SCUBA DIVING TRIPS FOR BEGINNERS
Scuba diving is the greatest action on the Andaman & Nicobar Isles other than relaxing around and tasting the delicacy of seafood. The best year for diving in Andaman & Nicobar Isles is from Dec to April. One can see the mazing sea life among the world of awesome water bodies, vibrant fish and awesome corals. One can discover the amazing things of deep-sea scuba diving and can get the unusual experience blended with experience. However, Diving in Andaman & Nicobar Isles is still in its beginnings.
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Famous Dive sites in Andaman Islands :
LIGHT HOUSE : 6 -20 meters, ALL LEVELS
A sloped reef about 30 minutes away from the dive shop , the coral tends to be better in the shallows with lots of Fusiliers, Lionfish, octopus and if divers are lucky a big gang of Humpback Parrotfish. This site is a great place to do night dives; we see lots of macro life as well as very small Lionfish, sleeping Parrotfish in their bubbles and of course lobsters.
THE WALL : 10 - 30 meters, ALL LEVELS A small wall 50 meters long that drops in to the shipping channel near the jetty on Havelock, this is the best local site and is visited by a very large Napoleon Wrasse called Pierre, who,s very friendly to divers. The top of the wall is very colorful with purple, red and yellow soft corals, alone the wall has many beautiful fans with Puffer Fish and Lionfish peering out at you and Nudibranchs trying to race around the wall. We see many octopuses and Scorpion Fish here and even Anglerfish are seen tucked into holes. On the sandy parts Kulhs Rays are spotted with or without their tails.
DIXON,S PINNACLE : 18 - 30 meters, ADVANCED Three large pinnacles are surrounded with excitement from all the active feeding frenzy from the pelagics, Barracuda, Giant Trevally, Giant Groupers, Tuna and Mackerel. Beautiful Big Barrel Sponges perch on the edges of the larger pinnacle that is covered with Glass Fish that make it hard at times to look out at the schools of Batfish floating in the currents and then suddenly a shadow appears from the deep, it,s a Manta Ray cruising by to take a look at the commotion. There are many colors here with lots of juvenile Emperor Angelfish and shy Red-Toothed Triggerfish looking for holes to hide from the glares from the Napoleon Wrasse circling the reef.
JOHNNY,S GORGE : 20 -30 meters, ADVANCED Just 3 minutes from Minerva ledge also visited by dolphin is the famous Johnny,s gorge, divers fight to dive here, its not a big reef but most diver don,t notice the beautiful colored coral because they are surround by a kaleidoscope of swirling Barracuda, giant friendly Grouper, Unicorn Fish and Snappers, not to forget one of the few place to see shark on a regular basis and groups of Eagle Rays often drop in to add to the experience.
MV MARS : 1 -15 meters, ALL LEVELS This small wooden local cargo ship went down during a storm 2006, it sits upright and has become a new home to many fish which inhabited the nearby reef ten meters away. It a short dive around the wreck, then on to the reef and finish back at the wreck, visibility tends to be not so good but great when it appears through the gloom.
NEIL,S COVE, 12 -18 meters, ALL LEVELS This site is a extension of another very similar dive site called the aquarium, both gentle slope out to sea with the reef running from a beautiful cove almost Elephant Beach, mainly hard coral and hosts a large array of fish, Stingrays are often spotted in the sand as well as big schools of Blue Stripped Snappers. It,s a great place to find Humpback Parrotfish crunching away at the coral.
ITH, HEAVEN : 6 -12 meters, ALL LEVEL Just 300 meters off Number Seven Beach is a small coral patch that is a great place to see many anemones with several different Damselfish including the famous Nemo (Clown Fish). Also Ornate Ghost Pipefish have been spotted around the mooring line and keep looking out on to the sand so as not to miss the passing stingrays, On rare occasions its possible a Dugong might even pass on his way to graze in his garden.
MINERVA LEDGE, 10 - 18 meters, ALL LEVELS
A large plateau of colorful coral, you need more than one dive to cover this place, with abundance of life, we never really know what we see from one dive to the next, With a gentle current (sometimes strong) you could pass by Napoleon Wrasse, Eagle Rays, White Tip Sharks, an uncommon Tiger Shark was recently seen by another dive shop but this is Minerva ledge. Even on the quiet days there,s lots to see.
PILOT REEF, 8-20 meters, ALL LEVELS
The closest dive site to the dive centre, a large reef sister to Minerva ledge. This site has lots of small Reef Fish with Napoleon Wrasse, occasional young Manta Ray and Leopard Shark have been spotted at times alone with big Stingrays, turtles, Scorpionfish, sea snakes and Trevally.
The above sites are just a few of the most visited during the dive season, some of the other sites are: Ghost Reef, i-95, Mystery Mountains, Duncan,s Wreck, Jacobs Table, Guddo,s Garden, and Jackson,s Bar.
Diving around the Andaman,s is limited to mainly Havelock and we,ve barely scratched the surface, new dive sites are being discovered all the time and we find new fish previously not seen before in the Andaman islands every season, it,s a great place to dive, so join us and our team of professional staff in discovering the treasures hidden beneath the sea.