You’ll find this page useful for planning your trip to the Andamans and how to reach our dive centre in Havelock, as well as other information like ferry timings, what to pack etc.
All entry level courses are offered all year round. Even when it rains, the conditions underwater remain largely unchanged, because visibility and currents are reasonably consistent throughout the year and are affected more by the tides and the cycle of the moon than by the change in seasons.
The “peak” season in the Andamans was traditionally from September until May with optimum diving conditions (for the most discerning divers) seen between January to March. June to August was traditionally considered to be the “off” season because of the monsoon, but over the last few years, the diving industry in India has evolved to accommodate divers who wish to visit during the rains too. The conditions during the monsoons are slightly choppier than the rest of the year, but the underwater marine life more than makes up for the rough ride on the surface. It is definitely a less busy time to visit, so this is when travellers who are looking to stay away from crowds visit. There are some great low season deals on offer too.
Sometimes, however, the monsoon brings heavy winds, which can cause the surface conditions (waves) to become a bit rough and this can be restrictive to boat diving. We have quite a few dive sites to choose from, however, so we can almost always find a sheltered spot and training can continue uninterrupted. Shore diving continues in all except the worst of weather (cyclones and other severe weather warning situations).
The main airport in the Andamans is Port Blair (IXZ). Most of the major airlines like GoAir, Indigo, SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India have daily and direct flights from almost all major cities. Some smaller cities will probably require 1 stop flights through Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai or Calcutta. Connectivity between the more popular islands has also improved dramatically over the last few years, so it is relatively easy to plan your travel to and within the Andamans in advance.
If you are an Indian National, you won’t need any special permission to travel to the Andaman Islands.
All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa from an Indian Mission/Post or eVisa from the Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs.The restricted area permit (RAP) is now completely removed and foreigners may stay as long as desired, per the visa validity. It is best, however, to make sure there haven’t been any sudden changes to this information prior to travel.
|Port Blair to Havelock||Departs||Arrives||Duration|
|Sea Link Cruise||6:00||8:00||2:00|
|Havelock to Port Blair||Departs||Arrives||Duration|
|Sea Link Cruise||15:30||17:30||2:00|
The Andamans is quite safe when it comes to Malaria and other tropical diseases. Insect repellent (especially mosquito repellent) is highly recommended and is sold in most stores on the island. The medical centre and facilities in Havelock are quite rudimentary, so it’s best you bring any specific prescription medication with you. Havelock Divers has a reasonably well stocked medical kit at the dive centre, and all our staff are trained in emergency response.