Diving sites at Havelock Islands :
MV Mars: 8 – 15m. Easy. Distance: 20min.
In the month of April in year 2006, a small fishing boat unfortunately structed a reef and sunk down during a storm. It came to the rest on the sandy bottom just off the reef, in 15m of water. The boat stands upright, fully intact and tilting slightly to the port side, with the roof of the wheelhouse rising up to 7m. An easy dive, ideal for beginners.
Lighthouse:6 – 20m. Easy. Distance: 20min.
This diving site lies at little white lighthouse which is enrooted to the Elephanta Beach known for water sports . The reef slopes gently from 1m down to the sand at 25m, with the better coral and fish life in the shallows. Peppered with the usual bannerfish, angelfish and schooling fusiliers, this site also has some interesting macro life. Suitable for snorkelers.
Elephant Beach:6 – 25m. Easy. Distance: 45min.
The beach has an interesting history behind its name. In ancient times, elephants were used to bring people to the beach due to the lack of transport facilities. This is why it got the name “Elephant Beach”. Often regarded as a beginner’s dive site because of its status as a training ground, the gently sloping sand and fringing reef off Elephant Beach actually have plenty to offer the discerning diver, including rare macro treats like the occasional sea-horse and fringe-lip flathead. The easy dive conditions make elephant beach a perfect site for Zoom-in/out photography. Suitable for snorkelers.
Beach 2 – Nemo’s Reef:1-11m.easy. Distance : 5 min.
This is a Classroom reef, for Discover Scuba divers and all courses. This very accessible dive site is a delight for first timers with a shallow sandy patch bordered by to lively reefs starting just of a enchanting mangrove beach. Many colorful parrotfish, Damsel fish and all kinds of Anemonefish (NEMOS), nesting in magnificent anemones. For macro amateurs you will find pipefish, seahorses and a nursery of juveniles sweetlips, scorpionfish and crocodilefish.Aquarium:12 – 15m. Easy. Distance: 55min.
The gently sloping reef, easily predictable currents and resident fish life make this dive like being in an aquarium. The fringing reef, home to the usual reef fish, moray eels, scorpionfish and nudibranchs, tapers gently to the sand where stingrays are sometimes spotted.
Anemone Reef:6 – 9m. Easy. Distance: 1 Hr. 20min.
Nestled in the middle of the gentle curve of Beach No. 7, Anemone Reef is, quite predictably, covered in anemone. This easy dive is perfect for beginners as well as photographers, and is home to schools of fusilier and snapper, a couple of turtles and well camouflaged ghost pipefish. Kuhl’s and Jenkin’s stingrays rest on the sand during the day.
South Button:6 – 25m. Easy – Intermediate – Advanced. Distance: 1 Hr. 30min.
A beautiful little islet out of a fairytale, South Button emerges from the sea north of Ritchie’s Archipelago. The western side of the island drops along a small wall down to 25m and is host to schooling snapper, surgeonfish, barracuda, big-eye trevally and Napoleon wrasse. Manta rays and devil rays sometimes visit the island with the occasional leopard shark. Other regular residents include octopuses, morays, lionfish, shrimp and nudibranchs of all shapes and colors. South Button has something for everyone and is suitable for snorkelers.
Pilot Reef:8 – 18m. Easy. Distance: 30min.
A cluster of coral outcrops located just off the entrance to the shipping channel north-east of Havelock. Large stands of coral and rocks provide shelter to a variety of butterfly fish, angelfish and bannerfish. Fusilier and surgeonfish color the water column and small clusters of anemone sway in the gentle current.
Minerva ledge:10 – 18m. Easy – Intermediate. Distance: 1 Hr. 10min.
A vast, shallow ledge of rock and coral north-east of Havelock Island. Minerva Ledge is too large to take in on one dive, and so there are three locations on the ledge that we take our guests out to. Flat coral gardens stretch out into the blue inhabited by the ubiquitous schools of fusilier, surgeonfish and snapper. The occasional moray eel and giant grouper take refuge under rocky outcrops. The edge of Minerva Ledge tapers down into deeper waters towards the east, and is frequented by pelagic denizens like Tuna, Barracuda and Stingrays.
Johnny’s Gorge:25 – 30m. Advanced. Distance: 1 Hr. 20min.
Johnny’s Gorge is a bed of low-lying rocky outcrops emerging from the bottom at 30m. Surrounded by sand in every direction, these rocks have become an oasis of security, and food, for everything from small angelfish and anemone fish to spectacular schools of mackerel, barracuda, trevally, surgeonfish and snapper. And if this isn’t enough, this world class dive site is also home to reef sharks, giant grouper, large stingrays and visiting manta and eagle rays. There is very rarely a quite moment on Johnny’s Gorge. Dolphins are often spotted on the surface.
Jackson’s Bar:25 – 30m. Advanced. Distance: 1 Hr. 30min.
A large strip of rock protruding from the bottom at 30m. The location of this site, and the invariably strong currents that flow over it, have attracted most of the large pelagic species that the area has to offer. Tuna and barracuda cruise by in mid-water while large groupers take refuge along the bottom. Stingrays, eagle rays and sharks sometimes stop by to be cleaned by the smaller residents on the site.Jacob’s Table:14 -18m. Easy – Intermediate. Distance: 1 Hr. 20min.
Named for the enormous table coral that vie for space on this site, Jacob’s Table has the largest collection of table coral in the area, making it a unique and beautiful dive site. Aside from the fusiliers and surgeonfish that fill the water column, glassfish hover in clouds along the bottom and turtles occasionally swim up for a closer look at the divers.
Dixon’s Pinnacle:18 -40m. Advanced. Distance: 1 Hr. 30min.
