We have a number of dive sites catering to a variety of skill levels.
Most of our dive sites are within a 15-20 minute boat ride from our dive center. Our dive center’s lawn overlooks the sea, so to us, traveling to a dive site means hopping into one of our 3 boats and sailing. Below you’ll find a list and description of each of our dive sites – but we’re constantly hunting for more, so expect this list to expand!
Just off Mundapahar Beach, this is our classroom – we use it for open water courses, refreshers, check dives and DSDs. Since the reef is shallow, it’s also a great snorkeling spot. A 10-minute boat ride from the dive center, Fish Point boasts anemones housing clown fish, schooling snapper, sleepy rays and scorpion fish. In a small corner of the reef, Reefwatch has made an artificial reef which is powered by solar panels! The first of its kind in India!
Very close to fish point, we have another shallow reef ideal for beginners which is also a 10 minute boat ride away from our dive center. Starting as shallow as 2 meters and going down to 10 meters, this site has some exceptional marine life which is a treat to divers! The life you can see here includes scorpionfish, snappers, groupers, parrot fish, cute little yellow box fishes and Christmas tree worms to name a few. Sometimes a napoleon wrasse might catch you by surprise!
Between South Andaman and Rutland to the south is a cluster of rocks that emerge during low tide. This is Parrot’s Rock, known for schools of parrot fish and a fairly strong drift. The rocky reef slopes from 5m to about 20m, and boasts purple soft coral, gorgonians, moray eels and sea turtles. It resembles a moonscape in places, and is great for Advanced divers and divers doing their PADI drift diving specialty!
20 minutes away from the dive center lays a ship wreck – only history knows her definitive. Some say she is a Japanese warship, the Amagi Maru, which was carrying 600 soldiers and was torpedoed by the British. Another story says she is the Sophie Marie, a Royal Indian Navy vessel which sank in 1942. Regardless of her origins, she is undeniably our most dramatic and mysterious dive site. The shipwreck lies about 30 m below the surface, and is vibrant with schooling snapper, fusiliers, batfish and trevally. There’s also a giant grouper that often hangs out around the wreck.
Homi Adajania dived the wreck and his article on ‘Is or isn’t she is a Japanese Warship?’ was featured on Conde Nast Traveller. Have a look here!
This dive site is a massive pinnacle, the top of which juts out of the water. One side of the pinnacle goes down to 14 meters whereas the other side goes as deep as 30 meters. There is also a drop off that goes to 40 meters or maybe more! The main attraction here are the barracudas, jacks, snappers, tunas, eagle rays and scorpion fish. If timed correctly, there are hundreds of different nudibranchs to be spotted! Unicorn fish, glass fish, damsels and triggerfish can be found in the shallower portion of this reef.
This dive site, named in Hindi, found its name due to the six (che) channels (nalas) coming together at one spot. This is an old jetty (harbour) which collapsed so most of the dive site is under this broken jetty. Starting as shallow as 4 meters, this dive site slopes to 15-17 meters. When this jetty was still functional, some people dropped a few massive tractor tyres which were used as safety buoys. Now nature has enveloped these tyres and fish have made it their home. You will almost always see some sting rays relaxing in the sandy patches here. The pillars are now covered in corals which harbour exquisite macro life.