Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
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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 Water Sports Activities in Havelock Island

Top Water Sports Activities in Havelock Island
Date : 30 May 2023
Categories: Travel Guide

Havelock Island, located in the mesmerizing Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, is renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and abundant marine life. It offers an array of thrilling water sports activities that attract adventure enthusiasts from around the world. 

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If you're seeking an adrenaline rush or simply want to embrace the beauty of the underwater world, Havelock Island has something for everyone. Let's dive into the top water sports activities in Havelock Island that make Havelock Island a haven for aquatic adventures.

  • Scuba Diving: Unveil the Underwater Wonders

Scuba diving in Havelock Island is an experience like no other. With its vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and excellent visibility, it's a paradise for divers. The island boasts several diving sites, including the world-famous Elephant Beach and the enchanting Neil's Cove. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, there are certified dive centers offering courses and guided dives to ensure a safe and memorable experience.

  • Snorkeling: Immerse in a Colorful Underwater World

If you're not ready for scuba diving but still want to explore the beauty beneath the surface, snorkeling is the perfect choice. Havelock Island offers numerous snorkeling spots where you can witness the enchanting coral gardens and swim alongside colorful fish. Popular snorkeling sites include Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, and the mesmerizing Lighthouse Beach. Rent snorkeling gear or join a guided tour to make the most of your snorkeling adventure.

  • Kayaking: Paddle Through Nature's Serenity

For a tranquil water sports experience, kayaking around Havelock Island's mangrove forests is a must-do activity. Glide through narrow channels, witness exotic bird species, and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature. The island provides various kayaking routes, such as the Mangrove Creek, which takes you through dense mangrove forests, and the scenic Havelock Jetty to Elephant Beach route. Kayaking is a great way to connect with the island's natural beauty and unwind in a peaceful setting.

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  • Jet Skiing: Feel the Thrill of Speed

If you crave high-speed excitement, one of the top water sports activities in Havelock Island for you is jet skiing. Hop onto a jet ski and zip across the waves, feeling the wind in your hair and the adrenaline rush through your veins. The azure waters surrounding Havelock Island provide an excellent playground for this exhilarating activity. Several operators offer jet ski rentals and guided rides, ensuring a safe and thrilling experience for adventure seekers.

  • Parasailing: Soar Above the Island's Coastline

For an awe-inspiring aerial adventure, parasailing in Havelock Island is a must-try activity. Experience the thrill of being lifted into the sky while attached to a parachute, and enjoy breathtaking views of the island's coastline. As you glide above the turquoise waters, you'll feel a sense of freedom and a rush of adrenaline. Many operators offer parasailing experiences, ensuring your safety and providing you with an unforgettable memory.

  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding: Explore the Calm Waters

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a popular water sport that allows you to combine balance, core strength, and exploration. Cruise along the calm waters of Havelock Island while standing on a paddleboard, and take in the scenic views of the coastline. SUP is a versatile activity suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Rent a paddleboard or join a guided tour to make the most of this serene water sports experience.

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  • Fishing: Reel in the Big Catch

Havelock Island is a haven for fishing enthusiasts, offering exciting opportunities to reel in the big catch. Whether you prefer deep-sea fishing or angling in the tranquil lagoons, the island provides a rich fishing experience. Join a fishing charter or hire a local guide who can take you to the best spots where you can try your luck at catching various species of fish, including barracuda, snapper, and king mackerel. Fishing in the pristine waters surrounding Havelock Island is not only thrilling but also a great way to connect with nature and enjoy a sense of serenity.

  • Underwater Walk: Walk on the Ocean Floor

For those who want to explore the underwater world without the need for diving or snorkeling equipment, the underwater walk is a unique and fascinating activity. Put on a specially designed helmet that allows you to breathe freely while submerged, and descend to the ocean floor. Walk along the sandy seabed and witness the vibrant marine life up close. The underwater walk is a safe and awe-inspiring adventure that gives you a glimpse into the hidden wonders beneath the surface.

  • Banana Boat Ride: Fun-Filled Water Adventure

If you're traveling with family or friends and want to enjoy a fun-filled water activity, the banana boat ride is an excellent choice. Hop on an inflatable banana-shaped boat and hold on tight as you're towed behind a speedboat, bouncing and gliding over the waves. The thrill and laughter that come with this group activity make it a memorable experience for all ages. It's an ideal way to bond with loved ones while enjoying the picturesque views of Havelock Island's coastline.

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  • Underwater Photography: Capture the Magic

Havelock Island's underwater world is a photographer's paradise. Thus, among the top water sports activities in Havelock Island is underwater photography. Capture the mesmerizing beauty of the coral reefs, vibrant fish, and other marine creatures by trying underwater photography. Whether you're an amateur or a professional, the island's clear waters provide excellent visibility, making it easier to capture stunning underwater shots. Join a photography tour or rent underwater camera equipment to unleash your creativity and bring back extraordinary memories of your aquatic adventures.

Which Water Sports Activity Will You Perform? 

Havelock Island offers a diverse range of water sports activities that cater to every adventurer's taste. From exploring the vibrant marine life through scuba diving and snorkeling to experiencing the thrill of jet skiing and parasailing, there's something for everyone on this paradise island. Whether you seek underwater tranquility or high-speed excitement, Havelock Island's breathtaking beauty and exhilarating water sports activities will leave you with memories that last a lifetime. So pack your swimwear, grab your gear, and get ready to embark on a thrilling aquatic adventure in Havelock Island.

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