Oct 1, 2014

Scuba diving in andaman | underwater scuba | snorkeling & scuba diving |

SCUBA DIVING IN ANDAMANS

Scuba diving in andaman, information about diving in andaman
A Diver

There is no greater adventure than diving. Whether you are a novice, or whether you have been diving for so many years, there is always something new, fascinating or challenging about venturing into the underwater world. Your mind may be mesmerized by clouds of colourful fish, your curiosity raised by the mysterious remains of sunken ships or your creativity awakened by the art of underwater photography. Your diving interests may range from a casual pastime pursued on vacation, to a constant passion, or even a career. Diving offers something new for everyone.

Diving in Andamans is a unique lifetime experience. The coastal water surrounding theses islands is the abode of one of the richest coral reef ecosystem is the world. The specialty is that, here the coral reefs and underwater formations are undamaged by human activity. The best season for diving is from December to April.

Scuba diving in andaman, information about diving in andaman
Under water beauty

ABOUT US

the Amazing Andaman is a leading destination management company operating out of Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India.

What started with a humble beginning in 2008, is now an "Andaman-under-one-roof" business, providing the entire range of travel & related services in the Islands.

Equipped with an experience spread over the last decade, we offer Tour packages and arrange Customized trips, Transfers with assistance, Hotel bookings,Tours, Air Ticket bookings, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Sport Fishing and Rental cars in the islands.

COURSES

Please note: before participating in a scuba diving course you will need to answer a medical statement. If you have any pre-diagnosed medical problem, it’s advised to visit your doctor prior to arrival, as this service is not available on Havelock. For those planning to do the divemaster course, a dive medical is compulsory before arrival. 



This course allows you to experience the magic of the underwater world. You will be educated on the basic breathing skills in shallow water and some theory to allow you to experience Scuba Diving. Our experienced Certified Divemasters and Instructors will help you experience breathing underwater and see the beauty that lies beneath the sea, this is your first step to as the name suggests to Discover Scuba Diving. What’s more, you will get a Certificate confirming you have done the DSD course and the skills you learn in this course can be credited towards the Scuba Diver and Open Water certified courses.


This is the most popular diving course in the world. In order to complete the Open Water Diver course you will need to complete a combination of 5 theory sessions, water skills in confined water; an introduction to diving equipment and 4 open water dives that will include skills exercises, all this under the constant supervision of our experienced and Certified Divemaster or Instructors. This Certificate / License is valid worldwide and does not need to be renewed. If you have done the Discover Scuba or Scuba Diver course you can earn credits for the skills learned in those courses.


This course is designed for those who are comfortable with diving and want to take the next step in certification. This is a good way to log in more dives and get more comfortable with scuba diving. It also allows you to experience deeper dives which could be anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet. You will learn about underwater navigation and do 3 more Adventure dives of your choice. You can take this course right after you get your Open Water Diver Certification.


If you want to be a certified diver but do not have a lot of time, the PADI Scuba Diver Course is the one for you. You will need to have basic swimming skills for this course. The course consists of a mixture of 3 theory sessions, 1 day of water skills and 2 open water dives with a maximum depth of 12 meters / 40 feet. Once you have completed the course you will receive a diving license to dive upto a depth of 12 meters / 40 feet under the supervision of our PADI Certified Divemaster or instructor. This Certificate and licence is valid worldwide. This is a good warm up program for the PADI Open Water Diver course.


Want to build you scuba diving skills and gain experience or do some underwater photography or maybe experience Night Diving or Deep Diving? Why not try the Adventure Diver course. You will need to be a Certified Open Water Diver. What’s more you can choose the type of dive you want from the list below:


This course is becoming the most popular specialty scuba diving course and the reason is simple: diving with enriched air also known as Nitrox reduces your decompression time. This basically translates to more time underwater even when you do repetitive dives. Therefore you can ideally stay down longer as well as get back to the water sooner. This is why many divers choose this as their very first specialty. You will learn the techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air Nitrox and also enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations which includes including managing oxygen exposure, which is how to tell what’s in your tank and how to set your dive computer. You can do the course along with your Open Water or Advanced Open Water Course.


Scuba diving in andaman, information about diving in andaman
Bubble formation under water


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Jan 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your love and consistent support. As 2013 is saying goodbye and another New Year is coming, We take this humble opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.



If you have suggestions for topics that you would like to see covered in 2014, let us know. We look forward to a great 2014 and wish you great luck in it.

Happy New Year!!

