India’s first sea walker in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Now take a walk on Andaman’s wilder and wetter side. At 15-25ft under sea level, the pace can only be leisurely, hopping down from India’s only sea-walker station, operated by Sea Link Adventures. Whether you’re eight or eighty, it’s the easiest way to get a fisheye view of life under the sea. No swimming classes or scuba-diving certificate necessary.
SEA WALK in Andaman & Nicabar Islands
Your trip to Port Blair would be incomplete if you miss this one. Here, you literally walk the sea bed with corals and the colourful sea life giving you an interesting company. The organisers provide you with oxygen masks and train you well before letting you go scot free. Needless to say, a trip inside the blue wonderland will be nothing less than mesmerising.
Sea bed walking allows one to explore the brilliant marine flora and fauna off the Islands from extremely close quarters and more often than not, from within touching distance of fish, in their natural habitat. The Sea walk is experienced under the strict supervision and guidance of highly trained and internationally certified instructors who are with you throughout the entire experience. They ensure infallible and uncompromising safety while completely averting any difficult eventuality. The tour begins with a boat ride transferring you onto a pontoon which is anchored of the coast, measuring 1600sq ft with elaborate facilities such as changing rooms, lockers, wash rooms etc. At this point the guides brief the walkers on basic hand gestures, safety procedures and the actual steps to be taken during the sea walk.
One of the best ways of exploring the reefs rich coral life and spectacular fish is through a fairly new, unique and uncomplicated sport called sea bed walking. Sea link Adventures has brought this activity to India for the first time. This is conducted a little away off the North Bay Coast, a spot 20minutes away by ferry ride from Port Blair. Sea bed walking has been practiced in the Caribbean islands, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and in many sea resorts around the world. On the anvil is their sea bed walk to Havelock Island. The most unskilled of swimmers and even beginners can indulge in this delightful sport right from the very word “GO”. It is much easier when compared to scuba diving because you do not need to practice breathing through your mouth.ter life such as orange clownfish, sea anemones, star fish, shell fish, which essentially are slow moving creatures that cannot be experienced otherwise. The joy of having numerous brilliantly coloured tropical reef fish swim around you is magical indeed. You can feed the fish and indulge in underwater photography. These memories will relish forever. The walk finishes with your accessing the hand railings of the stairway to come out of the water and mount aboard onto the pontoon.
The vital part of the gear is a heavy framed glass helmet, very similar to that used by astronauts. This provides for an extensive all round viewing. An integrated hose pumps air into the helmet providing uninterrupted supply of fresh air to the seawalker.The air pressure prevents water from getting into the helmet. This ensures that the users face is not exposed to water when sea walking. Attached to the pontoon is a specially custom built stairway that will lead the walker underwater and on to the shallow sea bed.
Once you land your feet on the sands of the sea bed, the experience is a sheer joy to behold, an amazingly new and enthralling one which people often compare with their imaginations of space walking. As per the prior guidance on the pontoon, the guides communicate with the walkers by a series of hand gestures like “left or right” “ok” “no problem” etc.
The guides walk you through the sea walking area which is cordoned off by nets. One gets to view and touch underwater life such as orange clownfish, sea anemones, star fish, shell fish, which essentially are slow moving creatures that cannot be experienced otherwise. The joy of having numerous brilliantly coloured tropical reef fish swim around you is magical indeed. You can feed the fish and indulge in underwater photography. These memories will relish forever. The walk finishes with your accessing the hand railings of the stairway to come out of the water and mount aboard onto the pontoon.
Frequently asked questions
The Underwater Sea Walk is one of the most unique attractions that one must experience when visiting Andaman Islands. It is a true once in a life time experience for all the non divers out there!
How does it work?
A helmet with a transparent visor is placed on your head. A special apparatus allows normal breathing under the water. Life Guards assist in taking you underwater and accompany you throughout the walk to guarantee your maximum safety. Once there you will experience the undersea world from close and will enjoy walking on the ocean floor which feels like walking on the moon.
What to expect?
Going for the underwater Sea Walk is like going for an underwater tour inside the reef, walking between corals, seeing variety of fish, and discovering the rich sea life underwater in the crystal clear blue water of the lagoon.
How safe is it?
Any one from age between 7 and 70 can go on to sea walk without any difficulties. our trained and certified guides are always in the water beside you to ensure you safe adventure.
What to wear?
Whichever dress you are comfortable with, for example ladies can wear tights, swimsuit, T-shirts, or even salwar kameez and gents can wear shorts or pants.
How long does it take?
Total time of the excursion is approx. one and half hours (walk itself takes about 30 minutes)
I can`t see without spectacles?
Glasses or contact lenses may be worn during this excursions (you will not get your head wet)
Who should avoid?
Underwater seawalk is restricted under the following medical conditions: Asthma, Heart Patient, pregnancy
What to bring?
Swimming costume and a towel. However Ladies tights, T-Shirts and dress for gents are available at our Sea walker pontoon
Where is it situated?
Our seawalker pontoon is situated at North Bay Island, Port Blair which can be reached by regular boats which leave from Rajiv Gandhi Watersports Complex
What kind of facilities are there in Pontoon?
Lockers, changing rooms, toilet, open air seating, coffee shop, etc