Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • 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.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

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

  • 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

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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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Travel Guide

  • Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is a destination that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and adventurous opportunities. With its turquoise waters, verdant landscapes, and diverse cultural heritage, Port Blair is a must-visit location for tourists. Whether you're a curious about history, an adventure junkie, or simply someone looking to relax in beautiful and stunning beaches, Port Blair has something for all your whims and fancies. 

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    Let’s dive into the top 30 things to do in this tropical paradise.

    1. Go Back into History at Cellular Jail 

    Start your journey by visiting the infamous Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani. Built by the British colonial rulers during the late 19th century, the Cellular Jail served as a dreaded penal settlement for political prisoners. Today, the jail stands as a national memorial and museum, inviting visitors to step into the shoes of those who suffered within its confines. The light and sound show, primarily available in Hindi, is held every evening at the jail premises and recounts the history of the Indian freedom struggle. 

    Timings: The Cellular Jail is open to visitors throughout the week except on Mondays. The visiting hours are usually from 9 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM. The light and sound show starts after that. There are usually three shows: the first show begins at 5:50 PM, the second show starts at 6:50 PM, and the third show starts at 7:50 PM.

    Entry Fee and other costs: The entry fee for Indian nationals is ?30 per person and ?100 for foreign nationals. You’ll have to pay extra for taking a camera or video camera inside. For non-professionals, the cost of carrying a camera inside is INR 200; for professionals, the rate is INR 1000. 

    The cost for the light and sound show is separate. Adults have to pay INR 300 per person for the show and the fee for children (aged 5-11) is INR 150. 

    This table captures the schedule and entry fees for the Cellular Jail, Port Blair

    Cellular Jail Schedule


    Entry fee for India Nationals (INR)

    Entry fee for Foreign Nationals (INR)

    Days Open

    Tuesday to Sunday



    Morning Visiting Hours

    9 AM to 12:30 PM



    Afternoon Visiting Hours

    1:30 PM to 4:45 PM



    Light and Sound Show

    5:50 PM, 6:50 PM, and 7:50 PM

    300 (extra); 150 for children (5-11)

    300 (extra); 150 for children (5-11)

    Camera Charges


    Professionals -1000; Non- professionals - 200

    Professionals -1000; Non- professionals - 200

    Cellular Jail, Port Blair
    1. Explore Ross Island 

    Once the administrative headquarters of the British during their rule over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ross Island, now also known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, was a bustling centre of activity. The ruins of ornate buildings, including the Chief Commissioner's House, the church, hospital, and more, paint a vivid picture of the island's former glory. Ross Island offers a sound and light show in the evening starting at 5:30. The show is available both in English and Hindi. 

    How to reach: The most common and convenient way to reach Ross Island from Port Blair is by taking a ferry. You can take a ferry from Port Blair’s Aberdeen Jetty, which has multiple ferries operating to and from Ross Island. The ferry ride typically takes about 20 minutes. 

    Cost: A ferry ride to Ross Island cost you around INR 100-150. You’ll have to pay an entry fee of about INR 30 (Indian Nationals). There’s also a light and sound show in the island which may cost around INR 300 for adults and INR 75 for children (aged 5-11). 

    This table captures the schedule and entry fees for Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island), Port Blair

    Expense Category

    Cost (INR)

    Ferry Ride


    Entry Fee


    Light and Sound Show (Adult)


    Light and Sound Show (Child)


    1. Enjoy the Sun and Sand in Corbyn's Cove Beach 

    Spend a leisurely day at Corbyn's Cove Beach, known for its calm waters and scenic beauty. The crescent-shaped bay is framed by lush green hills and swaying palm trees. The gentle waves and shallow waters make Corbyn's Cove Beach a haven for swimming and water sports. The beach is also dotted with cafes and shacks that offer a variety of local and international cuisine. The beach does not have any specific timings, so you are free to enjoy your time chilling. While Corbyn's Cove is not famous for water sports, you may still be able to enjoy some jet skiing here. Tour operators usually charge around INR 800-1000 for jet skiing at Corbyn's Cove. 

    How to reach: Corbyn's Cove Beach is located just about 8 kilometres from the city centre of Port Blair. An auto rickshaw ride from Port Blair to Corbyn's Cove Beach can cost you around ?150 to ?200. You can also take a private taxi which will cost you around INR 300. 

    1. Snorkel and Dive at the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

    Imagine plunging into the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, the sunlight filtering through the surface and illuminating a world of vibrant corals and marine life. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, with its stunning underwater landscapes, beckons both snorkelers and scuba divers to explore its hidden treasures. The national park covers about 281.5 square kilometres and is made up of open sea, creeks, and 15 small and large islands.

    How to Reach: The national park is situated near Wandoor, around 29 kms southwest of Port Blair. You can take a bus or taxi to Wandoor, which should take you 1-1.5 hours. The cost is INR 40-80 by bus and INR 1200-1500 by taxi. From Wandoor you can take any boat to explore islands like Jolly Buoy for snorkelling. The ride takes around 20 minutes to reach the islands. Expect to pay around ?1000 to ?1500 for a round trip.

    Snorkelling can cost you around INR 2500-3500 while scuba diving will cost you INR 3500-5000 or more depending on the type of dive you want to do. 

    1. Enjoy the Sunset at Chidiya Tapu 

    Head to Chidiya Tapu, also known as Bird Island, to witness breathtaking sunsets. Take along your binoculars and take a leisurely stroll along the designated trails that wind through the tropical forests. Each step takes you closer to the hidden world of chirping, fluttering, and vibrant plumage. The best place to visit in in Chidiya Tapu is the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park which is like a mini zoo. There are many signboards in the zoo to help you figure out the best spots for birdwatching. Make sure you reach early in the day as the best time to spot birds is early morning around 6 PM. Don’t worry if you cannot make it at that time, as the place visited by bords throughout the day until sunset, which on most days is around 5:30 PM to 6 PM. 

    Entry fee: While there is no entry fee for visiting Chidiya Tapu, you’ll have to pay a small fee for visiting the biological park. For adults, the entry fee is INR 20, while for foreign nationals, the fee is INR 50. The fee for children is less at INR 10. If you want to carry a video camera inside, you may have to pay an additional INR 50. 

    How to reach: Chidiya Tapu is around 30 kms away from Port Blair, and the most convenient way to reach it is by hiring a taxi. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Hiring a cab may cost you around INR 1500-2500. You can also take an auto rickshaw, which may cost you around INR 1000 or slightly less. 

    1. Visit the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum 

    Visit the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum to learn about the rich marine life, indigenous tribes, and the geography of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The diverse collection includes preserved marine specimens, models of marine animals, and even a life-size replica of a blue whale skeleton, which offers a staggering visual representation of the ocean's giants. 

    The entry fee to the museum is around INR 50 for adults and INR 20 for children aged 5-11. You may have to pay an additional fee of INR 50 if you carry a camera inside. The museum timings are from 9 to 5 PM on all days of the week except for Mondays. In most cases, it would not take you more that 2-3 hours to explore the museum and all its wonders. 

    The museum is located near the Haddo Jetty and is easily accessible from the main market centres of Port Blair. You can easily get a taxi or auto to the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum. In most cases, you’d have to pay around INR 100-300 depending on your mode of transportation. 

    1. Explore Wandoor Beach 

    Wandoor Beach greets visitors with a serene atmosphere that is as calming as it is captivating. The powdery white sands stretch along the coastline, inviting you to take leisurely strolls, build sandcastles, or simply bask in the sun's warm embrace. Whether you're lounging under the shade of palm trees or listening to the rhythmic lullaby of the waves, Wandoor Beach's natural beauty sets the stage for a peaceful retreat. If you are in for a lazy day, you can easily spend the day in the beach and watch the sunset around 5:30-6 PM. 

    If you want more adventure, head for the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Wandoor beach not only boasts a scenic beauty but also serves as the starting point for a journey into the underwater world of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park with its many stunning islands. 

    How to reach: The distance from Port Blair to Wandoor Beach is around 20 kms. You can take a bus or taxi from Port Blair to Wandoor beach. It should take you around 1.5 hours to reach the island and cost you around INR INR 80 (bus) to INR 1500 (taxi).

    Cover for Wandoor Island

    1. Unravel Andamans’ Cultural History in the Anthropological Museum

    Delve into the diverse cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes of the islands at the Anthropological Museum. The museum showcases the traditions, lifestyles, and artistic expressions of various tribal communities that have inhabited these lands for centuries. From the Onge, Great Andamanese, and Jarawa tribes to others, each community has contributed to the islands' culture.

    The museum is around 7 kms from Port Blair’s city centre, so it should take you around 15-20 minutes to reach it by cab or taxi. Depending on your mode of transportation, you’ll probably have to pay INR 100-300. The museum can be covered within 2-3 hours. 

    Timings: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 10 for Adults and INR 3 for students. If you carrying a camera, you’d have to pay INR 20 towards the entry fee. 







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    1. Enjoy Water Sports at North Bay Island 

    Indulge in adrenaline-pumping water sports at North Bay Island. From snorkelling through vibrant coral gardens to going on glass-bottom boat rides, North Bay Island caters to both seasoned adventurers and first-time explorers. The crystal-clear water is also great for activities like sea walking, where you can stroll on the ocean floor surrounded by marine life. You’ll be charged around INR 1000-2500 for snorkelling, while a glass bottom boat ride may cost you around INR 1000 for 15 mins. You can cover most of the activities within 2-2.5 hours. 

    How to reach: Boats to North Bay Island depart from the Aberdeen Jetty in Port Blair. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the island, and the boat ride will cost you around INR 500-800 round trip. 

    Ross Island is also very close to North Bay Island at just 4 kms. This is why travel packages to both Ross and North Bay Island together are popular among tourists. You should be able to cover both the places within 4-5 hours and the cost should be around INR 4000-5000. 

    1. Relax at Munda Pahar Beach 

    Escape the crowd and unwind at Munda Pahar Beach. Situated on Chidiya Tapu's southern tip, this beach offers a retreat into serenity and solitude. As you lounge on the sandy shores and listen to the symphony of nature, your worries gently ebb away with the tides. While the beach does not have any strict timings, it is usually open from 6 AM to 5 PM for swimming and sunset views. 

    How to reach: You can first travel to Chidiya Tapu by bus or taxi from Port Blair. Chidiya Tapu is around 30 kms from Port Blair, and it will take you around 30-45 minutes to reach the tapu. Most taxis charge around INT 1500-2500 to go to Chidiya Tapu, while an auto ride cab cost you around INR 1000. The Munda Pahad beach is just 1.5 kms away from Chidiya tapu’s bus stand, so you can easily make the journey on foot or you can ask your taxi you drop close to the beach itself!

    Munda Pahad Beach

    1. Visit the Fisheries Museum 

    Explore the fascinating world of marine life at the Fisheries Museum in Port Blair. The Fisheries Museum in Port Blair is a captivating tribute to the deep-rooted relationship of the Andamans with the sea. The fisheries museum showcases the fishing traditions of the Andaman Islands and the vital role of fisheries in the region's cultural and economic landscape. It is known to have more than 350 species of fish. While the museum is sufficiently large, you wouldn’t need more that 2-3 hours to explore it. 

    The museum is close to the Aberdeen market — just around 4-5 kms. You can get an auto for around INR 100-200 to reach the museum, or you could just walk if you want to keep exploring Port Blair on foot. 

    Entry fee: The entrance fee for adults is INR 5 for adults and INR 3 for children aged 5-11. 

    Timings: The museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM every day except for Mondays. 

    1. Try Local Cuisine 

    No visit to Port Blair is complete without embarking on a culinary adventure that explores the flavours of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. From fresh seafood delights like crab curries and fish Amritsari to unique dishes like banana flower sabzi and coconut-based preparations, each plate tells a story of the islands' history and traditions. Indulge in a seafood feast at the Aberdeen Bazaar, where numerous eateries offer an array of fresh catches cooked to perfection. You can have satisfying meals for as less as INR 150-200 or indulge in food that can run up to thousands. It all depends on your budget. 

    1. Explore Viper Island 

    Just a short boat ride away from Port Blair, Viper Island holds within its shores a wealth of historical significance and captivating stories from the past. Named after the British vessel HMS Viper, this island has witnessed the trials and tribulations of colonial rule and the resilience of those who once inhabited it. 

    Viper Island is just 20 to 30 minutes away from Port Blair by ferry. You can get a ferry at Phoenix Bay Jetty. The ferry ride can cost you around INR 75-100 on one side. The island is open between 6 AM to 5 PM. You don’t have to pay any entry fee for viper island. 

    1. Visit Campbell Bay National Park

    The Andaman Islands, the archipelago of hundreds of islands, is extremely rich in natural attractions, wildlife, and biodiversity. For wildlife activists, photographers, and conservationists, Campbell Bay National Park is counted among the top tourist attractions owing to its rich nature and spellbinding underwater world. This park leaves no stone unturned in casting a magical spell on visitors. This is the perfect place for you to spend your holidays if you crave adventure and thrill. The invigorating wildlife of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is sure to take your breath away with its richness and uniqueness. 

    The months between March and October are the best time to visit Campbell Bay National Park. The weather is quite pleasant and orchids and other wildflowers are in full bloom during this time. The park is located in Island of Great Nicobar, Nicobar Islands. 

    The park is open all the time and people can visit between 12 AM to 12 Noon on all days. There is no entry fee. 

    How to reach: To reach Campbell Bay National Park, you have to take a ferry ride. The whole journey in itself is quite adventurous as the inter-island boat service will take you through Little Andaman, Nancowry, and Car Nicobar. Tourists can book a seat in a government-run boat like MV Campbell Bay or MV Sindhu, which runs from Port Blair to Campbell Bay once a week and takes 24 hours to reach the Island. It may cost you anything between INR 2000-5000. 

    Campbell Bay National Park

    1. Take a Scenic Drive to Mount Harriet 

    For those seeking an enchanting escape into nature's embrace, the scenic drive to Mount Harriet from Port Blair offers a journey through the beautiful landscapes of the Andaman Islands. The road winds through verdant forests, revealing breathtaking vistas at every turn. The climax of your journey rewards you with stunning views from Mount Harriet's peak, where the Andaman archipelago unveils its pristine beauty in all its splendour.

    How to travel: You can take a ferry ride to Mount Harriet from Port Balir, given that the sea route is the shorter route at 11 kms. If you take a ferry, you should reach Mount Harriet within 45 mins. Many people prefer travelling by road, which can take you around 2 hours since the distance is around 48 kms. Hiring a taxi will cost you around INR 2500-3000. The taxi will take you to the Chatham Jetty, from where you’d have to take ferry (vehicle ferries are also available) for around INR 100. The view promises to be beautiful. 

    1. Witness the Limestone Caves at Baratang Island

    Hidden beneath the dense foliage of Baratang Island lies a breathtaking spectacle that nature has meticulously crafted over millions of years – the Limestone caves. These caves boast intricate stalactite and stalagmite formations that captivate visitors with their unique beauty. Inside the cave, you're transported to an underground chamber adorned with a myriad of formations. The Limestone caves are a must-visit if you are traveling to the Andaman Islands, as offering a blend of adventure and stunning sights.

    Timings: The Limestone Caves are open from 7 AM to 3 PM on all days of the week. There is no entry fee. If you prefer taking a guide, you will have to pay a separate fee to them. 

    How to reach: The distance between Port Blair and Baratang is approximately 100 kms, and the journey usually takes around 3-4 hours by road. You should ideally hire a cab which will charge you around INR 7500-9500. Taking a bus will cost you around INR 150-200. In Batarang, you’ll have to go to Neelumbur Jetty and take a short speedboat ride through the mangrove forest to the Limestone caves. The boat ride will cost you around INR 1000 and usually covers the entry fee to the mangrove forest. 

