RATES & PACKAGES

Andaman Scuba Diving Packages: Havelock and Neil

DIVING & ACCOMMODATION – RATES & PACKAGES

The following are our prices for the 2016-2017 season (valid until Aug 31, 2017). Please click on the various tabs below for details. Our lawyers are forcing us to mention that prices are subject to change at our sole discretion, blah blah blah. You know how it goes.

The following is a complete list of all our dive+stay packages, both in Havelock and in Neil. To see just diving prices, please click on the appropriate sections in the links above.

Please Scroll down for more details on each of the packages.

Package Name

Description

Starting Price

6n ‘Learn To Dive

6 nights Package for beginners

 Rs 32,000
7n ‘Andaman Diver’ Package 7 nights Package for certified divers Rs 37,500

7n ‘Advanced Combo

7 Nights package For Certified Divers

Rs. 42,500

14n ‘Long Term Diver 14 Nights Package For Beginners Rs 66,500

2n ‘Experience Havelock

2 Nights Package For Beginners Rs 8,500

Havelock Packages

6n 'Learn to Dive' Package (Havelock) - for beginners

Come experience life in the idyllic Andamans, and learn to dive while you are at it. This package combines the Open Water course, stay, all transfers and an additional day of diving, while leaving you with enough spare time to get in some sightseeing and general island-time.

In keeping with our philosophy, courses are done in small groups, with unlimited confined water training and even 1-to-1 instruction, if needed, at no additional charge. We want you to be good divers, and will do whatever it takes to get you there.

The package includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation at our partner resort, Island Vinnie’s Tropical Beach Cabanas
  • SSI Open Water certification (PADI also possible – see below)
  • 1 day / 2 dives after certification
  • All transfers – airport to airport, including private ferry tickets

If you are not sure as to which agency best suits your needs, read this article on The Great Agency Debate. We can also discuss your options with you when you are here and help you decide, but take comfort in the fact that there really is no wrong decision here: all courses, under a good instructor, will teach you to dive competently and safely.

A discounted add-on option is available for the Advanced Course as well – doing an Advanced course has many benefits: one, you accelerate your learning a lot; second, you are trained to dive up to 30m; third, you retain your skills for longer. Because we feel strongly about the benefits of the Advanced when done in conjunction with the Open Water, we offer this at a heavily discounted price, as an added bonus.

The Advanced Add-on Pack includes:

  • An additional 2 nights stay
  • SSI Advanced Course (PADI also possible – see below)

Do note that even if you book the Advanced Add-on, you don’t have to commit to the Advanced course until you complete your Open Water. If you decide not to do the Advanced course, you only pay for the additional nights stay, that’s all.

Meals: ala carte meals are available at our restaurant, and you also have option to have breakfast, lunch & dinner included for an additional flat daily fee (see notes below the price list). There isn’t a significant price difference between choosing one option or the other.

Pricing (all prices per person):

Room Type Occupancy Base Rate Advanced Course Add On (Advanced Course + 2n stay) Additional Nights – stay only

TENTED CABANA

Single

Rs. 44,500

Rs. 20,500

Rs. 2,500

Double

Rs. 37,000

Rs. 18,000

Rs. 1,250

Triple

Rs. 35,000

Rs. 17,300

Rs. 900

UPGRADED HUT

Single

Rs. 38,000

Rs. 17,900

Rs. 1200

Double

Rs. 34,000

Rs. 16,700

Rs. 600

STANDARD HUT

Single

Rs. 33,000

Rs. 16,300

Rs. 400

Double

Rs. 32,000

Rs. 15,0900

Rs. 200

Please note the following:

  • A 6% service tax applies to the package, additional nights stay and additional diving. Meals are not taxable.
  • Additional diving days can be added for Rs 4,700 per person per day (2 dives).
  • Meals-included option is available at Rs 1200 per person per night. You can choose this when making your booking, or when here.
  • You can replace SSI with PADI if you prefer – surcharge for the PADI course is Rs 1500 per course.
  • There is a 15% discount on the package starting on/after June 1 and ending on/before September 15
  • A peak season surcharge applies between December 15 and January 5
  • Not included in this package are beverages, tips, personal expenses and accommodation in Port Blair or surcharges for expedition trips (if applicable).
  • Transfers included are via private ferry – Makruzz or other. In the event timings or circumstances do not allow for a private ferry, the base package price will be reduced by Rs 800 per person each way.

