Hidden away in the Bay of Bengal, the island is the hot spot for various aquatic plants, coral reefs, and fish under the clear waters, Cinque Island is one of the best diving destinations right here near to our dive center. Others such as Fish Rock, Corruption Rock etc. and the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park are sites where one can discover mantas, hammerhead sharks and beautiful shoals of multicoloured fish.
Rutland Island with its shipwreck is situated right in the center of a beautiful lagoon, shaded with exquisite corals close to our dive center. Chidiya Tapu is south of Port Blair (40 min drive south from the airport), a magnificent location that has a lush and pristine heritage of natural wonders. This beautifully secluded spot is an escape from the regular crowd of visitors at Havelock islands, giving Lacadives the luxury of rarely encountering other dive boats on the reef. Guests are given a highly personalized experience, where instead of a multitude of divers crowding the boat, we focus on each diver’s individual comfort and minimize our footprint on the reefs.
Chidiya Tapu also has great exploration opportunities on land; one can walk to the lighthouse, visit the biological reserve and observe many species endemic to the Andaman. It is a paradise for bird-watchers; avid enthusiasts will enjoy the drive down from Port Blair. It's also believed to be the best place to see sunsets on the Andaman Islands. 15 minutes away from our dive center lies a shipwreck, the remnants of an East India Company cargo boat that sank in 1918, making for a breath-taking view and yet another amazing feature of the location!
The outer edges of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and the islands of Rutland and Cinque have a number of potential dive sites yet to be explored. From the dives that we have done in the area so far, we know that these waters offer some spectacular diving. So come, do some exploring with Lacadives and who knows – you just might get to name a new dive site!