    The entry to the limestone cave is around 1.5-2 kms away from the jetty where the speedboat drops tourists, which can be easily covered by a short walk.

    1. Visit Chatham Saw Mill

    Visit one of the oldest and largest sawmills in Asia, the Chatham Saw Mill. You can take a guided tour through the mill, which was built in the 19th century, to learn about timber processing and the role it played in the history of the Andaman Islands. You'll come across many vintage machinery, and towering timber stacks. The mill is also a starting point for exhilarating activities such as zip-lining and rappelling. The entry fee to the mill is around INR 10 without a guide. For a tour guide, you’ll have to pay extra INR 50. You can pass 1-2 exploring the mill. 

    The mill is close to the city centre of Port Blair at just 11 kms. You can hire an auto or taxi from the market at INR 100-300. You can also take a bus, which you cost you around INR 30-40.

    Timings: The mill is open to tourists from 8 AM to 2:30 PM every day except for Sundays. 

    1. Take a Trip to Jolly Buoy Island

    Jolly Buoy Island is a pristine paradise that beckons nature enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. Located within the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, this enchanting island offers a quintessential Andaman experience, combining marine life and unspoiled landscapes. It is definitely a snorkeller’s delight, but is also famous for glass bottom boat rides. Snorkelling here can cost you around INR 1000-2500, and a glass bottom boat ride can cost you around INR 750 for 30 minutes. Note that you mayb not be able to snorkel here if there is a low tide. The island is usually open for water sports from 8 AM to 2 PM. 

    How to reach: Jolly Buoy Island is around 40 minutes to 1 hour away from Wandoor beach in Port Blair. The ferry ticket could cost you around INR 1000 one side. 

    Jolly Buoy Island

    1. Visit Sippighat Agricultural Farm 

    The Sippighat Agricultural Farm is a verdant haven that showcases the agricultural heritage of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This lush retreat is a captivating blend of tropical flora, sprawling plantations, and serene landscapes that invite visitors to immerse themselves in the island's agricultural legacy. You can easily spend around 1-2 hours in the farm. The farm is 15 kms from Port Blair on the way to Wandoor, so you can easily take a bus or taxi, which can cost you INR 50-500 depending on the mode of transportation you take. The entry to the farm is free, but you will have to pay for any farm produce you may want to buy from there.

    Timings: The farm is open between 9 AM to 1 PM in the afternoon. 

    1. Visit Gandhi Park 

    Amidst the vibrant streets of Port Blair, Gandhi Park stands as a serene oasis of peace and reflection. Named after the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, this lush expanse offers locals and visitors alike a space to unwind, connect with nature, and pay homage to the ideals of peace and nonviolence that Gandhi espoused. You can spend 1-2 hours in the park. 

    Timings: Gandhi Park opens at 8 AM in the morning and there is no entry fee.

    1. Have Fun with Family at Marina Park and Aquarium 

    Spend quality time with your family at Marina Park and Aquarium. Marina Park's scenic beauty is an ideal backdrop for leisurely strolls, picnics, and relaxation. The Aquarium at Marina Park is a captivating journey into the underwater realm, offering a kaleidoscopic display of marine life that thrives in the Andaman Sea. From vibrant fish to intricate coral formations, the exhibits showcase the breathtaking diversity of the coastal ecosystems in the islands. 

    The park is just 3km away from Aberdeen market, so you can take an auto or just walk to the park, An auto ride can cost you between INR 50-100. 

    Timings: The park is open from 9 AM to 3 PM. There is no entry fee. 

    1. Visit Murugan Temple 

    Pay a visit to the Murugan Temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple’s architecture is a testament to the timeless beauty of Indian temple artistry. Elaborate carvings, intricate sculptures, and vibrant murals narrate stories from Hindu mythology and symbolise deeper spiritual teachings. The temple also hosts various festivals and events that celebrate religious traditions.

    Timings: The temple opens at 5 AM and closes around 9 PM. There is no entry fee. 

    Murugan Temple

    1. Participate in Local Festivals 

    If your visit aligns with local festivals, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural celebrations and rituals of the islands. Events like the Island Tourism Festival, held annually, offer a showcase of the islands' cultural richness through performances, exhibitions, and art displays. 

    1. Go on a luxurious Cruise Trip

    Cruises from Port Blair often present the opportunity to explore multiple islands, each with its unique charm. Imagine hopping from one idyllic destination to another, discovering hidden coves, pristine beaches, and cultural gems that define the beauty of the Andamans.

    For thrill-seekers, some cruises offer more than just relaxation. Activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and kayaking bring you up close and personal with the sea's treasures. The starting prices of a day trip on a cruise is around INR 2500, which can go up to INR 10,000 or more depending on the facilities. The cost of any activity is separate. Cruises can leave from the Phoenix, Aberdeen, or Haddo jetty depending on where you want to go. 

    1. Shop at Sagarika Emporium 

    Shop for unique handicrafts, souvenirs, and local artefacts at Sagarika Emporium. Sagarika Emporium is a great place for those seeking to take a piece of the Andaman Islands. This bustling marketplace is a treasure trove of authentic local handicrafts, souvenirs, and cultural artefacts that capture the essence of the heritage of the island. The emporium is open between 9 AM to 7 PM every day. 

    1. Visit Barren Island Volcano

    The Barren Island volcano, located approximately 135 kilometres from Port Blair, is home to one of South Asia’s only active volcanoes that can be visited by tourists. As you approach the remote and inhabited Island, the rugged landscape and the imposing silhouette of the volcano come into view. The sight of the smoky plume rising from the volcano's caldera is a reminder of the forces that shape our planet. 

    While you can take a cruise or speedboat to Barren Island, you are not allowed to get down on the island. 

    How to reach: Boat trips to Barren Island are organised by a few tour operators in Port Blair. The boat ride usually takes about 4 hour and you get to spend around 1-2 hours around the island. The trip may cost you around INR 12,000-20,000. Private charter boats can cost you upwards INR 10,0000. 

    1. Learn about World War II History in Japanese Bunkers

    Exploring the Japanese bunkers in Port Blair is like stepping back in time to a period of global conflict and intrigue. During World War II, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were occupied by the Japanese forces, who established a network of bunkers. Exploring these bunkers allows you to trace the footsteps of soldiers and immerse yourself in the history of the war. You can spend around 1-2 hours in the bunkers, and if you like photography, the sunset from the bunkers is a great canvas for your pictures. 

    1. Step into the Colourful Aberdeen Bazaar

    The bustling Aberdeen Bazaar is a display of the cultural diversity of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a shopper's delight, where colourful stalls line the streets, offering an array of goods that range from traditional handicrafts to modern fashion apparel. There are also many street food stalls and eateries in the bazaar that serve up delectable local cuisine. The market is open from 9 AM to 9 PM every day.

    1. Visit the secluded Rangat Island: 

    Rangat is one of the lesser-visited destinations in the Andaman Islands, and that's what makes it so charming. It offers a tranquil environment, beautiful beaches, and a glimpse into the local way of life, away from the commercial hustle of more popular spots.

    How to reach: You can hire a taxi to reach Rangat from Port Blair by road, which is a journey of approximately 4-5 hours as the distance is almost 160 kms. Hiring a taxi may cost you around INR 7500-9000. You can also take a bus from Aberdeen bus stop, which you cost you around INR 300-500. 

    1. Visit the Bustling Clock Tower 

    In the heart of Port Blair, the iconic clock tower also known as the Aberdeen Clock Tower stands as a testament to the history of the Andaman Islands. The Clock Tower's history dates back to the colonial era when it was constructed to commemorate the visit of Lord Chelmsford, the Viceroy of India. Today, the Clock Tower serves as a central gathering point for both locals and visitors. 

  • Tucked away in the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal, Rangat Island stands is a proof of nature’s pristine beauty. While it remains an offbeat destination compared to its popular counterparts in the Andaman archipelago, those who set foot on its shores are in for a realm of experiences that cater to the soul, the adventurer, and the wanderer alike. From sun-kissed beaches where golden sands meet turquoise waters to verdant trails that whisper tales of the island's rich biodiversity, Rangat beckons with a promise of discovery.

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    The best time to explore its untouched beauty is between October and April. During these months, the island basks in a pleasant climate, with clear skies and gentle breezes, making it ideal for beach activities, sightseeing, and water sports.

    Rangat is approximately 210 km away from Port Blair. You can hire a taxi or take a bus. The journey offers scenic views as you pass through tropical forests, alongside the coastline, and across bridges. The drive usually takes around 6-7 hours and could you INR 200 to INR 5000 depending on whether you take a bus or taxi. 

    Without further ado, let's delve into the top 10 things to do in Rangat Island.

    1. Amble Along the Amkunj Beach

      Start your journey with a visit to the serene Amkunj Beach. The musical whispers of the sea waves and the rhythmic dance of the swaying trees will transport you to a different world. Watching the sun rise from Amkunj beach, is a sight you won't forget. If you're an early bird, this is a spectacle you wouldn't want to miss. Depending on the time of year, the Sun rises around 5:30 AM to 6 AM every day. 

      Once in Rangat, Amkunj Beach is just a short drive away. You can hire a cab or opt for an auto-rickshaw, which could cost you around INR 300-500 or sometimes more. Bike rentals are usually not available in Rangat, so people prefer taking taxis or autos. The beach is just around 100 metres from the main road, so you can reach the shores within a walk of 2-3 minutes. 

      Amkunj Beach

    2. Take the Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walk

      For those who are eco-conscious, the mangrove boardwalk at Dhani Nallah will be a treat. With a bridge constructed over mangroves, it’s like walking amidst a green tunnel. Take your camera – you're going to want to capture this!

      Hiring a local tour guide can elevate your mangrove walk experience. They possess a treasure trove of information about the local ecosystem, folklore, and can also help in spotting unique wildlife. Local tour operators or your hotel can connect you with experienced guides. While there’s no entry fee, if you take a guide, you may have to pay between INR 500 to INR 1000, depending on the season and duration. 

      While the nature walk is open all the time, the best time to go there is from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It's best to start early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the midday sun and also to increase your chances of spotting some unique fauna. You can easily spend 3-4 hours in the Dhani Nallah. 

      Dhani Nallah is easily accessible from Rangat town. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are popular modes of transport. Depending on the starting point, a taxi or auto-rickshaw might charge anywhere from INR 150 to INR 500.

    3. Visit Cutbert Bay Beach Turtle Watch

      If you're here between December and February, the Cutbert Bay Beach offers you a magical experience of watching turtle nesting. One of the most awe-inspiring phenomena here is the turtle nesting season. The shores come alive as Olive Ridley turtles make their way to lay eggs, and if you're fortunate, you might witness the birth of a new generation as tiny hatchlings sprint towards the sea.

      While Cutbert Bay Beach is accessible throughout the day, turtle watching is best done early in the morning or late in the evening, coinciding with the turtles' natural nesting habits. Generally, the best hours for this are from 5 AM to 8 AM and 5 PM to 7 PM.

      The beach can be reached using taxis, auto-rickshaws, or rented bikes/scooters from Rangat town. Prices can vary depending on the mode of transport, but to give a rough estimate, a trip by taxi or auto-rickshaw could cost anywhere from INR 200 to INR 400.

      Cuthbert Bay Beach

    4. Visit the Panchavati Waterfall: 

      Though it's a bit off the beaten path, the Panchavati Waterfall is well worth a visit. Tucked amidst the dense tropical forests of Rangat, the Panchavati Waterfall is a serene and breathtaking spectacle. The cascade's gentle roar and the misty veil it casts upon its surroundings make it a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle. A visit here is not just a feast for the eyes but a rejuvenation for the soul. Listen to the cascading sounds of water, take a refreshing dip, or simply enjoy a picnic with your loved ones.

      Panchavati Waterfall is located in the northern part of Rangat Island, close to the Morice Dera beach. It is around 10 kms away from the Rangat town and even though there are vehicles taking you there, it still requires a little trek of around 20-30 minutes. A taxi ride will cost you around INR 500-700 or more. 

      If you want to visit this waterfall, you should try to do it when you have the full day as travelling to waterfall could take you some time. Also, you may want to stay back for the sight for at least 1-2 hours. While there’s no specific time to visit the waterfall, most people prefer not to stay beyond sunset.

      There’s no entry fee for visiting the waterfall. 

    5. Escape to the Morice Dera beach

      Hidden away from the usual touristy glare, Morice Dera Beach in Rangat Island is a pristine patch of paradise. Its golden sands, azure waters, and the soothing sound of waves make it a must-visit place for anyone who’s seeks a genuine connection with nature. If you like sea shells, you are in luck. The beach is adorned with a variety of seashells. 

      With its serene backdrop, the beach makes for a great picnic location. So, you can just pack some local snacks, a mat, and enjoy a meal with the sound of waves playing in the background. Sunset happens around 5 PM. 

      Morice Dera Beach is located 10 km away on the outskirts of Rangat town making it relatively easy to access while still retaining its untouched charm. To visit the beach, you can hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw from Rangat town centre, which should cost you around INR 500 or more. 

    6. Explore the Yeratta Creek

      Among the plethora of attractions that Rangat Island offers, Yeratta Creek stands out as a lesser-known gem. Visiting this creek is like taking a step back in time, where nature remains undisturbed and the world seems to slow down. The creek is surrounded by lush mangroves, giving visitors an up-close view of this unique and vital ecosystem. The green canopy and the serenely flowing water create an environment that is exciting and peaceful. For avid birdwatchers, the creek offers ample opportunities. With patience and a keen eye, one might spot a variety of local and migratory birds. There’s also a tower almost 13 metres tall, from where you can get a panoramic view of the mangrove forest. 

      You wouldn’t need more than 2-3 hours to explore the Yeratta Creek. Yeratta creek is around 7 kms away from Rangat town, so you can easily take a taxi at around INR 300-500. 

    7. Visit Long Island for water sports

      Rangat Island is an eco-tourism hub, and its beaches usually do not offer any water sports. However, just 1 hour away, you’ll find all the amazing water sports you want to enjoy in Long Island. 

      Long Island is a beautiful blend of untouched beaches, lush tropical forests, and an abundance of water sports. It's an islander's dream, far from the hustle and bustle of commercial tourism, and offers peace and adventure in equal measure. 

      Snorkelling: Snorkelling in Long Island happen primarily at the Lalaji Bay View beach and is an absolute treat for marine life enthusiasts. Given its clear blue waters and the abundance of coral reefs near the shoreline, even a casual swim with a snorkel can open up a world filled with colourful corals, playful fish, and other intriguing sea creatures. Snorkelling can cost you around INR 2500 per person. 

      Scuba Diving: Swim amidst vibrant coral reefs, get up close with exotic marine life, and explore the underwater wonders of the Andaman Sea. There are a few dive centres around the main beaches in Long Island that offer diving expeditions. The cost typically ranges between INR 3500 to INR 6500 per dive, depending on the duration and whether you're going for a certification course or just a fun dive.

      You can take a ferry from Rangat Island to Long Island, which are available from the Yeratta Jetty around 4 PM in the evening. The Yeratta Jetty is around 30 minutes from Rangat town, and you can easily get a taxi for INR 300-500. 

    8. Experience Local Cuisine: 

      No trip is complete without tasting the local flavours. In Rangat Island, the melange of flavours, aromas, and textures come together to create a gastronomic journey that's nothing short of divine. At the heart of this island's cuisine are the bounties of the sea – fresh fish, succulent prawns, and delectable crabs. Traditional meals, often prepared in clay pots over wood fires, accentuate the flavours, providing a delightful smoky undertone. Must-try dishes include the spicy fish curry, often cooked with a touch of coconut milk, and the tangy tamarind prawn preparation. 

