Diving Sites in Port Blair
This dive site in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) is like a hilly underwater world that has a big underwater rock surrounded by rich aquatic life. You can witness a dense population of hard staghorn corals along with its inhabitants including Napoleons in the shallow waters. That’s why this spot is unique and ideal for divers, who are seeking something new. This dive site is ideal for those natural enthusiasts who are interested in observing the beautiful corals of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you are still not a pro but are seeking the adventures of the underwater world, then Seduction Point in Havelock Island is a great option for you. Imagine you are under the water exploring the aquatic world and suddenly, vibrant fishes and other sea-dwellers decide to join you in the blue ocean. This is what happens here! You will be surrounded by a myriad of gorgeous marine organisms here. A huge number of small fish inhabit the corals at this dive site. Scuba divers get to discover a lot at this enticing underwater treasure trove.
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From December to April
Answer: Seduction Point is one of the yet not-fully explored underwater territories in Havelock Island. Since the diving spot is not so crowded, the marine life is especially very rich here. You’ll be able to spot the usual barracudas and large groups of shrimps, angelfish, parrotfish, etc. Moray eels are also very common around these parts. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to spot some giant fishes like the puffer and scorpionfish and wrasses. Thickets of staghorn coral at the bottom of Seduction Point are the star of the dive. Many scuba divers dive at Seduction Point to see the staghorn coral.
Answer: Seduction Point is not too deep and does not experience very strong currents. As such, it is a good spot for beginners as well as non-swimmers to scuba dive. However, Seduction Point has still not been explored to a great extent by divers, so, mainly experienced divers dive at this spot. But the good part is that since it is less explored, the diving site is less crowded and allows you to see something new on Havelock Island.
Answer: Absolutely, Seduction Point is the perfect spot to dive at Havelock Island. It is the only place in Havelock where you can spot the staghorn coral, which is one of the most important families of corals across the world and more importantly in the Caribbean. Since the scuba diving point has not been explored much yet, it is still considered a hidden gem in Havelock by many divers. Many experienced divers prefer to dive at Seduction Point as the dive point is not very crowded or commercial, giving them the independence to explore the dive site better.
Answer: The way to reach Seduction Point is via Havelock Island since the dive site is located close to the island. Havelock Island is accessible via a ferry from Port Blair as the island does not have an airport of its own. You can, however, take a flight to Port Blair which is home to an international airport (Veer Savarkar International Airport). Many direct and regular flights go to Port Blair from India and some neighbouring countries. You can take a ferry from the Phoenix Jetty at Port Blair. Most ferries leave in the morning and then in the afternoon. You cannot take a ferry from Port Blair at night. It will cost you around INR 300 to INR 500 to book a ferry to Havelock Island. The distance from Port Blair to Havelock is around 70 km, so it may take you around 2-3 hours to reach the beautiful island.
Answer: It can cost you INR 4500 to INR 7000 to scuba dive at Seduction Point. The price would cover a boat ride to the diving point, basic instructions and an instructor who’ll guide you underwater, and videos and photos of your experience. While the boat ride and instructor are mandatory, especially, if you are new to scuba diving, you can still opt not to add videos and photos to your package to bring down your cost. However, scuba diving is not an everyday experience. So, most people generally want to get their diving memories captured. Your cost can go up if you want to train yourself in scuba diving. The cost may vary depending on the number of days you want to train and the number of dives you want to take. Scuba training can be anything between 1-14 days, depending on your level and requirement. And, it can cost you anything between INR 6500 to INR 20,000. Experienced and advanced divers can pay per dive, which is usually INR 4000-6500 per dive.
Answer: Scuba diving usually requires you to have strong respiratory capacities because you need to be able to control your breathing underwater since you’ll be wearing an oxygen tank. If you have a weak respiratory system, you should ideally avoid scuba diving. However, you can consult your doctor to understand if your condition may still let you dive. You should also consult a doctor if you have a heart problem. Pregnant women are also usually not allowed to scuba dive.
Answer: Technically, you can scuba dive if you have poor eyesight. However, you cannot wear your prescription glasses while scuba diving because you’ll be wearing a scuba mask. The solution for you then is to wear contact lenses. If you do not wear contact lenses, you can get a pair of disposable lenses that match your power. The other solution is to wear a prescription scuba mask that matches your usual power. You can speak to your diving centre if you want a powered scuba mask. However, not all diving centres have prescription scuba masks. This may even cost you more.
Answer: You can enjoy many other water sports at Havelock Island other than scuba diving. Most people opt for sea walking and snorkelling. Elephant beach is the most famous place to sea walk on Havelock Island. You may be able to snorkel even at Seduction Point. In snorkelling, you don’t have to take a deep dive but enjoy a panoramic view of underwater marine life by floating on the surface of the water. Apart from this, you can also enjoy jet skiing and parasailing at Havelock Island.
Answer: There are many places to explore near Seduction Point at Havelock. You can take a kayaking trip through the mangrove forest. You can also relax at the many beaches like Radhanagar and Elephant. Elephant beach is known for its many fun water sports activities.
Answer: There are many diving spots surrounding Havelock Island. Explore the fan-shaped corals and wrasses at the Wall and the ridges at the Slope. Go to Lighthouse to dive at night and Aquarium to have the most fun. You can also try Minerva’s Ledge, Nemo Reef, Jackson’s Bar, White House Rock, Turtle Bay, etc.