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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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