      For vegetarians, the island doesn't disappoint either. Local vegetables and fruits are transformed into flavourful curries and chutneys. As you explore Rangat, stop by the local eateries or dhabas like Bodhi Bengali Restaurant, Sai Kripa, or Aroma restaurant where the aroma of freshly cooked meals beckons.

      In most cases, a simple meal should cost you around INR 150-300.

    9. Explore the beauty of Guitar Island

      A haven for nature loving people, Guitar Island is one of the lesser-known jewels of the Andamans. Named for its unique guitar-like shape, this island promises pristine beaches with powdery white sands, gently caressed by turquoise waters. It is definitely the perfect destination if you want to escape the touristy crowds. You can indulge in beachcombing, sunbathing, or even just a leisurely walk to appreciate the island's natural beauty. Carrying a picnic basket might be a good idea, making your time in the island even more special. As the sun sets, the golden hues contrasted against the shimmering waters make for a breathtaking sight. You can easily spend a day in the island and watch the sunset in all its glory. 

      You cannot travel to guitar island directly from Rangat; you’d first have to travel to Long Island from the Yerrata Jetty in Rangat and from Long Island, take a dinghy or small boat to Guitar Island. Guitar island is just 15-20 mins away from Long Island and make for an amazing escapade. The dinghy ride should cost your around INR 100-200. 

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    10. Explore the Local Market in Rangat

      The bustling local market in Rangat offers an authentic slice of life in the Andamans. A walk through the narrow lanes of the market will instantly immerse you in a world filled with vibrant colours, tantalising aromas, and the sounds of local chatter.

      From stalls stacked with freshly caught fish shimmering under the sun to vibrant displays of locally grown tropical fruits like pineapples, bananas, and papayas, the market is a treat for the senses. As you delve deeper, you'll find vendors selling handcrafted items, predominantly made of bamboo and shells, which make for perfect souvenirs.

      The aroma of local spices wafts through the air, beckoning visitors to discover the flavours that define the region's cuisine. One can find a plethora of dried spices, local herbs, and condiments, ideal for those who wish to take a piece of Andaman back home in their kitchen. You’ll also find a many handcrafted jewellery, especially those made from corals, beads, and sea shells that you can buy from the market.

  • Neil Island is a hidden gem that is home to stunning beaches, turquoise waters, and a calm atmosphere. Located close to Port Blair, this tropical paradise is a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or someone seeking relaxation, Neil Island has something for everyone. 

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    Let's delve into the top 20 things to do in this enchanting destination.

    1. Laze Around in Laxmanpur Beach 

    When it comes to experiencing the perfect blend of relaxation and natural beauty, Laxmanpur Beach on Neil Island stands out as a haven that captures the essence of a tropical paradise. With its stunning shores and deep blue waters, Laxmanpur Beach invites you to slow down, unwind, and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of the Andaman Sea.

    As you step onto the soft, powdery sands of Laxmanpur Beach, you'll immediately feel a sense of calm wash over you. The beach is relatively untouched, with fewer crowds compared to its more bustling counterparts, allowing you to savour the tranquillity of nature in its purest form.

    While the beach doesn’t have any specific timings, most people prefer to visit the beach at 5:30 in the morning or 6 in the evening to watch the Sun rise and set. There’s no entry fee for the beach either.

    How to reach: If you're staying in and around Neil Kendra or any nearby resorts, Laxmanpur Beach is easily walkable. The island itself is quite small, and many of the attractions are within a short walking distance of each other. 

    Laze Around in Laxmanpur Beach

    1. Snorkel at Bharatpur Beach

    Bharatpur Beach isn't just your ordinary stretch of sand and sea. It's a gateway to an enchanting underwater world that beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. With its vibrant coral reefs, teeming marine life, and crystal-clear waters, snorkelling at Bharatpur Beach offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the diverse wonders that thrive beneath the waves.

    As you snorkel over the coral gardens, you'll be introduced to a cast of characters that call this underwater ecosystem home. From the graceful parrotfish to the curious clownfish, each encounter is a reminder of the beauty and complexity of the natural world. If you're new to snorkelling or simply want to enhance your experience, consider joining a guided snorkelling tour. 

    Typically, there aren't any strict timings for visiting most beaches in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, including Bharatpur Beach. Visitors can usually access the beach from early morning until late evening. However, specific activities like snorkelling usually commence around 8 AM and wrap up by 5 PM.

    Snorkelling in Neil Island should cost you around INR 2000-3000. 

    Snorkel at Bharatpur Beach

    1. Discover the Depths by Scuba Diving in Neil Island

    Beneath the shimmering turquoise waters of Neil Island lies a world of wonders waiting to be explored. Scuba diving in Neil Island offers an opportunity to dive into a mesmerizing realm of vibrant coral reefs, captivating marine life, and underwater landscapes that will leave you in awe. Whether you're a seasoned diver or a first-timer, this underwater adventure promises an experience of a lifetime.

    Neil Island boasts an array of dive sites that cater to divers of all levels. From shallow reefs to deeper underwater formations, each site offers its own unique charm.

    Bus Stop: This famous dive site is known for its stunning coral formations, including delicate soft corals and vibrant hard corals. The site is teeming with colourful reef fish, and lucky divers might even spot turtles, rays, and larger pelagic species. Bus Stop is suitable for both beginners and experienced divers as its depth starts at 15 metres. 

    Junction: As the name suggests, Junction is where two currents meet, creating an ideal environment for coral growth. This site is home to an impressive diversity of marine life, including schools of snappers, fusiliers, and various species of reef sharks. You need to develop your scuba diving skills to dive in Junction as its depth starts at 25 metre. This is why it is generally meant for advanced divers. 

    Scuba diving in Neil Island is usually cost around INR 3000-4000 per dive.

    Scuba diving in Neil Island

    1. Visit the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge

    Tucked away on the shores of Neil Island lies a remarkable geological wonder that has captivated the hearts of visitors and locals alike—the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge. Carved over centuries by the relentless forces of the sea, this natural rock formation is not just a sight to behold; it's a testament to the raw power and artistic mastery of nature.

    The arch, created by the erosive power of waves crashing against the limestone cliffs, stands as a towering gateway between land and sea. The sea's ceaseless waves have transformed the solid rock into a sculpted arch that seems almost otherworldly in its beauty.

    How to reach: Again, Neil Island is not too big an island, so most places including the Howrah Bridge is easily accessible by foot. From Neil Kendra, it can take you 20-30 minutes to reach Howrah Bridge. You can also take a cycle to the bridge, of course. You can also cycle to the bridge, which could cut your journey to just 10 minutes. 

    When to visit the bridge: It is best to visit the natural bridge during low tide as the rock formation becomes more visible and accessible. During high tide, the area gets submerged, making it less visible and harder to approach. You should definitely consult with locals before planning your visit.

    Visit the Natural Bridge at Howrah Bridge

    1. Enjoy a Picnic at Ramnagar Beach 

    Ramnagar Beach on Neil Island is more than just a stretch of golden sands meeting the azure waters of the Andaman Sea. It's an idyllic canvas that invites you to create lasting memories, indulge in culinary delights, and revel in the simple pleasures of life. The sun-kissed sands, swaying palms, and the rhythmic symphony of the waves set the stage for a perfect day out. Whether you're with your family, a group of friends, or a special someone, the beach's serene atmosphere serves as a backdrop for an unforgettable picnic experience.

    If you time your picnic just right, you'll be treated to a magical sunset spectacle around 5 PM that paints the sky with hues of orange, pink, and gold. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow across the beach, the experience becomes even more enchanting. 

    While you can swim in the waters, the corals are known to be quite sharp here, so you have to be careful. 

    You don’t usually need permission to picnic in Ramnagar beach. However, if you're planning a larger gathering or want to set up specific amenities, it's a good idea to check with local authorities or with your tour guide. 

    How to reach: The beach is just around 4-5 km from the centre of the island. You can either walk and enjoy the natural surroundings or take a cycle, which would take you to the beach in a few minutes.

    Enjoy a Picnic at Ramnagar Beach

    1. Cycle Around the Island

    Exploring the beauty of Neil Island takes on a whole new dimension when you choose to do so on two wheels. Cycling around the island isn't just a mode of transportation; it's a journey that allows you to immerse yourself in the island's rhythms, connect with its locals, and uncover hidden gems that might otherwise go unnoticed.

    As you pedal along Neil Island's quiet roads, you'll find yourself attuned to the details that make this place special. The island's unhurried pace matches perfectly with the leisurely rhythm of cycling, allowing you to appreciate the nuances of nature, architecture, and daily life.

    There are many places from where you can rent cycles in Neil Island. At most places, the cost of renting a cycle for a day is as cheap as INR 100-200 for a day; although you may have to pay a small deposit. 

    1. Go Glass Bottom Boating

    Venturing into the underwater world without donning a wetsuit or snorkel may seem like a paradox, but glass bottom boating on Neil Island offers precisely that—an opportunity to dive into the marine wonderland while staying dry. This unique experience combines the comfort of cruising on the water with the awe-inspiring beauty of the coral reefs and marine life that flourish beneath the waves.

    As you step aboard the glass bottom boat, you're welcomed by the inviting expanse of the Andaman Sea. But the real magic happens as you peer through the transparent floor, revealing an underwater tableau that's as vibrant and diverse as any tropical paradise. 

    Where does it happen: Glass bottom boat rides are usually available at Bharatpur beach and can cost you anything between INR 500-1000 for a 30-minute ride.

    Best time for Glass Bottom ride: The best time to go for a glass bottom boating ride is a between 7 in the morning to around 4 in the afternoon, while there is still sunlight. 

    Glass Bottom Boating

    1. Experience Fishing 

    When you step onto the tranquil shores of Neil Island, you're not just entering a tropical paradise; you're also opening the door to an authentic maritime experience that's deeply intertwined with the island's heritage. Fishing on Neil Island is more than just a recreational activity; it's a hands-on journey that allows you to connect with the ocean in a way that's both engaging and rewarding. 

    For those looking to delve into the world of fishing without the hassle of planning, guided fishing tours are readily available. Local fishermen, who possess an intimate knowledge of the island's waters, serve as guides, offering valuable insights into fishing techniques, best practices, and even sharing stories about their own experiences. Note that most fishing expeditions start early in the morning and the equipment is usually provided by the tour operators. 

    Cost: Unlike other activities in Neil Island, which are either free or very cheap, game fishing can be an expensive activity. The starting price is around INR 9000 for a few hours per person, which can keep going up depending on how far and remote you want to travel into the open sea. Many tour operators offer customised fishing packages as the total cost for charter boat trips can be around INR 70,000. Also, fishing is usually done best in a group. Not only is it fun, it also helps in dividing the cost. 

    In addition, you may also need permission for game fishing in the Andaman Islands. The permit fee is around INR 500 for Indian Nationals and around INR 3000 for foreign nationals. 

    1. Go for a Jungle Trek 

    A jungle trek on Neil Island is an adventure that takes you on a path less travelled, revealing the island's hidden landscapes, rich biodiversity, and the sense of discovery that comes with every step. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to go on a journey into the heart of Neil Island and explore its verdant beauty.

    Trekking in the jungle is an opportunity for you to encounter the island's diverse flora and fauna up close. Keep an eye out for colourful butterflies flitting through the foliage and the playful antics of curious squirrels. The island's birdlife is a treat for birdwatchers, with various species adding melody to the atmosphere.

    Cost: There’s no specific cost for jungle trekking in Neil Island; however, if you get a tour guide, you will have to pay them for the facility. Tour guides may charge you around INR 500-1500 depending on where you go. You can easily complete a jungle trek within 4-5 hours in Neil Island or even much less. 

    Jungle Trek

    1. Relax at Sitapur Beach

    Amidst the tropical paradise of Neil Island lies a stretch of coastline that beckons with its serene beauty and calming embrace—Sitapur Beach. Known for its tranquil ambience, powdery sands, and azure waters, Sitapur Beach is more than just a destination; it's a haven for relaxation, contemplation, and reconnecting with nature's soothing rhythms. 

    The soft, golden sands of Sitapur Beach provide a luxurious canvas on which to unwind. Whether you're lounging under the shade of swaying palm trees or basking in the sun's warm embrace, the beach's pristine beauty invites you to let go and simply be.

    There is no specific timing to visit Sitapur beach; however, swimming is generally closed or discouraged post 5 PM. If you want to watch the sunrise, try to be at the beach around 5 or 6 in the morning. 

    1. Try the Local Cuisine

    When you visit Neil Island, your journey isn't just about exploring its breathtaking landscapes; it's also an opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure that reflects the island's cultural diversity and natural abundance. From fresh seafood to tropical delights, Neil Island's local cuisine offers a tantalising array of flavours that will delight your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

    Given its coastal location, it's no surprise that seafood takes centre stage in Neil Island's culinary offerings. Indulge in the catch of the day, whether it's succulent fish, flavourful prawns, or tender crab. A simple meal in Neil Island could cost you between INR 200-100 depending on what you eat. 

    1. Join a Village Tour

    Venturing beyond the beaches and jungles of Neil Island offers a chance to delve into the heart of its local culture and community. A village tour is a unique and enriching experience that allows you to interact with the island's residents, learn about their way of life, and gain insights into the traditions that shape their identity.

    Exploring the village markets is a chance to experience the vibrant local life up close. These markets are bustling with activity, offering fresh produce, handicrafts, and local products. You can usually complete a village tour in 2-3 hours. While village tours usually don’t require any money, if you decide to get a tour guide, you will have pay a price to them, which may be around INR 500-1000.

    Village Tour

    1. Relax Yourself With Yoga Sessions

    Amidst the tranquil beauty of Neil Island, there's a perfect place to seek balance, harmony, and rejuvenation for both body and mind. Offering a serene escape from the world's hustle and bustle, Neil Island provides a serene setting for yoga practice. Participating in relaxing yoga sessions on the island isn't just a physical activity; it's an opportunity to connect with nature, find inner serenity, and embrace a holistic approach to wellness. 

    Many resorts offer yoga sessions overlooking the ocean. Engage in rejuvenating yoga and meditation to connect with your inner self. The entire island is your yoga studio, and you do not have to spend time trying to find the perfect spot. Most people prefer to start their day with yoga session by the many beaches during sunrise.

    1. Explore Photography 

    With its picturesque landscapes, vibrant marine life, and stunning sunsets, Neil Island is a photographer's paradise. Capture the island's beauty from every angle, whether it's the lush jungles, rugged coastline, or the colourful underwater world.

    The sunrises and sunsets in Neil Island are stunning moments that deserve to be immortalised through your camera lens. You should ideally be at the beaches around 6 AM for sunrises and 5 PM for Sunsets. You don’t need any specific permission to take photography in Neil Island. 

    1. Visit Natural Ponds and Mangroves

    Neil Island is home to beautiful natural ponds and lush mangroves that are worth exploring. While the pristine beaches and azure waters often take the spotlight, these unique ecosystems offer a different kind of beauty and a chance to connect with nature on a deeper level. Take a leisurely stroll through the mangrove forests, birdwatch, and appreciate the delicate ecosystems that thrive in these unique environments. You can spend anything between an hour to an entire day enjoying the natural beauty of Neil Island. 

