From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?
On arrival at Port Blair :
1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).
2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.
3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.
What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?
If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.
If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:
a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.
Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.
An untouched beach in Baratang Island, you will not see any crowd at Baludera Beach. It is a hidden beach gem. Don’t forget to go for a refreshing swim all by yourself in low tide. It will offer you an energising beach experience. Also, you can indulge yourself in snorkeling in its warm green and blue waters. But let us tell you that the island has little tourist infrastructure. You will not find dive centers or snorkel rental places here. So, you have to bring your own snorkeling gear.
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Baludera Beach is perfect for relaxing and enjoying quality time while the wind touches your face. You can see the marvelous view of the sky meeting the water. Renting an eco-friendly hut at this beach and treating yourself to delicious drinks and seafood platter amidst magnificent natural gorgeousness is all the relaxation that you are looking for. And if you are an adventure lover, then you can go canoeing, snorkeling, swimming, and other such fun activities. These are offered with the proper equipment and certified instructors who ensure that you have a great time.
Baludera Beach is a gorgeous beach that is just ten kilometers away from Nilambur Jetty. It is hidden away from the hustle-bustle of city life. After reaching there, you will see a serene curved sand bay twisted with verdant mangrove trees on one side and old fallen trees on the other. Its warm water is perfect for cooling you down after a long day of sightseeing. Mostly, only a few tourists end up here and locals visit there only on weekends for family picnics. So there are great chances that you will have the whole beach to yourself. The facilities are limited and you will find only a couple of shops there. So if you are planning to stay for a while, then carry your own food and water.
Things to do
Baludera Beach is ideal for swimming. One can also simply enjoy sunbathing here. Families prefer this beach for picnics. Speaking of exciting water activities, snorkeling is something that you should definitely try here.
Snorkeling is one of the most popular water activities in the world. In India, the Andaman Islands are known for having the best spots. The Andamans are surrounded by underwater coastal belts, which are home to a dense ecosystem of coral reefs and formations. A good chunk of visitors is attracted to the isles owing to excellent diving opportunities.
The unique topography of Baludera Beach makes the snorkeling experience hard to get anywhere else. The alive and untouched corals here are home to the world’s most vivacious marine dwellers and fish that may pop out from the azure ocean and display a gorgeous scene around the snorkeler. The abundance of corals and fish often enclose the diver from all directions that is enough to leave him in wonder and awe. Thanks to the protection offered by the Andaman Administration.
Andaman Island Travels (AIT) is your one-stop destination if you are willing to have the snorkeling experience of a lifetime. Why explore only one place when you can have the best of the underwater world by going for snorkeling at multiple places? The Port Blair-based tour and travel company that takes you on a snorkeling safari wherein you can go for snorkeling at the top spots. You can choose from various options and get a package prepared by AIT’s expert staff exactly as per your requirements. With your snorkeling safari package, be sure of getting the best of the marine world.
“Where will we stay?” is one of the topmost concerns of everyone whenever we plan a vacation anywhere. Even seasoned travellers want to book such a property where they can feel comfort and safety. Every year, so many hotels and resorts come up, making it further confusing for us to decide where to book our stay that is within our budget as well.
Baludera Beach in Baratang Island is the perfect destination for those who love nature and adventure. Its natural charm is sure to take your breath away. However, it is also very important that you enjoy your stay here as well. Some people prefer a beachfront resort property while others want to stay in a hotel located in the main market. Keeping all these factors in mind, we present here the best properties near the beach:
Booking a nice accommodation in Baratang Island is a bit expensive as well as tricky. Walk-ins are not welcomed here. Therefore, you should book your stay well in advance for a hassle-free experience.
Along with being a paradise of natural beauty, Baratang Island is a paradise of mouth-watering food as well. There are restaurants and food outlets on the island that are known for serving a wide variety of cuisines. While tripping around this tourist attraction, you have to try and taste lip-smacking authentic dishes to satisfy your taste buds at the following eateries:
How to reach
From the Baratang Jetty, Baludera Beach lies nearly ten kilometers and you can reach there by road. One should hire a taxi at the jetty for a round trip as finding any transport is a bit difficult there. A government bus can also take you to the beach. There is no fixed schedule but a few rides per day are confirmed.
The best thing to do would be to make all your bookings through Andaman Island Travels. It will help you with your other reservations as well including ferries, etc. It is a one-stop destination for booking holiday packages and accommodations for families and couples. You can also book slots for water sports activities (scuba diving, snorkeling, etc.) here. It offers a wide range of services to its esteemed customers at discounted prices.
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