Havelock - Dive Sites

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Dixion's Pinnacle

The pinnacle's were first discovered years ago by a local Andaman instructor called Dixon. There are three large pinnacles having depth around bottoms of the pinnacles – 33m,34m,36m and tops 17m, 26m,19.2m. They all are surrounded with excitement from all the active feeding frenzy from the pelagic, Barracuda, Giant Trevally, Giant Groupers, Tuna and Mackerel. There are few Beautiful Big Barrel Sponges perch on the edges of the larger pinnacles, That is covered with Glass Fish that make it hard at times to look out at the schools of Batfish floating in the currents and you will be amazed watching suddenly a shadow appears from the deep, And it's a Manta Ray cruising by to take a look at the commotion. There are many colors here with lots of Juvenile Emperor Angelfish and shy Red-Toothed Triggerfish looking for holes to hide from the glares from the Napoleon Wrasse circling the reef. Cracks over the pinnacles are full with Durban Dancing Shrimp, At the top of the reef is the home of Few cute Mantis Shrimp. Turtle can come any time to tell its existence. The Moray eel might surprise you as well. Dixion's Pinnacle is only recommended for advanced openwater divers or more qualified divers.
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Johnny's Gorge

One of the most popular sites, This is a small rocky outcrop in the open sea surrounded by an ocean of sand in every direction and these rocks have become an oasis of security and food for both the larger and smaller marine species. This is a world class dive site and dolphins are often spotted on the surface. You can even start your dive watching Dolphins. There is a big demand in divers for diving there because not only we have beautiful colored coral but also it is surrounded by swirling Barracudas, Giant yellow Finn Groupers, Unicorn fish, School of several type of Snappers. This is the dive site where White Tip and Black Tip Reef Shark can be seen on a regular basis. Whale Shark and Eagle rays Might be seen as well. It is strongly recommended that only advanced open water or higher qualified divers can dive there. Always we have mild to strong current which can drift you away any time during the dive and the depth varies 20m to 30m.
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Jackson's Bar

A favorite among experienced divers who enjoy drift diving, As it offers a lot of variety in terms of the marine life. A strong current flows perpendicular to this site and should be taken into consideration when planning to dive there. With the current, There are sometimes thermoclines. Pelagic species are never in short supply here and makes for an exciting experience. The max depth is 37m and the top of the reef is 22m. It is strongly recommended that only advanced open water or higher qualified divers can dive there. Tuna and Barracuda cruise by in mid-water while large Groupers take refuge along the bottom. Banner fish and fusiliers are there. Rays are very common over here. Magical Garden Eels are there, And the most interesting part of this dive site is Sting Rays sit at the bottom, when you get closer to them they start swimming away looks like they are taking off one by one gently. Napoleon wrasse, White and black tip Sharks, School of Barracudas and Trivially are there as well.
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Brocken Ledge

This is a small plateau of colorful coral. Discovered in 2010, Broken Ledge of low-lying rocky outcrops emerging from the bottom at 24m Surrounded by sand, It’s an easy dive site so open water divers and above qualified divers can dive there. Sweet lips are there just down to the bottom line to welcome you and Lion fish are there to warn you. Magnificent Glass fish, School of Banner fish, School of Morris idol will make your dive memorable for sure. Sting Rays and Big Marble Rays are very common. There is a huge possibility to see a School of Big eye Jack fish, Turtle and sea Snake as well.
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Inket Wreck

An inter-island cargo vessel which struck the bottom and sank at the mouth of the inlet near Duncan Island, This site discovered by Vinnie, a local Instructor. The wreck itself is very interesting, with the full propeller lying intact and all the components still in place. Unfortunately penetration is not possible. Hatches and cargo hold of the wreck are clearly visible. Enormous propeller, parts of the boilers and engine room are intact. This wreck is the home of a lots of Scorpion fish, Therefore diving there is not that easy. One has to maintain good buoyancy to avoid stings by them. This site is ideal for wreck diving specialty. Lion fish, Dog Snappers, Black city Groupers, Big Puffer fish are usually seen there. Sometimes you can be the witness of hunt, Which begins between pray fusiliers and predators trivially and Barracudas.
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The M4

This reef is almost round in shape and Just 800 meters off to Kalapathar Beach is a small coral patch that is a great place to see many Anemones with several different Damselfish including the famous Nemo(Clown Fish). Lobsters are very common to spot almost beneath the reef. School of Bat fish come to say hello to you. Durban Dancing Shrimp might show you an episode of dance. Banded sea crate can leave you amazed to the surface to breathe. Groupers, Jacks and Snappers are there always as well. Look around, Otherwise you might miss Sting Rays passing through the reef.
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South Button

This is one of our well-known dive site. This site is also famous for its under water visibility, Which sometimes crosses more then 50m horizontally and 28m vertically. The western side of the island drops along a small wall down to 25m and is host to schooling Snapper, Surgeonfish, Barracuda, Big-eye Trevally and Napoleon wrasse. Manta rays and devil rays sometimes visit the island with the occasional leopard shark. Other regular residents include octopuses, Morays, Lionfish, Shrimp and Nudibranchs of all shapes and colours. This is a very easy site to dive, So everybody can dive there.
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Pilot Reef

