Crystalline azure waters, untamed & undamaged coral colonies flourishing at the bottom, exotic aquatic creatures frolicking around & brightly shimmering rich sunshine reaching to greater depth! The celebrated ‘Andaman’ waters are blessed with everything that makes it one of the most fascinating diving spots around the globe!
The coastal regions around the islets bear numerous colorful varieties of the corals that provide shelter to multitudes of fish species, including the barracudas, giant groupers & Trevally, snappers, Andaman Sweetlips, damselfish, Bumphead Parrotfish & gorgeous looking spinecheek Anemonefish!
There are literally myriad places suitable for diving; however, we have listed down a few of the most splendid spots, although the selection wasn’t that simple as all of them are equally grandeur! Consider reviewing this list of ‘The Most Exotic Diving Destinations In Andaman’ if you are planning a trip in this corner of the world. ‘December’ to ‘April’ is the ideal season for diving!
- CINQUE ISLAND:
An ideal place for experienced divers, the ‘Cinque Island’ is highly popular diving spot in the ‘Andaman Archipelago’. The water at this venue is so clear that its visibility plunges down up to 80 feet. The black corals thriving on the deep bottom are the most remarkable coral species among the vast variety of the corals. The place is also famous for the occasional sighting of the reef sharks. ‘North Point’ & ‘Southeast Reef’ on Cinque Island are particularly famous for vivacious coral colonies.
- CORRUPTION ROCK:
The ‘Corruption Rock’, nestled amidst ‘Chidiya Tapu’ & ‘Rutland Island’, offers a unique experience of diving. The seabed in this region is made of massive boulders that form the incredible underwater landscape consisting of channels, ridges & canyons. Although this area is not known for the notable corals, stunning giant fishes like snappers, banner, unicorn fish, Napoleons & eagle rays, reef sharks & tunas simply love hiding in the stunning crevices pleasing the eyesight of the divers!
- MAHATMA GANDHI MARINE NATIONAL PARK, WANDOOR:
The place is the paradise for spectacular reef fishes those find shelter in the thriving coral reefs consisting of more than 50 species of colorful corals! The clown fish, Manta rays, white tip sharks, bat fish, angel fish, hammerheads, butterfly fish etc. are among the most frequently sighted species.
- BALA REEF:
This magnificent dive spot is located on the western part of ‘Little Andaman’ & is renowned as one of the finest sites for finding the best coral life in the Andaman region. The reef is spread over 4-5 sq. Km & is highly popular among the ardent divers.
- BARRACUDA CITY:
This spot, as the name suggests, is famous for the schools of Barracudas although, other reef fishes & turtles also make their frequent appearances. The bottom is occupied by the colonies of hard corals & the spot is tailor-made for the skilled divers.
- HAVELOCK ISLAND:
The ‘Havelock Island’ also houses some of the best diving spots in the ‘Andaman’ region. ‘Mac Point’ is among the most striking diving spots on this island & is famous for the colonies of hard corals. There are bright chances of spotting adorable Dugongs wading close to the seabed near this coastal region.
- TURTLE BAY:
The place is ideal for novice divers as the seabed does not sink below 14 meters. Giant rays make frequent appearances in this area, although, the amazing turtles swimming around in large numbers are the true show stoppers!
The ‘Lighthouse’ is one of the most spectacular diving spots in this part of the world, suitable for all kinds of divers. The vertical wall that drops up to 55 meters, is the premium attraction in this region as it is adorned with a stupendous variety of soft & hard corals. The site is exceptionally perfect for the adventurous night dives as it gifts the rare opportunity of getting acquainted with massive schools of vivacious coral fishes under the soothing beaming of the full moon!
- MINERVA LEDGE:
Among the elite class diving destinations in the ‘Andaman’, the ‘Minerva Ledge’ near Havelock is endowed with the boulders of hard corals that have plenty of deep canyons & crevices. The crevices are ideal hideouts for reef fishes which more often than not, include spectacular reef sharks as well. The place is highly reputed due to its richness in the marine life & excellent visibility.
- FISH ROCK:
Often regarded as the most colorful dive in the ‘Andaman’, the ‘Fish Rock’, located near ‘Passage Island’, features an astonishing variation in submerged terrain. The underwater landscape is made of steep rocky slopes, boulders & vertical walls bearing congregation of colorful corals & sponges. Gray & White tip Reef Sharks as well as Nurse Sharks are the most reputed inhabitants in this area, although giant colonies of other fishes like Eagle rays, coral groupers, batfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, oriental sweet lips, tunas & triggerfish also thrive here in harmony!