Island Explorer Program

This program creates the opportunity for school children from urban settings to explore the rural island environment and to experience a simpler and more basic way of life. Structured to inspire students with the fascinating aspects of the Andaman Islands, its wildlife and its ecosystems, it introduces deeper thought to the way in which modern … Continued

RE(EF) Generate Course

The Re(ef)Generate course is an initiation into active coral restoration techniques used by us to help conserve and replenish coral reef cover in the Andamans. This three-day course is conducted by ReefWatch Marine Conservation in partnership with Lacadives. It is designed to teach you the theory of coral ecology and restoration tied into the practice … Continued

Into The Blue by Avantika Rungta

It is said that being fearless is not the absence of fear, but rather being brave enough to act in spite of it. I live with a voracious appetite to experience the world. But when 72% of the world is water and I show up with my fear of fish, I realize I hold myself … Continued

An Ode to the Nightingales (Galapagos, June 2019)

John Keats wrote of nightingales and their wrenching, ephemeral, haunting music. My nightingales dwell in the deep sea, and they do not sing. They circle, languish in oceanic currents, and, for reasons unknown, congregate in vast numbers off an unassuming nub of volcanic rock in the Pacific, a thousand kilometers from the nearest landmass. Welcome … Continued

Coral-ing in the Red Sea (March 2019)

I am what I read, what I see. What I do and experience. I am whom I’m with and who takes me along on these splendid journeys. I am, because bit by bit this fabric of my life begins weaving itself together and I’m about to share with you a bit of that fabric today. … Continued

Scuba diving in the Andamans with pugmarks holidays

I was always quite spirited about SCUBA diving and have been wanting to do it for the past couple of years. But several unforeseen challenges, mainly rough tides, cancelled tours and flights, completely washed away the slightest chances I had to experience the life underwater. Last year, I resolved to get SCUBA certified, come what … Continued

The Island Explorer Program (October 2018)

At the start of the season, about 14 students from an international school in Mumbai visited Chidiyatapu for the Island Explorer program that is jointly run by Lacadives and Reefwatch Marine Conservation. This included a diving segment, which was conducted by Lacadives Einstein talked about reading fairy tales to kids:  For indirect moral lessons. For improving their imaginations. … Continued

Balinese Blues, The Good Kind (June 2017)

Crystal clear water, lush reefs and big animal encounters – everything I wanted in a dive trip, was delivered in Bali. Our hotel, Sanur Palace, was only a short drive from the Crystal Divers Bali dive shop where we picked up our gear and off to the diving. Our first few dives were at Padang … Continued

Malapascua Magic (January, 2018)

Cue music. Buble coming through. “Birds flying high, You know how I feel Sun in the sky, You know how I feel Breeze driftin’ on by, You know how I feel It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day It’s a new life, For me And I’m feeling good, I’m feeling good” Our state of … Continued

Raja Ampat’s Unrivaled Splendor (September, 2018)

Three (maybe four) flights (one which was almost missed). Second star to the right, straight on ‘til morning – somewhere, over the rainbow and across the Banda Sea, adjacent to Oz, but not quite there. J.M. Barrie wrote of a Neverland like the one we visited, but his was festooned with pixie dust and ours … Continued