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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Top-rated water sports in the Andaman Islands

  • Sea walking is the most exclusive and unique water activity as in India, it can only be done in the Andaman Islands. The best thing about it is that it can be done by people of all age groups and with anyone- family, partner, or alone. While doing it, you can explore the magical marine life as you go down and walk on the seabed of a serene beach of the island. You can walk past the exotic aqua life and the breathtaking coral reefs with the help of a visor and a special helmet. You will be taught the basics and sign language before diving in. This will help you in communicating under the water. While exploring the jewels of the ocean, you can treasure these miraculous moments even more by getting clicked by a professional photographer. Underwater sea walking is the most magnanimous experience to have in the Andaman Islands. This water sport combines the very best of the scuba diving experience without having to swim constantly.

    A superb fun adventure sport, absolutely no experience is required to do underwater sea walking. 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 in the Andamans. Just walk on the ocean bottom like you walk on the land, but without putting efforts to balance or swim. Enjoy a smooth walk on the sea bottom surrounded by colorful life corals. 

    Best place to do: North Bay Island and Havelock Island

    Level of difficulty: Low to medium

  • Glass bottom boat rides are perfect for those tourists who don’t want to get wet or for families who prefer having an 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. To do this, you have to be in a tiny boat with the bottom made up of glass. As it sails through the sea, you can have a glimpse of the water. This is very popular in Port Blair. One can enjoy glass-bottom boat rides from Water Sports Complex to North Bay Coral Island or from Port Blair to Jolly Buoy Island. Yes, you have to wear a life jacket. One of the finest sea sports, it is a magical experience for sure. When in Andaman Island, do not miss this activity at any cost.

    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, the island is popular for offering such activities that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. Have a close encounter with the diverse marine life through a glass boat. This water activity can only be done in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. First, you will be shown a safety demonstration video. After that, you are all set for the fun and frolic boat ride. Without even getting your toes wet, you can unravel the vast mysteries of the ocean through the glass bottom present inside. The trained experts on board will explain you about the marvelous marine life. Don’t forget to capture the magic in your camera! 

    Best place to do: North Bay Beach

    Level of difficulty: Low

  • Andaman and Nicobar Island is home to the richest marine life and the clearest underwater in India. While you are here, you have to go for one of the most incredible water sports in the waters of the island- scuba diving. The best part is that anyone can go for this enthralling activity as you don’t need to know swimming to witness its diverse underwater life. Before diving, the instructors will train you a bit in the shallow water and teach you the underwater signals for communication. Once you get accustomed, take the plunge! You will be amazed by the undiscovered underwater life that will unfold before your eyes. You will be completely comfortable and safe as expert divemasters will accompany you at all times. And if you want to cherish these awe-inspiring memories for life long, then don’t forget to take a picture or two while you are surrounded by fishes.

    The Andaman Island is the hub of popular water activities. Beyond the shallow waters above the shoreline, it offers the richest and diverse underwater life 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. Scuba diving is the greatest action that you can get in the Andaman Isles other than beach hopping and tasting the delicacy of seafood. November to April is considered the best time for diving here. However, one can indulge in scuba diving experience round the year to see a gorgeous life under the water. You can look at and appreciate the treasure of corals!

    Best places to do: North Bay Island, Havelock Island, Neil Island, and Chidiatapu

    Level of difficulty: Medium

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands are 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. Snorkeling is one such water sport that you should definitely try during your vacation here. The islands offer the best snorkeling experience in India owing to the clear visibility underwater and rich marine life. You can notice the colorful reefs of the ocean shining through your underwater goggles. You can have a look at the underwater life and the rarest corals while performing this activity in the Andaman Islands. All you need to do is just put on your mask and fins and gear up for the underwater dive. Before anything, a professional session of snorkeling will be conducted by experts. After that, you can take a dive and explore the unexplored. 

    The moment you take a dip inside the water, you are sure to get mesmerised by the underwater kaleidoscopic colours and the quietude of the ocean. Moreover, there will be a guide to assist you at all times in case you face any problem. Snorkeling is known to have the perfect blend of fun and adventure. This splendid and exciting activity is a must-try in the Andaman Islands. Don’t hold yourself back and go for this activity when on this stunning island. It is counted among the best sports here. Just switch on your adventure mode and swim with colorful and cute fishes in the splendor of the sea. This activity is better than swimming and much more affordable than scuba diving. It takes you to the infinite underwater world without the requirement for any complex equipment. The best thing is that you don’t have to prepare anything in advance.

