Andaman Islands (9 nights)
DURATION: 9 nights
SEASON: February - May
PORTS: Port Blair to Port Blair
QUALIFICATION NEEDED: PADI Open water or equivalent - no minimum number of logged dives required.
This 9 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 31 dives, including up to 5 night dives. Departing from Port Blair, the S/Y Oriental Siren will sail over 9 nights to bring you to the best dive sites of the region. You will cruise first to Button and Narcondam Islands where huge schools of snappers, jacks and large Napoleon wrasse are seen and our first opportunity to spot the manta rays. The next days are spent at Barren Island, where the soft corals and sea fans shelter many colourful reef fish and several species of anemone fish can be found but also attract manta rays. It is at Passage Island, our next destination, where mobula rays are seen in groups, white tip reef sharks nestle under the coral bommies and gigantic dogtooth tuna patrol. Your final dive is at Havelock Island before returning to Port Blair.
Adding to this trips appeal is unspoiled natural beauty throughout the archipelago, with vast forests and empty beaches all around and rarely another boat in sight. Be among the first to dive this unspoiled and idyllic destination.
**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
Day 1: Board S/Y Oriental Siren at Port Blair at around 2pm.
Day 2: Cinque Island & Passage Island - 4 dives
Day 3: Cinque Island & Passage Island - 4 dives
Day 4: Havelock Island & Minerva Ledge - 4 dives
Day 5: Minerva Ledge & Campbell Shoal - 3 dives
Day 6: Narcondam Island - 4 dives
Day 7 & 8: Barren Island - 7 dives
Day 9: Havelock Island & Minerva Ledge - 4 dives
Day 10: Disembark at Port Blair - 1 dive
Purple Haze -Barren Island: Spectacular fields of soft coral stretch into the distance, their vibrant colors accentuated by the dark volcanic substrate. The steep, deep walls are a magnet for large pelagica and many manta rays can be seen lining up to be cleaned.
Crazy Girl: The place to see schools of barracuda, red snappers, huge dogtooth tuna and grey reef sharks, along with bumphead parrotfish and white tip sharks laying withing the coral gardens.
South Point - Narcondam Island: Should be remaned 'Manta's Galore' but we wouldn't want to jinx it! Several mantas are seen here at one time, they are often inquisitive and will bump into divers.
Inchgard Wreck: This 70m long steam ship has been laying underwater for 30 years and provides a shelter for many smaller creatures and a school of snapper. A great place to spot ghost pipe fish.
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