The closest dive site to the dive centre, A large reef with a verity of corals and fish. This site has lots of small Reef Fish with Napoleon Wrasse, Occasionally young Manta Ray and Leopard Shark have been spotted at times alone with big Stingrays, turtles, Scorpion fish, Sea Snakes and Trivially. Fusilier and surgeonfish colour the water column and small clusters of anemone sway in the gentle current. Depth starts from 10m up to 20 m but all level of divers can dive there.
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Neil's cove

This site is a extended part of another very similar dive site called the Aquarium, Both gentle slope out to sea with the reef running from a beautiful cove almost Elephant Beach, Mainly hard coral and hosts a large array of fishes are waiting there to host you as a guest, Stingrays are often spotted in the sand as well as big schools of Blue Stripped Snappers. It’s a great place to find Humpback Parrotfish crunching away on to the coral reef. Black city Groupers are in the queue to show off aggressive attitude and the glass fish are there to make an wall between you and your buddy.
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MV Mars

This small wooden local cargo ship sank during a storm 2006, The depth varies between 7m to 15m, All level of divers can dive there. It's in a upright position and a lots of colorful reef fish made their new home at this sunken ship. The nearest reef about ten meters away. It a short dive around the wreck, You can watch dog snappers five line snappers resting underneath the broken hull. Surgeon major fish are roaming around above the deck. Big eye puffer fish hovering along with you. Bunch of squids swimming away. School of parrot fish looking for food and few nudibranchs as well.
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The Wall

Ideal for night dives due to its close proximity and easy navigation. We don't really need to guess the type of dive site this is, The wall drops off from a plateau which is only 10 metres deep. This site is suitable for Open Water divers through to Tec Divers. The aquatic life here is abundant, Small Nudibranchs to large Napoleon Wrasse. There can be some moderate to strong currents as well. The drop off starts from 11.6m and reaches till 56m. At the beginning of the dive you can spot various type of Snappers, Scorpion fish, Fan coral, Blackcity, Angel fish, Morris idol, School of Banner fish, Octopuses, Blue spotted Sting Ray, Seal faced puffer fish, Lion fish. As you go at the extreme point of the reef, You can experience the battle between hunter as in Giant Trevally and the pray as in Group of Fusiliers. You just have to hover there and you can watch a whole new wild world down there.
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Light House

This site is a great place to do night dives. The reef is about 3.5 km long and it’s a slop type reef.the reef is the best for snorkelers, Open water divers and those people who wants to experience an one time try scuba dive. Depth starts from 1.5m ends at 20m. Light house was gorgeous before Tsunami, The reef was hit directly by Tsunami caused a lot of coral bleached but after Tsunami it started growing again. That doesn’t mean we don’t have coral life there, Still we have enough marine life to show our Beginners. Most possibly, You can see different type of Angel fish, Morris idol, lots of yellow back Fusiliers around you, School of Humphead parrot fish.If you are lucky you might see a Turtle swimming to the surface to breath or few Lobsters trying to hide in some reef cave, Even you can watch an Octopus becoming Camouflage and getting almost invisible. Nearly everyone of us have seen the movie “FINDING NEMO”, So here is your chance to find out the colorful nemos along with sea anemones at Light house reef.
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Aquarium

The gently sloping reef, easily predictable currents and resident fish life make this dive like being in an aquarium. It is a good training dive site and is suitable for recently qualified or rusty divers. The easy diving conditions add to its appeal and makes people go back for more. It is located on the Southeastern side of the island. Depth varies between 12m to 15m. Usually you can spot few Marble Ray, Sting Ray, Grouper with several Varity, Stone fish, scorpion fish, Turtles, Morey eels, Blue spotted sting Rays. If you can pay full attention and scan the possible area of the reef you can even see some very beautiful and rare Nudibranchs. Aquarium is well known for its visibility, sometimes the horizontal visibility crosses more than 50m and you can see the bottom and the reef from sitting at the boat.
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Minerva Ledge

This dive site is situated on a large plateau of rock and colorful coral and required more than one dive to visit the 3 different locations that can be found here. Gentle to strong currents are present. This expansive shallow ledge can be found on the north-east side of Havelock and is covered in flat coral gardens. Depth Varies between 10m to 21.5m. Due to strong current all the dives out there are drift dives. You might see Manta Ray is spinning around you, Yellow and Red Snappers are schooling together, Large school of Yellow back Fusiliers, Unicorn fish, Giant grouper, Big school of Barracuda and Tuna. Even you may see a Banded sea snake shooting to surface to breathe. Moray Eels and Blue spotted Sting Ray is Very common to see there.
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Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach is one of the beautiful pristine beaches in Andamans. Either you can to get there by a speed boat ride or you can trek there from village no 6 of Havelock Island. This is a shore entry dive site. The reef is 3.5 km along side of the turtle beach. Swallow part of the reef is 2.5 m and the deepest part is 21m. You can see a large forest of Staghorn coral, Barrel sponge, Blue oceanic star fish, Lobstar, School of Sergeant major fish, School of Damsel fish, Giant clamp and few Turtle. It has been observed there during December and January Turtles come out of sea at the beach to lay eggs and small Juvenile Turtles get out of the eggs and run in to the sea during February and March. If you can manage to come at this time, you might be a witness of this beautiful event. And of course you can chill at the beach after a dive there during your surface interval.