    Best places to do: Elephant Beach, North Bay Beach, and Jolly Buoy

    Level of difficulty: Medium

  • This water activity is especially for those travellers who are nature lovers. Paddle your way through the backwaters of the Andamans during this activity and explore the mesmerising sounds and lovely sights of the tropical mangrove forest. Along with the guidance of an expert, you will also be provided with a gear, equipment, and a life jacket while you go for this soulful water sport. While making your way to the mangroves, find solace in listening to the birds chirping and enjoy the peacefulness of the surroundings. Capturing the beauty of this splendid place in your camera would be a great thing to do here. The whole activity is especially loved by photographers owing to the breathtaking splendor. If you are looking for some adrenaline rush, then kayaking in Andaman Island is the perfect choice for you. Kayaking through the gorgeous surroundings and exploring the rich diversity of the mangroves would be an unforgettable experience for sure. 

    The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are popular all over the country for picturesque shorelines and unmatched greenery. Kayaking through the middle of lush green mangroves is the best way to experience natural beauty on the islands. This water sport is both- relaxing and exhilarating. The narrow water path is shaded by dense forests and mangroves. You will also see a number of birds while kayaking. One can have all kinds of kayaking experience on this island. You can enjoy the up-close wonders of unexplored waters from cyan-colored crystal-clear lagoons to the wild green waters of dense mangrove forests. Night kayak trips and Bioluminescence kayaking- both are available here and you are sure to have an exhilarated experience if you choose to go on any one of these. You can cherish these memories for lifelong. 

    Best places to do: Havelock Island and Mayabunder

    Level of difficulty: Low

  • Not a swimmer but do you still want to indulge in a water sport while vacationing in the Andaman Islands? If your answer is yes, then parasailing is your best bet. The experience is sure to give you a chill down your spine. For gliding you through the wind and along the waters at the same time, there is a specially designed canopy that is tied behind a motorboat. For a safe and fun experience, you will be strapped by the experts with all the necessary safety requirements. It is an incredible water sport that anyone can enjoy in Andaman 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, wear clothes in which you can move comfortably. 

    While vacationing in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, give in to your wild side and indulge in parasailing- an adventurous water sport. Whether you are alone or with family and friends, this exciting activity should be on your to-do list in the Andamans. This thrilling activity will let you fly over the waters of the tropical Andaman Sea. Fully harnessed, you will ride into the ocean and will be let upwards gently at the right time. Bringing you to a high altitude, the wind will take your parasail higher. You don’t need any prior experience to go for parasailing. 

    Best places to do- Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Havelock Island, and North Bay Beach

    Level of difficulty: Medium

  • Hold tight for this fun-filled and enthralling water activity in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands! As evident from the name, this special kind of boat is in the shape of a banana, and as many as six people can ride it at once. The banana boat is tied to a speed boat to gather the required speed. It makes the whole experience even more thrilling. You don’t have to be afraid of sharp curves and turns as the boat is absolutely safe. Also, life jackets will be given to everyone. There will also be an instructor accompanying you and taking care of your security. There are so many water sports in the Andamans that you can enjoy but banana boat riding is among a few that lets you do it with your friends and family together. So, you can share the fun and excitement with your fellow companions.

    Banana boat rides are known to have the perfect blend of fun and adventure. This splendid and exciting activity is a must-try in Andaman Island. These boats are shaped like a banana and are tied behind a speed boat to gain speed. A total of six people can ride on these boats, and that includes an instructor as well. It is absolutely safe as everyone is given a life jacket. Don’t hold yourself back and go for this activity when in Andamans. It is counted among the best sports here. It is rated among the top water sports in the Andaman Islands, and thus is a must-do for everyone. The boat is an inflatable boat having holders and an inflated foot padding on sides. All this lets you sit on it with proper balance. 

    Best places to do: Havelock Island and Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

    Level of difficulty: Medium