    Natural Ponds and Mangroves

    1. Enjoy the Warmth of a Bonfire by the Beach

     When the sun sets over the picturesque landscapes of Neil Island, a new kind of magic comes to life—the warmth of a bonfire under the starlit sky. The beaches in Neil Island are a natural stage for unforgettable bonfire gatherings. The soft sands, soothing sound of waves, and the open sky create an inviting setting for groups to come together. Whether you're with friends, family, or fellow travellers, the beach provides a communal space to unwind, laugh, and enjoy each other's company.

    You do not usually need a permission to set up a bonfire in Neil island’s beaches. In many cases, your hotel or homestay will make the bonfire arrangements for you. Some hotels and resorts charge around INR 1500-2000 for setting up small bonfire parties close to a beach. 

    1. Camp by the Beach

    Camping on Neil Island offers the ultimate nature-immersed experience, allowing you to disconnect from the modern world and reconnect with the island's tranquil beauty. Many camping options on Neil Island are situated right by the beach. Falling asleep to the sound of waves gently crashing against the shore and waking up to the sea breeze is a rejuvenating experience. The beach becomes your private playground, inviting you to take refreshing morning walks or enjoy a quiet sunrise by the water's edge.

    Just like the other activities in Neil Island, camping by the beach also does not require special permissions unless you are part of a large group. Also, in many cases, hotels and resorts offer camping services to its guests for a specific. 

    The prices may vary depending on the hotel and the camping facilities but usually starts at INR 2500 for a night. 

    1. Stay at a Luxurious Resort: 

    Luxurious resorts on Neil Island are strategically positioned to offer breathtaking views of the ocean, creating a backdrop that's both soothing and invigorating. Imagine waking up to the sight of the sun rising over the sea from the comfort of your plush suite. Many hotels in Neil Island offer direct access to the beaches. Imagine stepping out of your suite onto powdery sands, lounging under beach umbrellas, and enjoying the rhythmic sounds of the waves lapping the shore. 

    Cost: The prices vary depending on the types of resort you stay at and the facilities they offer. For good hotels, the prices start around INR 1500 per night and can go up to INR 8000 per night or higher. 

    Stay at a Luxurious Resort

    1. Go on an Island-Hopping Adventure

    Your journey on Neil Island isn't confined to its shores alone. The allure of nearby islands beckons, inviting you to embark on exhilarating island-hopping adventures. From Neil Island, you can set sail to explore the wonders of neighbouring places such as Havelock Island and Port Blair. These trips offer an opportunity to broaden your horizons, discover new landscapes, and experience the diverse beauty that the Andaman archipelago has to offer.

    Both Port Blair and Havelock Islands are around 1.5-2.5 hours away from Neil Island and are great for island escapades. While Havelock is the best place for a variety of water sports and beaches, Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is a great place to immerse yourself into the history of the Andamans and all that it has to offer. Private ferries from Neil Island to Port Blair cost around INR 1500-2500. 

    Note that ferry services from Neil Island to Havelock Island are not very common, especially, after the Covid pandemic. To go to Havelock Island, you may have to first travel from Neil Island to Port Blair and then to Havelock. The journey may be long, but the view is definitely worth it.

  • Tucked away deep in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago lies a hidden gem known as Mayabunder Island. With its lush landscapes, turquoise waters, and captivating culture, Mayabunder is a dream destination for anyone who seeks an off-the-beaten-path experience. Whether you are an adventurer, a nature lover, or just love art and crafts, this tropical paradise has something for everyone. 

    How to reach Mayabunder Island: Mayabunder is around 250 km away from the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair. The most popular way to reach Mayabunder Island from Port Blair is by bus. You can find many direct buses, which run every day, from Port Blair to Mayabunder. It is best to take a bus that starts early in the morning around 4:30 AM. It takes around 10 hours to reach Mayabunder from Port Blair. Public buses will take you to the Panighar Junction in Mayabunder for around INR 350-500. Private buses may charge around INR 800-1000. Most buses to Mayabunder start at the Aberdeen bus depot in Port Blair. 

    If you want to take the sea route, you can take a ferry from Port Blair to Mayabunder. However, the direct ferry usually runs once a week from the Phoenix Jetty in Port Blair. You can also take ferries that go to Diglipur or Rangat, and that may stop at Mayabunder on the way. You’ll have to enquire about these ferries at the Phoenix Jetty itself or at any other travel agency in Port Blair. The sea route takes around 6-7 hours in most cases. 

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    Let us take you on a virtual tour of the top 10 things to do in Mayabunder Island that will leave you yearning for a real-life visit soon!

    1. Explore Karmatang Beach

    Your Mayabunder adventure begins with a visit to the enchanting Karmatang Beach, a coastal haven that embodies the essence of tropical paradise. As you step onto the powdery white sands that stretch as far as the eye can see, you will feel the warm breeze of the waves crashing against the shore. 

    Karmatang Beach, however, is not just a scenic delight; it is also a sanctuary for marine life, especially turtles. The beach is a nesting ground for Olive Ridley turtles, and if you visit during the nesting season, you might be lucky enough to witness the stunning spectacle of baby turtles making their brave journey into the vast ocean. 

    Whether you want to lounge under the shade of palm trees or simply gaze at the horizon as the Sun sets, Karmatang Beach offers an experience that captures the essence of Mayabunder's natural beauty and serenity. You can watch the sunrise around 5 in the morning and the sunset at around 5:30 PM. 

    How to reach: Karmatang beach is around 12 km away from Mayabunder’s town centre, which is Danapur Junction. You can take a jeep and you will reach the beach in around 30 minutes. Most jeeps charge around INR 500-700 for one way. 

    Explore Karmatang Beach

    1. Discover Avis Island

    A journey to Mayabunder is not complete without visiting the captivating Avis Island—an oasis of serenity and natural beauty that beckons travellers with its pristine shores, vibrant marine life, and untouched landscapes. 

    The adventure to Avis Island begins with a 30-minute scenic boat ride across the deep blue waters. The journey itself is a precursor to the magic that awaits. The dense foliage and towering trees create a lush canopy that invites you to explore the Avis Island. The island's unspoiled landscapes offer a haven for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and those seeking solitude in the embrace of the wild.

    For nature enthusiasts, Avis Island is a paradise for birdwatching. The dense forests and coastal habitats provide sanctuary to a variety of bird species, making it an ideal spot to observe avian life in action.

    How to reach: Avis Island is best accessed by a boat. You will get a ferry from the Mayabunder Jetty and from there it is around 20 minutes to the island. A boat ride will cost you around INR 200. 

    Remember that Avis Island is usually closed to visitors. If you still want to explore its untouched beauty, you’d first have to get permission from forest department in Mayabunder. 

    Avis Island

    1. Visit the German Jetty

    Stepping into the pages of history, a visit to the German Jetty in Mayabunder is like uncovering a hidden chapter from the history of the Andaman Islands. If you are a history buff, you should definitely visit this World War II-era structure. The jetty was once a strategic hub for repairing submarines during the war, and is a poignant reminder of the struggle of the people during the war. Like the Japanese Bunkers and the Cellular Jairl, the German jetty is a reminder of the tragedy the island had witnessed in the past. 

    The German jetty is located close to the government APWD guesthouse in Mayabunder. Therefore, you can easily hire a local taxi or an auto-rickshaw to take you directly to the jetty. It should take you around 15-20 minutes to reach the German Jetty and cost you around INR 200-300.

     German Jetty 

    1. Trek to Ray Hill

    If you are seeking an immersive adventure amidst untouched wilderness of Mayabunder, an exhilarating trek to Ray Hill is you best bet. Ray Hills is an ecovillage located in Mayabunder. It is maintained by the Andaman and Nicobar Forest and Plantation Development Corporation. It has it own guest houses, elephant safaris, and even activities for children like rock climbing. 

    There’s also a forest museum in Ray Hills that informs the public about the various flora and fauna available in the hills. You can also go for a trekking expedition in Ray Hills, which could take you around 2-3 hours. The trek takes you through dense forests that is lush with many different and exotic plant species. 

    You should start the trek early in the morning to avoid the midday heat and to allow yourself ample time to enjoy the breathtaking views from the top. You can get a local tour guide to help you through the trek. While there is no entry fee for entering Ray Hills, if you get a touring guide, you’ll have to shell out around INR 1500. 

    Ray Hill is easily accessible as it is just 15 minutes away from Mayabunder Jetty. You can take a boat, which will cost you around INR 200. 

    Trek to Ray Hill

    1. Visit Austin X Island 

    Located just a boat ride away from Mayabunder, Austin X Island with its lush landscapes, stunning beaches, and turquoise waters, is a great place for adventure seekers. Austin X boasts of towering coconut palms sway in the gentle breeze, casting dappled shadows on the powdery sands below. The beaches here are an invitation to relax, rejuvenate, and immerse yourself in the soothing embrace of nature. 

    With no bustling crowds or commercial distractions, Austin X Island is the best place to go if you want to get away from the world. Whether you are taking a leisurely walk along its shores, listening to the waves, or gazing at the starlit sky at night, a trip to Austin X promises to be your in this lifetime.

    You can get direct boats to Auxtin X from Mayabunder Jetty. In most cases, it takes around 30 minutes to reach the island. It is better if you travel early morning if you want to enjoy the island and be back on time to catch a boat back Mayabunder. Private boats can charge you around INR 500-1000 for the trip. There are no eateries in the remote island, so remember to take some snacks along with you. The ideal visit time for the island is around 3-4 hours. 

    Visit Austin X Island

    1. Witness Bamboo Craftsmanship

    Mayabunder Island is not only blessed with natural beauty but also with the skilled hands of local Karen artisans of Webi village who transform bamboo into intricate works of art. You can explore Mayabunde’s bamboo craftsmanship, which offers a unique opportunity to witness the fusion of tradition and innovation.

    Admire the skilful hands of artisans as they craft baskets, mats, and even furniture using sustainable materials. Engaging in conversations with these talented craftsmen provides insights into the cultural significance of bamboo in their lives and Mayabunder’s history. Whether you're seeking to take home a piece of Mayabunder's artistry or simply wish to witness the magic of bamboo transformation, you can spend your entire day watching artisans make beautiful knick knacks. 

    1. Explore Webi Village

    If you have time, do not miss an opportunity to visit the charming Webi Village. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the traditions and way of life of the Mayabunder’s indigenous people. The village stands as a living proof of island’s diverse heritage, where history, art, and daily life seamlessly intertwine. As you wander through the narrow lanes of the Webi Village, you will be greeted by colourful houses adorned with intricate tribal art. You can even engage with the friendly locals if you want to. 

    Webi Village is known for its skilled Karen artisans who continue to create intricate handicrafts that reflect the Mayabunder’s heritage. From woven baskets and mats to traditional jewellery, the craftsmanship displays the deep connection of the villagers with their cultural roots.

    Webi is best explored slowly instead of a hurried expedition. There a few homestays in Webi village where you can stay to explore the village and take any guided treks, which take around 1-2 hours. 

    How to reach: Webi Village is accessible by road transport from the Panighar Junction in Mayabunder. It should take you around 30-40 minutes to reach the village and cost you around INR 500-1000 to reach the village. 

    1. Visit the Anmol Driftwood Museum

    The Anmol Driftwood Museum stands as a captivating testament to the island's natural wonders and the creative ingenuity of its inhabitants. Driftwood are bits of wood carried by ocean currents and washed ashore. They have been a part of the lives for the island people of Mayabunder for centuries. Instead of viewing these weathered fragments as debris, the villagers saw potential in the shapes and forms. This led to the birth of the driftwood museum as a tribute to the artistic expressions that emerged from the sea.

    The museum showcases an awesome collection of driftwood sculptures that range from miniatures to life-sized ones. Skilled local artisans transform these weathered fragments into stunning creations that depict scenes from daily life, mythical stories, and the island's natural beauty.

    Wandering through the galleries of the museum, you will be transported into a world where fragments of shipwrecks, roots of ancient trees, and weathered branches are transformed into art! The ingenuity of the artists who turn discarded wood into masterpieces is truly inspiring. It will be one of your best experiences in Mayabunder and you can easily spend 2-3 hours exploring the various artwork.

    The Anmol Driftwood Museum is located just 1 km from Mayabunder’s market at Danapur Junction. You can easily walk to the museum from the market. 

    Timings: The museum opens at 9 AM and closes around 5:30 in the evening. There is no entry fee to the museum. 

    1. Watch the Sunset at Rampur Beach

    Nestled along the shores of Mayabunder Island lies the serene and picturesque Rampur Beach, a hidden gem that beckons travellers seeking a tranquil escape. This pristine stretch of coastline is an idyllic retreat where the stresses of daily life melt away in the gentle embrace of the sea breeze waves.

    As you step onto the soft sands of Rampur Beach, you are greeted by a sense of calm that envelops you like a warm hug. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, a quiet spot to relax and read a book, or a peaceful meditation session by the water's edge, Rampur Beach offers the perfect setting to reconnect with yourself and the world around you.

    One of the most enchanting experiences at Rampur Beach is witnessing the stunning sunsets that paint the sky with a palette of fiery oranges, soft pinks, and golden hues. As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the landscape, time seems to stand still, and you're reminded of the beauty that exists in the simplest moments. The sunset usually happens around 5:30 PM, so make sure you there at that time to witness the beauty. 

    As with most places around Mayabunder Island, Rampur beach is also just 25-30 from the main market of Mayabunder, Danapur Junction. You can take a taxi or autorickshaw from the market, which should cost you around INR 200-400. 

     Sunset at Rampur Beach

    1. Visit Interview Island

    Just 3 hours from Mayabunder is Interview Island. The remote island is a wildlife sanctuary surrounded by a mangrove forest and marshlands. A trek through its landscape will help you explore its rainforests and may lead you to encounter various species of birds and reptiles. You may be able to spot different kinds of fauna like deer here. It is also a great place for birdwatching. 

    Interview Island boasts pristine beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. These untouched shores invite you to relax, unwind, and immerse yourself in the symphony of the ocean. 

    Note that tourists are not allowed to stay in the island, so you’d have to take a dinghy from the Austin Strait in Mayabunder. 

    Since it such a remote place, going to Interview Island is not so easy. The trip may take you 3 hours just on one side, so you’d have to start early in the morning. Even then, it would take you the entire day to go and come back from Interview Island. You may be charged around INR 2000-4000 for the dinghy ride to and from the island.

  • Diglipur, a hidden gem in the Andaman Islands, is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. From its untouched beaches and underwater wonders to its rich local culture and delectable cuisine, the island promises a blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether you love seeking thrills or want a tranquil escape to a lush landscape, Diglipur offers you everything and more. 

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    How to Reach Diglipur Island: The best way is to travel from Port Blair. Diglipur is around 330 km away from Port Blair and is best accessible by road; although you can also take the sea route. You can take a taxi or a public bus to the island with both taking you around 10-13 hours. A taxi journey would cost you around INR 8000-12000, while bus tickets cost around INR 300-900 per person. 

    Buses usually take you close to the Aerial Bay Jetty or Diglipur market in Diglipur from where you can take a taxi or auto to your hotel. Most buses usually start at 4 AM or 7 AM in the morning. 

    You can also take a ferry to Diglipur from Port Blair via Rangat. You’ll be able to book a ferry from Phoenix Jetty in Port Blair for around INR 500-900. While it will take you around 8-9 hours to reach Diglipur this way, note that the ferries are not available every day and may run for just 2-3 days a week. You’ll have to enquire about ferry services at Phoenix Jetty a few days in advance for the next available service. 

    If you're considering a trip to this off-the-beaten-path paradise, here are the top 10 activities and sights to consider:

    1. Visit Ross & Smith Islands

      The twin islands of Ross & Smith, often referred to as the twin islands, are one of the standout attractions of Diglipur. Connected by a slender sandbar, these twin islands are known for clear turquoise water and verdant landscape. Their unique sandbar connection and pristine beauty have made them an increasingly popular choice among travellers looking for the untouched charm of the Andamans.

