Narcondam is a small Indian island in the Andaman Islands. This place surprises and astonishes all who come here. The island's name means "a pit of Hell", due to its formation as a result of volcanic activity. This parcel of land carries special status, and is protected by UNESCO as it is home to some endemic species.
The rich marine life and stunning underwater scenery attract scuba divers to Narcondam. You can explore rocky underwater ridges and slopes, covered with live bushy corals. The landscapes here are amazing; and the traces of volcanic activity juxtapose calm, protected harbours where you can dive day and night.
The easiest way to reach Narcondam is by ship — either as a part of an expedition or diving safari. The nearest airport to the island is in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands. In order to sail to Narcondam, you can hire a speedboat or take a sightseeing boat.
One of Narcondam's attractive features is its comfortable climate. The air temperature ranges from +23 to +31 °C throughout the year, promising a pleasant dive regardless of which month you choose to visit the island. The most comfortable period for diving is during the dry season from December to April. Visibility is 25-30 meters, and the sea warms up to +27-30 °C.
The dive sites on Narcondam are made up of rocky ridges and steep slopes. Barrel sponges, gorgonians, and bushy corals grow at the Chimneys, Ooh La-La, and Lighthouse Reef dive sites. Another interesting site is HQ Pinnacle, where a sunken rock formation lures dogtooth tuna and hundreds of horse-eye jacks.