our go to person for anything and everything in Andaman. He not only helped us in Havelock, but also ensured that we are sorted in Neil and Port Blair. Definitely loved the entire experience. Thank you for making my trip memorable. Also definitely recommend everyone to take their Island Hopping Tour. That was one of the best things that we did in the entire Andaman trip.
It was a seamless experience. Starting from Airport pickup, hotel transfers, accommodations, cruise travels, everything was taken care very well. Travel guides were very friendly and made our trip memorable. Special thanks to Nikhil, Rejish and Roshan for being very helpful. Overall, we had a great time in Andaman - visiting Port Blair, Havelock(Swaraj Dweep) and Neil Islands(Shaheed dweep). I strongly recommend Travel De Andaman.
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Dive Sites for Scuba Diving in Andaman

• Nemo Reef | Depth: 1-11 m)

This dive site is famous for its easy going conditions and the enormous sea life you got to see. We mostly use this dive site to conduct Try Scuba and open water courses. This very accessible dive site is a real treat for first timers with a great marine life and an enchanting mangrove beach.

To be seen: Parrot fish, pipe fish, bumphead, octopus, sea snake, flathead, moorish idol, damsel fish, all kinds of anemone fish, scribbled file fish, brain corals, sea horses.

• Tribe Gate | Depth: 3 - 15 m

This site  is a great place for learn to dive, fun dive and even do your first ever dive. The dive site is mostly used for training open water diver or try scuba courses, because of the easy going conditions. However do not be put off by this it is still a spectacular dive site in terms of the vibrant sea life and amazing underwater photography opportunities. This area also has high frequency of turtle and bump head parrot fish sightings. This is the most loved dive site for people doing their first boat diving experience. Most of the season the visibility is really good and a good dive is guaranteed.

To be seen: Parrot fish, clown fish, surgeon fish, scribbled file fish, turtles, bum head parrot fish, box fish,Octopus, sting rays, groupers etc.

• Wall | depth:10-55m

So we do not really need to guess the type of dive site this is,the wall drops off from a plateau which is only 10 meters deep.this dive site is suitable for open water divers through to advanced divers.The aquatic life here is abundant,small nudibranchs to large napoleon wrasse.There can be some moderate to strong currents  as well.The dive site is challenging for beginner and interesting for experienced diver.It is also suitable for night dive.

To be seen: Manta rays,napoleon wrasse,trevally,snapper,octopuses,scorpion fish,fusiliers,gorgonian coral,sea fan.

• Dixons pinnacle | Depth: 18-40m

We personally believe this is one of the best dive site in and around havelock. A famous dive site named after an instructor on the island. The site is formed from 3 pinnacles. A large array of sea life is found here , as well as large school of fish.All the pinnacles are covered in tube corals and barrel sponges. A moderate to strong current is present most of the time but the abundant sea life certainly makes up for it. The type of  conditions demands good mantal and physical state. The visibility here remain good almost.

To be seen: Manta rays groupers, napoleon wrasse,unicorn fish,anemone fish,shrimps,crabs,turtles,barracudas,giant trevally,tuna,mackerel,bat fish,emperor angel fish,red-toothed trigger fish, school  for snapper, white-tip reef sharks. Blue spotted rays,magnificent anemone,huge barrel sponge, sea snake etc.

• Johnny Gorge | Depth: 25-30m

This site is a small rocky outcrop in the open sea, with a profusion of large pelaguc fish species.The bed of rocky outcrop is surrounded by sand in every direction and this rocky have become an oasis of security and food for both the larger and smaller marine species. This is a world class dive site and often spotted on the surface. This is the only dive site where shark sightings are guaranteed. Most of the people like to have two dives on this particular dive site 

To be seen: white tip reef shark, black tips, mackerels, travally, tuna, eagle ray, napolean wrasse, giant grouper, manta ray, surgeon fish, snapper, barracudas, unicorn fish, moray eels and turtles.

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Frequently asked questions - Scuba Diving in Andaman

1. Do I need to know how to Swim ?

You can experience  scuba diving even if you do not know how to swim. You will always have an Instrutcor  accompanied or a dive master. They will always check your comfort an keep communicating with you throughout the dive.

2. Is Scuba Diving Safe for beginners ?

Scuba Diving is a safe water sports  activity in Andaman.  It is recommended that you have a decent level of fitness like being able to walk for 45 mins without getting tired. All Instructors and dive masters are equipped with PADI certifications.

3.When is a good time to Dive in Andaman?

Andaman offers incredible opportunities for both beginners and certified divers. However, January to May is the best time dive in Andaman. 

4.Minimum age for Scuba divin in Andaman ?

The minimum age group is 12 Years and the maximum age is 50 Years.

5.What time should i report in the dive centre

The usual reporting time is from 6 AM – 12 pM

6.How do i get my pictures and videos after the dive ?

You have to bring your Android phone or a pendrive with minumum free space of 4gb.

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