      The sandbar connecting the islands is an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll. During low tide, it feels like you're walking in the middle of the sea.

      Note that you need permission to visit Ross and Smith Islands. For Indian nationals, the price for the permit is INR 50, while foreign nationals have to pay INR 500. 

      How to reach: To go to Ross and Smith Island, you have to first travel to Diglipur from Port Blair. The journey usually takes about 10-12 hours and starts as early as 5 AM from Port Blair. Bus tickets could cost you anything between INR 450-900. Additionally, you can rent a car or taxi, but that can be as expensive as INR 18000. 

      Visit Ross & Smith Islands

    2. Trek to Saddle Peak

      As the highest point in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a trek to Saddle Peak is a great way to explore the panoramic vistas of the Diglipur Island and even beyond. At 732 metres, Saddle Peak National Park is a garden of lush greenery, rare fauna, and interesting terrains. The hike through the tropical rainforest is as rewarding as the view from the summit. It would take you around 8-10 hours to complete the trek and be back down. 

      How to reach: It is best to start your journey early in the morning. You can take a cab or auto to the Lamia Bay from Diglipur market. You’d need permission to enter the national park, whose gates open only at 6 AM. You should carry snacks and water with you for your journey as you are less likely to find anything on the way. The trek is around 10 km. If you do not want to do it alone, you can also get a guide at the check post where you get your permission. There would be many guides nearby to help you out. You’ll also come across resting huts on your way to the peak.

      Cost: The cost of the taxi or auto to Lamia Bay could cost you around INR 400-800. The permission fee for entry into the national park is INR 25. If you take a tour guide, you’ll have to shell out INR 1000-1200. 

      Saddle Peak

    3. Relax at Kalipur Beach:

      Just a short drive away from the heart of Diglipur lies Kalipur Beach, a stretch of sand that is stunning beyond words and offers an intimate touch of the coastal beauty of the Andaman Islands. Kalipur is one of the few beaches in the Andaman Islands where you can witness the incredible sight of sea turtles nesting, especially between December and February. Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill, and Green Turtles frequent this beach, and under the moonlit sky, you might catch the heartwarming scene of hatchlings making their first journey into the ocean. The beach is open all the time, you can sit and relax on the powdery sand. You are, however, not allowed to swim or do any other activity post 5 PM. 

      Besides swimming, you can also try your hand at snorkelling and sea walking at Kalipur Beach. Snorkelling should cost you around INR 1500-2000, while sea walking will cost you around INR 2500-3000 for 30 minutes. 

      How to reach: Kalipur Beach is just around 18 km away from Diglipur, and it should take you around You can take a bus (INR 30-50), taxi (INR 300-500) or auto (INR 200-300) from the Diglipur market. 

      Kalipur Beach, Diglipur

    4. Sunbathe in Ram Nagar Beach

      A haven for shell collectors, this beach is also an excellent spot for swimming. Ram Nagar Beach is not the most popular beach in Diglipur, but that is what makes it special. The fact that it is less commercialised in nature makes it a special sanctuary for those seeking solace and a raw touch of nature’s charm. The gentle waves make it a relatively safe spot for swimming. If you are a sunset person, you’ll not be disappointed in Ram Nagar Beach. Make sure you are at the beach around 5:30 PM; a stroll during the golden hour, with the Sun casting a warm glow over the sands, is nothing short of therapeutic.

      How to reach: Ram Nagar Beach is situated a bit far from Diglipur main town at 30 km and should take you 30-45 minutes to reach. But it is still easily accessible because of a good road. You can opt for a local taxi or an auto-rickshaw. For those with a penchant for self-exploration, renting a scooter or a bike is a delightful option. 

      A round-trip taxi or auto-rickshaw ride from Diglipur to Ram Nagar Beach could cost you around INR 600-1000, depending on negotiations and peak seasons. Renting a two-wheeler might come at a daily rate of INR 700-1000. 

      Ram Nagar Beach

    5. Explore Lamiya Bay

      Lamiya Bay, with its golden sands gently caressed by the turquoise waters, is one of Diglipur's lesser-known gems. Often overshadowed by its renowned neighbours, this bay offers a serene refuge to those wishing to escape the usual tourist trails. Lamiya Bay is perfect for long, reflective walks. Lamiya Bay’s proximity to Saddle Peak means one can combine a beach day with a trekking adventure to the highest point of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

      The ideal time to visit the bay is from 5 AM to 5 PM. 

      How to Reach: The most convenient way to reach the bay is by hiring a taxi or an auto-rickshaw. You can also rent a scooter or a bike. Depending on the mode of transport chosen, a trip to Lamiya Bay from Diglipur could range from INR 150-200 for an auto-rickshaw to INR 400-500 for a taxi. Renting a scooter or bike might cost you INR 500-700 per day. 

      Lamiya Bay

    6. Trek Inside the Alfred Caves

      The Alfred Caves, a cluster of fascinating limestone caves in Diglipur, is an adventure unlike any other and the best place to visit when you are in Diglipur. Hidden amidst the dense tropical forests, it is a group of around 41 caves. Many people visit the caves to watch swiftlets and fruit-eating bats. The swiftlet birds are famous for their edible nests that are famous in Chinese cuisine. The limestone caves are very similar to the ones in Baratang Island, although the environment inside the caves itself makes it a must-visit place. 

      How to reach: Going to and exploring Alfred caves forms part of a trek, so make sure you start your journey early morning around 5:30 AM. You’ll need the entire day to trek to the cave and explore it. Your trek will start close to Ram Nagar beach, which is accessible via bus or taxi from Diglipur at around INR 400-1000. For the most part, you’ll be trekking through a tropical forest to reach the caves. While you can trek alone, it is better to do it with a tour guide as they know their way through the jungle as well as the caves. A complete day trek to Alfred Caves could cost you around INR 3000-4000. 

      Alfred Caves

    7. Visit the Jal Tikry (Mud Volcanoes)

      If you're scouting for something offbeat in Diglipur, guess what? Jal Tikry is the spot to be. Jal Tikry in Diglipur offers visitors a glimpse into a rare geological phenomenon: a mud volcano. Unlike the conventional volcanoes that spew lava, this one is a bit different. The mud volcano actually spits out mud from beneath the Earth’s surface. Also, it is not as explosive as an actual volcano and is considered as an extension of the mud volcanoes of Baratang Island. 

      How to reach: Jal Tikry is located in Shyam Nagar village, which is approximately 20 km from the main town of Diglipur. You’ll take around 30-45 minutes to reach Shyam Nagar. You can, therefore, take a bus or taxi to the village. Bus tickets usually come at INR 30 and a taxi would cost you around INR 1000. You can also rent a scooter if you can figure out the directions. Renting a scooter would cost you around INR 500-1000 for a day. When you are in Shyam Nagar village, you can just walk a few kilometres for around 15-20 minutes in the village to see Jal Tikry.

      There is a nominal fee of around INR 30 to access Jal Tikry and the area around. You can easily spend 1-2 hours exploring Jal Tikry and Shyam Nagar village.

      al Tikry (Mud Volcanoes) 

    8. Explore the mouth-watering local cuisine

      One of the highlights of visiting Diglipur is undoubtedly the opportunity to experience its local cuisine. Rooted in the traditions of the island, the dishes in Diglipur have a unique taste that exists only in the Andamans. Whether you are a fan of seafood or looking to try authentic island flavours, the restaurants in Diglipur promise a blast of flavours for you. 

      The proximity to the ocean means a fresh catch is always on the menu. From grilled fish to succulent prawns and crabs, if you are a seafood enthusiast, you are definitely in for a treat. Don’t worry if you are a vegetarian. There are many local and fresh vegetables to choose from. 

      While Diglipur isn't flooded with high-end restaurants, it has some quaint and rustic places where you can enjoy a hearty local meal. You can try out Hira Restaurant and the Dolphin Restaurant for a satisfying meal. You should expect to spend around INR 100-500 at most of the eateries in the market. If you are planning to dine at a resort, your cost could go up to INR 1500. 

    9. Take a Short Trip to Craggy Island

      Craggy Island, located near Diglipur, is an unspoiled gem waiting to be explored. The island is located just 10 minutes away from Kalipur Beach, and is recognisable for its rocky terrains, golden sandy beaches, and lush green patches. Craggy Island is actually known for snorkelling. The reefs underwater are home to a plethora of marine species including colourful parrotfish, nimble clownfish, graceful manta rays, and even the elusive sea turtles.

      The calm waters, especially around the lagoon areas, provide a safe environment for you to familiarise yourself with the snorkelling gear and techniques, especially, if you are a beginner. There are snorkelling centres close to Kalipur Beach, who will arrange for your snorkelling trip to Craggy Island.

      How to reach: If you consider yourself a really good swimmer, then you can just swim to Craggy Island from Kalipur Beach. It should take you just 20-30 minutes. However, if you can’t make the journey, you can always take a speed boat from the Aerial Bay jetty , which comes between Diglipur and Kalipur. There are many taxis and autos that go to Aerial Bay. A taxi ride will cost you around INR 700-1000, while an auto rickshaw may charge you around INR 600. There are many dive centres close to Aerial Bay and Kalipur beach, which will take you on a guided snorkelling tour to Craggy Island for INR 3000-4000. 

      Note that you cannot go to Craggy Island if the weather is bad; it is also helpful if you keep track of the tide comings. The snorkelling centres should be able to help you with it. 

      Craggy Island

    10. Stay at a Luxurious Resort: 

      A visit to Diglipur isn't just about exploring the island. It is also about the beautiful nights and sunrise views, especially when you're staying at a fancy resort. Among the many experiences that Diglipur has to offer, nestling at a cosy resort undoubtedly ranks high. The natural beauty of the island blends perfectly with the comforts and luxury of a resort, making them ideal for both relaxation and adventure. And who doesn’t want to relax and enjoy luxury in the lap of nature? 

      There are many resorts like the Turtle Resort and Saddle Peak View Resort where you can stay when you are in Diglipur. If you want to stay by the beach, what’s better than the Pristine Beach Resort. Opting for a beachside resort in Diglipur is, without a doubt, one of the most fulfilling experiences you can gift yourself.

      A night at most of the resorts could cost you around INR 800-4000 depending on the room and facilities you need.  

  • If you've been considering a trip to Baratang Island, you're in for a delightful experience. This secluded island offers a unique mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural experiences. You can expect a world filled with dense mangroves, intriguing limestone caves, vibrant local life, and a chance to know more about the elusive Jarawa tribe of the Andaman Islands. 

    Baratang is easily accessible from Port Blair. Many people prefer taking tour guides for a day’s journey to the island. You can cover most of the famous places in a day or two. But, of course, no one’s stopping you from staying back and enjoying the calm of this beautiful and rustic island. 

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    First, let’s find out how to reach Baratang Island. Baratang Island is approximately 100 kilometres away from Port Blair. You can travel by road using the Andaman Trunk Road, which passes through the dense forests of the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. This journey is a unique experience in itself, and you may be able to distantly observe the tribal life and verdant jungles of the Jarawa.

    Once you reach the middle strait by bus or car, you can take a government ferry or a local wooden boat to cross over to Baratang Island.

    Now, let's dive into the top 10 things to do in Baratang Island.

    1. Go on a Mud Volcano Excursion

      How often do you get to see a mud volcano? Baratang is home to one! It's a rare geological phenomenon, and while it may not spew molten lava, it's still a sight to behold with its bubbling mud. A trip to Baratang wouldn't be complete without witnessing its intriguing mud volcano. Unlike the fiery images conjured by typical volcanoes, Baratang's mud volcano is a spectacle of the earth oozing out cold mud. It's a captivating phenomenon that draws both curious eyes and avid nature enthusiasts. Of the 11 or so mud volcanoes around Andaman, 8 are located in Baratang, which makes it the best place to witness this phenomenon. 

      How to Reach: To get to the mud volcano, you will first need to reach the Neelambur Jetty in Baratang Island. The volcano is around 7 km away from Neelumbur Jetty; hence, you have to take a jeep to cover the distance. Jeeps usually charge around INR 1000 for a round trip. Once you get down at the designated parking spot, you’ll have to can walk up a rocky path of around 160 metres to the site where the volcanos are located. 

      You won’t find any transportation near the mud volcano, at least not easily. That is why most people prefer to hire the jeep for a round trip. 

      Timings: While there are no specific timings for visiting the mud volcano, you should ideally visit the place between 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. It is better to visit the volcanoes during the early hours as the area is less crowded and the weather is cooler, making the experience more enjoyable.

      Once you are there, remember to tread carefully and avoid going too close to the bubbling mud. It's a unique experience that offers a slice of Baratang's diverse natural wonders, making it a must-visit spot for anyone who likes adventure. 


    2. Explore the Famous Limestone Caves

      Your visit to Baratang Island is incomplete without exploring the remarkable limestone caves. These caves, formed over thousands of years, are a minefield of captivating limestone formations. Formed over thousands of years, the caves feature stunning stalactites and stalagmites, shaped intricately by the slow drip of mineral-rich water. There isn’t much light inside the caves, so carrying a flashlight might be a good idea.

      How to Reach: Reaching the Limestone Caves is an adventure in itself. Since you’ll be in Baratang, you can start your journey from Neelumbur Jetty, from where can get on a speed boat ride through dense mangrove forests. This boat ride is not just a mode of transport but offers visitors a glimpse into the island’s rich ecosystem and will cost you around INR 1000. Once the boat reaches Nayadera Jetty, a short walk for 2 kms will take you directly to the entrance of the caves.

      Timings: The Limestone Caves are open to visitors from 7 AM to 3 PM on all days of the week. There is no entry fee; however, if you are taking a guide or going through a tour agency, you may have to pay a separate fee to them. 


    3. Relax in the Baludera Beach 

      Baludera Beach is one of those serene hideaways where the golden sands meet the gentle embrace of the turquoise waters. Away from the bustling touristy spots, this beach offers an oasis of calm to anyone who needs time off from the hustle and bustle of the world. At Baludera, it's not just about laying back and soaking sunlight. You can enjoy leisurely beach-ball games with your friends, build sandcastles, or simply take a stroll along its palm-fringed shores. The shallow waters make it ideal for a dip, especially if you aren't an avid swimmer. If you want a treat, you might stumble upon a local vendor selling fresh coconut water, providing instant refreshment.

      How to Reach: Baludera Beach is located on the eastern side of Baratang Island. It is 9-10 kilometres away from the Nilambur Jetty. The beach is easily accessible via road from the main town. You can rent a scooter, hail a cab, or get on local buses that regularly ply in the direction of the beach. You’ll be charged anywhere between INR 50-100 for the ride. 

      Timings: While the beach doesn't have strict visiting hours, it's best to visit between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM to make the most of the daylight. You can also stay back to enjoy a starry night under the sky, but make sure you have some kind of transportation in place to get you back to your stay. Also, remember that Baludera doesn't have the amenities of commercial beaches, so it's wise to carry essentials like water, snacks, and sun protection.


    4. Go Bird Watching in Parrot Island 

      If you're a bird lover, then Parrot Island should be on your list. Along with parrots, one can spot various other avian species. Look out for sea eagles soaring in the skies or kingfishers diving for their catch. The mangroves surrounding the island play host to a diverse range of birds, including herons and egrets. Bring along a pair of binoculars and a bird guidebook to make the most of your birdwatching experience. If you interested in nature photography, Parrot Island is the perfect place. The serenity of the island offers a wonderful opportunity for nature photography and simply absorbing the beauty of the mangroves and the sea.

