Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?

  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

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

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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Ultimate Travel Guide To Unlock The Mysteries of North Bay Island

Date : 28 Oct 2020
Categories: Travellers Choice

A must-see island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that promises to make your vacation super special is North Bay Island. It is located near Phoenix jetty in Port Blair. The corals spread over the extensive region of North Bay Island are majestic. You can spot different fishes, lobsters, or even shellfishes on the coral reef. While you are on this island, you can appreciate the natural beauty of the whole region.

If you are a nature lover or marine life enthusiast, then you will be amazed to see the lovely coral reefs that are extremely appealing. If you consider yourself a water baby and ocean is your second home, then North Bay Island should be your next stop. The splendor of coral reefs is sure to take your breath away. This island is a paradise for adventure seekers. Here, you can spend some quality time enjoying the sights of nature while basking under the sun. Adrenaline junkies can indulge in activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking, and more.

North Bay Island is a secluded island located near Port Blair spanning over a relatively medium area. Usually, travellers go there on a day trip to both Ross Island and North Bay Island. However, apart from the shoreline and jungle, the island doesn’t offer many sightseeing options for visitors. But still, tourists from all around the world visit North Bay Island owing to its fantastic water activities in the Andamans.

Crystal clear cyan colored water with a shallow shoreline surrounds the island. It offers a magnificent underwater view. The beach is white sand and shaded by dense tropical trees with hints of huts and wooden benches to set the mood. You should not get into the water without a guide. It is not allowed as well. This was done for the protection of the visitors from unwanted sea dwellers and protection of the corals from any kind of interference.

If you are looking for some adventure and aren't afraid to get wet, then travel to North Bay Island as it is popular for water sports and features a plethora of vendors with an affordable pricing structure. As soon as reach the beach, you will find so many small counters for scuba, snorkeling, and lots of other enthralling water activities. The unmatched underwater biodiversity of North Bay boasts of some of the healthiest coral settlements housing various fish species. Some of them are not found anywhere else in the Andaman Islands. The huge coral belts under the two kilometers of the radius near the isle are filled with a coral population that is protected under the care of Andaman Administration. Thus, diving and activity spots change every month.

There is no jetty at North Bay Island. So you will be required to get on the island and board the boats via a floating platform, provided by the government. During heavy waves, the strong platform is not that steady. Also, the sides are only protected by rope. So make sure that you are well-balanced during the transition.

One of the most interesting things about North Bay Island is that it is featured on the backside of Indian Rs. 20 note. Although, the reason has yet to be discovered for that but there is a chance that they did the like the view from the top of the hill. You can reach the hill from where it was taken only by trekking from the forest. So if you like a picture of your own, you should definitely go there.

How to reach North Bay Island?

You can easily reach the island via a boat. The number of large ferries available for transportation is less in number. Generally, the trip includes a visit to Ross Island but private boats can be booked if informed earlier. The boat begins the journey from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and reaches North Bay via Ross Island in around half an hour. To make sure that you are absolutely safe during the journey, life jackets, instructions and other measures are taken strictly. Generally, there is a travel guide who will accompany you on your journey. He explains about the history of the islands and the significance of the isle you are about to visit. The boat may take off from the Junglighat Jetty sometimes. But there is nothing to worry as your vendor will notify you about this when you book the ticket.

Adventurous activities to do in North Bay Island

Andaman Island, the untouched Indian union territory, is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Especially famous for its water sports, North Bay Island is popular for offering such activities that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. The island is famous among adventure seekers owing to the diversity of water sports one can experience here. Having a multitude of activities available for one and all, no one can get bored on this little piece of paradise.

We present here some of the famed water sports in North Bay Island that you should definitely try during your vacation here. The below-mentioned are some of the enthralling activities that you can try on the island:

Scuba diving

The Andaman Island is the hub of popular water activities, and North Bay Island is counted among the top five places to experience them. Beyond the shallow waters above the shoreline, it offers the richest and diverse underwater world that presents a great world for the divers. The underwater currents are moderate. Some of the very rare species of fishes can be spotted there more often than not.