From,
The entire team of,
The Amazing Andaman

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Nov 2, 2013

Greetings - Festival of Lights - Diwali


" Diwali is a unique confluence of happiness, bliss & prosperity. May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity to all my friends and well-wishers the world over ! "


Lamp decoration for Diwali
One of the biggest festivals celebrated by all Hindus worldwide is Deepavali or Diwali in India. This festival is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and happiness for five continuous days, with the third day being celebrated as the main Diwali or as Deepavali ‘Festival of Lights’. One important practice that the Hindus follow during the festival is to light diyas, candles or oil lamps all around their house. By lighting their house the Hindus are thanking the gods for the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received.

Diwali fireworks
As like in other parts of the world Deepavali is celebrated  in Andaman and Nicobar Islands with great joy and it is one of the most happening festival of Andaman island followed by Durga Puja. One can walk down the streets of Port Blair and can feel the the joy of Deepavali being celebrated in these small islands situated 1400 kms away from mainland of India. People from various races, castes, creeds, religions from all over India adopted these islands as their place of settlement, irrespective of all these Diwali is being celebrated by everyone, and this is the uniqueness of Diwali - The Festival of Lights in Andamans.


Do's and Don't for safe Diwali : 

The usual precautions that keep pouring in before Diwali might not be new for most of us. However, it seems OK to brush-up the Do's and Don'ts once again to avoid the unfortunate mishaps and injuries that are so commonplace during the festivities.

Don'ts :- 

1. DON'T attempt to relight a dud. It could still go off and have even less of a wick. Let it sit for several minutes and then douse it with water.
2. DON'T use fireworks or sparklers indoors.
3. DON'T carry fireworks in your pocket. They're explosives and can go off prematurely even if they're not lit.
4. DON'T light fireworks in metal or glass containers

Do's :- 

1. DO read and follow the label directions. It's a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how often people ignore the directions.
2. DO light fireworks away from combustible materials like buildings, trees, dry grass and other obstacles.
3. DO bury your fireworks at least halfway down into a bucket of sand angled on a trajectory away from spectators and combustibles.
4. DO have water handy (garden hose and bucket) to soak fireworks after firing.
5. DO light a firework at arms length, standing back and keeping your face away.
6. DO douse sparklers with water and allow them to cool in a safe place away from children. The ends of sparklers remain hot for some time, and will easily burn a child's skin, clothing, or nearby combustible material.
7. DO arm yourselves in advance with information on how to administer First Aid kit to the injured person.


Wishing all reader's a Great Diwali !

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Oct 31, 2013

Andaman Marathon 2013 - Run for Clean and Green Andaman

About Andaman Marathon :


Andaman Marathon is an initiative by the Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry to promote and create awareness for a healthy life style, propagate the islands as a clean and green destination and put the Andaman in the global tourism map. The upcoming event is scheduled on Sunday the 24th November, 2013 and is to be flagged off by the Lieutenant Governor Lt General (Retd) A K Singh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. 

Andaman Marathon 2013 :

Andaman is all set to again host for the most happening international event in the islands, ‘MakeMyTrip Andaman marathon -2013’. The marathon is the third annual event in the series, starting in 2011 with a 10K and later upgrading it to two categories, the 10K and half marathon in 2012, thereby opening up participation for foreigners.

This year too, the event has been planned in a big way by the Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) in association with the Directorate of Sports, A&N Administration considering the success achieved during the last two years. The event scheduled to be held on 24th Nov. 2013 has included MakeMyTrip as the title sponsor while Actor Rahul Bose continues to be the brand ambassador.

Addressing a press conference today at Hotel TSG Emerald View, Port Blair this evening, the Chairman of the Marathon Committee 2103 Shri Mohammed Jadwet explained that entries for participation has already started pouring in from foreign participants, much before the formal announcement is made. It’s a good sign said Mohammed, who expects the number of participants to increase further.

In 2011 when the maiden Andaman Marathon was launched, there were around 500 participants which had jumped to 870 the next year.

“We are expecting around 1000 participants this year including Indians and Foreigners, which is also the maximum limit as decided by the Committee”, said Shri G Bhasker, President ACCI.

Meanwhile, the Committee announced that the Hon’ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Lt. Gen. (Retd) AK Singh has agreed to flag off the Marathon from the National Memorial Cellular Jail and would be distributing the prizes to the winners. The Lt. Governor had also requested Actress Gul Panag for her participation, but due to her prior engagement she is not able to make it this year. Nevertheless she has assured her participation to the Lt. Governor in the next mega event scheduled in 2014.

