Diving for the first time? These would be perfect for you

Note: You don’t need to know swimming to do scuba diving

Wondering what’s Scuba Diving?

Scuba Diving, in definition, is the act of existing underwater with a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA), basically, an activity where you stay underwater for a long time using special equipment and an oxygen tank. The setup requires technical help so you can’t just bring in your swim suit and a tank to do it. You need expert dive masters. And that’s why you need to book a slot with them to do scuba diving.

4 Reasons why you SHOULD NOT leave Andamans without doing Scuba diving

🌊 Well, Andamans has clear turquoise blue waters with hardly any pollution and a lot of marine life. Don’t you want to see that? Check out the picture below for proof. And approx 2 lakh people dive in Andamans every year. It is considered one of the best places to do scuba diving in the world. So we must say it would be a shame to visit Andaman and not do scuba diving.’

Clear blue water – perfect to spot each creatures and take gorgeous pictures
Bright corals underwater are a sight to behold

🐠 Once underwater, you will see creatures you’ve never dreamed of. The colors, shapes, and sizes will leave you amazed. Experiencing a variety of fish, following sea turtles, watching marine life eating, playing or simply being, or looking at beautiful live corals, each will be a unique experience.

Vibrant creatures, and corals underwater
Big school of yellow colored fishes encountered while scuba diving

😇 Scuba diving takes you away from the noise, the traffic, and the sounds of the world. As soon as you go underwaters, you hear nothing but your own breathing. No phones ringing, no horns blaring, no one disturbing you. It’s so quiet underwaters that a sense of calmness will come over you and make you feel relaxed.

Imagine this beautiful place, all to yourself to relax & admire nature
Scuba diver in the middle of sea creatures

🍃 One of the best parts of scuba diving is the feeling of weightlessness. Scuba divers can fly up, down, left, and right. Floating underwater is as close as you can come to the experience of flying.

Don’t make scuba diving just an item on your bucket list. It’s time to cross it off. Take this chance to come near the ocean and have this amazing experience.

Scuba diver in peaceful environment underwaters
Calmness of the ocean can be enjoyed with scuba diving

Choose from an option below (suitable for first-timers and non-swimmers):

Should you book a dive in Port Blair, Havelock or Neil Island?

This is a difficult question to answer because they’re all beautiful! But there are a few differences that may help you pick a dive spot that’s perfect for you.

Port Blair:

If you choose to dive at Port Blair, your options are — North Bay & Chidiya Tapu, mainly.

  • North Bay is great for someone who has never dived before and wants an experiential taster dive. This spot is usually quite busy and you’ll be diving from the shore. One good thing about this place is that there are plenty of other water activities to do here besides Scuba Diving and you can club these things together.
North Bay Andaman
North Bay In Port Blair


  • Chidiya Tapu is a great place for someone who wants to do an Open Water Dive Course or for someone who’s looking for more secluded, less-explored dive spots. You’ll be diving from the boat at Chidiya Tapu. This will involve a travel time of 45 mins to an hour via road one way from Port Blair. So, that’s something you should take into consideration while deciding.
Chidiya Tapu in Port Blair


Havelock is hands-down the most popular dive destination on the islands.

Havelock Island – Famous for Scuba Diving
  • You can do both shore and boat dives here. The shore dives are generally more crowded and the boat dives are done at spots that are more secluded. All the spots are stunning and bustling with marine life.
  • Havelock is where diving started on the islands and it has continued to be the hub for divers, beginner and advanced, from all over the country and the world.

Neil Island:

Neil Island – Can be skipped for scuba diving if you are on a short trip

Neil Island gives you all the benefits that Havelock does with the added advantage of being secluded and pristine. If you are on a short trip, then you should skip Neil Island altogether and choose to do your dives at Havelock or at Port Blair.

Should you book a Boat dive or a Shore dive?

Here are some differences between each type of dive to help you make an informed decision:

Shore Dive Boat Dive
Dive at the beautiful reef at Beach No. 2 Dive off a boat at a picturesque location close to Havelock
Great for beginners who may be mildly uncomfortable in the water Perfect for beginners who are fully comfortable in the water
Due to its immense popularity, this spot can get a little crowded around high and peak seasons An exclusive experience at more secluded spots
Can spot some colourful fish like clownfish & parrotfish. May also be able to spot a turtle close to nesting season! Rich Underwater Reef Life with many species of fish and other marine life!