7n 'Andaman Diver' Package (Havelock) - for certified divers

Come experience the best scuba diving of the Andamans – our 7 night ‘Andaman Diver’ package is designed to cover all the best sites of Havelock, and also leave you with enough time to soak in the special charm that makes these islands so magical.You can also use some of the dives included in this package to count towards your Advanced Open Water / Advanced Adventurer certification – see notes below.The package includes:

  • 7n
    stay at our partner resort,
    Island Vinnie’s Tropical Beach Cabanas
  • 6 days/12 dives and 1 night dive
  • Full gear rental and divemaster
  • All pickups and transfers in Port Blair and Havelock via private ferry (Makruzz or similar)
  • Pricing (all prices per person):

    Room Type Occupancy Base Rate Additional nights stay

    TENTED CABANA

    Single

    Rs. 54,500

    Rs. 2,500

    Double

    Rs. 44,000

    Rs. 1,250

    Triple

    Rs. 41,000

    Rs. 900

    UPGRADED HUT

    Single

    Rs. 45,000

    Rs. 1200

    Double

    Rs. 39,500

    Rs. 600

    STANDARD HUT

    Single

    Rs. 38,500

    Rs. 400

    Double

    Rs. 37,500

    Rs. 200

    Please note the following:

    • A 6% service tax applies to the package, additional nights stay and additional diving. Meals are not taxable
    • Additional dives can be added for Rs 4,500 per day
    • You can use 5 of the dives in the package to count towards your SSI Advanced Adventurer by paying Rs 5,000 extra. This package then becomes identical to the 7n ‘Advanced Combo’ package, both in price and inclusions
    • If you want, you can substitute PADI for Rs 1700 option extra
    • Meals-included option is available at Rs 1200 per person per night. You can choose this when making your booking, or when here
    • If using own equipment, please deduct Rs 3,000 from the above prices. This only applies to full set of equipment (BCD, reg, mask, fins, wetsuit)
    • There is a 15% discount per person on the package if starting on or after June 1 and ending on or before September 15
    • A peak-season surcharge applies between December 15 and January 5, 2015
    • Not included in this package are beverages, tips, personal expenses and accommodation in Port Blair or surcharges for expedition trips (if applicable)
    • In the event that timings or circumstances lead to a government ferry transfer, a discount of Rs 800 per person will apply to the base package price

7n 'Advanced Combo' Package (Havelock) - for certified divers

Our 7n “Andaman Diver” package is our most popular diving option for certified divers, as it allows divers to visit some of the best sites in the area. These sites tend to be deep, however, and do require people to hold an Advanced certificate. And that’s where our 7n ‘Advanced Combo’ package comes in: this is designed for divers who are already certified, and want to combine a diving holiday and also get their next level of certification – after all, if you are coming all the way to do the Andamans, why stop after just 2-3 days of diving?

Unlike the Open Water course, the Advanced course is more of a practical course, and the emphasis is on in-water training, with relatively little traditional classroom sessions: most of the theory is taught in the form of pre- and post-dive briefings, with one classroom session to cover some additional concepts and ideas that we have added to the program. This means that you are able to go diving right away, and because you are under instructor supervision for some of the dives, you get to visit the same deep water sites as people already holding Advanced certificates – and when you leave, you have gotten your Advanced certificate for a very nominal surcharge.

The package includes:

  • 7n stay at our partner resort, Island Vinnie’s Tropical Beach Cabanas
  • 6 days/12 dives and 1 night dive – of which 5 of which count towards your Advanced course
  • Full gear rental and divemaster
  • All pickups and transfers in Port Blair and Havelock via private ferry (Makruzz or similar)
  • SSI certification as an Advanced diver – you have the option of choosing PADI certification or skipping the Advance course altogether, if you want (see notes below)
  • Pricing (all prices per person):

    Room Type Occupancy Base Rate Additional nights stay

    TENTED CABANA

    Single

    Rs. 59,500

    Rs. 2,500

    Double

    Rs. 49,000

    Rs. 1,250

    Triple

    Rs. 46,000

    Rs. 900

    UPGRADED HUT

    Single

    Rs. 50,000

    Rs. 1200

    Double

    Rs. 44,500

    Rs. 600

    STANDARD HUT

    Single

    Rs. 43,500

    Rs. 400

    Double

    Rs. 42,500

    Rs. 200

    Please note the following:

