Scuba Diving In Andamans

It was day 3 of our Andamans trip. We were staying at Symphony Palms. It seemed like a perfect morning to do something legendary! And the last I checked, Scuba Dive totally qualifies for that! I don’t know to swim and to top that I am a hydrophobic. My partner in crime, my sister, is claustrophobic and the idea of having a mask tied around her face with all the other oxygen tank jingbang was probably killing her! But we still decided to go for it.

We were at ocean dive center in Havelock – we filled out an extensive form (that kept saying IF YOU DIE, IT WON’T BE OUR RESPONSIBILITY a multiple times) and watched a short informative video that walked us through the actions for communication under water.

Our instructor, Mr. Sajan walked us through the actions again and other members of the team helped us get ready. We had a weight belt tied around our waist – I think there were 7 blocks of 1 kg each. The ocean was calm and it was low tide. The dive site, abundant with marine life, is almost always calm with good visibility (we were told). The maximum depth is around 12 metres but we were to go 6 metres deep.

With our instructor’s guidance, we explored the mesmerizing marine life and experienced an unparalleled sense of adventure. The fishes were of all shape and colours – red, purple, yellow, transparent with a neon glow and what not! We also found Nemo! (Yay!) My sister spotted a wrecked bike at the bottom. We were instructed not to touch anything since some of the corals could be poisonous. We swam across colorful corals, beautifully patterned fishes, and seabed gardens in silent-as-night waters – the experience was completely unreal.

The team at ocean dive center captured some of the best moments underwater. And here is a glimpse of the same.

About Trippy Travelette

A digital marketeer by profession, I was bitten by the travel bug when I was 18 years old. My Mother had gifted me an envelope that had to and fro rail tickets to Gujarat. I had studied in a boarding school in Gujarat and was more than happy thinking about the reunion with my girlfriends who were still there in Ahmedabad and Anand. I was travelling alone but being backed up both morally and financially by my mother, I was a bit relaxed. That trip was where I first experienced the urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.” There was no looking back post this! I was falling in love with the idea of picking up the bag and leaving for the unknown! The travel experiences started becoming a reminder of human insignificance and frailty. Today, I am most particularly in love with Himachal Pradesh. The landscape, the culture and the people here have become a special part of my life. And you will see most of my travel experiences talk about the same. A complete tea addict, nothing gives me more joy than a 'pahadi chai' with some butter toast! Looking forward to exploring and exchanging awe inspiring stories. Happy Travelling!

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