Dive Sites Near South Andaman Island
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 blackcoral, 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 alongwith a 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 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 colourful 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 near Passage Island. It offers and extremely colourful 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, suitlips, turtles, batfish, parrotfish, squirrelfish, surgeonfish, curious and friendly oriental sweetlips, yellow tangs, triggerfish, tuna, rainbow runners and many 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 of vibrant colours.