By now I have learned that I'm a complete ocean-o-philic.
BTW, Please have patience. This one is going to be LONG!
When I got my open water license (by PADI) for deep sea diving in the US, I immediately looked up diving sites near India.
And that's how I came across the Andamans. Considered one of the most beautiful coral reef islands, it is the perfect place for diving.
Last year in Pondicherry when I went diving, my instructor told me that I should go diving at the Havelock Islands. So I did. And hence, this post.
Like always, let me start from the beginning.
My 2nd professional MBBS exams were a nightmare. Mostly cause they lasted two months. And before that, we had two months preparatory leave (seriously!). I am not exaggerating. Obviously, I needed something to look forward. To get through the excruciating exams. So, my college roommate and I decided that we need to go backpacking after exams. And our heart was set on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. If you google them, you will know what I mean. And if you go, you will know what I mean.
We booked the tickets within the next few days, and all was set. We didn't tell anyone cause we didn't want to jinx it. We have a long history of failed trips you see. And we so wanted this one NOT to fail!
(Howrah Jn, Kolkata Airport, Port Blair, Lighthouse Cafe, Ferry to Havelock, Green Imperial Resort)
The trip had officially begun. I and my friends had booked our tickets such that we reached Howrah Jn at almost the same time. And we had a margin of about 3 and a half hours.
The monsoon had officially arrived and was welcoming us to the Bengal land. We thought we'd Uber to the airport (Tip: NEVER Uber/Ola to the airport from Howrah Jn if it's raining cats and dogs) and we found a lovely lady who wanted to ride to the airport with us and ALSO pay. Bless her! (We were on a budget trip. So it was a blessing. Quite literally)
"Why would you girls pay when Aunty is here."