Havelock is an island where the majority of the scuba diving in the Andaman islands takes place. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful reefs and is rich in marine life. The sites are relatively untouched and many unexplored.
An ideal site for newer divers with mainly fringing hard coral reef that supports a variety of reef fish. Currents are usually calm and very predictable. As with any aquarium, reef life is stunning with butterfly fish, batfish, crocodile fish seen all around. Dolphins are often spotted on the surface.
Only suitable for advanced divers this is one of the best dive sites in the Andaman islands named after a local who discovered it many years ago. The topography is two coral reefs which are separated by a shallow plane, a small site with some fantastic reef life.
There are regular visits from dolphins here with large schools of barracuda, giant groupers, snappers and eagle rays.
Shark sightings are what makes this site every divers favourite in the islands, and resting on the sandy bottom, there are often sightings of white tip reef sharks.
Dixon's Pinnacle was also named after its discoverer a local instructor and Johnny’s brother, and it is a very popular choice for experienced divers.
The giant rock pinnacles rise from the seabed at 30m and are coated in corals and barrel sponges. Here you can find batfish and trevally, stingrays, napoleon wrasse, moray eels and white-tip reef sharks.
Junior emperors are often seen with their distinctive, colourful markings. Look for turtles, and in the cleaning stations, manta rays are often seen.
This large plateau was named after the third local diver brother who discovered it and is covered by hard and soft corals along with barrel sponges.
The site is known for a significant amount of Khules stingrays that are present here, and there are other rays and reef sharks that also are regularly seen. In the sandy areas are fields of garden eels and with Napoleon wrasse circling the site.
Invisible Bank - Flat rock
This is a pinnacle dive with a flat rock that breaks the surface by around 8m before descending to 30m+, but the main area is less than 15m. There is not a huge amount of coral formations here, but there is a multitude of marine life.
Sharks found here are grey and white tips along with occasional hammerhead sightings. bumphead parrotfish and napoleons are regular visitors along with giant barracuda, mackerel, tuna and trevally.
This site is mainly used for night dives as it has perfect conditions and topography. The submerged rocky reef has good coral coverage with many sponges and gorgonian sea fans. Marine life here includes bumphead parrotfish, octopus, lobster, lionfish as well as a multitude of macro life.
Passage Island, Fish Rock
This is a pinnacle dive which is a rocky, sloping reef formation descending to around 30m with fingers, ridges and shallow walls. There can be some strong currents here, but divers are rewarded with incredible marine life sightings. The substrate is covered in soft corals, sponges and sea fans but hard corals are not present in significant numbers. This remote site attracts many pelagics and other marine life. Schools of snappers, fusiliers, barracuda, and tuna. Reef fish include Napoleon wrasse, bumped parrotfish, moray eels and groupers. There are turtles here and sharks such as grey and white tip reef sharks along with eagle rays.
One of the larger sites this is a narrow rock with ridges and shallow coral gardens, it is surrounded by a sandy area in the deeper parts with interesting marine life. There is a wreck here and a mangrove area, some of the site is still relatively unexplored since Jacques Cousteau discovered the site in the 1970s.
There is an excellent chance to see the bigger marine life here with Napoleon wrasse, many rays including eagle, white tip reef sharks and even a chance to see a tiger shark.
Dives can be spent in one location where the fish life quickly overcome any shyness and come close to divers in their hundreds.
Look for stingrays, tuna, barracuda and all the usual marine life along with many nudibranchs.
This large wreck has now become home to a multitude of marine life which becomes evident as you descend down the line.
Coral is scattered across the structure which is home to many nudibranchs, ghost pipefish and other amazing macro life. Sweetlips hide on the structure, and there is a blind giant puffer fish that calls it home. Around the primary structure are many objects including an algae-covered toilet.
Mac Point is one of the most famous dive sites in the Andaman islands. This has a great hard coral coverage and regular dugong encounters.
A huge rock formation named as it will seduce divers with the multitude of marine life found on it. Staghorn coral is prevalent here along with its usual residents, and Napoleon wrasse can be found all over the site.
Baracuda City is suitable for intermediate and experienced divers due to the depth. This is a place to dive with many turtles and vibrantly coloured hard corals. Stingrays, reef fish and surgeonfish are plentiful here.
This is a small wooden cargo ship that sunk in 2006 during a storm and sits upright at 15m of depth close to the reef so both can be dived together. Visibility can be lower here but marine life swarms over the structure. Parrotfish, triggerfish, batfish, sweetlips and seahorses can be found here.
A popular dive site close to the jetty, this is a small wall from 10 to 55m covered in soft corals and sea fans with a friendly Napoleon wrasse. Prolific fish life is found here with puffers, lionfish, tuna, trevally, fusilier and Moorish idols. Octopus and nudibranchs are also seen along with stingrays.