The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off-limits to visitors.
The quickest way to reach Port Blair, Andaman is by flight. There are direct flights to Andaman from Kolkata, Bangaluru and Chennai approximating at 2.5 hours of travel time. Connecting flights to these destinations are available from most other cities. Flights from Delhi fly via Chennai or Kolkata and take around 5 hours.
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 mollusks and many lower forms of life. Among vertebrates, dugongs, dolphins, whales, saltwater crocodiles, sea turtles, sea snakes etc.
The rich marine life and abundant coral population near the place offer an engaging experience, second to none. The divers are often enclosed with vibrant fishes and sea dwellers throughout the dive. The perfect blend of clear waters and low water currents makes sure your dive is stress-free and safe.
Travelling to India
As of Aug 2021, entry to India is entirely restricted for foreign nationals.
Wearing a mask is mandatory. Practice COVID safe measures, including washing hands frequently, maintaining social distance and avoiding gatherings of people.
Psst… every week we post what you need to know about COVID-19 and diving!
Curious to know more about diving protocols in Asia? Look out for them in ScubaDiver No.121 Issue 3/2021! Reserve your copy today by emailing email@example.com!