Scuba Diving Sites in Port Blair

Scuba Diving Sites in Port Blair
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The capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair, is a fairly decent place for scuba diving. One of the most popular beaches of the Andaman Islands, Corbyn’s Cove Beach, is located around 12 kilometres from the airport and is a great location for your underwater adventures and fun. Near Snake Island (there are no snakes here), you can see beautiful live corals that are protected and in abundance. The visibility under the water surface is quite clear that offers incredible vistas of the marine world.

If you are new to scuba diving, then choosing to dive in Port Blair would be a great decision. Its waters are home to amazing marine life and are waiting for you to explore! If you are on a budget trip to the isles, then diving here would be economical as well. The prices for a complete scuba diving experience are fairly low in Port Blair as there aren’t any additional transportation and boat charges.

Scuba diving sites in Port Blair

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor

Location: SH8, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

This exclusive national park in the Andaman Islands is a great destination for divers. When in Port Blair, diving here should not be missed at any cost. You will be left awestruck by its oozing natural charm that comprises colourful sea flowers, over 50 kinds of corals like Fungia, Pocillopora, Acropora, and Leptoseris, and so much more. One can spot a number of aquatic species here including Clownfish, Surgeonfish, Whitetip Shark, Parrot Shark, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, etc. In short, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a marine wonderland.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy

Jolly Buoy is a secluded and serene island located in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It is not less than a paradise for scuba divers. In its turquoise waters, you can explore the most colourful and intriguing underwater life. 

Corruption Rock

Consisting of a huge rock going down 98 feet down, the Corruption Rock in South Andamans is a well-known dive site. Its top part emerges out of the water. It is located at the entrance of a channel. Bringing in nourishment, a large amount of sea life is attracted to a protected environment. One can spot barracuda, eagle rays, giant trevally, giant groupers, black jacks, humphead parrotfish, green sea turtles, etc. corals cover the rock face. The currents here are quite strong. Therefore, deep dives, photo trips, and fish IDing or Underwater Naturalist courses are recommended. 

Rutland Island

The picturesque Rutland Island lies at the south of Port Blair far tip, the far tip of India. It is a heaven for Thalassophiles, commonly called sea lovers. The island makes up the South Andaman district. Out of its six villages, Dani Nallah is the most popular for the memorable marine life and turtle breeding experience it offers. You will never forget such a magical experience. The island is around 110 square kilometres and is home to nearly 350 inhabitants belonging to the Jangil Tribe. 

Rutland Island is all about fun, excitement and, natural beauty. There, you would feel as if you are in the lap of nature. You should not miss scuba diving, glass bottom boat ride, fishing, and seeing the breeding of turtles when you are there. It is a tiny island. Roadways are not well-maintained or used. Since all spots are well-connected with waterways, a jetty is the most common way to explore the island. You can find a wide variety of sovereigns, products of seashells, and many more such things from the markets in the Andamans. They are quite popular among tourists.

With the shallow waters near the island, the destination is extremely rich in marine life. The place offers a good representation of smaller fishes and corals. Its waters are known for keeping some of India’s best treasures. The vegetation of the island is similar to that of North Sentinel Island with dry sandy soils. If you are someone who loves the rush of being underwater, then this is going to be the perfect opportunity for an adventure enthusiast like you.

An ideal base for training divers, Rutland Island is visited by adrenaline junkies a lot. First, you will be briefed about the equipment and precautions you need to take by an instructor. After that, you will be given time to get used to it before entering the sea. The dive will be for around half an hour that will take you about 39 feet deep into the ocean. You will be amazed to witness beautiful marine life creatures wading through the sea.

Snake Island

An uninhabited small rocky islet off Corbyn’s Cove in Port Blair, Snake Island is popular for its distinctive biodiversity. It is home to a number of incredible aquatic creatures. If you are a scuba enthusiast, then the best time to visit here is from December to May. The seas are calm and clear during these months. That makes way for an unforgettable scuba diving experience in the Andaman Islands. Whether you are travelling solo or with your partner, friends, or family members, Snake Island is a great destination for all kinds of vacationers, who are looking for a pleasant dive.

Andaman Island is the best place to get your PADI certification (basic and advanced levels). But to go for your first fun dive, you don’t need any kind of certification. If you don’t know swimming, even then it is absolutely fine. So what are you waiting for? The miraculous natural marine life under the enchanting waters of the island is waiting for you. Scuba diving is the best water activity in the world, and doing it for the first time in Port Blair would be an experience of a lifetime for you. Whether you are a swimmer or a non-swimmer, this activity is an excellent option for you. To enjoy it to the fullest, always listen to your instructor and follow his instructions. 

Happy diving!

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