PADI Underwater Naturalist Course

At some point, a scuba diver needs to have a better understanding of the local ecosystem along with the differences between aquatic and terrestrial worlds. With this, you will be able to see new things even in the most common and familiar dive sites. By taking the PADI Underwater Naturalist Speciality course, you will spot new things even in the most usual scuba diving sites. You will be able to notice behaviours and spot creatures that you may have missed earlier as by taking this diving course, you will know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, as well as aquatic plant and animal habitats. The PADI course will let you learn about the local ecosystem and take a closer look into the incredible underwater world.

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There will be class discussions and 2 scuba dives under the PADI Underwater Naturalist course. You will learn the following:

  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • Key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds
  • Major aquatic life groupings, interactions, and information that dispels myths
  • Role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator/prey relationships
  • Underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment

Best places to scuba dive in the Andaman Islands

There are more than 40 places to dive into this Indian union territory. Various factors that influence the perfect diving experience are as follows:

  • Safety
  • Weather
  • Water depth
  • Water current
  • Fish population
  • Clarity of water
  • Population of corals

Keeping all these things in mind while picking up a place for your dive can be a little bit tough. Isn’t it? But don’t worry, we present here the list of best places for scuba diving in the Andamans:

  • Havelock Island (the most preferred one)
  • North Bay Island
  • Neil Island
  • Port Blair

The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may be considered an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. You can ask our instructor about this in detail. 

For both new and experienced divers, Havelock Island ensures a memorable diving experience as it is among the best places for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands. Second to none, its rich marine life and coral population offers a great experience. When you are under the water, vibrant and colourful fish often surrounds you. That feeling cannot be explained in words. Here, your dive is absolutely safe and stress-free as the beach has a perfect blend of clear waters and low water currents.


A slate and pencil will be needed for recording your observations along with your basic scuba gear. You may also require a dive light in order to better see into cracks and crevices. 

In Havelock Island, you can indulge yourself in the fascinating activity of scuba diving and make your trip unforgettable. The dives are conducted preferably early in the morning because of clear visibility and increased chances of finding breathing corals during that time of the day. Complete assistance is given by the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified scuba instructor. He would brief you about the “dos and don’ts” of scuba diving. 

Things to carry for scuba diving

  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Personal medicine kit, if needed

Getting started

To get all the details and to begin the PADI Underwater Naturalist course, contact our dive centre, which is a 5-star PADI facility located in Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep). You can plan your underwater naturalist dives with our expert divers. 

Top diving sites in Havelock Island

Havelock Island is known for many outstanding locations that are great spots for diving. Going under the depths of these waters is exactly the type of experience that you are looking for.

Barracuda City

For beginners, this is simply the best spot for diving. It is completely different from other locations as you can see long strips of coral belts with the perfect blend of hard as well as soft coral population. Its rich ecosystem offers tons of fish of diverse species and colors. And if you are lucky enough, then you can spot wandering sea turtles near the corals. If you are seeking a highly unique and terrific experience, then Barracuda City is the perfect spot for you. 

Seduction Point

A huge underwater rock displaying an ample range of marine life is what describes this hilly underwater world the best. Divers looking for something exclusive should know that this is a perfect diving spot in Havelock Island owing to the shallow water, a large number of inhabitants including Napoleons, and a dense population of hard staghorn corals. 


Promising a lot to beginners, this spot is a bit offshore at a distance of three kilometres from Elephant Beach. It houses fringing reefs that are crowded with large groups of colourful fishes. You can see hard corals here in its clear water which is perfect for a good view of marine life.

Minerva Ledge

It is simply described as an enormous block of hard corals in clear waters, with sea dwellers including sharks. The site is only recommended for experienced divers. It promises a rare glimpse of the underwater kingdom along with an enthralling diving experience. 


If you want to witness the perfect balance of vibrant fish and soft & hard corals, then this is your one-stop destination. The water is shallow but gets deeper as you move farther from the shore. You can dive here at night also since the water clarity is great here.

Other top scuba diving sites in Havelock Island

  • Jonny George
  • Dicksons Pinnacle
  • MV Mars
  • The Slope

Scuba diving is all about what you see under the water. Immersing in the big blue means going into a world that is home to fascinating creatures, plants, and breath-taking landscapes. Everyone appreciates the beauty beneath the surface. However, admiring the functioning of the underwater environment on a more complex level is something that is sure to enhance your diving adventures in different unexpected ways.

You will be able to savour the sights you encounter on your dives when you have a better understanding of the aquatic world. By taking the PADI Underwater Naturalist course, you will go beyond simply recognizing the occasional fish. You will be taught to identify fish, plants, and animals. In this course, you will also learn how their interactions affect each other and the environment.

There will be two open water dives in which you will be applying the course information to a real-world diving situation. You will be able to understand the behaviour of different species that earlier you haven’t even noticed. It is like being surrounded by creatures whose behaviour you already know. 

It’s very obvious for you to feel enthusiastic about conservation if you are passionate about scuba diving. The PADI Underwater Naturalist course is a great way to start your journey toward becoming an underwater conservationist. This knowledge will be forever and it will give you more joy during your diving adventures. You will be a stronger advocate for underwater life for sure.

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