We work with Barefoot Scuba at Havelock Island that offers recreational diving in small groups for all levels of divers. There are opportunities to learn how to dive through a variety of introductory courses or, for those already qualified, the opportunity to continue your diving education.
The underwater world around Havelock has plenty to offer divers of all skill levels. In fact, much of the areas better diving is in water no deeper than 20 meters. Of late, however, newer and deeper sites are being discovered, and some of these locations are highly recommended. More info on dive sites available on request.
Barefoot Scuba owns a fleet of a variety of dive vessels. Their 2-tank day trips around Havelock are conducted on local fishing boats, called dunghies. These boats are used extensively throughout the Andaman Islands and their unique design makes them ideal for these waters. The dunghies seat about 8 divers in a shaded seating area and have room at the bow for those wishing to sit out in the sun. A ladder is provided for entering the boat from the water, and a designated area holds the scuba equipment and extra cylinders.
Their dive gear is state-of-the-art equipment from Scubapro and Mares. We have a range of BCD sizes to accommodate all divers. All gear is washed thoroughly in fresh water after every day of use and serviced regularly with standard spares as recommended by the manufacturers.
The diving in the Bay of Bengal is out of this world, with immaculate soft and hard coral unspoilt by human activity. So far there are over 15 dive sites, some of which were first discovered by the illustrious Jacques Cousteau. The diverse range of marine wildlife includes five species of shark, huge manta ray, dugong and barracuda. Other highlights are the elephants that can be seen swimming between islands, using their trunks as snorkels.
Discover Scuba Diving participants, Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver students doing their confined water sessions usually leave for Elephant Beach, our confined water training area, by 8.30 a.m. and return between 2 and 4 p.m. Students doing open water training dives do 2-tank outings similar to certified divers. Water, tea, snacks of biscuits and samosas, and a light lunch are provided on all 2-tank outings. Upon returning to the dive centre students log their dives and continue with theory sessions in the classroom.
Discover Scuba Diving (DSD): The world’s most popular introduction to diving. This entry-level program allows you to experience the magic of being and breathing underwater. A briefing of equipment and basic breathing skills, followed by a practice session in shallow water prepares you for the experience of a lifetime. You’ll explore wonderful coral reef, feel the amazing weightlessness of diving, and see things you’ve never seen before…all on your first dive. The constant supervision and guidance of our PADI certified dive masters and instructors make this the perfect first step towards satisfying your curiosity of the sea. DSD skills may be credited towards the PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water courses.
Duration: 1 day; Prerequisites: None; Swimming skills: Not required; Min. age: 10 yrs. Max. depth: 12m.
Open Water Diver (OWD): If the idea of exploring magnificent coral reef, swimming over the ruins of a sunken ship, and coming face to face with amazing creatures of the sea fascinates you, then this is your ticket to intense adventure. Become a certified diver with the PADI Open Water course. This course will teach you the fundamentals of diving through a perfect mixture of theory (5 modules), 2 days of confined water skills training, equipment orientation and troubleshooting techniques, and 4 open water dives with water skills exercises. The course, suitable for anybody with a basic level of comfort in the water, thus follows a gradual progression of skill development. The Open Water Diver certification is valid worldwide and does not require renewal. Learning to dive opens a door to a whole new world. Begin the journey of a lifetime.
Duration: 3 – 5 days; Prerequisites: None; Swimming skills: Required; Min. age: 10 yrs for Junior Open Water Diver / 15 yrs for Open Water Diver; Max. depth: 12m for Junior Open Water Diver / 18m for Open Water Diver.
The sea-facing cottages at Café del Mar are ideal for divers and travelers looking for comfort and convenience. Located in the same premises as the dive centre, Café del Mar offers its guests a convenient base from which to explore not just the snorkeling and dive sites around Havelock, but also the village market, the elephant training camp and the forest trails beyond Beach No. 5.
Café del Mar has 6 sea-facing, duplex cottages. The wood and bamboo structures, with their palm leaf roofs, face the sea through a small grove of coconut trees. The airy bedroom (double or twin-beds) on the upper floor leads out to a private balcony which is the perfect place to relax after a day of diving. The interiors are simple, with ceiling fans, electric lights and power outlets (220V) provided. The bathroom on the lower level is equipped with a western-style toilet, shower and wash-basin with running water. The sit-out, below the balcony, is the ideal place to hang your hammock.