    • A 6% service tax applies to the package, additional nights stay and additional diving. Meals are not taxable
    • Additional dives can be added for Rs 4,500 per day
    • The same package is available for Rs 5,000 less per person for people who do not want to do the Advanced course but want everything else – it is then identical to the 7n ‘Andaman Diver’ package available for certified divers, both in price and inclusions
    • Meals-included option is available at Rs 1200 per person per night. You can choose this when making your booking, or when here
    • If using own equipment, please deduct Rs 3,000 from the above prices. This only applies to full set of equipment (BCD, reg, mask, fins, wetsuit)
    • If you want, you can substitute PADI for Rs 1700 option extra
    • There is a 15% discount per person on the package if starting on or after June 1 and ending on or before September 15
    • A peak-season
      surcharge applies between
      December 15 and January 5, 2015
    • Not included in this package are beverages, tips, personal expenses and accommodation in Port Blair or surcharges for expedition trips (if applicable)
    • In the event that timings or circumstances lead to a government ferry transfer, a discount of Rs 800 per person will apply to the base package price

14n 'Long Term Diver' Package (Havelock) - for certified divers

If you are coming all the way to the Andamans, why not stay longer and really become a part of the easy-going life of the Andamans? Do some diving, explore the islands, hang out on the beach… it’s a tough life, but someone has to live it!

And while you are at it, why not do some continuing education courses and improve your diving skills too?

The Long-Term Diver package includes:

  • 14n accommodation at our partner resort, Island Vinnie’s Tropical Beach Cabanas
  • One of the diving options listed below
  • Full gear rental and divemaster
  • All pickups and transfers in Port Blair and Havelock, including private ferry transfers (Makruzz or similar ferry)

For diving, please pick from one of the following options:

  • Option A: 12 days/24 dives + 2 night dives
  • Option B: 10 days/20 dives + 2 night dives, including SSI Advanced Course (PADI also available)
  • Option C: 8 days/16 dives + 1 night dive + SSI Rescue Course (PADI aalso available).

Pricing (all prices per person):

Room Type Occupancy Base Rate Additional nights stay

TENTED CABANA

Single

Rs. 99,500

Rs. 2,500

Double

Rs. 81,500

Rs. 1,250

Triple

Rs. 77,000

Rs. 900

UPGRADED HUT

Single

Rs. 79,500

Rs. 1200

Double

Rs. 70,000

Rs. 600

STANDARD HUT

Single

Rs. 69,500

Rs. 400

Double

Rs. 66,500

Rs. 200

Please note the following:

  • A 6% service tax applies to the package, additional nights stay and additional diving. Meals are not taxable
  • Additional dives can be done for Rs 4,500 per day
  • Meals-included option is available at Rs 1200 per person per night. You can choose this when making your booking, or when here
  • CPR/First Aid training is not included in Option C. You can do this at home before coming, or, if you choose to do it with us, it is available for a discounted price of Rs 6,000
  • If using own equipment, please deduct Rs 6,000 from the above prices. This only applies to full set of equipment (BCD, reg, mask, fins, wetsuit)
  • If you want, you can substitute PADI for Rs 1700 option extra per course
  • There is a 15% discount per person on the package if starting on or after June 1 and ending on or before September 15
  • A peak-season surcharge applies between December 15 and January 5, 2015
  • Not included in this package are beverages, tips, personal expenses and accommodation in Port Blair or surcharges for expedition trips (if applicable)
  • In the event that timings or circumstances lead to a government ferry transfer, a discount of Rs 800 per person will apply to the base package price

2n 'Experience Havelock' Package (Havelock) - for beginners

This is the ideal package for those who want to experience a mix of the Andamans lifestyle – the quiet beaches, the swaying palms, the general peace and quiet – but who also want to experience some of the magic that these azure waters hold. So we have put together a combination of activities that will give you a good mix of all the Andaman specialties that Havelock has to offer: quality time on the beach, a half-day intro to diving and a beach dinner to really make this a trip to remember. With our emphasis on professional supervision/safety/training mixed with fun, this is a great package for honeymooners, families, people who are new to the ocean, etc. It is also a great way to combine a Havelock trip as part of a larger Andaman holiday.This package includes:

If you want, you can also upgrade to the SSI or PADI Scuba Diver certification course – this certifies you to dive up to 12m under professional supervision. You learn more about the underwater world, about diving theory and practice basic scuba and emergeny skills. This way, next time you are on holiday somewhere by the sea, you can go out diving with greater confidence and comfort. The Scuba Diver upgrade option includes further training, an additional dive (making a total of 2) and certification charges.

Meals: ala carte meals are available at our restaurant, and you also have option to have breakfast, lunch & dinner included for an additional flat daily fee (see notes below the price list). There isn’t a significant price difference between choosing one option or the other. Meals: ala carte meals are available at our restaurant, and you also have option to have breakfast, lunch & dinner included for an additional flat daily fee (see notes below the price list). There isn’t a significant price difference between choosing one option or the other.

