Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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Water Sports at Mayabunder

Water Sports at Mayabunder
Date : 07 Jul 2021
Categories: Travel Guide

A Brief Overview of Mayabunder Island

Enveloped by miles of sea, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is one of the most intriguing destinations in India. It houses various beautiful islands, of which Mayabunder is the most scenic and unique. In addition to various popular tourists spots, it is also considered the adventure capital of the country. Ranging from serene rides on the sparkling waters in the midst of nature, nothing quite like the thrill of water sports in Mayabunder will attract adrenalin junkies like moths to a flame.

Location

Situated at a distance about 240 kilometres from Port Blair, Mayabunder is sprawled over 1348 square kilometres of land and nestled in the Northern sphere of the Middle Andaman Islands. Less commercial, the island is still well-connected from the mainland by various different modes. The underwater beauty, unparalleled surroundings and the clear blue skies above make for a sterling experience of sightseeing spots at Mayabunder island.

Key Attractions

This land of rich flora and fauna crystal clear waters and pristine woods makes for a heavenly experience for travellers. Some of the key attractions on Mayabunder island include Ray hills, Karmatang beach, Austin X, Avis island and Interview island. All of these are must-visit places in Mayabunder and popular for water sports.  

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The Top Beaches in Mayabunder

With Mangroves dotted along pristine beaches, islands in Mayabunder have a bevy of beaches which are perfect for beach bums. They have options of various water sports to indulge in as well as offer the serenity of just spending some time soaking up the sun. The top beaches in Mayabunder are listed below.

1. Karmatang Beach

For a nature lover who is looking for a sterling beach experience, Karmatang beach at Mayabunder island is the ideal place. Located at a distance of about 12 kilometres from Mayabunder, this blissful beach is picture-perfect with crystal clear water, rich coral rocks and Mangroves dotted along the edges. Also known as a turtle paradise of the nation due to it being a nesting ground for turtles,  Karmatang beach is a coastal haven. Not to add, it has a bevvy of water sports at your perusal such as;

* Snorkelling
* Scuba diving
* Swimming
* Boating
* Jet skiing

2. Avis Island

A bordered beach track sprinkled along with lavish sands makes for Avis Island at Mayabunder island. With a stunning mini-beach that overlooks meandering turquoise waves steering in the direction a never-ending horizon, Avis island is a must visit place for anyone who visits Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is fairly untouched by tourists and one will need prior permission to access the beach.  A choppy but short 15 minutes boat ride from Mayabunder jetty this is an accessible beach and one can engage in the following listed activities;

* Photography
* Picnic
* Swimming

3. Ray Hills

Ray hills at Mayabunder island is a recently developed ecotourism village adorned with pristine waterways. It houses a many eco-houses and also has a multitude of activities for visitors. A gem that is tucked away in the heart of the Andaman Islands, Ray Hill Mayabunder island is only an approximate 20 minutes boat ride from the Mayabunder jetty. Not your average beach, but it is bordered by water all the way through.  Great for those looking to indulge in activities, Ray Hill has a host of excursions such as;

* Wilderness trail for hiking
* Elephant safaris
* Rock climbing
* Angling
* Trekking

4. Austin X

Only a 25 minutes boat ride from Mayabunder jetty, Austin X beach at Mayabunder island is a palm-fringed beauty, only for those who are lucky enough to witness it. The sea is comparatively shallow but an unequalled visual splendour. A fruity smell lingers the surrounding area, luring you towards the island while wild spotted deer make their way there to quench there first. Not one for highly adventurous activities, one can still partake in the following;

* Picnics
* Deer spotting
* Trekking
* Mild water sports

5. Interview Island

A true experience of flora and fauna is achieved at Interview island at Mayabunder. Never having witnessed sightings before, this untamed island is home to many wild elephants that often come and claim their habitat. With waterways all around and a coarse coral beach, this is definitely an unmissable place in Mayabunder. Some fun activities to indulge in include;
* Trekking
* Jungle safari
* Elephant spotting

Why Try Out Water-sports?

Watersports in Mayabunder island are the exact type of stress buster the doctor ordered. Refreshing and relieving, the underwater world is spectacular, to say the least! There are various health benefits related to these type of activities in addition to the sheer entertainment factor. Scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, deep-sea diving, kayaking and plenty more, you are transported into a parallel dimension of sorts.
Indulging in watersports in Mayabunder Island is an experience one should not miss – especially those water babies. Exploring the bright ocean life, including rich corals, is just deeply relaxing. Nothing comes without its limitations, but with the right instructions and gear, watersports can be a way to be one with nature, spellbinding you on the way.

The Best Opportunities for Water-sports in Mayabunder

Some of the most thrilling water sports are offered to visitors on Mayabunder island. Ranging from certified diving lessons to more light-hearted boat rides, there is a soaking activity for everyone. Take a look at some of the must-do watersports to engage in when visiting Mayabunder.

* Banana boat rides
* Snorkelling
* Scuba diving
* Jet skiing
* Kayaking
* Glass bottom boar rides
* Mangrove kayaking
 
Some of the world’s most avid travellers brave the world and make their way to Mayabunder Island to indulge in the glorious ocean life of the tehsil. Engulfed by water on all sides and open skies above, this exotic destination attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year. Water junkies get satiated in the numerous and affordable activities that the island serves up in a platter.

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