- Snorkeling in Andaman Islands
- Water Sports in Andaman Islands
The tropical waters of the Andaman Sea are ideal for snorkeling in Andaman – clear, calm, balmy and bursting with brilliant marine life. Snorkeling can be done year-round in andamans
Snorkelling is the process of swimming on the surface of the water while outfitted with a designed tube known as a snorkel (A snorkel is a tube around 30 cm long, generally L or J-shaped and fixed with a mouth piece at the lower end, and designed of rubber or plastic. It is applied for breathing air from over the water surface area when the wearer’s mouth area and nose are submerged) coupled with swim fins occasionally. Utilizing this equipment permits the snorkeller to notice underwater attractions for extended time periods with comparatively small effort. It is a well-known fun activity in andamans.
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Any place that offers these is a great place to go for a dip. So here are the top 5 places for snorkeling in Andaman:
- Havelock Island
- North bay Island
- Jolly Buoy
- Neil Island
- Red Skin Island
Snorkelling at Elephant Beach - Havelock Island
Snorkelling at Elephant Beach is an experience in itself. The beach here offers calm blue crystal clear shallow waters and is an amazing spot for snorkelers. The reefs are in pristine condition and with little exploration you can find corals in the same way they were formed. You can charter a boat, join groups or trek to reach Elephant Beach. Guide assists you during your trip to the Elephant Beach. This is the second best attraction at Havelock Island after Radhanagar Beach. You may even carry your own equipments required to snorkel here.All boats anchored at Elephant Beach are expected to return back by 04:00 pm.
Elephant Beach can be easily reached by chartering a boat or you can join a group and trek through the forest to reach the place.For prebooked activities, a guide is always available to assist through the whole trip ensuring maximum comfort and safety. The scuba diving equipments and training is provided by the vendor in addition to underwater assistance and return from the beach to the hotel.Alternatively, snorkelers can also bring their own equipment and enjoy long hours of water dives. Make sure to leave the beach before 4 P.M, as the beach and return boats are no longer available after that.
Snorkelling at North Bay Island
North Bay island is a popular destination in Port Blair. The beach and the snorkelling opportunities in its fringing coral reefs are the closest ones you will find at Port Blair. The corals at North Bay are rather good and spread over large area. You shall spot many fishes, a lobster, or even clams on the coral reef. Life rings or jackets are provided during your snokelling trip. A guide assist you while you snorkel. You do not require swimming skills to do this activity though swimming skills can help.To reach North Bay, you'll have to take a ferry from the marine Jetty at the Aberdeen area. A tour guide will assist you every step of the way to make sure the experience is fluid and hassle-free. A usual snorkeling package already covers all the ticketing and transportation charges. Snorkeling equipment and other necessities are provided by the vendor, so all you have to do is dive and explore. Alternately, you can book the ferry on your own and make a trip to the island with your own equipment and snorkel there for long hours.
Snorkelling at Neil Island
Neil Island is yet another beautiful place surrounded by forests and populated by dense tropical trees.The island features one of the most well preserved coral population in the isles making it famous among divers and snorkelers.The snorkeling is usually done at the Laxmanpur Beach, located at 12 kms from the jetty and can be easily reached by taking a bus or booking a cab.The water visibility is low when compared to other spots on the lists but is easily balanced by just the perfect amount of water current and waves, making it a calm place to go for long hours of snorkeling.The shoreline is wide and boasts wide variety of coral strips that house vibrant fishes, lobsters, clams and other sea creatures, waiting to be explored.
Snorkelling at Red Skin Island
Red Skin island is the twin sister of Jolly Buoy and is easily reachable by a boat. The island is small and is only open for tourists for 6 months, when Jolly Buoy is closed. The location is ecstatic and surrounded by nature from all sides that opens up to a magnanimous beach.The shorelines are clean and complimented with clean blue waters with above average visibility that allows for decent underwater sight.The coral population is dense and populated with abundant marine life of all shapes and species. The diversity of corals here are unmatched by any other location in Andamans which makes this spot really great for snorkelers.To reach the island one has to take a ferry from the Wandoor beach and take forest permits to snorkel near the shore.
Snorkelling at Jolly Buoy Island
Jolly Buoy is yet another great place to snorkel in Andaman for both experienced and novice enthusiasts. The island is pretty small and has numerous water sport centers offering snorkeling at an affordable rate.The waters surrounding Jolly Buoy is clear enough for a perfect inside view underwater. The water is stable and the currents are stable near the shoreline which doesn't mix the underlying sand to mix with the water, allows it to stay clear.The marine life is well preserved and abundant. The shoreline is filled with large hoards of corals including blue, red and sponge, that house a wide variety of some of the most unique fishes in Andamans, including the fairly rare clown and zebra fish. All trips to the island has to be made via a ferry or boat which leaves from the Wandoor Jetty and reaches there in half and hour. A standard snorkeling package includes all tickets, ferries, permits and snorkeling equipment so you can enjoy your impeccable experience without any second thoughts. For those who'd like to travel there by themselves, a special permit to snorkel is needed which is issued by the forest department, so make sure to take care of that before planning your trip. Furthermore, for ferry ticketing, a photo with identity and residence proof is required. Another thing to note is that, to preserve the coral population, Jolly Buoy is open only for 6 months, from April to November (subject to change), after which the Red Skin Island is open for tourists.
Age limit for Snorkeling in the islands?
Children above 10 years of age and people below 60 can easily enjoy snorkeling, given an experienced snorkeler is present there to assist.?
People who are not allowed to Snorkel in the isles include:
- Pregnant Women.
- Senior citizens above the age of 60.
- People with heart conditions.
- People with breathing difficulties.
- People under heavy medication or in need of care.
- People with have psychological conditions which cause distortion or panic underwater.
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