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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Top 20 Things to Do in Neil Island

Top 20 Things to Do in Neil Island
Date : 31 Aug 2023

Neil Island is a hidden gem that is home to stunning beaches, turquoise waters, and a calm atmosphere. Located close to Port Blair, this tropical paradise is a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or someone seeking relaxation, Neil Island has something for everyone. 

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Let's delve into the top 20 things to do in this enchanting destination.

  1. Laze Around in Laxmanpur Beach 

When it comes to experiencing the perfect blend of relaxation and natural beauty, Laxmanpur Beach on Neil Island stands out as a haven that captures the essence of a tropical paradise. With its stunning shores and deep blue waters, Laxmanpur Beach invites you to slow down, unwind, and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of the Andaman Sea.

As you step onto the soft, powdery sands of Laxmanpur Beach, you'll immediately feel a sense of calm wash over you. The beach is relatively untouched, with fewer crowds compared to its more bustling counterparts, allowing you to savour the tranquillity of nature in its purest form.

While the beach doesn’t have any specific timings, most people prefer to visit the beach at 5:30 in the morning or 6 in the evening to watch the Sun rise and set. There’s no entry fee for the beach either.

How to reach: If you're staying in and around Neil Kendra or any nearby resorts, Laxmanpur Beach is easily walkable. The island itself is quite small, and many of the attractions are within a short walking distance of each other. 

Laze Around in Laxmanpur Beach

  1. Snorkel at Bharatpur Beach

Bharatpur Beach isn't just your ordinary stretch of sand and sea. It's a gateway to an enchanting underwater world that beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. With its vibrant coral reefs, teeming marine life, and crystal-clear waters, snorkelling at Bharatpur Beach offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the diverse wonders that thrive beneath the waves.

As you snorkel over the coral gardens, you'll be introduced to a cast of characters that call this underwater ecosystem home. From the graceful parrotfish to the curious clownfish, each encounter is a reminder of the beauty and complexity of the natural world. If you're new to snorkelling or simply want to enhance your experience, consider joining a guided snorkelling tour. 

Typically, there aren't any strict timings for visiting most beaches in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, including Bharatpur Beach. Visitors can usually access the beach from early morning until late evening. However, specific activities like snorkelling usually commence around 8 AM and wrap up by 5 PM.

Snorkelling in Neil Island should cost you around INR 2000-3000. 

Snorkel at Bharatpur Beach

  1. Discover the Depths by Scuba Diving in Neil Island

Beneath the shimmering turquoise waters of Neil Island lies a world of wonders waiting to be explored. Scuba diving in Neil Island offers an opportunity to dive into a mesmerizing realm of vibrant coral reefs, captivating marine life, and underwater landscapes that will leave you in awe. Whether you're a seasoned diver or a first-timer, this underwater adventure promises an experience of a lifetime.

Neil Island boasts an array of dive sites that cater to divers of all levels. From shallow reefs to deeper underwater formations, each site offers its own unique charm.

Bus Stop: This famous dive site is known for its stunning coral formations, including delicate soft corals and vibrant hard corals. The site is teeming with colourful reef fish, and lucky divers might even spot turtles, rays, and larger pelagic species. Bus Stop is suitable for both beginners and experienced divers as its depth starts at 15 metres. 

Junction: As the name suggests, Junction is where two currents meet, creating an ideal environment for coral growth. This site is home to an impressive diversity of marine life, including schools of snappers, fusiliers, and various species of reef sharks. You need to develop your scuba diving skills to dive in Junction as its depth starts at 25 metre. This is why it is generally meant for advanced divers. 

Scuba diving in Neil Island is usually cost around INR 3000-4000 per dive.

Scuba diving in Neil Island

  1. Visit the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge

Tucked away on the shores of Neil Island lies a remarkable geological wonder that has captivated the hearts of visitors and locals alike—the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge. Carved over centuries by the relentless forces of the sea, this natural rock formation is not just a sight to behold; it's a testament to the raw power and artistic mastery of nature.

The arch, created by the erosive power of waves crashing against the limestone cliffs, stands as a towering gateway between land and sea. The sea's ceaseless waves have transformed the solid rock into a sculpted arch that seems almost otherworldly in its beauty.

