Snorkeling in Andaman and Nicobar
One of the best ways to explore the beautiful underwater life in the Andaman Islands, without swimming too deep is by Snorkeling. Snorkeling is an adventure activity, which is very popular in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Snorkeling is appropriate for those the first timers, or those with little or no experience of water sports. If you are traveling with your family or as a large group of friends, Snorkeling in Andaman is a great activity to enjoy together. Children will be fascinated by the bright colors and the number of fish and adults will be thrilled to discover that such a world exists.As you float beneath the water, you get to witness the golden sunlight pierce the waters and change color, while the creature underneath brush past you. Brightly colored fishes swim past exotic corals, making an unforgettable sight.
There are many tour operators offering basic Snorkeling courses and Snorkeling gear for rent.
Barefoot Scuba can offer its guests many packages for Snorkeling. From short half day Snorkeling excursions to full day Snorkeling programs, to charting your own snorkel boat, Barefoot Scuba has a whole range of packages to suit your Snorkeling needs. The professional instructor will give you a briefing of the activity and prepare you up with the necessary equipment required for Snorkeling such as snorkel and diving masks.
Mesmerize yourself with the colorful and magical world the lies beneath the waters of Andaman. The instructor will make you witness rich underwater life.
Places for Snorkeling in the Andaman Islands
Havelock Island is the most popular island for Snorkeling in Andaman. The sea around Havelock Islands displays an incredible density and diversity of marine life in seas. South button is said to be the best Snorkeling spot around Havelock with some of the most impressive marine life. The eastern side of south Button offers an impressive colorful coral garden where fish and another small creature gather.
Elephant Beach is another fantastic spot for Snorkeling in Havelock Island. Unbelievable Snorkeling trip with Rajan, who is the last of the ocean swimming elephants in the Andaman Islands gives you mesmerizing moments. This once in a lifetime experience will leave you speechless. (Prior experience in Snorkeling is must for this activity).
The other famous spots for Snorkeling is Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park – Jolly Bouy and the Red Skin island. Cinque Island is another location with some fantastic corals. Snorkeling is also possible off Port Blair at the Andaman Water Sports Complex. Begin the activity and get to witness the fascinating marine life and corals.
Things to Keep in mind While Snorkeling
- Always go with someone.
- Find equipment that fits you.
- Try not to stir up sediment in the water.
- Be aware of waves, currents and potential hazards such as rocks.
- Learn, practice and develop controlled floating ability, so as to float away from coral reefs and animals.
Most Snorkeling sites are actually near the shore, you can just grab your masks and fins and explore at your own pace. Snorkeling allows one to explore the magnificent marine flora and fauna of the islands from extremely close quarters and more often than not, from within a touching distance of fish, in their natural habitat.