Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. 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 rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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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.

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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Island Hopping in a Private Boat Around Havelock Island

Island Hopping in a Private Boat Around Havelock Island
Date : 07 Jun 2023

Havelock Island, located in the mesmerizing Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, offers a tropical paradise for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant marine life, Havelock Island is a haven for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. One of the most exhilarating ways to experience this tropical gem is through private boat island hopping, allowing you to explore its hidden treasures at your own pace. 

In this article, we will delve into the wonders of Havelock Island, highlighting the must-visit spots, sharing tips for a seamless island hopping experience, and ultimately, showcasing why this adventure will leave an indelible mark on your memories.

Our Package

The Wonders of Havelock Island
Havelock Island is the largest of the Andaman Islands, spanning approximately 113 square kilometers. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, it offers a plethora of attractions to explore. The island is home to pristine beaches such as Radhanagar Beach, which has been ranked as one of the best beaches in Asia. With its silky white sand and azure waters, Radhanagar Beach offers a perfect spot for relaxation and sunbathing. 

Additionally, Elephant Beach is a must-visit destination, renowned for its vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. Snorkeling or diving in its waters provides an up-close encounter with an array of colorful fish, sea turtles, and mesmerizing coral formations.

Planning Your Private Boat Island Hopping Adventure
To embark on a private boat island hopping adventure around Havelock Island, careful planning and preparation are essential. Here are some key considerations:

  • Choose the Right Boat: Opt for a reliable and well-maintained private boat that suits your group size and preferences. It’s advisable to rent from a reputable tour operator to ensure safety and a comfortable experience.
  • Itinerary Selection: Plan your itinerary according to your interests and the time available. Research the various islands and attractions around Havelock Island to determine the must-visit spots that align with your preferences.
  • Permits and Permissions: Obtain the necessary permits and permissions required for island hopping in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Check with local authorities or your tour operator to ensure all legal requirements are met.
  • Safety Measures: Prioritize safety during your island hopping adventure. Ensure that life jackets and other safety equipment are readily available on board the boat. It’s also crucial to have a skilled and experienced boat operator to navigate the waters.


Island Hopping Highlights
Now, let’s dive into some of the highlights you can expect during your private boat island-hopping adventure around Havelock Island:

  • Neil Island: Begin your island hopping journey by visiting the neighboring Neil Island, famous for its tranquility and serene ambiance. Explore the secluded beaches, such as Bharatpur Beach and Laxmanpur Beach, known for their picturesque sunsets.
  • Inglis Island: This uninhabited island is a hidden gem for snorkeling enthusiasts. Dive into its crystal-clear waters, where you’ll be greeted by a mesmerizing underwater world teeming with colorful corals and diverse marine species.
  • Barren Island: Witness the only active volcano in South Asia on Barren Island. Although landing on the island is restricted, you can sail around it to catch a glimpse of the volcanic smoke and awe-inspiring views.
  • Long Island: Known for its dense mangrove forests, Long Island offers an immersive experience in nature. Take a boat ride through the labyrinth of mangroves or indulge in water sports activities.
  • Radhanagar Beach: No trip to Havelock Island is complete without visiting Radhanagar Beach. With its pristine white sands, clear turquoise waters, and stunning sunset views, this beach is a paradise for beach lovers. Take a leisurely stroll along the shore, relax under the shade of swaying palm trees, or simply bask in the beauty of your surroundings.
  • Elephant Beach: A visit to Elephant Beach is a must for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. This vibrant underwater world is teeming with colorful coral reefs and a diverse array of marine life. Strap on your snorkeling gear or scuba equipment and explore the underwater wonders. Keep an eye out for majestic sea turtles, colorful reef fish, and even playful dolphins if you’re lucky.
  • Vijaynagar Beach: Known for its untouched beauty and tranquility, Vijaynagar Beach is a perfect spot to unwind and soak up the sun. Enjoy long walks along the shore, build sandcastles, or simply relax under the shade of swaying trees. The calm and serene atmosphere makes it an ideal escape from the crowds.
  • Kalapathar Beach: Tucked away from the main tourist areas, Kalapathar Beach offers a serene and secluded escape. Its unique black rocks and contrasting blue waters create a picturesque setting. Take a leisurely walk along the shore, admire the breathtaking views, and revel in the peace and solitude.


Tips for a Seamless Island Hopping Experience
To make the most of your private boat island hopping adventure around Havelock Island, consider the following tips:

  • Time Management: Plan your itinerary wisely, considering the time it takes to travel between islands and the duration you want to spend at each spot. Allow some flexibility for unexpected delays or spontaneous discoveries.
  • Pack Essentials: Carry essentials such as sunscreen, hats, towels, snacks, and drinking water. It’s also advisable to bring your own snorkeling gear if you have it, although rentals are usually available as well.
  • Respect the Environment: While enjoying the natural beauty of Havelock Island, remember to be a responsible traveler. Avoid littering, follow designated trails, and adhere to any guidelines or regulations in place to preserve the fragile ecosystem.

Final Word
Embarking on a private boat island-hopping adventure around Havelock Island offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore its hidden gems and immerse yourself in its natural wonders. From pristine beaches to vibrant coral reefs, this tropical paradise has it all. By carefully planning your itinerary, ensuring safety measures are in place, and respecting the environment, you can have a seamless and unforgettable experience. 

So, grab your private boat, dive into the turquoise waters, and let the beauty of Havelock Island mesmerize you on this extraordinary island-hopping journey.

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