How to reach: Again, Neil Island is not too big an island, so most places including the Howrah Bridge is easily accessible by foot. From Neil Kendra, it can take you 20-30 minutes to reach Howrah Bridge. You can also take a cycle to the bridge, of course. You can also cycle to the bridge, which could cut your journey to just 10 minutes. 

When to visit the bridge: It is best to visit the natural bridge during low tide as the rock formation becomes more visible and accessible. During high tide, the area gets submerged, making it less visible and harder to approach. You should definitely consult with locals before planning your visit.

Visit the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge

  1. Enjoy a Picnic at Ramnagar Beach 

Ramnagar Beach on Neil Island is more than just a stretch of golden sands meeting the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. It's an idyllic canvas that invites you to create lasting memories, indulge in culinary delights, and revel in the simple pleasures of life. The sun-kissed sands, swaying palms, and the rhythmic symphony of the waves set the stage for a perfect day out. Whether you're with your family, a group of friends, or a special someone, the beach's serene atmosphere serves as a backdrop for an unforgettable picnic experience.

If you time your picnic just right, you'll be treated to a magical sunset spectacle around 5 PM that paints the sky with hues of orange, pink, and gold. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow across the beach, the experience becomes even more enchanting. 

While you can swim in the waters, the corals are known to be quite sharp here, so you have to be careful. 

You don’t usually need permission to picnic in Ramnagar beach. However, if you're planning a larger gathering or want to set up specific amenities, it's a good idea to check with local authorities or with your tour guide. 

How to reach: The beach is just around 4-5 km from the centre of the island. You can either walk and enjoy the natural surroundings or take a cycle, which would take you to the beach in a few minutes.

Enjoy a Picnic at Ramnagar Beach

  1. Cycle Around the Island

Exploring the beauty of Neil Island takes on a whole new dimension when you choose to do so on two wheels. Cycling around the island isn't just a mode of transportation; it's a journey that allows you to immerse yourself in the island's rhythms, connect with its locals, and uncover hidden gems that might otherwise go unnoticed.

As you pedal along Neil Island's quiet roads, you'll find yourself attuned to the details that make this place special. The island's unhurried pace matches perfectly with the leisurely rhythm of cycling, allowing you to appreciate the nuances of nature, architecture, and daily life.

There are many places from where you can rent cycles in Neil Island. At most places, the cost of renting a cycle for a day is as cheap as INR 100-200 for a day; although you may have to pay a small deposit. 

  1. Go Glass Bottom Boating

Venturing into the underwater world without donning a wetsuit or snorkel may seem like a paradox, but glass bottom boating on Neil Island offers precisely that—an opportunity to dive into the marine wonderland while staying dry. This unique experience combines the comfort of cruising on the water with the awe-inspiring beauty of the coral reefs and marine life that flourish beneath the waves.

As you step aboard the glass bottom boat, you're welcomed by the inviting expanse of the Andaman Sea. But the real magic happens as you peer through the transparent floor, revealing an underwater tableau that's as vibrant and diverse as any tropical paradise. 

Where does it happen: Glass bottom boat rides are usually available at Bharatpur beach and can cost you anything between INR 500-1000 for a 30-minute ride.

Best time for Glass Bottom ride: The best time to go for a glass bottom boating ride is a between 7 in the morning to around 4 in the afternoon, while there is still sunlight. 

Glass Bottom Boating

  1. Experience Fishing 

When you step onto the tranquil shores of Neil Island, you're not just entering a tropical paradise; you're also opening the door to an authentic maritime experience that's deeply intertwined with the island's heritage. Fishing on Neil Island is more than just a recreational activity; it's a hands-on journey that allows you to connect with the ocean in a way that's both engaging and rewarding. 

For those looking to delve into the world of fishing without the hassle of planning, guided fishing tours are readily available. Local fishermen, who possess an intimate knowledge of the island's waters, serve as guides, offering valuable insights into fishing techniques, best practices, and even sharing stories about their own experiences. Note that most fishing expeditions start early in the morning and the equipment is usually provided by the tour operators. 

