RATES & PACKAGES

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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – PRICES

 

The following are our prices for our more popular certification courses after Open Water. Prices are all inclusive – instructor charges, gear rental, training, certification & mandatory materials.

Please scroll down to see related Dive+Stay packages.

CORE SCUBA DIVING COURSES

COURSE AGENCY

# of dives

# of days

Prices -Havelock Prices – Neil

ADVANCED DIVER
Second certification level – up to 30m

SSI

5

2-3

Rs. 18,500

Rs.18,500

PADI

5

2-3

Rs. 20,000

Rs. 20,000

CPR/FIRST AID
Non-diving program, reqf for Rescue training

SSI

0

0.5

Rs. 8,000

Rs. 8,000

PADI

0

0.5

Rs. 9,000

Rs. 9,000

STRESS & RESCUE / RESCUE DIVER
Third level of certification

SSI

2

3

Rs. 17,500

Rs.17,500

PADI

2

3

Rs. 19,000

Rs. 19,000

RESCUE + CPR/FIRST AID
Combo program covering both courses

SSI

2

3

Email

Email

PADI

2

3

Email

Email

More information on continued education programs for certified divers.

SCUBA DIVING SPECIALTY COURSES

COURSE AGENCY

# of dives

# of days

Prices -Havelock Prices – Neil

WRECK SPECIALTY
Wreck diving theory, planning and skills

SSI

2-3

1-2

Rs. 10,000

Rs.10,000

PADI

4

2-3

Rs. 15,700

Rs. 15,700

DEEP SPECIALTY
Certification to dive up to 40m

SSI

2-3

1-2

Rs. 10,000

Rs. 10,000

PADI

4

2-3

Rs. 15,700

Rs. 15,700

NITROX SPECIALTY
Extend your bottom dive – use of gas mixes up to 40% Oxygen

SSI

0

1

Rs. 6,000

Rs.6,000

PADI

2

2

Rs. 12,700

Rs. 12,700

TECH FUNDAMENTALS COMBO
Wreck, Deep & Nitrox specialties combo (SSI only)

SSI

4

3

20,000

20,000

PADI

N/A

N/A

PERFECT BUOYANCY SPECIALTY
Improve your buoyancy and trim

SSI

2

1

Rs. 9,000

Rs.9,000

PADI

2

1

Rs. 10,700

Rs. 10,700

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHYY
Certification to dive up to 40m

SSI

4

2

Rs. 14,500

Rs. 14,500

PADI

4

2

Rs. 16,200

Rs. 16,200

We also offer NIGHTNAVIGATION and SEARCH & RECOVERY specialties (as well as BOAT DIVINGCOMPUTER DIVING and DRIFT DIVING, if you want). Please contact us for more info on these programs.

 

More information on continued education programs for certified divers.

PROFESSIONAL SCUBA DIVING COURSES

We also offer professional scuba training up to Divemaster and Assistant Instructor for both PADI and SSI, and up to Open Water Instructor with SSI. Please visit our Go Pro pages for more info on these programs.

 

Packages

7n ``Advanced Combo`` Package (Havelock)

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 1500 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)

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 1500 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

8n 'New Season Diver Special' (Havelock) - June 1 to Sep 30 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