Infiniti Liveaboard - Andaman Islands - Indian Ocean

  • Guests 12
  • Rooms 6
  • Restaurants All meals are served in the dining room on the main deck
  • Food and Drinks Mix of Indian and International dishes
  • FacilitiesLarge dive deck and great relaxing areas
  • Diving PADI
  • Diving Extras available, specially designed "Andaman Naturalist" program conducted onboard
  • Internet Access Not available

About Infiniti Liveaboard

The Andaman islands have to be one of the least dived parts of the world, thanks to the limited tourism that is permitted here. The Infiniti liveaboard is the only boat that has year round permission to dive through these 572 virgin tropical islands - this is true dive escapism. Only 26 of the islands are inhabited! Wild forests and beautiful beaches pepper the azure waters. And it's all yours to explore from on board Infinti, where comfort and hospitality meet action and adventure underwater.

Your living space on Infiniti spreads over 4 decks! This is an exclusive liveaboard with only 12 divers on board. She has six (4 main deck & 2 upper deck) well-appointed guest rooms with an emphasis on comfort. All of the cabins are large with supersized twin beds, air conditioned, storage & ensuite bathrooms with hot water showers. Each room has large picture windows for breathtaking seaviews.

The upper deck is where you find the relaxing space. The inside lounge is air conditioned and where you will find well stocked libraries of DVDs, books, magazines & board games and coolers filled with refreshments and munchies. For anyone taking an on board PADI course, it doubles up as a “classroom” But it is the outdoor area that really attracts people between dives. Put your feet up as the undeveloped island vista floats by. Or head up to the large sun deck to work on your tan. There are yoga sessions run here and in the evening, it's a great spot for a BBQ or star gazing. Down on the main deck is the dining room, where freshly prepared meals & refreshments are served throughout the trip. The dining room is also used for dive briefings & discussions

The large dive deck aft of the dining area is well organised and designed for easy kitting up & diving. The Infiniti is a PADI authorised vessel and as such is able to complete a range of PADI courses, including Open Water referral and speciality courses. Please ensure you pre-book these before travel. She is also an RINA certified vessel with all required safety equipment on board. This is an open ocean vessel crewed by an experienced team. They have full permission to sail in restricted areas, opening up a whole new and exciting part of the dive globe to recreational divers.

Cabins

There are 6 cabins (4 main deck & 2 upper deck) cabins, all with AC, en suite and large twin beds. Enjoy the view from your room with the large picture windows

Main deck: dining area & dive deck

The dining area is where all meals are served as well as where dive briefings take place. It is found on the main deck. Outside is the large dive deck, which has been designed with plenty of space and kitting up comfort.

Upper deck: saloon & outdoor lounge

The saloon is a comfy indoor area on the upper deck for relaxing. The boat has a well stocked library including DVDs, books, magazines and board games. Head outdoors for the outdoor shaded space.

Boat layout

Rodney Strumlund

2016-07-11 11:20:37

You guys are pioneering a new industry in India and you are doing a fabulous job too!! Really first class ship & crew. I had a fabulous time, thanks

Karen Seymour

2016-07-11 11:20:11

A HUGE thanks for an AWESOME trip last week to all at Infiniti. The crew are just the best people, all of them. We had a lot of fun, felt completely safe underwater and on the boat, and were comfortable, relaxed and happy during our journey. You really have the most wonderful people who make the Infiniti great. The food was also excellent. Thank you to all

Catherine Bebb

2016-07-11 11:19:35

Very good trip, excellent staff and nice boat

Dominic Graham

2016-07-11 11:17:50

I have had a wonderful time and I LOVED the crew. Lovely people!

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Weather and Climate

December to March is the optimal time to visit the Andamans, with sunny days and superb diving conditions. Barren Island is best visited between Fab and Apr. As the summer months approach, the surface conditions become a bit more wavy, with higher chances of rain.

Travel

Flight options

Your gateway to the Andamans is Port Blair. Flights are typically with 1 stop in India, before finishing your journey. Depending on your route, you may need a night en route. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Port Blair, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

You will have a connection in India en route to Port Blair. It is easy to add a city stop over in locations such as Chennai or Kolkata in either direction. Please speak to your travel consultant at the time of booking.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders will be given a special permit to enter the Andamans on arrival - this is valid for 30days. You will also need a tourist visa for India. You will need to apply for this online before travel. Please ensure you have 6 months validity left on your passport from your return date prior to travel. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will be a rep to meet you, who will transfer you to the boat or your hotel, depending on your travel arrangements. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Transfers are included in your holiday package. All times will be advised locally.

Departures

You will be advised locally of your transfer times/ final arrangements at the end of your holiday. A departure tax of around 50RS is levied on leaving India - this is usually included in your air fare, but please check.

Info

Included in your holiday

Included in your package is accomodation a full board basis (3 meals daily plus in between dive snacks), drinking water, soft drinks, tea and coffee. You will have 3 dives/day (plus occasional night dive) except for the arrival and departure day, 12lt tanks, air fills, weights and belts. Island excursions & beach visits and “Barbecue under the Stars” special evening are also included in your package. Airport transfers will be provided and advised locally.

Excluded

Alcohol (BYOB), Marine Park fee 50 USD, Fuel surcharge in case of major revision in fuel prices (last 2 years, not collected) and

Tipping

Staff gratuity is discretionary, suggested 5-7%

Currency

The currency in the Andaman islands is Indian rupee (INR).

Phone coverage

Nominal coverage exists on many islands, but the coverage is poor, especially out at sea.

Plugs and electricity

230V/50Hz, Indian (Old British)/European plugs

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire is available, must be prebooked but is paid for locally onboard.

Extras

Andaman Islands belong to the country India. A visa to India is required. eVisa on arrival is available (at key mainland India airports) for visitors from many countries (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html) Traveller should have a passport validity date of at least six months from arrival into India. Andaman Islands are a “restricted area” and foreigners require a “Restricted Area Permit” to visit here, for security reasons. It is easily available by filling a form on arrival at Port Blair airport, and allows a stay of upto 30 days, extendable by another 15 days.

Souvenirs

Available

Nitrox/Gas

Not currently available

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for Infiniti will be £800 for a 7 night trip. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions. 

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

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There's just one word to describe the diving at Barren Island: exciting. This is the most easterly part of the Andamans, and as such, had rarely been dived before the crew of Infiniti arrived. It instantly became one of the major highlights in thei... MORE

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