Pricing (all prices per person):

Room Type Occupancy Base Rate Scuba Diver course upgrade

Cottage

Single

Rs. 15,000

Rs. 6,500

Double

Rs. 9,500

Rs. 6,500

Triple

Rs. 8,500

Rs. 6,500

Please note the following:

  • A 5.6% service tax applies to the package and additional diving. Meals are not taxable if paid directly to the restaurant
  • Meals-included option is available at Rs 1200 per person per night. You can choose this when making your booking, or when here
  • Surcharge for the PADI course is Rs 1700
  • A monsoon discount of 20% is applicable on package starting on/after June 1 and ending on/before September
    15

Not
included in this package are beverages, tips, personal expenses and accommodation in Port Blair or surcharges for expedition trips (if applicable).

8n 'New Season Diver' Package (Havelock) - for certified divers; June-Sep only

Traditionally, the monsoons have been termed the off-season in the Andamans. However, based on our experience over the past 4-5 years, this period actually offers some really special diving in terms of fish life and activity. The number of fish that can be seen increases dramatically during this period, as a lot of fish spawn in the early summer: this means very high bio-mass on the reefs and a lot of action, as the predators come in and feed. We have seen schools of 30 manta rays go soaring by, been funnelled by over 300 barracudas, been surrounded by a swirling shoal of over 500 fusiliers and lot more.

The weather can vary – typically, rain falls in the afternoon or nights in the Andamans, and usually in the form of showers, so there are extensive dry periods to go with the rain. And this by itself doesnt affect the diving so much – visibility in the Andamans depends more on currents, and so are not that affected by rain. The wind is a bigger factor – if the wind picks up, there is a risk that we may not be able to visit our remote sites, but we are almost always able to go diving to some site or the other.The flip side is that the diving – even for the nearer sites – is really good. And we offer some very attractive discounts on the diving and continued-education training for certified divers. So that makes it a great time to get in some underwater time and also improve your diving skills.

And one other benefit – the islands are absolutely magical at this time. The weather is extremely pleasant, and with the bulk of tourists avoiding the Andamans because of mistaken perception of monsoons, you have extensive stretches of the beach to yourself and get to soak in the island when it has reverted back to its sleepy, slow-paced self. And the lagoon outside our resort is a balmy 30C, so great for relaxing in the afternoon with a beverage.

The package for divers during this period includes:

  • 8 nights accommodation at our partner resort, Island Vinnie’s Tropical Beach Cabanas
  • 5 days/10 dives
  • 1 night dive
  • Your choice of Free SSI Specialty OR 50% off Advanced or Rescue Diver course.
  • All gear and divemaster fees
  • All pickups and transfers in Port Blair and Havelock

Pricing (all prices per person):

Room Type Occupancy Base Rate Additional nights stay

TENTED CABANA

Single

Rs. 50,000

Rs. 2,200

Double

Rs. 42,000

Rs. 1,100

Triple

Rs. 38,000

Rs. 800

UPGRADED HUT

Single

Rs. 40,500

Rs. 1000

Double

Rs. 36,000

Rs. 500

STANDARD HUT

Single

Rs. 34,000

Rs. 300

Double

Rs. 33,000

Rs. 150

Please note the following:

  • A 6% service tax applies to the package, additional nights stay and additional diving. Meals are not taxable
  • Additional diving days will cost Rs 4,500 per day
  • While the restaurant is open at this time, we offer a limited menu at this time (2-3 pages, instead of the usual 7-8 page menu). This makes it hard for us to come with a meals-included price that is equitable for everyone (including us). As such, for this package, we recommend ala carte. Budget approx Rs 800-1000 or more per person per day for this. That being said, if you want meals-included, you’ll get meals-included @ Rs 1000 per day, so let us know
  • If using own equipment, please deduct Rs 2,000 from the above prices. This only applies to full set of equipment (BCD, reg, mask, fins, wetsuit)
  • If you want, you can substitute PADI for Rs 1700 option extra
  • There is an additional 10% discount per person on the package if starting on or after June 1 and ending on or before July 31
  • For people taking the free Specialty, some of the dives in the package will apply towards the specialty. For people taking the Advanced course option, 3 dives will come from the package and 2 dives will be additional. For people taking Rescue course option, the entire course is extra, beyond the package. CPR/First Aid is not included, but can completed at a 50% discount as well
  • Not included in this package are beverages, tips, personal expenses and accommodation in Port Blair or surcharges for expedition trips (if applicable)
  • In the event that timings or circumstances lead to a government ferry transfer, a discount of Rs 800 per person will apply to the base package price

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