Snorkeling

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 Andaman Island.

Parasailing

It is an incredible water sport that anyone can enjoy in North Bay Island. 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 Andaman Island. And yes, don’t forget to wear clothes in which you can move comfortably.

Sea walking

A superb fun adventure sport, absolutely no experience is required to do this. 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!

Dolphin glass-bottom boat

Glass bottom boat rides from dolphin is perfect for those tourists who don’t want to get wet or for families who prefer to adventure together. The boat starts from the Jetty and explores the ocean surrounding the islands. While sailing, you can explore the vast sea, flying through the waves. You can watch the sea through a transparent bottom, making the experience wonderful and enjoyable for yourself. Kids and elders enjoy this activity a lot.

Semi-submarine ride

Coral Safari offers a semi-submarine ride in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you want to experience the wonderful underwater world of corals and fishes from the comfort of your cabin, then you should definitely try this activity. The submarine takes you to the best-known spots of coral belts around the North Bay Island. You can look at and appreciate the treasure of corals without having to worry about safety or equipment. Unlike scuba diving and snorkeling, the semi-submarine ride can be enjoyed by both kids and elders. It is an adventurous as well as family-friendly activity. It offers a good experience if you are seeking something unique.

Things you need to know before visiting North Bay Island

  • There are so many ways to reach North Bay Island but you should ensure that you book your journey with a vendor that confirms your safety.
  • There are a lot of options available to reach North Bay, but make sure to book with a vendor that assures your safety.
  • You can book the boat tickets at the location or online, but there are only a few vendors that offer online booking.
  • Guides and boat vendors generally speak Hindi but they can also understand general English words and sentences.
  • As the availability is short during the tourist season (January to March), it is highly recommended to pre-book the boat ticket.
  • More than for its beauty, tourists visit North Bay Island majorly for the water sports.
  • You should pre-book the activities before visiting as most of the water sports vendors are booked throughout the season.
  • The trip will likely be cancelled or postponed to a later date if the weather is unfavorable.
  • It is better to visit during moderate rain or summertime because the underwater visibility is affected during heavy rain.
  • Moderate rain makes the trip great. And Andaman Dolphin Ride is the best option if there is a visibility problem.
  • You can spend around three to four hours in North Bay Island.
  • Small food stalls are available on the island. Small restrooms, bathrooms and appropriate changing rooms are also available.
  • In order to make your return journey hassle-free, remember your boat number or take the phone number of the boat captain.
  • It is advised to always keep contact in Port Blair. This will help you in case you miss your boat and need help.
  • You can also choose to include a visit to Ross Island for a wholesome day.
  • There are no stay options or hotels on the island.
  • To explore the underwater life without getting wet, you can avail Coral Safari Semi Submarine or Dolphin Boat Ride. It will add so much fun and excitement to your visit.
  • It is not permitted to bring your own snorkeling equipment on this island.
  • Plastics and trash should be disposed correctly as North Bay Island comes under forest reserve.
  • Entry to the beach is free of cost.
  • The island does not have a proper jetty. The boat is boarded in a floating platform. Thus, make sure to keep your balance intact.

What travellers have to say about North Bay Island?

  • “It is a good place. A lot of things can be done here to make it more attractive. I did scuba diving there. It was a great experience. I also saw the lighthouse from near for the first time.”
  • “For those who didn’t get an opportunity to try any water activity, this is the best place to go for sea walking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. You name it and you can do it here. Corals and clear water sea are sure to mesmerise you with their natural charm.”
  • “The island is excellent for water sports. The journey by boat from Aberdeen Jetty takes nearly half an hour. Since we went during the peak tourist season, the island was fully crowded. North Bay Island is also known as Coral Island because of the wide variety of corals present here.”

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.