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Nicobar Islands

Nicobar is made up of four small islands. The largest inhabited one is Great Nicobar and the smallest being Teressa. All are accessible by boat but are in three areas. You'll need a boat to access all of these dive sites. However the currents at them all tend to be light.
The best time of year for diving at Nicobar is reckoned to be November to May. That way you avoid the brunt of the monsoon season.

Nicobar island dive sites

Grand Central Station

This dive site boasts Groupers, Parrotfish, Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasse, Red Snappers and many schools of Cobia. The is a mild slope of rocks and hard coral where one will see many Red Toothed Triggers, Sergeant Majors and Rabbit fish. If one drifts slowly along the sloping walls you will see Needlefish and Olive Ridley turtles.
Max Depth is 25 metres.

Jenny's Aquarium

Jenny’s Aquarium starts in a smallish cavern where one can see White Tip Reef Sharks. The neighboring rocks are home to Banner Fish, Moorish Idols, Butterfly Fish and Blue Ringed Angelfish. Snorkelers as well as divers have seen Black Tip Reef Sharks, Moray Eels and Lobsters amongst the rocks. If one drifts further on you will see a large amount of fish including Napoleon wrasse and large Groupers against a beautiful backdrop.
Max Depth is 15 metres.

Lobster Avenue

Lobster Avenue has a rocky underwater topography with a large amount of hard coral, shoreline covered with plate coral. It has a breaker made out of exposed rocks, which allows for sheltered water leeward and a soft drift seaward, making this dive site perfect for everyone. One can see Snappers, Scat, Dogfish, Sergeant Majors, Parrotfish, Rock Cod, Cuttlefish, Nurse Sharks, Peacock Flounder, Large Grouper, Moray Eels, Lobster and even Red Toothed Triggerfish. Occasionally one can see turtles, marble and reef ray.
Max Depth is 10 metres.

Netrani Island and Train Bhatkal Wreck

This dive site is found in Karnataka Here one can see amazing valleys, lush forests, isolated beaches, old cultures and amazing cuisine. Underwater one will see sapphire colored waters and an abundance of marine life. This dive can be found just 10 nautical miles off the temple town of Murudeshwar. It has depths anywhere between 10 and 40 meters and visibility up to 30 meters. One should be certified if diving here but luckily it offers dives for all levels of experience.

At this dive site one will see Turtles, Great Barracuda, Napoleon Wrasse, White and Black Tip Sharks, Stonefish, Stingrays and Cobia. Almost every dive here is unique; snorkelers have even swam with huge Manta Rays and divers have swam with massive Orcas and Pilot and Bryde’s Whales. During the early evening night dives, the views can be exceptionally beautiful.
Max Depth is 40 metres.

Shelter Cove

Shelter Cove can be found in a clear, gentle, sandy bay with small coral coated rocks featuring a varied amount of marine life including Urchins, Nudibranch and Sea Cucumber as well as a many small fish. One can see Moray Eels, Scorpionfish, Lobster, and Parrotfish, large groups of Sea Whips, smallish basket sponges, bright sea fans and gorgonian fans all over rocky outcrops making for a seemingly alien environment.

Also there are Butterfly fish, scat and red-toothed trigger sharks living amongst the rocks. Due to the large amounts of table and plate coral one will see many Brown Barred Rock Cod, Groupers, Oriental Sweetlips and Angelfish. In between the nooks and crannies one might be lucky enough to see Olive Ridley Turtles.
Max Depth is 10 metres.

The Jetty

Shelter Cove can be found in a clear, gentle, sandy bay with small coral coated rocks featuring a varied amount of marine life including Urchins, Nudibranch and Sea Cucumber as well as a many small fish. One can see Moray Eels, Scorpionfish, Lobster, and Parrotfish, large groups of Sea Whips, smallish basket sponges, bright sea fans and gorgonian fans all over rocky outcrops making for a seemingly alien environment.
Max Depth is 10 metres.

The Nursery

The Nursary can be found in a sheltered bay and boasts a gravelly bottom, very shallow wall and many rocky outcroppings. This dive site is breeding territory for many different underwater creatures including Nudibranch, Honeycomb, Juveniles, Stonefish and also Giant Moray Eels. This is the perfect dive site for both amateurs and more experienced divers.
Max Depth is 10 metres.

The Umma Gamma

Umma Gumma Reef, a rocky outcrop off Grande Island, is an alluring dive site where one can see huge amounts of Jack, Batfish, Barracuda, Groupers, Tuna, Reef Sharks, Needlefish, Porcupine Puffers, Lobster and Scorpion fish which hide amongst the coral coated rocks. One will also see Collared Butterfly Fish, Blue Ringed Angelfish and Snappers.
Max Depth is 12 metres.

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