There is no adventure than diving. Whether you are novice, or whether you were been diving for so many years, there is always something new, fascinating or challenging about venturing into the underwater world. Your mind may be mesmerized by clouds of colorful fish, your curiosity raised by the musterios remains of sunken ships or your creativity awakened by the art of underwater photography. Your diving interests may range from a casual pastime, pursuesd on vacation, to constant passion, or even a career. Diving offers something new for everyone.
Diving in andmans is a unique lifetime experience. The coastal water surrounding theses islands is the abode of one of the richest coral reef ecosystem I the world. The specialty is that, there the coral reefs and underwater formation are undamaged by human activity. The best season for diving is form December to April.
Many of the islands are surrounded by fringing reefs, often several hundred meters wide and separated from the shore by a lagoon of similar width. There are also more steeply undulating hills of raval volcanic lava, which makes for some unusual diving. There are plenty of steeply sloping and shallow reefs suitable for snorkeling. Large pelagics are plentiful in thee waters as are a variety of sharks. Large schools of hammerhead often patrol the waters away from the reefs ad grey, whitetip, nurse and leopard sharks are found closer inshore. Silvertip and ocean whitetips also silver and the deep blue beyond. Enormous manta rays are also often seen
TIPS FOR DIVERS
- Best season for driving December to April.
- Dive only on the Areas opened / permitted for scuba diving by the Andaman & nicobar administration. Do not dive with un qualified / un register dive operator for the same may be dangerous for your life. Avail services of scuba dive instructors certified by the international professional organization such has PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI for safe diving experience.
- Details about approved scuba dive centers, list of areas / sites permitted by the administration for scuba diving an the terms and condition for operating scuba dive centers in Andamans.
This site at Cinque Island is mostly highlighted by sponges and small corals and diversity of fish life.
SOUTHEAST REEF AT CINQUE ISLAND
It is a good site for novices. The southeast part of the reef consists of hard and soft corals and very dense on the rocks to about 16 m (53ft).
Near passage island offers and extremely colourfull dive. The topography consists of rocky slopes, boulders and drop-offs featuring large fan of corals and plenty of sponges, below 25 m, the rocks are covered in small bushy soft corals in numerous hues. Hard corals are no so evident. Grey and whitetip reef and reef sharks are almost always in the vicinity as are nurse sharks. Among the rest of the marine life are eagle rays. Potato cod, large coral groupers, fusilier, suitlips, turtles, batfish, bumphead. Parrotfish, squriefish,curious and friendly oriental sweetips,surgeonfish, curios and friendly oriental sweetilps, surgeonfish, yellow tangs, triggerfish tuna, rainbow runners and may spices of trevally.
On the western side of little Andaman bala reef spreads over 4-5 sq.km and is said to be one of the best sites in the Andaman for coral-with vibrants colors.
Corruption rock sticks out between chidiyatapu and Rutland Island. The dive site is on the western side of the rock and is made up to big underwater boulders. The corals are not brilliant but the craggy undersea landscape of boulders is stunning. A fantastic wonderland of gullies, channels, ridges and canyons. Look out for giant napoleons and eagle rays, huge snappers, schooling fusiliers, banner and unicorn fish, Dolphils, tuna and reef sharks have also been sighted here.
The shallow waters near to the island have a good representation of most smaller fish and corals, and a good place for training open water divers. There is a ship wreck site also.
This is located approximately 50 kms from port Blair by inter-island ferry. There is a range of largely unexplored dive sites rich in underwater marine life. Dive sites near to the Havelock island.
Mostly hardcorales and their inhabitants are found. Usually good visibility, dugons have been spotted here.
Is a fringing reef with lots of fishtraffic Usually good visibility, mostly hardcorales.
Tons of fish sometimes turtles mostly hard and some soft corals. Rather suitable for experienced divers.
Is and easy pleasant dive sites not exceeding 14 meters. Ray are found in the sand with luck turtles.
A huge rock with different kind of aquatic life.napoleans can be seen. The shallow part is full with staghorn corals and its inhabitants.
Is a huge divesite, suitable kind of dives. Huge variety of soft and hard corals. perfect for nightdives.
Is the dive submerged rock. the wall drops down to a maximum of 55 meters and is full with life. huge forests of soft corals plus schools of fish circling you, makes it always a memorable dive.
Near to Havelock is a huge block of prestine hard corals. At the bottom(max x 24 meters) canyons are stretching out. Leopard and white tip sharks have sighted.
Minerva ledge at Havelock is even bigger block of hard corals. Tons of fish even bigger block of hard corals. Tons of fish, usually good visibility and the possibility of seeing sharks makes it one of the top dive sites.
CAMPBELL SHOAL OFF NORTH BUTTON ISLANDS
The bottom of this site is covered in mainly hardcorales, with sporadic sandy patches and hosts a multitude of reef animals. The marine life includes whitetip reef sharks, and a host of colourfull reef-fish.
MAHATMA GANDHI MARINE NATIONAL PARK (WANDOOR)
Hundreds of colourfull varieties of coral reef fishes can be see in the park. Some of these are clown fish, butterfly dish , surgeon fish, angel fish ,parrot fish , 1 bat fish and groupers. Whitetip shark, hammer headed shark, Mata ray and blue fin jack are occasionally seen. More than 50 tyres of corals are found in the fringing types of coral reefs in the park some important coral verities found here are Acropora, Pocillopora , Montipora ,Leptosereis, Fungia, Portis, Tubipora and gorgonians.
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