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.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the perfect Indian paradise. It forms an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Once a mysterious place, the island is now a popular holiday destination for all age groups. It is located 1370 kilometers east of the Indian mainland and comprises 572 islands. The island is majorly divided into Great Andaman Islands, Little Andaman Islands, Ritchie’s Archipelago, East Volcano Islands, and Sentinel Islands. There are a lot of fun activities that you can do in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands ranging from underwater walking, bird watching, scuba diving, to glass boat rides, trekking, star gazing, and cruise rides. This Indian union territory can be visited by everyone- friends, solo travellers, couples, and families.
Weather in the Andaman Islands
The weather in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is suitable throughout the year. As such, there is no summer or winter there. The temperature remains the same round the year. However, humidity starts to decrease in the island in the month of October.
Best things to do in the Andaman Islands
During your vacation on this island archipelago, below mentioned are some of the most invigorating activities you can engage in. Keep scrolling down and read along to know more about the most enticing things to do in the Andaman Islands. Islands- For gorgeous beaches Historical attractions- To know about India’s fascinating past Chidiya Tapu- For bird watchers Trekking- For nature enthusiasts Jolly Buoy Island- To explore colorful reefs Cruising- For a fun-packed party Snorkeling, scuba diving, and sea-walking- For adrenaline junkies Parasailing- For those who want to fly like a bird Dolphin watching- To get close with adorable creatures Makruzz- Enjoy a cruise ride Mud Volcano- To witness something unusual Naturally formed caves- To explore the unexplored
Islands- For gorgeous beaches
Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are ideal for beach hoppers. Its beaches are an epitome of surreal beauty with the perfect landscape. The island is an ideal and the most tranquil place to relax as it is home to the world’s most gorgeous beaches. Here, you will be having so many choices when it comes to hopping from one beach to another. You can go to Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep) that comprises major tourist destinations- Radhanagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach, and Elephant Beach. After that, you can visit Neil Island (now known as Shaheed Dweep) that has Laxmanpur Beach, Bharatpur beach, and natural rock formations. Exploring Diglipur with Ross and Smith Island in north Andaman Islands should also be a part of your travel itinerary.
Historical attractions- To know about India’s fascinating past
Some of the most captivating museums are located in Port Blair. The Anthropological Museum portrays the islands’ 4 Negrito tribes of Andamanese, the Jarawas, Sentinels and the Onges. The Samudrika Marine Museum presents the biodiversity found on the islands. Once a colonial prison used by the Britishers to imprison Indian revolutionaries, the historical Cellular Jail is also known as Kala Paani. It was used to exile political prisoners to remote islands. V.D. Savarkar, Batukeshwar Dutt, and Yogendra Shukla were some of the most famous freedom fighters who were imprisoned here. At present, this cellular complex serves as a national memorial monument.
Chidiya Tapu- For bird watchers
This spot in the Andaman Islands is popular for sunset views and bird watching. The island is a dense spot with forests, mangroves, and a huge number of different species of birds. You can hear birds chirping throughout the day. One can spot birds in all colors, shapes, and sizes, ranging from serpent eagles, kingfishers, to chestnut bee-eater, parakeets, doves, and Andaman Drongos flying from one tree to another, looking for food.
Trekking- For nature enthusiasts
In the Andaman Islands, trekking is one of the most sought-after things to do. The island is an adventure seeker’s paradise owing to the lush green jungle-clad spots, marvelous hillock, emerald dove, flora and fauna, and the breathtaking natural beauty. Andaman Island has some of the most amazing trek options for hikers!
Jolly Buoy Island- To explore colorful reefs
Located in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy Island is home to colorful corals and rich underwater life. Whether you want to go for snorkeling or get a sun-kissed tan, its beaches are perfect for both. Please note that night stays or camping is not allowed on this island. The island promises you a long stretch of pristine white sandy beaches with hues of turquoise waters fringed with a drool-worthy coastline. It is located near Wandoor, a short drive of 30 kilometers from Port Blair. Rich in exotic corals and marine life, the island is adorned with surrealism and tranquility where one can find nature in its purest form. It is covered with mangrove swamps and tropical rainforests that provide it with a tranquil landscape and a touch of incredible appeal. You can enjoy the spellbinding beauty of nature here and enjoy seclusion at its best.
Cruising- For a fun-packed party
Who doesn’t love parties? You will find hardy one person on earth who doesn’t like to enjoy exciting parties. Isn’t it? Being a part of a happening party while dancing the night away and treating your taste buds to some of the most delicious meals is what an enthralling party is all about. Since we are talking about parties, having one on a luxurious cruise sailing on the azure waters of the Andaman Islands has earned a place for itself on top position. Gone are the days when a party has to be enjoyed in a banquet hall or a club. Try something extraordinary this time by hiring a private yacht or cruise.
