Out of 572 islands scattered in the Bay of Bengal, 372 are volcanic and only 37 are inhabited. These lush green islands have a colourful historical past. These Andaman group of islands are a wildlife enthusiast's delight, teeming as it is with a wide variety of birds and marine life. The Nicobar group of islands retains its own identity in terms of extant endemic species. The picturesque Cinque islands is a must visit place for its fantastic variety of coral life. The sylvan sands of Chidiya Tapu make for a very pleasant outing whilst exploring around the city of Port Blair. Havelock Island is the diving center of Andaman & Nicobar offering a wide range of largely unexplored dive sites rich in underwater aqua fauna.