The people, the dive, the experience, all of it was beautiful.
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Ashok and I completed our PADI OWD course in the Andamans and made a total of 18 dives over the 10 days of our trip - we were now officially addicted and needless to say are planning our next trip. We were so impressed by the Lacadives Team, there professionalism and enthusiasm made our trip - that we had dive sites to ourselves was spoiling and the experience blew us away
The new dive centre at Chidiya Tapu is situated in the best possible location in South Andaman Islands. They have a state-of-the-art speedboat custom made for scuba diving. No more noisy dungy-boat rides! The team is very warm and hospitable. It also helps that they are one of India's first dive schools and naturally the most qualified and experienced instructors. I knew I was in safe hands.
Unlike Havelock, where most of the divers head to - this place has almost no other dive travelers. The dive sites are fairly unexplored and the coral life is still very alive. The highlight of my week long adventure had to be the Shipwreck at 30 m - just a 10 minute boat ride away.
The visibility was so good that we could see the whole wreck from 12m onwards. Its even more intriguing that there's not much known about the ship yet! We circled around and grinned like boys finding a lost treasure. Schools of Blue Jacks swarmed in and out of the ship as we got closer. A rusty bathtub has home to a giant pufferfish and the giant propeller reminded me of Tintins undersea story.
Yellow Snappers, neon fusiliers and many other local residents gawked at us bubble blowing intruders.
Parrots Rock was where I almost got lost in the drift. But when Sumer dives with you, you are always in safe hands. He has been diving for almost 20 years and it clearly shows. The site itself had a lot of life, tons of purple coral, white fan coral, giant lobsters and many parrot fish.
Tinto's Treasure, where we saw a rusted chest and a canon, off Rutland island is another fairly new divesite. I counted about 30 Lionfish at Lions Lair near Suvar Mundi.
The trips to Cinque Island were spectacular as expected. Great visibility and untouched marine life. I went to cinque 3 years ago on a dungi and it took more than 2 hours. Thanks to the superfast "Explorer" which was clocking 30 knots, we were back for lunch after 2 awesome dives. Bumpheads, Wrasse, Triggerfish, Butterfly fish, Sweetlips, Giant Trevally, Barracuda were the common residents of Chidiya Tapu.
On one of the dives, Rohin (this part human-part fish being) - who is also an instructor, pointed us to Dolphin whistles. We tried to find them but couldn't. On coming back to surface the boat crew (Tinto and Tamlawa) told us that they were circled by a mega pod of about 400 dolphins. The only time I wished we were not under!
Lacadives also has a Marine Biologist on their team. Tara knows about the lifecycle and evolution of every possible creature under the surface and explains it in the sweetest slowest bangalore drawl.
Walk down to Munda Pahar beach for some magnificent snorkeling. Carry a book and leave your phone behind. There is no network here!
Accommodation options are limited to a couple of Rs. 5000/- a day resorts nearby.
I chose to stay at the dive center itself which was basic although more personal. Tagay's Dal Chawal with the Karen touch was pretty interesting. Will surely go back soon.
We have dived with Lacadives before in the Lakshadweep. Sumer and Homi taught us to dive, and his passion has infected us ever since. We have dived in several places around the world and I have never come across a better dive operation.
Since Lacadives started up in the Andamans, we have been trying to go and finally made it in March 2013.
We were not disappointed! Chidiya Tapu is magical spot, its natural beauty just takes your breath away! Sumer and Rohin are wonderful to dive with. You have fun, you are safe and you keep learning! Thanks guys.
The wreck dive, Cinque Island, Parrot's Rock and South Rutland were just some of the memorable spots.
And as always, its just a pleasure to deal with the whole Lacadives team.
From the booking office in Bombay to the dive staff in Chidiya Tapu, everyone was so friendly and helpful!
We had the most wondeful diving holiday!
hi..this being my introduction to d world of diving..i was a lil nervous.but my instructer rohan in chidiya tapu was fabulous..he really helped me to keep calm underwater..thank u soo much rohan and sumer.it was such a close knit and warm group who were always tryin to make me feel at home.the diving at suar mundi was out of this world..crazy vizibility and great sea life..everyone should definately get in touch wit lacadives for a truly personalized expreience...all d best guys :-)
I have been diving with Lacadives for nearly a year now and I am about to do a lot more including some Liveaboards led by their Dive Masters.
Got my OWD and AOWD certifications from them and surely recommend them to any Diver!
Very personal approach of both the shore-team and the dive-masters in Wandoor! It was a wonderful experience and we will for definitely come back.