Among the numerous Andaman Islands, the Havelock Island is the most visited one. Havelock Island is considered to be a paradise. The beaches with white sandy beach, coral reef, greenish blue waters and many other elements make this place a real paradise. The top places to visit in Havelock Island are the Radhanagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach, Elephant Beach and many others. The most important activity to enjoy is scuba diving.
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Your vacation is not complete without scuba diving. Even if you are not versed in scuba diving, you can enjoy this activity. Rich coloured reef, warm water, aquatic beings and other colourful fishes and adrenaline pumping inside would be like never before and you would feel like entering a new fairytale kingdom.
There are a lot of spots where you can dive in Andaman like Bala Reef, Rutland Island and so on. But, Havelock Island is the most aesthetical spot. There are a lot of unexplored areas in this spot for experienced scuba divers to enjoy. In this island, there are a lot of places to enjoy diving.
- Mac Point is the place where you can find a lot of corals and the visibility is also very clear. This is the best spot for fresh divers.
- If you want to find a lot of fishes and corals, choose Aquarium. It has a lot of fringing reefs.
- Barracula City has a lot of fishes, turtles and coral. This is for only experienced divers.
- Seduction point is very shallow and has a lot of staghorn corals with lot of fishes and other inhabitants.
- Lighthouse is for all kinds of divers. You can find a lot of corals. This is the best spot if you are looking for night diving. Night diving should be chosen by only experienced divers.
- Minerva Legde is a big area and has a lot of hard corals. There is a possibility of seeing sharks. Thus, it is restricted for diving with guidance even if you are very experienced.
- Campbell Shoal has wonderful coral islands and numerous fishes and other aquatic beings including cod, fusiliers, reef sharks and so on.
The top tip is not to try spots for experienced divers, if you are not one. It is both risky and can be lethal if you do not adhere to the rules. The other tips include both tips for your safety and environmental safety.
- Do not stand on the coral reef. It would break easily if you stand, kneel or sit on it. Find a rock or a sand spot to stand. If the coral breaks, it would cause infection and before soon, the whole coral will die. It would take thousands of years for the corals to form and you should not be a reason why it ended.
- Avoid unwanted anchoring on corals or do not drag your anchoring and damage the reefs.
- Sometimes, even touching the coral reef would also remove the mucous covering over the reef and causes infection to spread.
- Sometimes, sharp corals can cause injury to you. Thus, if there are warnings about hard corals or sting rays, stay away from those spots if you are not an experienced one.
- Always opt for a trainer to accompany you if you are planning to go deep or if you are a fresh scuba diver.
- Do not dive if you are not medically fit. Do not force someone who does not want to dive.
- Check all your gears and equipments before diving
Best time for scuba diving
The best time for scuba diving is between February and March. The peak tourism time is between November and beginning of April. From May, the monsoon season starts halting the scuba season. August and September would be very wet and making it very rough for normal scuba divers. The number of tourists in Havelock Island would be very less during monsoon season.
The temperature of the water would not go beyond 26 degrees Celsius even during winter. Thus, the water is always warm. Currents can vary based on the environmental factors. The visibility inside the water reduces during high current and monsoon time.
There are a lot of centres in Havelock where you can get certified courses for scuba diving. Most of the classes would be conducted in artificial reefs inside the centres. Amateurs and children can enjoy these classroom scuba diving reefs with colourful pipefish, crocodile fish, sweetlips and others.
The cost varies based on the centre and the reef you choose. It also depends on the season and peak timing. During the peak season, the rates would be higher. The rate for one dive can vary from 2000 rupees to 6000 rupees. The reefs for certified divers can be more costly than others.
Are you a diver? Do you want to enjoy diving for the very first time? Havelock Island is the best place to choose. It has varying elements that would keep all the members of your family occupied