Cost: Unlike other activities in Neil Island, which are either free or very cheap, game fishing can be an expensive activity. The starting price is around INR 9000 for a few hours per person, which can keep going up depending on how far and remote you want to travel into the open sea. Many tour operators offer customised fishing packages as the total cost for charter boat trips can be around INR 70,000. Also, fishing is usually done best in a group. Not only is it fun, it also helps in dividing the cost. 

In addition, you may also need permission for game fishing in the Andaman Islands. The permit fee is around INR 500 for Indian Nationals and around INR 3000 for foreign nationals. 

  1. Go for a Jungle Trek 

A jungle trek on Neil Island is an adventure that takes you on a path less travelled, revealing the island's hidden landscapes, rich biodiversity, and the sense of discovery that comes with every step. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to go on a journey into the heart of Neil Island and explore its verdant beauty.

Trekking in the jungle is an opportunity for you to encounter the island's diverse flora and fauna up close. Keep an eye out for colourful butterflies flitting through the foliage and the playful antics of curious squirrels. The island's birdlife is a treat for birdwatchers, with various species adding melody to the atmosphere.

Cost: There’s no specific cost for jungle trekking in Neil Island; however, if you get a tour guide, you will have to pay them for the facility. Tour guides may charge you around INR 500-1500 depending on where you go. You can easily complete a jungle trek within 4-5 hours in Neil Island or even much less. 

Jungle Trek

  1. Relax at Sitapur Beach

Amidst the tropical paradise of Neil Island lies a stretch of coastline that beckons with its serene beauty and calming embrace—Sitapur Beach. Known for its tranquil ambience, powdery sands, and azure waters, Sitapur Beach is more than just a destination; it's a haven for relaxation, contemplation, and reconnecting with nature's soothing rhythms. 

The soft, golden sands of Sitapur Beach provide a luxurious canvas on which to unwind. Whether you're lounging under the shade of swaying palm trees or basking in the sun's warm embrace, the beach's pristine beauty invites you to let go and simply be.

There is no specific timing to visit Sitapur beach; however, swimming is generally closed or discouraged post 5 PM. If you want to watch the sunrise, try to be at the beach around 5 or 6 in the morning. 

  1. Try the Local Cuisine

When you visit Neil Island, your journey isn't just about exploring its breathtaking landscapes; it's also an opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure that reflects the island's cultural diversity and natural abundance. From fresh seafood to tropical delights, Neil Island's local cuisine offers a tantalising array of flavours that will delight your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Given its coastal location, it's no surprise that seafood takes centre stage in Neil Island's culinary offerings. Indulge in the catch of the day, whether it's succulent fish, flavourful prawns, or tender crab. A simple meal in Neil Island could cost you between INR 200-100 depending on what you eat. 

  1. Join a Village Tour

Venturing beyond the beaches and jungles of Neil Island offers a chance to delve into the heart of its local culture and community. A village tour is a unique and enriching experience that allows you to interact with the island's residents, learn about their way of life, and gain insights into the traditions that shape their identity.

Exploring the village markets is a chance to experience the vibrant local life up close. These markets are bustling with activity, offering fresh produce, handicrafts, and local products. You can usually complete a village tour in 2-3 hours. While village tours usually don’t require any money, if you decide to get a tour guide, you will have pay a price to them, which may be around INR 500-1000.

Village Tour

  1. Relax Yourself With Yoga Sessions

Amidst the tranquil beauty of Neil Island, there's a perfect place to seek balance, harmony, and rejuvenation for both body and mind. Offering a serene escape from the world's hustle and bustle, Neil Island provides a serene setting for yoga practice. Participating in relaxing yoga sessions on the island isn't just a physical activity; it's an opportunity to connect with nature, find inner serenity, and embrace a holistic approach to wellness. 

Many resorts offer yoga sessions overlooking the ocean. Engage in rejuvenating yoga and meditation to connect with your inner self. The entire island is your yoga studio, and you do not have to spend time trying to find the perfect spot. Most people prefer to start their day with yoga session by the many beaches during sunrise.