As a star attraction, the Andaman Marathon 2013 would be graced by none other than the "Flying Sikh of India," Milkha Singh who is expected as the guest of honour. The pride of India Milkha Singh had also agreed to visit the islands during last year’s marathon. Unfortunately due to health issues, he was not able to make it, said the Chairman Shri Jadwet.

The Committee Chairman also took the opportunity to express gratitude to the Andaman & Nicobar Administration and to the Andaman Nicobar Command who have voluntarily agreed to support the mega event in all possible manner.

The Prize money continues to be the same like last year i.e. Rs. 1 Lakh as the first prize, Rs. 50,000/- and Rs. 30,000/- as the second and third prize respectively. The Committee is also planning to have special prizes for the senior category winners and for the first Indian.

The registration charges for this year has been fixed at Rs.500/- for the Half Marathon and Rs.300/- for the 10-K event and all registered participants will be provided with T-Shirt and running bib and on successful completion, certificates and medals would be distributed. The registration is now open and can be done either online or forms can be availed at ACCI office and at the Netaji Stadium. The official website for the Andaman Marathon is www.andamanmarathon.com. Also regular updates are posted on the official face-book page of Andaman Marathon www.facebook.com/runandaman

Glimpses from Andaman Marathon 2011 and 2012








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Oct 24, 2013

Indias first sea plane service at Andaman - Jal Hans


Is it a bird; Is it a plane; No, It's a Seaplane !!

It is Amphibian. It can take off and land on water and as well as on land! This is Sea Plane that has seen it’s first ever operation in India – in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Calling it the "Jal Hans", government-owned Pawan Hans launched India's first seaplane operation with one eight seater Cessna 208 A

Sea Plane Take Off - Pic Courtesy - Haneef Abdul

The Cessna Caravan 208 - 

The seaplane, Cessna Caravan 208 A, is fitted with modern navigation features has a total seating capacity of 10, 8 of them being for passenger seats. It can travel upto 250 kms in about an hour and can also land on ground using the wheel configuration. The seaplane is basically for tourists but local people can also enjoy the flight. For now rates will be full but later Andaman admin will try to give subsidy for Islanders.Based on viability, Andaman & Nicobar Administration has plans to induct more seaplanes for to strengthen inter-island connectivity.

Cessna Caravan 208 - Pic Courtesy - Sajan Pulinchery

Sea plane above the Emerald Islands - 

Explore the Island Paradise from the sky with the India’s first Seaplane service. The A&N Administration in collaboration with Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. is operating Seaplane service from Port Blair to Havelock since January 2011. Now the seaplane service to Diglipur has also commenced since April 2011. This is first commercial Seaplane operation in India. Flying in Seaplane in Andaman especially in Port Blair-Havelock-Port Blair sector has already caught the imagination of tourists including celebrities and general public.



The Cessna 208 Amphibian Aircraft offers large individual windows and the fantastic aerial view of the Island. In Port Blair, the Seaplane operates from the Pawan Hans helicopter base in the Airport, and in Havelock or Diglipur, it lands in and takes off from the earmarked waterdrome near the jetty. Floating pontoon is placed in the waterdrome on which passengers disembark from the seaplane. To take passengers to shore from the Pontoon and vice versa, exclusive speed boat is also pressed into service. The five minute speed boat ride from Pontoon to Jetty or vice versa comes as an added bonanza which is free of cost. So what are you waiting for ! Just climb into the cool seaplane, get a window seat, and take off to enjoy aerial view of India’s only active volcano, Barren Island or fly over Magical Sea to relish Havelock & Diglipur Island and savor the lush green landscape from high above.

View of Port Blair city from Sea Plane -

View of Chatham Island - Pic courtesy Mohammed Yoonus

View of Netaji Stadium - Pic Courtesy Mohammed Yoonus

Aerial view of Cellular Jail - Pic courtesy Mohammed Yoonus

Bookings - 

Port Blair 
ANIIDCO-03192 244312
Controlling officer Seaplane operations Port Blair: 233601 
For Booking Queries please mail to:

Havelock
Controlling officer Seaplane operations Havelock: 95318 28333

Diglipur
Controlling officer Seaplane operations Diglipur: 95318 28444

Hut Bay
Controlling officer Seaplane operations Hut bay: 95318 56555 

Or visit this link for updated fares and schedule.

Author's Note :- "Breathtaking Aerial View of Port Blair city can be captured when you are on board the Cesssna Caravan 208" 

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