Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • 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 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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

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

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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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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.

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