Giant rock pinnacles emerge from the shadowy bottom, covered in colorful coral and large barrel sponges. Barracuda hover in mid-water, sometimes joined by batfish and trevally. Stingrays and Napoleon wrasse cruise along the bottom amidst schools of snapper. The top of the pinnacles is a cleaning station buzzing with constant activity. Turtles, moray eels, manta rays and white-tip reef sharks visit the site to avail of the cleaning service.
Inket Wreck:6 -18m. Easy. Distance: 1 Hr.45min.
An inter-island cargo vessel which struck the bottom and sank at the mouth of the inlet near Duncan Island. The generally lower visibility gives the wreck an air of mystery. The bow rests on its starboard side with the hatches and cargo hold clearly visible. An enormous propeller is the star attraction at the stern, which sits upright in 18m of water. The center of the ship has crumbled in places, but parts of the boilers and engine room are intact along with a second, spare propeller. Anemone and coral encrust the skips skeleton and solitary giant grouper and great barracuda sometimes emerge from the shadows. The wreck is covered in scorpionfish, cleaner shrimp and patches of soft coral. Dolphins often play with the boats on the ride to the dive site.
Mystery Mountains:6 -20m. Easy. Distance: 1 Hr. 40min.
An outcrop of rocks that break the surface of the water just off the shore of Baratang. Due to the proximity of the mangroves and surrounding silt flats, visibility tends to be lower here. Fan corals carpet the bottom between 16 – 20m and provide shelter to well camouflaged ornate ghost pipefish. Coral outcrops give way to large rock formations that rise from 18m up to the surface. Moral eels, angelfish couples, scorpionfish and fusiliers are regular fare on this site. Dolphins often play with the boats on the ride to the dive site.
Whitehouse Rock:6 -30m. Easy – Intermediate – Advanced. Distance: 1 Hr. 30min.
Discovered in his early days as a fisherman, this site was shown by Godu a famous dive leader. A large stand of rock rising from the bottom at 30m almost all the way to the surface. The parts of this new site that have been explored boast steep sides of rock and coral playing host to fusiliers and surgeonfish. Carpets of fan coral skirt the bottom of the formation which is peppered with anemone and feather stars.
Broken Ledge:16-24m. Intermediate-Advanced. Distance: 1 Hr. 30min.
Discovered in 2010, Broken Ledge of low-lying rocky outcrops emerging from the bottom at 24m. Surrounded by sand, you can swim through its small canyons and try to find the giant moray eels residing inside its mysterious overhangs. Incredible reef fish density including lionfish, Napoleon wrasses, marbled groupers, shoal of snappers thousands of schooling longfin bannerfish,. Bigger visitors such as white tip reef sharks, manta or marbled rays, dogtooth and yellowfin tunas are spotted often there.
Sebastian Hill:8-28m. Easy-Intermediate-Advanced. Distance : 1hr30min.
Often coupled with South Button dive, this stretch of coral hills alternating with sand beds is housing a great marine diversity. From octopuses, to very long godeffroy’s sea cucumbers, stonefish, lobsters. Gorgonians there are peppered with purple soft coral and host ghost pipefish. If you lift your head you may see one of the few Napoleon wrasses living there ,the school of barracudas usually surveying the area or even a manta coming for cleaning.
Tamarind Camp:1-15m. Easy. Distance : 1hr40.
Located off the beach of Henry Lawrence, this wall reef is the best place for beginners and macro lovers. The pink gorgonian scenery is breathtaking and surrounded by schools of cardinal fish, lion fish, pipe fish, ghost pipefish, seawasp, octopuses. Close to full moon you can hear the crunching noise of the school of humphead parrotfish approaching to munch on the coral. Amazing site for snorkelers.
Dive site Near South Andaman Islands :
One of the best dive destinations in the island, it has clear emerald water with a visibility of upto 80 feet. The deep-dive offers a terrific variety of marine-life, including black-coral, sightings of sharks and is ideal for the experienced diver.
This site at Cinque Island is mostly highlighted by sponges and small corals and diversity of fish species. 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 16m (53 ft).
Corruption Rock sticks out between Chidiya Tapu and Rutland Island. The dive-site is on the western side of the rock and is made up of big underwater boulders. The corals are not brilliant but the craggy undersea landscape of boulders is stunning along with a wonderland of gullies, channels, ridges and canyons. Look out for giant napoleons and eagle rays, huge snappers, schooling fusiliers, banner and unicorn fish. Dolphins, tuna and reef sharks have also been sighted here.
The shallow waters near the island have a good representation of fishes and coral. It is a good place for training open-water divers. There is a ship wreck site also.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor
Hundreds of colorful varieties of coral reef fishes can be seen in the park. Some of these are clown-fish, butterfly-fish, surgeon fish, angel fish, parrot fish, bat fish and groupers. Whitetip-shark, hammer-headed shark, manta-ray and blue-fin jack are also occasionally seen. More than 50 types of corals are found in the fringing coral reefs in the park. Some important coral varieties found here are Acropora, Pocillopora, Montipora, Leptosereis, Fungia, Portis, Tubipora and Gorgonians.
This is located near Passage Island. It offers and extremely colorful 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 not so evident. Grey and white tip. Reef Sharks are always in the vicinity as are nurse Sharks. Among the rest of the marine life are eagle rays. potato cod, large coral groupers, fusilier, turtles, catfish, parrot fish, squirrel-fish, surgeon fish, curious and friendly oriental sweet lips, yellow tangs, trigger fish, tuna, rainbow runners and many spices of trivially.
On the western side of little Andaman, the Bala Reef spreads over 4-5 sq. km and it is said to be one of the best diving sites in the Andaman for coral of vibrant colors.