      How to Reach: To get to Parrot Island, you need to start from Baratang Jetty. Boat services are usually organised by local tour operators, who offer rides to the island at cheap prices, especially towards the evening when the parrot spectacle is about to begin. You may have to pay around INR 50- 100 for the boat rides. 

      Timings: The best time to visit Parrot Island is in the late afternoon, around 3 PM to 4 PM, ensuring you're there to witness the sunset phenomenon. Boats usually start returning by 6 PM. It's essential to coordinate with boat operators regarding timings to avoid being stranded, as the island does not have any overnight accommodations.


    5. Take a Boat Ride Through the Mangrove Forest

      Navigate the serene waters amidst dense mangroves. Boating amidst the mangroves of Baratang is not just a paddle through water but a journey into nature's very heart. These waterways, flanked by thick mangroves, are a unique ecosystem that allows you a close-up look at a side of Baratang's beauty that's not often seen by many. As you glide through the calm waters, the canopy of mangroves arching overhead offers a shade that's dotted with sunlit patches. The waters are clear enough for you to spot various aquatic life, from darting fish to the occasional crab making its way across the muddy bottom.

      Cost and Timings: The cost of boating through the mangroves largely depends on the duration and the tour operators. On average, a 2-hour experience can range from INR 1000 - 2000. Some operators might offer group discounts or package deals, which include guided tours explaining the mangrove ecosystem.

      The best time for exploring the mangroves is during the early morning hours between 6 AM to 9 AM or late afternoon from 3 PM to 5 PM. 


    6. Sample Local Cuisine: One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of a place is through its food. Baratang Island, being a part of the diverse Andaman Islands, offers a palette of flavours that blend indigenous traditions with coastal influences. Given its proximity to the sea, seafood is a staple in Baratang. Dishes like grilled fish, crab curry, and prawn masala are local favourites. They’re often spiced delicately, allowing the freshness of the seafood to shine through.

      A typical meal in Baratang is incomplete without rice. It’s usually paired with a variety of curries, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The coconut milk-based chicken curry is a must-try. Despite the abundance of seafood, vegetarian options are aplenty. From simple lentil soups (dal) to mixed vegetable curries and coconut-based dishes, there's no shortage of flavourful vegetarian food.

      Don't forget to try the local sweets and snacks. Coconut ladoos are very popular in Baratang, especially with a cup of tea.

      A meal at a local eatery in Baratang can be quite affordable. You can expect to pay anywhere from INR 100 to INR 250 for a hearty meal at a basic joint.

    7. Trek through the jungles

      Baratang Island, with its diverse landscape, is a trekker's delight. From dense forests to mangroves, and from limestone caves to remote beaches, the island offers a plethora of trekking opportunities that allow one to witness nature's bounty up close. Here are some of the best places to trek to in Baratang Island: 

      • Limestone Caves Trek: This trek starts from the Nayadera Jetty and leads you through dense forests, making it a sensory delight with the sounds of birdcalls and the sight of vibrant flora.

        Time Taken to trek: The trek is relatively easy and takes around 45 minutes to an hour to reach the caves.

      • Mud Volcano Trail: Baratang Island houses one of the few mud volcanoes in India. The trail to the volcano site offers a chance to experience the island's unique geological wonders.

        Time Taken: This is a shorter trek, roughly 30 minutes from the main road. The terrain can be a bit muddy, especially after rains, so proper trekking shoes are recommended.

      • Baludera Beach Trek: A serene path that offers a blend of forest cover and coastal beauty, the trek concludes at the calm Baludera Beach.

        Time Taken: It takes about an hour to reach the beach, making it a relaxed trek suitable even for beginners.


    8. Explore the local market:

      The local markets in Baratang are filled with stalls displaying many vibrant tropical fruits, handcrafted trinkets, and, of course, the fresh catch of the day. As you walk through the streets, you will smell the rich aroma of local spices filling the air and beckoning you to try some of the delicious street food, especially the seafood delicacies. While there aren’t any fancy city eateries or fast-food outlets, there are many quaint dhabas and small eateries, which are perfect for savouring the authentic flavours of the Andamans. Every corner tells a story, from old fishermen mending their nets to children playing traditional games. Exploring Baratang town and market is more than just sightseeing; it's a journey of sensory delights and heartwarming interactions.

    9. Camp under the stars:

      Camping in Baratang is a great way to connect with nature. You can pitch a tent under starry skies and listen to the sounds of the forest. Most camping spots are near the beach, so you can wake up to the sound of waves. Remember to carry a mosquito net and some bug spray to keep insects away. There are local guides who can help set up your camps and bonfires. Also, many resorts offer camp stays within their premises. 

      While camping, be sure to clean up and not leave any trash behind. That way, Baratang stays clean and beautiful for everyone. If you love the outdoors and want a different adventure, camping in Baratang is a great idea!

      Your tour guide or hotel may help you to set up a camp for around INR 800-2000 per night, depending on the facilities you get.  


    10. Go fishing

      Fishing is an integral part of the coastal lifestyle of Baratang Island. While commercial fishing is a livelihood for many locals, as a tourist you can do this activity to connect with nature and experience the island’s essence. This could one of the most off beat things you’ll do on a trip! With the guidance of local fishermen, you can explore different fishing spots and techniques. You will also get a chance to enjoy the serene waters and panoramic views of the island.

      The mangrove regions around Baratang have calm waters and are home to many varieties of fish. While you can explore fishing in the mangrove creeks, you should ideally have a local guide as it is very easy to get lost in the maze of the water channels in Baratang Island. 

      Note that Baratang is not famous for game fishing, so you can only do hand line fishing with locals. 

      The cost would depend on the locals themselves, but they are likely to charge you INR 500-1000 for a small fishing expedition with them in the nearby waters close to the mangroves. In most cases, the cost of travelling in the boat and the fishing rod or net are covered in the total cost. Your tour guide or the resort may be able to connect you with some local fishermen. 

  • Nestled in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, Havelock Island is a tropical paradise on Earth mainly known for its ultimate beauty, pristine beaches, and soothing destinations to unwind from the monotonous schedule. Well, Havelock Island is one of the most popular destinations in the region, which is mainly known for offering a plethora of exciting activities and attractions for travelers who are willing to seek an unforgettable experience away from the usual hustle and bustle of life. 

    So, whether you are an adventure freak, a nature lover, or a water baby, Havelock Island has something for almost everyone. Moreover, those looking to relax and rejuvenate themselves in the lap of serenity can also visit this beautiful paradise on Earth. Furthermore, Havelock Island is mainly known for its white sand beaches, which promise an immersive and memorable getaway destination. 

    Well, today in this blog, we will highlight the top things to do in Havelock Island so that you only return to your home with a smile and many memories. 

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    So, are you ready to delve into this blog and unlock the secrets of this enchanting destination? Continue reading.

    Best Things To Do on Havelock Island

    Havelock Island is one of the most beautiful getaway destinations in the region, which offers a wide range of activities to its visitors, making the vacation memorable and enjoyable. So, if you are looking to relax on a sandy shore or you are willing to enjoy water activities, Havelock Island will never disappoint its visitors. 

    Let’s have a look at what Havelock Island has for you:

    1. Enjoy the Pristine Radhanagar Beach

      Radhanagar Beach is ranked among the top best beaches in Asia. It is because of its clean and pristine waters, soothing nature, and soft-white sands. Moreover, for nature lovers, Radhanagar Beach is the best for getaways as it offers lush green surroundings. Furthermore, holidaymakers can also enjoy activities like sunbathing, beach combing, and also build sandcastles. Additionally, if you love swimming or want to indulge in any water activity, you won’t get a better destination than Havelock Island to fulfill your dreams. 

      Enjoy the Pristine Radhanagar Beach

    2. Witness the Marine Life at Elephant Beach

      Well, elephant beach is the next best beach on Havelock Island, mainly known for its natural beauty and vibrant marine life. At Elephant Beach, divers can have a good time as this beach is primarily renowned for snorkeling and diving opportunities. So, you are an enthusiast for exploring the underwater world and witnessing those colorful fishes, coral formations, and other marine creatures. In that case, then visiting Havelock Island is a must for you. It’s a place for certified divers who can explore deeper areas and rich biodiversity. 

    3. Scenic Boat Rides

      Havelock Island is a vast Island with many other small islands along its coastline. Taking a boat ride and exploring the scenic beauty, and capturing breathtaking views would also make your trip memorable and happening. By enjoying a boat ride, you can also explore the secluded beaches along the coastline of Havelock Island, which otherwise would remain untouched and unvisited. Neil Island, a neighboring Island to Havelock Island, can also be explored during the boat trip. Moreover, a boat ride would also let you witness the different rock formations. 

      Scenic Boat Rides

    4. Enjoy Sunset Cruises

      Are you accompanied by your lover or spouse? Then, it would be great to enjoy sunset cruises as this is ultra-romantic and lets you witness the mesmerizing hues of the sky as the sun sets over the Andaman Sea. So, enjoy the tranquility of the open sea with your partner and get romantic in the soothing ocean breezes. 

    5. Enjoy Scuba Diving

      Havelock Island is blessed with crystal clear water and diverse marine life; it has become the most preferred destination for enjoying activities like Scuba Diving. Moreover, there are experienced instructors and diving centers which would help and guide both beginners and certified divers. So, there are all the reasons you should go and explore the biodiversity of the Andaman Sea.


    6. Snorkelling

      The pristine clear waters of Havelock Island make it an excellent location for snorkeling. If you are a snorkeling enthusiast or want to try it for the first time, you can rent snorkeling equipment and embark on your journey of enjoyment and memory-making. 

    7. Kayaking

      For those who love to be in peace and enjoy the wonders of nature, Kayaking is another memorable adventure in Havelock that you can witness. So, paddle through the Island’s mangrove forests and explore the intricate network of waterways. Also, enjoy and observe the unique flora and fauna throughout your kayaking paddling.


    8. Experience the Thrill of Jet Skiing and Banana Boat Rides

      Do you love speeding? Do you love to run on the stubborn waves of the sea? If yes, then experiencing jet skiing and banana boat rides would be one of the best thrills you can witness here on Havelock Island. If you are accompanied by a group of people who love adventure too, this could be a memorable affair. So, hold on tight and glide over the water waves by hopping on a banana boat ride. But one thing which you should never forget is about taking safety precautions. Don’t be negligent towards safety and always wear safety jacks, and follow other professional guides to ensure uninterrupted fun and secure experience. 

    9. Trekking to the Elephant Beach

      Elephant Beach is known for its adventure activities. Still, holidaymakers like you can also embark on a trek to elephant beach, known for its breathtaking beauty and rich biodiversity. During your trekking tour, you go through the dense forests, which also offer glimpses of the exotic flora and fauna. So, if you love serenity and want to explore the trail of nature, you must always say yes to the trek to the elephant beach. But remember that the tour might include some challenges. So, only go ahead if you are capable of facing the challenges. Upon your arrival at elephant beach, you will be awarded stunning nature views, tranquil surroundings, and a lot of soothing beach relaxation. 

      Trekking to the Elephant Beach

    10. Visiting the Kalapathar Beach

      Do you love picturesque destinations, and are you an Instagram freak who loves to capture and publicize on social channels? If so, Kalapathar Beach would be the perfect destination for you. Why? Because it is not just picturesque but also categorizes sparkling turquoise waters, which would be worth capturing. Additionally, as a secluded region surrounds Kalapathar Beach, it would be the best destination to regain your lost peace as there are many small gems that would help you to introspect. So, come and relax on the shores of Kalapathar Beach and capture the scenic beauty of this secluded beach. 

    11. Explore the dense forests and wildlife.

      Havelock Island is home to Havelock Island Wildlife Sanctuary and a haven for nature lovers. So, embark on guided nature walks and treks to witness various bird species, reptiles, and endemic wildlife. Moreover, you can also engage in birdwatching at the colorful avian species which inhabit the Island. For an enhanced and breathtaking experience, watch for unique fauna, including deer, butterflies, and unique fauna.

    12. Interaction with the Local Population

      You can’t believe how much pleasure you would get when you indulge in small talks with the indigenous tribes of the Andaman Islands. Doing this would help you learn about indigenous tribes like Jarawa, Sentinelese, and Onge. Moreover, you will gain in-depth insights into their lives, how they live, how they earn a living, and their traditions and cultural practices. 

    13. Visiting the Local Markets and Shops

      Apart from enjoying the beaches, Havelock Island has much more to do and witness. As you’ve come for a vacation, you must be very excited to buy the famous things of Havelock Island for your family and friends. Hence, a tour of the local markets wouldn’t be a bad idea. You will get a lot of shopping options like handicrafts, souvenirs, and traditional artifacts. So, buy the products which you think would suit a particular personality. Not just this, you can even interact with the local vendors and learn about how they make a specific craft and where they get the inspiration. You can also buy products from the local vendors at Havelock Island to support the local economy by purchasing authentic handmade products. 

      Visiting the Local Markets and Shops

    14. Try out the local cuisine

      As Havelock Island is an Island and seaside region, the most popular cuisine here is seafood delicacies. Indulge in the unique flavors of Andaman cuisine, influenced by the abundance of seafood. The most popular variety of seafood includes prawns, lobsters, fish curry, crab, and more, providing you with a delightful culinary experience. 

    15. Visit the Vijaynagar Beach

      Accompanied by lover calls for long water on a sandy shore. So, for this, visiting Vijaynagar Beach wouldn’t be a bad idea. You can bask in the sun, admire the scenic vistas, and make many memories here in this part of Andaman Island. Moreover, if you and your companions are in a picnic mood, you can prefer this beach and relax amidst the serene surroundings. 

      Visit the Vijaynagar Beach

    16. Enjoy Spa and Wellness

      As you are on your rejuvenation vacation, it’s time for more relaxation. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa session at one of the wellness centers on the Island. You can even indulge yourself in therapeutic massages, body treatments, and wellness therapies, which would help you revitalize and relax. 

      Now that we’ve covered the best spots to witness in Havelock Island, it’s time to know the best time to cover all these destinations.

    Best Time to Visit Havelock Island

    • November to April 

    From November to April, Havelock Island witnessed a dry season; hence, it is known that this is the best period to visit Havelock Island. Weather remains in pleasant conduction during these months with clear skies and lower humidity levels. Moreover, the sea is also calmer, making it ideal for water-related activities like diving and snorkeling. 

    • December to February

    If you are among those who prefer fewer crowds, then plan your vacation between December to February. During these months, you can enjoy favorable weather conditions and have a more relaxed experience. 

    • May to September

    From May to September, Havelock Island witnesses southwest monsoon and hence receives heavy rainfall, rough seas, and a higher chance of tropical storms. Moreover, many water-related activities remain restricted during these months or would have reduced operations. Therefore, avoiding your vacation to Havelock Island during these months would be advisable due to the monsoonal weather.

    May to September

    How to Reach Havelock Island?

    To reach Havelock Island, you must travel to Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. From there, you would have to take a ferry or seaplane to reach Havelock Island. 

    Here are two standard modes of transportation:

    By Ferry

    • Most travelers go for this mode of transportation to reach Havelock Island as it’s a reasonable commute and readily available. 
    • Many regular government-operated and private ferries connect you from Port Blair to Havelock Island. 
    • It takes approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours to reach Havelock Island, depending on the ferry you have taken. 

    By Seaplane

    • Plan your travel by seaplane if you want a quicker and more scenic option. 
    • It would take approximately 15-20 minutes to reach Havelock Island from Port Blair through a seaplane. 
    • Compared to a ferry, it is an expensive option.
    • However, you could witness breathtaking views of the Island, a more convenient mode to reach Havelock Island. 