Here are the kind of boats you will go on when you opt for a boat dive:

How to book your dive?

Choose from the different options available below. Click on the ‘Book Now’ button, choose your dates, enter your details, make payment and that’s it! Your diving will be booked. You will be able to cancel it any time 24-hour before the event and get a full refund.

What happens after you book you dive?

  • You will get a confirmation on the email ID that you use for booking. That will have the details of the location and dive shop you have to go to.
  • Go to the dive shop as instructed in the email.
  • Fill in your dive and waiver form (standard procedure)

Now, the fun part will start.

  • The staff at dive shop will help you with your equipment fittings. You will be fitted with a mask, flippers, dive suit and BCD (jacket-like thing that helps you float and hold other equipment together) of your size.

  • A professional diver will tell you everything you need to enjoy underwaters & stay safe. There will be a briefing session on what to do, basic breathing skills and how to use the equipments.

Once you are confident, and ready to dive…

  • Walk to the picturesque shore dive spot via land with your diver. If you are taking boat dive, you will get on your boat and go to a secluded diving spot.

  • Practice the basic skills on the surface of the water & then go under water.


  • Go on a full dive and see colourful fish and live corals. You can go approximately 40ft deep.

  • Come back to the dive shop post-dive (via boat if you are on a boat-dive) and receive your Discover Scuba Dive certificate


Why Book NOW?

We work with the best dive shops in the Andamans and they get booked out pretty quickly, sometimes a month or two in advance. If you decide to book after you arrive at the Andamans, chances are that you may have to dive with a mediocre dive shop which can dilute the entire experience. So secure your spot now and even if you change your mind, we will give a full refund 24-hour before the trip.


Is it safe?

It’s absolutely safe provided you do this with a certified dive-master and do this activity from a PADI-certified dive center. Go2andaman works with only PADI 5 Certified Dive Shops/Resorts.

Even kids can do scuba diving. And they enjoy it A LOT!

Who will you dive with when you book with Go2Andaman?

Go2andaman works with the top-notch PADI-certified dive shops & instructors on the Andaman Islands such as Scubalov, Lacadives, Gypsy Divers, and Dive India. PADI is the Professional Association of Dive Instructors and provides globally-recognized Scuba Diving certifications. Therefore, you can be assured that all our dive shops adhere to the strictest international standards when it comes to safety.

We will only suggest to you those dive shops where we would like to go ourselves and where instructors are passionate about diving rather than just doing it for the sake of it.

What is included and excluded in this experience?


  • Scuba Instructor
  • All dive equipment
  • Discover Scuba Dive Certificate


  • Pick-up and drop at resort

Here what other people have to say about Scuba Diving with our dive partners:

Scuba diving is a must do activity
Enjoy the underwaters in a safe way. Book with us today.

Need to know before you go Scuba Diving:

  • Age Requirement: 12+ years
  • The course is not suitable for: pregnant women and people suffering from diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, and heart conditions among others
  • No-fly time of 24 hrs after the dive

Insider tip to make the most of Scuba Diving:

On the day of scuba diving do not keep your itinerary busy or add another adventurous activity. Scuba diving is a fun activity but it also tires your body. If you want a relaxed holiday, indulge in scuba diving and then do some relaxed sightseeing for the rest of the day.

Frequently Asked Questions – Scuba Diving in Andaman

  • Is scuba diving safe?

    Scuba Diving is a safe water activity that is done by thousands of people across the world, daily. It is recommended that you have a decent level of fitness like being able to walk for 45 mins without getting tired. All Instructors and dive masters are equipped with internationally recognized certifications and are trained in dive supervision, diver rescue and Emergency First Response (EFR).

  • Who cannot do Scuba Diving?

    People with disabilities, pregnant women, people with back issues and respiratory illnesses are strictly not allowed to Scuba Dive.

  • Do I need to know how to swim?

    You can do scuba diving even if you do not know how to swim. You will always be accompanied by an experienced instructor or dive master. They’re there to help you stay comfortable underwater and will assist you at all times.

  • What to wear?

    Wear your swim-wear or you can even wear a quick-dry shirt and shorts. A wetsuit will be provided at the dive shop that will be worn over this. Wear flip-flops when you go to the dive shop. It is advisable not to wear sports shoes, heels or boots.

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