When you travel to India some 850 miles off the eastern shore of India exists a remote and exotic archipelago coated in all-natural beauty. Its mangrove-lined coasts as well as untouched coral reefs teem with aquatic life that assures scuba divers of all abilities one-of-a-kind undersea experiences.

It is this (therefore far more) that puts the Andaman and Nicobar Islands among the globe's top diving destinations as well as why a number of specialist diving centres are populated around the islands' coastlines, providing a variety of plans and also scenic tours. But with a lot to choose from, just what do you need to know? Below's a break down of diving in the Andaman Islands from Roughguides.com.

What are the Andaman Islands?

Basically: an Indian paradise.

The Andamans are a cluster of 572 islands that sit between India, Thailand and also Myanmar. They wed together a sleepy island ambiance, with Indian panache, delicious seafood and also remarkable birdlife.

All trips touch down on Port Blair, which is the Andamans' funding. From there you can island jump using among the normal neighborhood watercrafts to neighboring Havelock (the most renowned), Neil as well as Long Island.

Routine buses additionally run to North and also Center Andaman, although there become part of the Andamans that are off limits to visitors. North Sentinel Island as an example is house to one of the world's few staying isolated as well as protected native people.

Havelock and also Neil are the most preferred as well as rewarding locations to dive, with difficult and also soft reefs, smaller 'macro' aquatic life in addition to manta rays and sharks.

On Havelock there are 25 dive websites alone, according to Barefoot Diving divemaster Steve Barreto, whose centre is based upon the island.

He states Havelock has committed macro diving websites, where you see nudibranchs, shrimps, juvenile and evil one scorpion fish, as well as mole slugs or leaf fish. "I like macro. To seek things underwater is an obstacle; to find points that are so small and also masked underwater. The smaller the far better and also the more thrill to having discovered it," he says.

" There are additionally dive sites that have white idea reef sharks and giant moray eels, in addition to accidents. You're spoilt for option."

Steve's been diving for greater than 10 years and claims the selection of sites is what brings in scuba divers of numerous levels and also experience.

The Andamans' top dive centres

Andaman Bubbles, Barefoot Diving, Dive India and also Ocean People are the most highly regarded dive firms in the Andamans. They are all based upon Havelock Island, with Barefoot Diving as well as Dive India being the larger clothing.


Sea People is probably the smallest of them all. It's run by a trio of Karen tribe bros called Dickson, Jackson and also Johnny, who are neighborhood diving tales-- they even have three dive websites called after them.

If you go with a different firm, ensure that they are Specialist Organization of Diving Instructors which they follow Scuba Schools International basic standards.

When's the best time to go?

Like numerous exotic locations, it rains periodically throughout the year in the Andamans, but you're still able to dive.

For Steve, the best time for diving is in between February to May. Temperatures are a little colder at this time, varying from 20º to 33º Celsius and also the waters are calmer-- perfect for rookie scuba divers.

Downpour period is in between July to September yet that should not put you off: it'll be more affordable and less active. Ocean People claim this time around of the year can provide intriguing diving problems for more skilled scuba divers.

Do I require a certification to dive?

Not necessarily. Several of the dive centres like Ocean Tribe do programs for individuals that can't swim and also that aren't certified so there are alternatives for everybody.

That claimed, if you're looking to see the excellent things you'll need to obtain PADI or SSI certified, which all of these centres supply on training courses ranging from 4-- 14 days.

Just how much does it set you back and also what does it consist of?

A basic (non-certified) introduction dive with Sea Tribe costs 4,000 (₤ 45/US$59).

PADI and also SSI training courses range relying on the centre, the length of your keep as well as the dimension of your team (the larger the less expensive).

The least expensive begins at around 16,500 (₤ 183/US$240) for about 4 days with Sea Tribe, to upwards of ₤ 800/US$1,051 with Dive India for a 14-day lasting dive plan.

If you currently have a PADI or SSI accreditation, these centres also do fun dives on Havelock and Neil, which vary in price from around 4,500 (₤ 50/US$65) to 32,500 (₤ 360/US$473), relying on the centre and also the length of the dive.

All of these centres include lodging, which range from standard coastline huts to luxe keeps.


Author's Bio: 

Angelina is regular contributor at The Independent.