    Havelock Island: Where Paradise Beckons and Adventure Awaits!

    Havelock Island is a tropical paradise on Earth that offers visitors a wide range of activities and adventures. If you want to rejuvenate from the usual monotonous schedule, you should mark your presence in this tropical region. The best time to visit Havelock Island would be between November and April, as the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities during these months. To reach Havelock Island, you must take a ferry or a seaplane, depending on your budget. Additionally, if you plan your trip during the peak months, you must make bookings for a smooth experience.

    Have a happy vacation!

  • Imagine gliding through the calm waters of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a dazzling display of natural light. Bioluminescence night kayaking in Havelock Island, located in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, offers a unique and enchanting experience for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. This blog explores the fascinating world of bioluminescence and unveils the magic that awaits those who embark on a night kayaking adventure in Havelock Island.

    What is Bioluminescence?

    Understanding Bioluminescence is the ability of certain organisms to produce and emit light. It is a natural phenomenon found in various marine organisms, such as plankton, jellyfish, and algae. These organisms possess special light-emitting molecules called luciferins, which produce light when combined with oxygen.

    The Science behind Bioluminescence occurs when luciferin reacts with an enzyme called luciferase in the presence of oxygen. This reaction results in the release of energy in the form of light. The intensity and colour of the light produced can vary depending on the organism and its environment.

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    The Bioluminescent Bay of Havelock Island

    The Enchanting Bay Havelock Island is blessed with one of the most stunning bioluminescent bays in the world. The bay, surrounded by lush mangroves and teeming with marine life, offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable kayaking experience. The calm waters and minimal light pollution make it an ideal location to witness the mesmerizing display of bioluminescence.

    Exploring the Bioluminescent Organisms During the night kayaking tour, visitors have the opportunity to observe and interact with bioluminescent organisms up close. The most common bioluminescent organisms found in Havelock Island’s bay are dinoflagellates, tiny single-celled algae that emit a beautiful blue-green glow when disturbed. As you paddle through the water, each stroke of the paddle leaves a trail of shimmering light, creating a magical spectacle.

    The Bioluminescent Bay of Havelock Island

    The Night Kayaking Experience

    • Preparing for the Adventure 

      Before embarking on the night kayaking adventure, it is essential to choose a reputable tour operator that provides the necessary equipment and ensures the safety of participants. It is also advisable to check the weather conditions and book the tour in advance, as the number of participants per tour may be limited.

    • Setting Off into the Darkness 

      As the sun sets and darkness descends, the adventure begins. Equipped with a kayak, paddle, and life jacket, participants launch into the bioluminescent bay, guided by experienced instructors who are well-versed in the local marine ecosystem. The stillness of the night and the rhythmic sound of paddles breaking the water's surface adds to the surreal atmosphere.

    • Witnessing the Bioluminescent Spectacle 

      As you paddle through the bay, the water beneath you comes alive with a myriad of glowing organisms. Every stroke of your paddle creates a trail of iridescent light, reminiscent of shooting stars in the night sky. As you dip your hands into the water, tiny sparkles of light dance around your fingertips, creating a sense of wonder and awe.

      The Night Kayaking Experience

    Tips for an Unforgettable Experience

    • Choose the Right Time 

      The bioluminescence is most vibrant during the new moon phase when the sky is darkest. It is advisable to plan your visit accordingly to maximize the intensity of the bioluminescent display.

    • Minimize Light Pollution 

      To fully appreciate bioluminescence, it is essential to minimize the use of artificial light sources. Avoid using flashlights or camera flashes unless necessary, as they can disrupt the natural glow and diminish the overall experience.

    • Respect the Marine Environment 

      While kayaking, it is crucial to be mindful of the delicate ecosystem and avoid touching or disturbing the bioluminescent organisms. Respecting the marine environment helps preserve this unique natural wonder for future generations.

    • Capture the Moment 

      While it's important to minimize light pollution, capturing the magic of bioluminescence through photography can help preserve memories. Use a camera with manual settings to capture long-exposure shots, allowing the glowing trails to be captured in all their glory. Experiment with different shutter speeds and ISO settings to achieve the desired effect.

    • Dress Appropriately 

      As you venture out on your night kayaking adventure, it is advisable to dress appropriately for the conditions. Choose lightweight, quick-drying clothing that allows for ease of movement. It's also recommended to bring a light jacket or sweater, as the night breeze can sometimes be cooler than expected.

    • Listen to the Guide 

      Listen attentively to the instructions provided by your guide before and during the kayaking experience. They will provide valuable information on safety precautions, paddling techniques, and how to fully appreciate the bioluminescence. Following their guidance will ensure a smooth and enjoyable adventure.

      Tips for an Unforgettable Experience

    Safety Precautions for Bioluminescence Night Kayaking

    Bioluminescence night kayaking in Havelock Island is an exhilarating adventure, but it's important to prioritize safety during your experience. Here are some essential safety precautions to keep in mind:

    • Wear a Life Jacket

      Always wear a properly fitted life jacket throughout the kayaking tour. It ensures your safety in case of any unforeseen circumstances and provides buoyancy while navigating through the water.

    • Follow Instructions

      Listen attentively to the instructions provided by your tour guide or instructor. They will provide guidance on paddling techniques, safety procedures, and how to navigate through the bioluminescent bay effectively.

    • Stay with the Group

      It's crucial to stay with your group and follow the designated kayaking route. This ensures that everyone remains together and can be easily monitored by the tour guides.

    • Be Mindful of Tides and Currents

      Stay aware of the tidal patterns and currents in the area. Avoid kayaking during high tide or strong currents, as they can make the experience more challenging and potentially hazardous.

    • Stay Hydrated and Apply Sunscreen

      Even though you're kayaking at night, it's essential to stay hydrated and protect your skin from sun exposure during the day. Apply sunscreen before the tour, as the sun's rays can still be strong in tropical regions.

    • Inform Others of Your Plans

      Let someone reliably know about your kayaking plans, including the duration of the tour and the contact details of the tour operator. This way, in case of any emergency, someone will be aware of your whereabouts.

      Safety Precautions for Bioluminescence Night Kayaking

    The Final Word

    Bioluminescence night kayaking in Havelock Island is an adventure that immerses you in the magical world of glowing organisms. The captivating beauty of the bioluminescent bay, coupled with the serenity of the night, creates an experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you are an adventure seeker or a nature lover, this unique opportunity to witness nature's light show is bound to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. So, pack your sense of wonder and embark on a journey that will transport you to a world of bioluminescent wonder on Havelock Island.

  • When it comes to enchanting beaches and a serene tropical paradise, Havelock Island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India stands out as a top destination. This captivating island not only offers breathtaking natural beauty but also surprises visitors with its vibrant nightlife. Among the various resorts on the island, Havelock Island Beach Resort stands tall, offering a unique and memorable nightlife experience. 

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    In this blog, we will delve into the fascinating nightlife of Havelock Island, with a focus on the exhilarating atmosphere at Havelock Island Beach Resort's beachside bar.

    1. A Tropical Escape

      Havelock Island, located in the Bay of Bengal, is renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush greenery. During the day, visitors indulge in activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploring the famous Radhanagar Beach. However, as the sun sets, the island transforms into a hub of excitement, where locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

    2. Havelock Island Beach Resort: The Ultimate Nightlife Destination

      Havelock Island Beach Resort is an exquisite retreat that offers luxurious accommodations and a wide range of facilities. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, the resort's beachside bar is a hotspot for those seeking a lively and unforgettable nightlife experience on Havelock Island.

    3. The Beachside Bar Experience

      As the night unfolds, the beachside bar at Havelock Island Beach Resort comes alive with a lively atmosphere, offering a perfect blend of music, entertainment, and stunning views of the moonlit sea. The bar provides a relaxing ambiance where visitors can unwind, socialize, and enjoy refreshing drinks.

    4. Exquisite Beverages and Culinary Delights

      The beachside bar boasts an impressive menu that caters to all tastes and preferences. Visitors can indulge in a wide selection of tropical cocktails, premium spirits, and an extensive range of wines while enjoying the cool sea breeze. The resort's skilled mixologists create signature concoctions that are both refreshing and tantalizing to the taste buds.

      To complement the drinks, the bar also offers a delectable array of appetizers and snacks. From freshly caught seafood to international cuisine, guests can relish a variety of mouthwatering dishes, perfectly paired with their favorite beverages.

    5. Live Music and Entertainment

      To enhance the nightlife experience, Havelock Island Beach Resort frequently hosts live music performances and entertaining events at its beachside bar. Talented local artists and bands showcase their skills, providing a vibrant backdrop to the evening. Whether it's soothing acoustic melodies or energetic beats, the live music at the bar adds to the ambiance and creates a memorable atmosphere for all guests.

    6. Unforgettable Sunset Parties

      One of the highlights of Havelock Island Beach Resort's nightlife is the unforgettable sunset parties held on its premises. As the sun dips below the horizon, guests gather on the beach to witness the breathtaking view while grooving to the beats of lively music. The resort organizes these parties on special occasions, offering an electrifying experience for those looking to dance the night away under the starlit sky.

    7. Safety and Hospitality

      At Havelock Island Beach Resort, ensuring guest safety and providing exceptional hospitality are top priorities. The resort's well-trained staff ensures a comfortable and secure environment for all visitors, allowing them to relax and make the most of their nightlife experience.

    8. Exploring Beyond the Resort

      While the beachside bar at Havelock Island Beach Resort provides an incredible nightlife experience, it's worth venturing beyond the resort to discover more of Havelock Island's vibrant scene. Several beach shacks and bars line the shores, offering a lively atmosphere and opportunities to mingle with fellow travelers and locals.

      Participating in beach bonfires, where groups gather around crackling fires, sharing stories and enjoying the warmth of the evening, is another popular activity on Havelock Island. These gatherings often involve music, singing, and even impromptu jam sessions, creating a sense of community and camaraderie.

    9. Adventurous Nighttime Activities

      In addition to the vibrant beachside bar scene, Havelock Island offers a range of adventurous nighttime activities for thrill-seekers. Embark on a mesmerizing night kayaking excursion and paddle through the bioluminescent waters, where every stroke of your paddle sets off a trail of glowing light. This enchanting natural phenomenon is a truly unforgettable experience that showcases the island's unique biodiversity.

      For those seeking a different kind of adventure, night diving is a popular choice. Havelock Island is home to incredible coral reefs teeming with marine life. Witnessing the underwater world come alive under the glow of your dive torch is an awe-inspiring experience that reveals a whole new side of the island's beauty.

    10. Cultural Experiences After Dark

      Immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions by attending nighttime events and performances. Keep an eye out for traditional dance performances like the Andamanese tribal dance or the vibrant Kathakali dance from Kerala. These cultural showcases provide insight into the rich heritage of the region and offer a captivating evening of entertainment.

    11. Night Markets and Food Stalls

      Exploring the local night markets and food stalls is another must-do activity on Havelock Island. Sample an array of delicious street food, including fresh seafood delicacies, local snacks, and traditional Indian desserts. The night markets are a feast for the senses, with colorful displays of handicrafts, souvenirs, and clothing, making it a perfect opportunity to shop for unique mementoes of your island getaway.

    12. Captivating Stargazing Opportunities

      The clear night skies of Havelock Island offer a mesmerizing stargazing experience. Away from the city lights, you can witness the vast expanse of stars twinkling above. Join stargazing tours or simply find a quiet spot on the beach to marvel at the beauty of the constellations and the Milky Way.

    Raise a Glass and Dive into Havelock's Nighttime Wonderland

    Havelock Island is not just a tropical paradise with stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters; it also offers an exhilarating nightlife experience. Among the many resorts on the island, Havelock Island Beach Resort stands out with its enchanting beachside bar. 

    Whether you are enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, savoring exquisite beverages, indulging in culinary delights, or exploring the wider nightlife scene on the island, Havelock Island Beach Resort provides a gateway to unforgettable experiences. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of Havelock Island's nightlife and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

  • The Andaman Islands, a tropical paradise nestled in the Bay of Bengal, offer breathtaking beauty, pristine beaches, and a rich cultural heritage. With its turquoise waters, lush green forests, and vibrant coral reefs, the archipelago has become a popular destination for travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure. One of the best ways to experience the Andaman Islands is through island hopping, a journey that allows you to explore the diverse islands, each with its unique charm and attractions. 

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    In this article, we will delve into the fascinating world of island hopping in the Andaman Islands, highlighting the must-visit islands, activities, and experiences that will make your trip truly unforgettable.

    • Havelock Island
      Our island-hopping adventure begins with Havelock Island, the most famous and accessible island in the Andamans. Renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life, Havelock offers a range of activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and beachcombing. The highlight of this island is the world-famous Radhanagar Beach, often regarded as one of Asia’s best beaches. Whether you choose to relax on the sandy shores or explore the vibrant coral reefs, Havelock Island is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.
    • Neil Island
      From Havelock, we move on to Neil Island, a tranquil paradise that offers a serene and laid-back atmosphere. With its secluded beaches, lush greenery, and charming village life, Neil Island is perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat. Here, you can visit the breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Bharatpur and Sitapur, where you can relax, swim, and marvel at the stunning coral reefs just off the shore.

      Don’t miss the natural rock formations at the famous Natural Bridge, a unique geological wonder that will leave you in awe of nature’s craftsmanship.
    • Baratang Island
      Continuing our island hopping adventure, we arrive at Baratang Island, known for its dense mangrove forests, limestone caves, and indigenous tribal communities. The journey to Baratang takes you through a fascinating boat ride amidst the lush mangrove ecosystem. Once there, explore the mesmerizing limestone caves, where nature has sculpted intricate formations over thousands of years.
      Another highlight is the mud volcano, an unusual geological phenomenon that adds to the island’s charm. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of the Jarawa tribe, one of the indigenous tribes that call Baratang home.
    • Ross and Smith Islands
      Next on our island hopping itinerary are the twin islands of Ross and Smith Islands. Located near Diglipur, these islands are connected by a natural sandbar that emerges during low tide, creating a breathtaking sight. You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing on the sandy stretch, while the turquoise waters offer excellent snorkeling opportunities.
      Explore the lush green forests of Smith Island, home to diverse flora and fauna, and hike up Mount Harriet for panoramic views of the surrounding islands. Ross and Smith Islands are truly a hidden gem in the Andaman archipelago.

    • North Bay Island and Jolly Buoy Island
      Our island hopping adventure wouldn’t be complete without a visit to North Bay Island and Jolly Buoy Island, both known for their vibrant coral reefs and underwater marine life. These islands are a paradise for snorkelers and divers, offering a chance to swim alongside colorful fish, vibrant corals, and even sea turtles.
      Explore the underwater world and witness the beauty of nature’s underwater kingdom. North Bay Island is particularly famous for its coral gardens, while Jolly Buoy Island is known for its clear waters and the opportunity to spot exotic marine species like parrotfish and clownfish.
    • Long Island
      Continuing our journey, we arrive at Long Island, a hidden gem that offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility. The island is blessed with stunning beaches, dense forests, and scenic hiking trails.
      Embark on a trek through the tropical forests to reach Lalaji Bay, a secluded beach where you can unwind and soak in the natural beauty. Long Island also offers opportunities for kayaking, fishing, and exploring nearby mangrove creeks, allowing you to connect with nature on a deeper level.
    • Cinque Island
      Our island-hopping expedition concludes with a visit to Cinque Island, a paradise for diving enthusiasts. Located off the coast of Wandoor, this uninhabited island boasts pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and an abundance of marine life.
      Dive into the turquoise waters and discover a mesmerizing underwater world filled with colorful corals, schools of fish, and even sightings of majestic manta rays and sea turtles. Cinque Island offers a surreal experience for those seeking to explore the unspoiled beauty of Andaman’s marine ecosystem.
    • Port Blair
      Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands, serves as the main gateway for travelers. Before embarking on your island hopping journey, take some time to explore Port Blair itself. Visit the Cellular Jail, a historical monument that offers insights into India’s struggle for independence. Additionally, you can explore the Anthropological Museum, and Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, and enjoy the local cuisine.
    • Barren Island
      Barren Island is a unique addition to your island hopping itinerary. It is the only active volcano in South Asia and offers a rare opportunity to witness volcanic activity. While visitors are not allowed on the island itself due to safety concerns, you can take a boat trip around the island to observe the volcanic landscape and, if you’re lucky, witness smoke or ash emissions from the volcano. Barren Island is a testament to the raw power of nature and a thrilling experience for adventure seekers.

