Andaman Nicobar islands was the last step of my trip. Its very difficult to choose one leg to say that it’s the best because every single leg of this trip has been simply awesome! I reached Port Blair early morning after a long flight fron New York and after a half day tour of the city, I was to take the ferry to Havelock where my next 3 nights were booked at the sea facing resort of Barefoot Scuba.
Port Blair is a quaint little hill town and contrary to popular belief that the only food available there is seafood, there are lot of vegetarian options available here. There population mostly consists of tamilians and bengalis. Since the prisoners from the independence struggle were from all over the country, hence Port Blair is quite a cosmopolitan city but conservative too. There are many south indian udipi style pure veg restaurants so being a vegan is delightfully easy.
Havelock island was absoutely breath taking, better than most beaches I have ever visited including the popular ones in Thailand. The water is clear blue and sand pure white. We used to start for the scuba diving trip early morning after breakfast of poha/upma/paratha and carried snacks and lunch for the boat. It was a cruel joke that the very spot where we were going to dive to see the fishes was where people also fish for seafood.
I had four diving trips in all, two each day. We covered a wrecked ship, the wall twice and lighthouse. It’s a different world all together down there. I had experienced it in snorkelling and fascinated by it had resolved to explore this field of scuba diving. Padi endeavours to protect sealife and certifies its resorts with green stamp if they take special care for propagating under water life. In our diving trips, we were careful not to touch anything, not disturb any object or life but just be a silent observer and admier. Wish everyone would do that on the surface of the earth too.