is closest you get to feeling like Robinson
Crusoe. 362 volcanic islands scattered in the
Bay of Bengal, only 37 of these are inhabited.
These lush green islands have a colourful historical
past. With strings of invasions by the French,
Dutch, Japanese and British, raging wars between
settlers and the native tribes. The Cellular
Jail, where hundreds of Indian rvolutionaries
were imprisoned during the Indian freedom struggle,
still stands tall. Descendents of these political
prisoners and the local tribes of the area are
the inhabitants of modern day Andaman and Nicobar.
The tropical rain forests that loom close to
the seashore are home to unique species of birds,
and to tribes that still haven't learned to
use fire . Andaman is an experience quite unlike
another. And if you find yourself using more
mosquito repellent here than ever before, you'll
be using a lot more camera roll too.
Island One of the best dive destinations
in the island, it has clear emerald water with
a visibility of up to 80 feet. The deep dive
offers a terrific variety of marine life, including
black coral sightings of sharks and is ideal
for the experienced diver. Rutland Island The
shallow waters here have a good representation
of most smaller fish and coral, and a good place
for training open water divers. Snake Island
Awesome rock faces and a spectacular dive landscape.
Marine life includes Trigger fish, Grunts, Goatfish
ISLAND This island is located approximately
4 hours from the Port Blair airport by inter-island
ferry. The dive center located on the island
offers a wide range of largely unexplored dive
sites rich in underwater marine life.
Elephant bay. Please take the
track through the jungle (25 mins walk) from
forest dept hutments on the road to beach no
7. Please please please do not hire the local
donghees from the jetty to reach Elephant bay,
the fuel spill from the donghees parked on the
reef is killing all the corals, plus locals
actually walk on live corals, hurling their
boats. I promise you the best diving experience
here, the reef is almost 3 km long, depth ranging
up to 25 feet. Beautiful shallow water marine
life, exotic colours and species, you name it
and you have it all. Do carry lot of drinking
water, you dont get any thing at the Elephant
bay. Please remember to keep the small beach
clean and avoid donghees. The walk through the
jungle track is also beautiful experince.
dive shops are at Havelock presently. Last I
checked there was Dive India at beach #3 and
Barefoot at beach #7.
you can have your way with the forest department
officials at Port Blair , then Wilson, Button
and Inglis are far better sites. But the problem
is lack of any infrastructural support. Out
of these Wilson being closer to Havelock is
better option. But you will be spending your
precious time in to & fro journey.
Go to Vinnie's Dive Centre - Dive India at Havelock,
Andamans www.diveindia.com -m 9932082204