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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Water Sports at Havelock Island

Date : 05 Nov 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

When miles and miles of the sea surround you, there is nothing else to do except to dive right in. With clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and rich coral reef, Havelock island has everything when it comes to water sports for thrillseekers. If you are a thalassophile, someone who loves the sea, Havelock Island is a hub of all activities you have ever dreamt of. And to top it all, most of them do not require you to be a pro swimmer, making the experience accessible to each visitor. Here are some ways to quench your thirst for aqua adventure in Havelock Island.

1. Snorkelling

One of the primary attractions for travellers, snorkelling in Havelock tops the chart of the to-do list in Andaman Islands. Known for its exquisite coral reef, diverse marine life, and clear waters, snorkelling in Elephant Beach in Havelock Island offers a better experience than in North Bay, out of the two places earmarked for snorkelling. The shallow azure water in contrast to the bright and carefully preserved coral reefs make the underwater experience in Elephant beach enthralling.

Tips For Snorkelling in Havelock Island -

  • Pay ample attention to the instructions provided by your trainer. Even though swimming is not a prerequisite for snorkelling, one should be comfortable in the water.
  • Get used to your gear first, learn how to fit the mask, and check the fit and shape of it while renting to prevent fogging underwater.

2. Night Kayaking

Far away from the coast of Havelock Island, the water gleams like a zillion fireflies, mesmerizing the human eye, occurs a stunning natural phenomenon termed bioluminescence. On account of the presence of phytoplankton in the water, Havelock Island is the only place in Andaman Islands where you can witness this marvel. If the image of a million stars dancing in the dark above your head, and the same image reflecting below your feet, intrigues you, night kayaking excursions are a sublime means to bring this image to life. Though bioluminescence is observed best on new moon nights, one can avail the experience of night kayaking for stargazing as well.

Tips For Night Kayaking in Havelock Island -

  • Do not sway your hands or feet in the water at any time during boat rides.
  • Wear comfortable and quick-dry clothes. Avoid fabric that tends to stay wet for long.
  • Avoid night kayaking, if you are afraid of darkness or water.

3. Dolphin Glass Bottom Boat Ride

Snorkelling and scuba diving might not be everyone's cup of tea, but that should not mean missing out on the underwater action. Some refrain from scuba diving or snorkelling or sea walking due to various physical distress or on medical grounds. For those who wish to see marine life, float along with the fishes and witness coral reefs up close, Havelock has the option of Dolphin glass-bottom boat rides. These are ideal for those wanting to delve into the abysses of the ocean without getting their toes wet. With a glass bottom that enables you to see the underwater life, the half-hour ride involves gliding slowly and steadily through the vast kaleidoscope of coral reefs and a short speed ride following the coral watch.

Tips For Glass Bottom Boat Ride in Havelock Island -

  • Remain well-seated in the boat so that everyone can see the lovely corals underwater.
  • Do not tread on the glass base.
  • Listen to the guide to learn more about marine life.

4. Sea walking

What is better than floating underwater? Walking on the bed of the sea, hands down. A milder version of an otherwise exhilarating water sport, the experience of sea walking in Havelock Island is unparalleled. A half-hour fun session of sea walking commences after orientation, and one must book well in advance. The primary allocated spots for sea walking are North Bay Island and Havelock Island. On account of verdant flora and fauna in the colourful corals, sea walking off the coast of Elephant Beach in Havelock Island is an enchanting experience. The thrill of walking underwater and being a spectator to the bustling marine life opens up the door to an otherwise hidden world.

Tips For Sea Walking in Havelock Island -

  • Listen to the dos and don'ts of Sea Walk from the instructor diligently.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 1 to 5 meters from coral reefs.
  • Do not indulge in sea walks under the influence of alcohol.
  • One can wear prescription glasses or contact lenses during the sea walk as you remain completely dry from the shoulders up.

5. Scuba diving

Ever since Hrithik took a leap of faith and dived into an ocean in Costa Brava, the fad of scuba diving has only gone uphill. Scuba diving is a fascinating water sport that enables you to delve into the unknown and opens your eyes to a world you only saw pictures of in National Geographic/Discovery. One does not necessarily require to be proficient in swimming to scuba dive, which makes the dive all the more inclusive. With clear waters, rich and diverse marine life, and ideal weather conditions, scuba diving in Andaman Islands is one of the best experiences for diving enthusiasts in India. Safety of the guests is the utmost priority, and they must follow the instructions stringently. Certified instructors take you on a guided dive along the beautiful stretches of coral reefs that are sure to take your breath away, figuratively. It is needless to say, to preserve biodiversity, we suggest that you maintain a distance from the creatures and refrain from touching them. A certificate is also issued after you complete your dive. Though there is a multitude of spots in Havelock Island, diving around Elephant Beach is the one that definitely stands out.

Tips For Scuba Diving in Havelock Island -

  • Book your scuba diving session with a trusted organization.
  • It is best to discuss your health conditions with your instructor beforehand.
  • Indulge in the activity only with instructors on your side if you are a beginner.
  • Try to keep calm underwater and never resort to panic in unforeseen circumstances.

6. Swimming

Havelock Island, where the ocean changes its hue like seasons. While in some places it traverses from turquoise to emerald-like green, in others cerulean to navy blue. The water is crystal clear and a haven for swimmers. Amidst a tropical climate and seclusion that Havelock Islands offers, the landscape strikes a whole new chord while swimming. Beaches in Havelock, though popular, are hardly overcrowded, giving you the solace swimming delivers. Tips For Swimming in Havelock Island -

  • Avoid swimming under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Avoid swimming if you have an open bruise. The scent of the blood tends to draw predatory fishes.
  • Avoid swimming at night.
  • If you are a rookie, then choose a beach where lifeguards are available.

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