Best Time to Visit Andaman for Scuba Diving
Most of you would love exploring what is beneath the oceans. Those exotic coral reefs or aquatic fishes swimming under the sea can lend you with a mystical experience, after all. You can also view those oyster bays to add to your ever-green memories.
Andaman and Nicobar islands have a group of islands where waters look turquoise green and crystal clear. The sandy beaches are white. For those of you who want to view the untouched natural beauty, a visit to the Andaman Islands is a must. The virgin beauty, nature offers you, can lend you with a mind-blowing experience, all together.
Here is a season-wise description on the best time to visit Andaman for scuba diving. But before that, we are going to make certain things very clear on how you can pursue scuba diving at your best.
A brief on the rainy weather
If you would love visiting Andaman during the perfect monsoon stretch, you will still not be disappointed. The visibility factor becomes a matter of concern when the waters are shallow. And you are swimming on shore. This is never going to be the case for scuba divers. You are going to be diving under the sea. As you go deeper down the oceans, the visibility factor is not going to impact you at all. Moreover, most of the scuba divers perform their stints offshore. Hence, once you decide to dive depths, rainy conditions would not affect you at all.
What impacts the visibility factor in real-time?
If you consider the visibility factor as the major thing as you are a first-timer, then fret not. These are the tides that can actually impact the visibility factor as you drive towards deeper depths of the ocean.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have catch point areas where you can scuba dive, to your hearts’ content. As tides play a major role in affecting underwater visibility, you necessarily need to keep track of the same. Tides keep changing their course every week. So it is better you have a look at weather conditions before you venture out in the sea. Again, tides can remain calm irrespective of the fact as to whether the climate is rainy or sunny.
Beginner or experienced scuba divers look for whether the conditions are windy or not. If the weather is too windy, then it is quite risky to venture out into the open sea. Even if the weather on the sea does get a bit rough, there are a couple of island sites that remain sheltered all the year along. These are sheltered from prevailing winds. On the other hand, you may not be able to visit certain remote vantage points if the weather is windy. These include
- Johnny’s Gorge island site
- Dixon’s Pinnacle and
- Jackson’s bar
Professional or certified divers always keep the weather factor and the prohibited sites in mind, before they go in for hard-core scuba diving.
Having clarified certain myths on when or not can we venture into scuba diving, here we go with the season-wise break-up
January to May
The season from January to May is the best time to visit Andaman for scuba diving. This is a blissful period where you discover that the seas are at their ultimate calm. Especially when you take the period between March and May, you find that the seas are as clear and as transparent as a mirror. You have the perfect surface conditions to facilitate deep diving.
The period between June and August marks the rainy weather or the typical monsoon season. If you have a look at mainland monsoons, you have heavy to very heavy showers for a brief stint of time. We call it the wet period. Sometimes, though it is the typical monsoon season, the days are sometimes sunny. You experience a dry and a calm spell for days or weeks together. When there occurs a depression or cyclonic winds, you can visit most of the nearby highlight sites. However, divers are restricted to visit certain restricted sites.
You find diving fabulous especially when the waters are warmer. This is mainly because fish spawns higher as the waters get warmer. The weather is also very pleasant at this time of the year. As it is the typical off-season, package tourists are off the bay. And you find the oceans returning back to their sleepy idyllic phase.
September to November
September to November is precisely called as the ‘new season’. Although the south-westerly winds die down, you still find that there are regular showers. Occasionally, the winds do pick up speed and momentum. At this point in time, diving is fantastic. You can have a lot of fish spawn during the rainy season. At this point in time, there is a lot of biomass across the reefs. The weather at the sites is at its absolute best.
But you need to take precautionary measures when the weather gets a little too windy. This can restrict your diving spree to nearby areas. Beware of the strong currents as well especially during a windy weather.
You find December lending you with a transition period. The terrestrial weather is lovely as you find occasional showers with moderate winds. Over the last 5 or 6 years, the weather conditions have been a bit confusing. The trend finds June by low winds coupled with limited rains. There have been rough weather conditions during January or February.
Tip of the day
For beginners, you find sites that are accessible all through the year. Even in a storm, the weather conditions at these sites are stable enough. So beginners can plunge in with their diving spree, whether it is on a season or offseason.
During the warmer months, the islands are usually busier with more number of tourists pouring in. During the offseason, the islands are quieter. You get a more relaxed feel at the islands when you venture out to Andaman during this time of the year. During the rainy season or winter season, the weather is actually very pleasant. With brief showers setting in, you can actually explore the islands, without much of a hassle.
For experienced divers, this is the best time to visit Andaman for scuba diving. Let me present it to you in a bulleted format:
- March, April, and May
- January/February followed by
- September to December.
Weather conditions during June, July and August can vary. If you are lucky, you can find 2-3 people in a boat and you can get exposure to a superb form of scuba diving. If you are not all that lucky, you can still get some exposure to nearby sites though you don’t get an ample exposure to dive out into the rough open sea.
These insider tips and weather conditions can help you plan a trip to Andaman in a well-informed manner.