  1. Explore Photography 

With its picturesque landscapes, vibrant marine life, and stunning sunsets, Neil Island is a photographer's paradise. Capture the island's beauty from every angle, whether it's the lush jungles, rugged coastline, or the colourful underwater world.

The sunrises and sunsets in Neil Island are stunning moments that deserve to be immortalised through your camera lens. You should ideally be at the beaches around 6 AM for sunrises and 5 PM for Sunsets. You don’t need any specific permission to take photography in Neil Island. 

  1. Visit Natural Ponds and Mangroves

Neil Island is home to beautiful natural ponds and lush mangroves that are worth exploring. While the pristine beaches and azure waters often take the spotlight, these unique ecosystems offer a different kind of beauty and a chance to connect with nature on a deeper level. Take a leisurely stroll through the mangrove forests, birdwatch, and appreciate the delicate ecosystems that thrive in these unique environments. You can spend anything between an hour to an entire day enjoying the natural beauty of Neil Island. 

Natural Ponds and Mangroves

  1. Enjoy the Warmth of a Bonfire by the Beach

 When the sun sets over the picturesque landscapes of Neil Island, a new kind of magic comes to life—the warmth of a bonfire under the starlit sky. The beaches in Neil Island are a natural stage for unforgettable bonfire gatherings. The soft sands, soothing sound of waves, and the open sky create an inviting setting for groups to come together. Whether you're with friends, family, or fellow travellers, the beach provides a communal space to unwind, laugh, and enjoy each other's company.

You do not usually need a permission to set up a bonfire in Neil island’s beaches. In many cases, your hotel or homestay will make the bonfire arrangements for you. Some hotels and resorts charge around INR 1500-2000 for setting up small bonfire parties close to a beach. 

  1. Camp by the Beach

Camping on Neil Island offers the ultimate nature-immersed experience, allowing you to disconnect from the modern world and reconnect with the island's tranquil beauty. Many camping options on Neil Island are situated right by the beach. Falling asleep to the sound of waves gently crashing against the shore and waking up to the sea breeze is a rejuvenating experience. The beach becomes your private playground, inviting you to take refreshing morning walks or enjoy a quiet sunrise by the water's edge.

Just like the other activities in Neil Island, camping by the beach also does not require special permissions unless you are part of a large group. Also, in many cases, hotels and resorts offer camping services to its guests for a specific. 

The prices may vary depending on the hotel and the camping facilities but usually starts at INR 2500 for a night. 

  1. Stay at a Luxurious Resort: 

Luxurious resorts on Neil Island are strategically positioned to offer breathtaking views of the ocean, creating a backdrop that's both soothing and invigorating. Imagine waking up to the sight of the sun rising over the sea from the comfort of your plush suite. Many hotels in Neil Island offer direct access to the beaches. Imagine stepping out of your suite onto powdery sands, lounging under beach umbrellas, and enjoying the rhythmic sounds of the waves lapping the shore. 

Cost: The prices vary depending on the types of resort you stay at and the facilities they offer. For good hotels, the prices start around INR 1500 per night and can go up to INR 8000 per night or higher. 

Stay at a Luxurious Resort

  1. Go on an Island-Hopping Adventure

Your journey on Neil Island isn't confined to its shores alone. The allure of nearby islands beckons, inviting you to embark on exhilarating island-hopping adventures. From Neil Island, you can set sail to explore the wonders of neighbouring places such as Havelock Island and Port Blair. These trips offer an opportunity to broaden your horizons, discover new landscapes, and experience the diverse beauty that the Andaman archipelago has to offer.

Both Port Blair and Havelock Islands are around 1.5-2.5 hours away from Neil Island and are great for island escapades. While Havelock is the best place for a variety of water sports and beaches, Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is a great place to immerse yourself into the history of the Andamans and all that it has to offer. Private ferries from Neil Island to Port Blair cost around INR 1500-2500. 

Note that ferry services from Neil Island to Havelock Island are not very common, especially, after the Covid pandemic. To go to Havelock Island, you may have to first travel from Neil Island to Port Blair and then to Havelock. The journey may be long, but the view is definitely worth it.

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