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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Nemo Reef at Havelock Island

Nemo Reef at Havelock Island
Date : 18 Oct 2021

Nemo Reef is undoubtedly the best site in Havelock Island for beginners, who want to take their first plunge into the underwater world and learn scuba diving. It is a sheltered bay that has clear visibility and little to no current. The reef somehow offers swimming pool-like conditions to newbies for confined water training and introductory dive experiences. Here, you can spot energetic little Damselfish as well as big humphead parrotfish munching on a coral. There are mangroves nearby that are home to all kinds of marine creatures. Photographers can get lovely photographs here. If you are an adventure lover, then you should definitely try your hand at scuba diving here. It is among the best diving spots across the Andaman Islands.

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Nemo Reef is an extremely familiar yet completely mysterious place. It is a shore entry site that has shallow water and opens into a swimming pool-like setup. Having white sand and a baby reef (one to three meters), it splits into two long fringing reefs on both sides. More than 2000 square kilometers of coral reefs are harbored in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A majority of this area fringes along islands. In most places, access is made difficult by thick forests, mangroves, and rocky shores. That is the reason why Nemo Reef is sought-after as it has easy entry and exits, and it doesn’t require long surface swims. Moreover, Nemo Reef is fairly sheltered from winds as well for most of the year.


Some of the important information about Nemo Reef is as follows:

  • Level: Beginner
  • Maximum Depth: 15-20 meters
  • Average Depth: 5-8 meters
  • Bottom Time: 45-60 minutes
  • Distance from Havelock: 0 Kilometer
  • Location: North side of Havelock
  • Topography: Shallow reef
  • Sightings: Reef fish, octopus, frog fish, flounder, shrimp, squid, moray eel, scorpion fish


A number of wonderful marine creatures thrive in Nemo Reef. While diving here, you have a good chance of spotting the following schools of fish:

  • Reef fish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Rabbitfish
  • Parrotfish
  • Butterflyfish
  • Bannerfish and snappers
  • Sweetlips queenfish
  • Chubs
  • Hunting trevallies
  • Needlefish 
  • Barracudas
  • Five species of anemonefish
  • Cephalopods like the octopus, squid and cuttlefish
  • Banded sea kraits
  • File snake
  • Kuhl’s sting ray
  • Molluscs
  • Crinoids
  • Crustaceans
  • Sponges polychaetes
  • Flying gurnards
  • Ornate ghost pipefish
  • Robust ghost pipefish
  • Devil scorpionfish
  • Angler flounders
  • Honeycomb moray eels
  • Seahorses
  • Bizarre nudibranchs
  • Sea moths
  • Skeleton shrimps 
  • Painted frogfish



High tide is a great time to dive at the Nemo Reef as the water is clear and you can see the sloping topography of the reef. However, when the tide recedes, the water level comes down and visibility drops. As a result, the marine life tends to concentrate into dramatic densities.

The topography of this dive site in Havelock Island is perfect for beginning dive courses and experience the first-ever scuba dive. But don’t consider Nemo Reef only a training space. One can stay underwater amidst this shallow profile of this reef until they hit the reserve on their tanks without worrying about no-decompression limits. So if you are a fun diver and are willing to explore the rocks and sands, then on an average you have an estimated 60-80 minutes under the water. It is fairly enough time for a first-timer.


Water sports

Scuba diving is the most amazing water sport that you can enjoy at Nemo Reef. You will be awestruck with what all you can witness in its azure waters. Some marine creatures will not shy away from you while some of them will briefly pass you. Shore dives at Nemo Reef are perfect for every adrenaline junkie. The divemasters will be happy to teach you scuba diving so that you can get the best experience on your beach vacation in the Andamans.

Nearby hotels

Havelock Island Beach Resort is a luxurious resort in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). Its luxury suite sea-facing cottages offer an excellent view. Along with providing vehicles on hire, the resort also provides scuba diving, snorkeling trips, game fishing, and sightseeing tours in the Andaman Islands. So many tourists make this resort their accommodation of choice when visiting Havelock Island. It offers an array of amenities to its prestigious guests by providing an ideal mix of value, comfort, and convenience.

Some of the offered room amenities are as follows:

  • Free Wifi
  • Air conditioner
  • 24/7 reception service 
  • 24/7 room service
  • Laundry service
  • Safety & security
  • Free car parking 
  • Cafe & restaurant
  • Breakfast included

Make your bookings today!

Other hotels and resorts nearby Nemo Reef for different budgets are as follows:

  • The Kingdom Resort
  • El Dorado
  • Radhakrishna Resort
  • Green Valley Resort
  • Gold Star Beach Resort
  • Orient Legend Resort
  • Emerald Gecko
  • Royal Palace
  • Wild Orchid Beach Resort
  • Symphony Palm Beach Resort
  • Holiday Inn Beach Resort
  • Coral Reef Resort
  • Havelock Holiday Beach Resort
  • Aparupa Sands Marina
  • Cross Bill Beach Resort
  • Taj Exotica
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort
  • Munjoh Ocean Resort
  • Sea Shell Resort

How to reach

Located about 57 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you can reach Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep) via sea only. It takes nearly two to three hours to reach Havelock Island from Port Blair. There are frequently available ferries and cruises operating between the two places, and this is the best way to reach Havelock Island. You can choose as per your convenience and budget as both government ferries and private cruises are functional on the island. The ferries leave from Phoenix Bay Wharf.

After reaching Havelock Island, you can simply hire a taxi or rent a scooty from anywhere to reach Nemo Reef. It is easily accessible from anywhere on the island.

Happy travelling!

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