Snorkeling, scuba diving, and sea-walking- For adrenaline junkies
Your vacation in the Andaman Islands is incomplete if you don’t go for scuba diving here. Havelock Island, which was renamed to Swaraj Dweep in 2018, is known for the best diving spots in Andamans. This is popular for having white sandy beaches, hypnotising turquoise lagoons, colorful corals, tempting cobalt waters, and enthralling marine life. Imagine going into the depths of such a magical place! It would be an experience of a lifetime. People from all over the world come to the Andaman Islands to experience this amazing water adventure activity, and their preference is Havelock Island because that’s the one-stop destination for enjoying so many water sports.
Haven’t tried snorkeling yet? No problem! Probably, you were destined to do this water activity at the best place in India. You will notice the colorful reefs of the ocean shining through your underwater goggles. You can have a look at the marine life and the rarest corals while performing this activity in the Andaman Islands.
A superb fun adventure sport, absolutely no experience is required to do sea-walking. There is not any complicated equipment to handle. Just wear the helmet and walk on the smooth and clean sand of the seafloor. You will get a close-up view of the underwater world without any hassle. The instructors are there by your side at all times, thus it is perfectly safe to do. Neither your contact lenses/glasses nor your fancy hairdo will get messed up under the water. No wonder it is one of the most preferred water sports! Are you excited to try underwater sea walk in Andaman Island?
Excited to try any one of these water activities? All you have to do is contact Andaman Island Travels to make all the bookings for you. Its experienced tour operators will take care of all your travel requirements including accommodation as well. 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 ferry, etc. It is a one-stop destination for booking holiday packages and accommodations for families, couples, and solo travellers. 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 on discounted prices.
Parasailing- For those who want to fly like a bird
It is an incredible water sport that anyone can enjoy in the Andaman Islands. Parasailing offers a fantastic combo of water and airborne adventure. While harnessed in a parachute, you are tied behind a motorboat with a rope. As the boat speeds off into the sea, you start flying like a kite in the sky! You may get to dip into the water as well. The whole experience is extremely enthralling! This activity is something that you should not miss at any cost in the Andaman Islands. And yes, wear clothes in which you can move comfortably.
Dolphin watching- To get close with adorable creatures
Two of the most spectacular beaches popular their Dolphin habitat in the Andaman Islands are North Passage and the Lalaji Bay. You can enjoy witnessing these happy mammals in their natural habitat here. A boat will take you in the middle of a bright blue ocean. When these adorable beings come close to your boat to greet you, then ensure that you do not feed them anything other than the fish your boat operator has provided you.
Makruzz- Enjoy a cruise ride
Whether it is about getting from one island to another or for going out for dolphin and whale watching, there are several cruises and ferry rides in the Andaman Islands that you can opt for. You can get into the amazing one and a half hours Makruzz cruise rides if you want to add a twist of luxury to your island vacation. Taking a ferry from Port Blair to Havelock Island will give you precious memories of a lifetime!
Mud Volcano- To witness something unusual
In Baratang, it is a famous sight and one of its kind in India. It is a small bubbling puddle of mud, which makes it worth visiting. Some people marvel at the science behind it while some consider it as a great natural marvel. You cannot miss this place if you are really willing to see something rare in the Andaman Islands.
Naturally formed caves- To explore the unexplored
Diglipur is home to more than 41 unexplored caves. Alfred Caves were one of them, named after the scientist who discovered them. These are limestone caves and are completely secluded due to the dense jungle. These are unique and thus, difficult to reach. A trek to these caves is not meant for someone who is faint-hearted as one has to do strenuous trekking for about an hour through narrow jungle trails. October to April is the best time to visit the caves. Avoid the rainy season completely as the paths are slippery and extremely unsafe.
How to reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
If you want to travel to this fabulous union territory of India, then you can choose from the below mentioned two ways by which you can reach the Andamans Islands in a comfortable and stress- free manner:
By Air- Taking a flight to the Andaman Islands is the most convenient option. The airport is located in Port Blair (the capital city) that has good connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.
By Ship- Ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag to reach the Andaman Islands is you want to embark on your journey via water. But it takes nearly 60 to 70 hours to reach the destination.
The Andaman Islands will never fail to amaze you with its magical and adventurous experiences. There are incredibly a fair amount of things to do when you are there. The place has grown to become a must-visit place among wanderlusters. So what are you waiting for? Plan your escape to the Andaman Islands and witness the fine balance of nature and adventure. Such an offbeat destination should be on every nature enthusiast’s travel bucket list because once you reach there, the rewards would be beyond your imagination.
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