    When Are You Going to the Andaman Islands?
    Island hopping in the Andaman Islands is an adventure that takes you through a world of breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures, and unparalleled natural beauty. From the stunning beaches of Havelock and Neil Island to the enchanting caves of Baratang, each island offers a unique experience that will leave you captivated. 

    Whether you are an adventure enthusiast, a nature lover, or a seeker of tranquility, the Andaman Islands will undoubtedly enchant you with its charm. Embark on an island-hopping journey, immerse yourself in the beauty of the Andamans, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Havelock Island, also known as Swaraj Dweep, is a gem nestled in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago of India. Spanning over 100 square kilometers, this tropical paradise is known for its untouched beauty and tranquil ambiance. With its pristine white-sand beaches, lush green forests, and clear turquoise waters, Havelock Island offers a perfect escape for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

    The island is accessible via a ferry ride from Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a serene atmosphere and a sense of tranquility that envelops the entire island. The absence of major commercialization has allowed Havelock Island to maintain its natural charm, making it a sanctuary for those seeking a peaceful retreat.

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    So if you have plans of visiting the island, there are several things you must know about Havelock Island. In this blog, we have covered most of them. 

    Radhanagar Beach: Asia's Best Beach

    Among the numerous beaches that adorn Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach stands out as a true gem and has been consistently recognized as one of Asia's best beaches. The soft, powdery sands stretching for about 2.5 kilometers, the crystal-clear waters, and the backdrop of lush green forests create a picturesque setting that seems straight out of a postcard.

    Radhanagar Beach offers visitors an array of activities to enjoy. From taking leisurely walks along the shore to sunbathing under the shade of swaying palm trees, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind. The beach's calm and shallow waters are ideal for swimming, making it a family-friendly destination. Additionally, the mesmerizing sunsets that paint the sky with vibrant hues provide a truly magical experience.


    Snorkeling and Diving: Exploring the Underwater Wonderland

    Havelock Island's thriving coral reefs and diverse marine life make it a haven for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. The clear waters surrounding the island offer excellent visibility, allowing visitors to witness the vibrant underwater world teeming with colorful coral formations, tropical fish, and other fascinating sea creatures.

    Professional dive centers on the island provide a range of diving courses and guided tours for both beginners and experienced divers. Whether you're embarking on your first snorkeling adventure or diving to greater depths, Havelock Island offers an unforgettable exploration of its underwater wonders. Experienced instructors ensure your safety and provide insightful knowledge about the marine ecosystem, making it an educational and enriching experience.

    Exploring the Rich Biodiversity

    Havelock Island is not just a haven for beach enthusiasts but also a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The island is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, thanks to its tropical climate and dense forests and this is one of the best things about Havelock Island. The lush greenery and thriving ecosystems provide a habitat for a variety of species, making it a captivating destination for exploring the rich biodiversity.

    One of the remarkable attractions on Havelock Island is Elephant Beach. A short boat ride away from the main jetty, Elephant Beach offers an opportunity to witness vibrant coral reefs and encounter marine life. Snorkelers can marvel at the stunning coral formations and swim alongside colorful fish and sea turtles. It is also common to spot majestic manta rays gliding through the water, adding to the allure of this underwater wonderland.

    For nature walks and birdwatching, the island's dense mangrove forests are a must-visit. The forest trails offer a chance to immerse oneself in the serene surroundings and spot unique bird species, including parakeets, kingfishers, and herons. The island is also known for its resident reptiles, such as monitor lizards and saltwater crocodiles, which can be spotted in certain areas.


    Adventure and Water Sports

    Havelock Island caters to adventure enthusiasts with its range of thrilling water sports activities. In addition to snorkeling and diving, visitors can indulge in activities like kayaking, jet skiing, and banana boat rides. The island's pristine waters and picturesque coastline provide the perfect backdrop for adrenaline-pumping experiences.

    One of the must-try activities on Havelock Island is sea walking. This unique adventure allows you to walk along the ocean floor while wearing a specialized helmet that provides a constant supply of air. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the underwater world without the need for swimming or diving skills, making it accessible to people of all ages.

    For those seeking a more laid-back experience, Havelock Island offers options like beach camping and leisurely boat tours. Spending a night under the stars on the beach, accompanied by the soothing sound of the waves, is an unforgettable experience. Boat tours provide an opportunity to explore the neighboring islands, each with its own distinct charm and natural beauty.


    Sustainable Tourism and Conservation Efforts

    With the increasing popularity of Havelock Island as a tourist destination, efforts have been made to promote sustainable tourism and preserve the island's fragile ecosystems. Various initiatives have been implemented to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment, including waste management programs and restrictions on coral collection.

    Responsible tourism practices aim to protect the coral reefs, mangrove forests, and the island's overall biodiversity. Visitors are encouraged to practice responsible snorkeling and diving, avoiding touching or damaging the coral formations, and respecting marine life.

    Furthermore, local communities on Havelock Island are actively involved in conservation efforts and eco-friendly practices. Sustainable accommodations, organic farming, and community-based initiatives are contributing to the preservation of the island's natural resources and culture.

    Final Word

    Havelock Island, with its untouched beauty, pristine beaches, and rich marine life, is truly a tropical paradise that leaves visitors awe-inspired. From the mesmerizing Radhanagar Beach to the thrilling underwater adventures, this island offers a myriad of experiences for nature enthusiasts, beach lovers, and adventure seekers alike. 

    Whether you choose to relax under the shade of palm trees, explore the vibrant coral reefs, or simply soak in the serene atmosphere, everything about Havelock Island makes visiting the place an unforgettable journey filled with natural splendor and tranquility. A visit to this slice of paradise is bound to create memories that last a lifetime.

  • Havelock Island, located in the mesmerizing Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, is renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and abundant marine life. It offers an array of thrilling water sports activities that attract adventure enthusiasts from around the world. 

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    If you're seeking an adrenaline rush or simply want to embrace the beauty of the underwater world, Havelock Island has something for everyone. Let's dive into the top water sports activities in Havelock Island that make Havelock Island a haven for aquatic adventures.

    • Scuba Diving: Unveil the Underwater Wonders

    Scuba diving in Havelock Island is an experience like no other. With its vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and excellent visibility, it's a paradise for divers. The island boasts several diving sites, including the world-famous Elephant Beach and the enchanting Neil's Cove. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, there are certified dive centers offering courses and guided dives to ensure a safe and memorable experience.

    • Snorkeling: Immerse in a Colorful Underwater World

    If you're not ready for scuba diving but still want to explore the beauty beneath the surface, snorkeling is the perfect choice. Havelock Island offers numerous snorkeling spots where you can witness the enchanting coral gardens and swim alongside colorful fish. Popular snorkeling sites include Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, and the mesmerizing Lighthouse Beach. Rent snorkeling gear or join a guided tour to make the most of your snorkeling adventure.

    • Kayaking: Paddle Through Nature's Serenity

    For a tranquil water sports experience, kayaking around Havelock Island's mangrove forests is a must-do activity. Glide through narrow channels, witness exotic bird species, and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature. The island provides various kayaking routes, such as the Mangrove Creek, which takes you through dense mangrove forests, and the scenic Havelock Jetty to Elephant Beach route. Kayaking is a great way to connect with the island's natural beauty and unwind in a peaceful setting.


    • Jet Skiing: Feel the Thrill of Speed

    If you crave high-speed excitement, one of the top water sports activities in Havelock Island for you is jet skiing. Hop onto a jet ski and zip across the waves, feeling the wind in your hair and the adrenaline rush through your veins. The azure waters surrounding Havelock Island provide an excellent playground for this exhilarating activity. Several operators offer jet ski rentals and guided rides, ensuring a safe and thrilling experience for adventure seekers.

    • Parasailing: Soar Above the Island's Coastline

    For an awe-inspiring aerial adventure, parasailing in Havelock Island is a must-try activity. Experience the thrill of being lifted into the sky while attached to a parachute, and enjoy breathtaking views of the island's coastline. As you glide above the turquoise waters, you'll feel a sense of freedom and a rush of adrenaline. Many operators offer parasailing experiences, ensuring your safety and providing you with an unforgettable memory.

    • Stand-Up Paddleboarding: Explore the Calm Waters

    Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a popular water sport that allows you to combine balance, core strength, and exploration. Cruise along the calm waters of Havelock Island while standing on a paddleboard, and take in the scenic views of the coastline. SUP is a versatile activity suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Rent a paddleboard or join a guided tour to make the most of this serene water sports experience.


    • Fishing: Reel in the Big Catch

    Havelock Island is a haven for fishing enthusiasts, offering exciting opportunities to reel in the big catch. Whether you prefer deep-sea fishing or angling in the tranquil lagoons, the island provides a rich fishing experience. Join a fishing charter or hire a local guide who can take you to the best spots where you can try your luck at catching various species of fish, including barracuda, snapper, and king mackerel. Fishing in the pristine waters surrounding Havelock Island is not only thrilling but also a great way to connect with nature and enjoy a sense of serenity.

    • Underwater Walk: Walk on the Ocean Floor

    For those who want to explore the underwater world without the need for diving or snorkeling equipment, the underwater walk is a unique and fascinating activity. Put on a specially designed helmet that allows you to breathe freely while submerged, and descend to the ocean floor. Walk along the sandy seabed and witness the vibrant marine life up close. The underwater walk is a safe and awe-inspiring adventure that gives you a glimpse into the hidden wonders beneath the surface.

    • Banana Boat Ride: Fun-Filled Water Adventure

    If you're traveling with family or friends and want to enjoy a fun-filled water activity, the banana boat ride is an excellent choice. Hop on an inflatable banana-shaped boat and hold on tight as you're towed behind a speedboat, bouncing and gliding over the waves. The thrill and laughter that come with this group activity make it a memorable experience for all ages. It's an ideal way to bond with loved ones while enjoying the picturesque views of Havelock Island's coastline.


    • Underwater Photography: Capture the Magic

    Havelock Island's underwater world is a photographer's paradise. Thus, among the top water sports activities in Havelock Island is underwater photography. Capture the mesmerizing beauty of the coral reefs, vibrant fish, and other marine creatures by trying underwater photography. Whether you're an amateur or a professional, the island's clear waters provide excellent visibility, making it easier to capture stunning underwater shots. Join a photography tour or rent underwater camera equipment to unleash your creativity and bring back extraordinary memories of your aquatic adventures.

    Which Water Sports Activity Will You Perform? 

    Havelock Island offers a diverse range of water sports activities that cater to every adventurer's taste. From exploring the vibrant marine life through scuba diving and snorkeling to experiencing the thrill of jet skiing and parasailing, there's something for everyone on this paradise island. Whether you seek underwater tranquility or high-speed excitement, Havelock Island's breathtaking beauty and exhilarating water sports activities will leave you with memories that last a lifetime. So pack your swimwear, grab your gear, and get ready to embark on a thrilling aquatic adventure in Havelock Island.

  • If you are an avid scuba diver or just looking for a unique and exciting adventure, a private boat charter for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands is an excellent choice. The Andaman Islands are a group of islands located in the Bay of Bengal, off the eastern coast of India. They are known for their stunning natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life. With a private boat charter, you can explore these islands and their underwater wonders at your own pace and according to your own preferences.

    What is scuba diving?

    Scuba diving is a thrilling underwater activity that allows people to explore the ocean and its marine life. Scuba is actually an acronym that stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, which is the equipment used to breathe underwater. Divers wear a tank filled with compressed air on their back and breathe through a regulator, which delivers air from the tank to their mouth. Scuba diving requires training and certification, as well as proper equipment and safety protocols.

    The sport can be enjoyed at different levels, from recreational diving to technical diving, and can take place in a variety of underwater environments, such as coral reefs, shipwrecks, and deep-sea trenches. Scuba diving offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of the underwater world, and can be a transformative and unforgettable experience. The Andamans being an archipelago, has some of the best scuba diving spots in the world. In fact, scuba divers from across the world go to the Andamans to test their scuba diving skills. Not just that, the island attracts tourists who go there specifically to scuba diving.

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    Top scuba diving spots in the Andaman Islands

    The Andaman Islands offer a variety of scuba diving opportunities for divers of all levels. From the popular dive sites in Havelock Island to the remote and pristine waters of Cinque Island, the Andaman Islands are a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty and diversity of the underwater world. Here are some of the best scuba diving spots in the Andaman Islands:

    Havelock Island: This is the most popular scuba diving destination in the Andaman Islands. Havelock Island offers a range of dive sites, from shallow coral reefs to deeper sites with strong currents. Some of the popular dive sites in Havelock Island include Elephant Beach, South Button, and Dixon's Pinnacle. Divers can expect to see a variety of marine life, including reef sharks, manta rays, and colourful fish.

    Neil Island: This island is known for its calm waters and diverse marine life. The dive sites in Neil Island offer an array of coral reefs, sea fans, and marine creatures such as octopuses, cuttlefish, and turtles. The popular dive sites in Neil Island include Margherita's Mischief and Junction.

    Barren Island: This is the only active volcano in India and offers a unique and exciting diving experience. The waters around Barren Island are home to hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and a variety of colourful fish. Divers can also explore the volcanic rock formations and underwater hot springs.

    Cinque Island: This remote island is only accessible by boat and offers some of the most pristine dive sites in the Andaman Islands. Divers can explore the coral reefs, swim with schools of fish, and encounter larger marine life such as barracudas and turtles.

    North Bay Island: This is a popular destination for beginners and experienced divers alike. The shallow waters and calm currents make it an ideal spot for training dives and snorkelling. Divers can also explore the vibrant coral reefs and encounter marine life such as angelfish, parrotfish, and sea snakes.

    Cost of booking a private boat charter for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands

    The cost of booking a private boat charter for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the boat, the duration of the trip, and the number of dives included. On average, a private boat charter for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands can cost between INR 20,000 to INR 150,000 or above depending on where you go and what kind of boat you book. This cost usually includes the boat, staff, and diving gear. Some tour operators also offer additional services such as meals and accommodations on board the boat. The cost of a private boat charter can be higher during peak tourist seasons or if you require additional services.

    Best time for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands

    While you can visit Andaman Islands anytime you like, there are specific peak seasons for scuba diving, especially, if you want to book a private boat charter for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands.

    Winter is the best time to visit the Andamans. The weather is great and everything just looks stunning. Also, since there is hardly any chance of rain, the water is calm and best for activities like scuba diving and even going on boat trips. The months of December to February are considered the best time to dive in the Andaman Islands, as due to favourable conditions the visibility underwater is at its highest.

    If you want to book a private charter boat to scuba dive, you should avoid the rainy season, which typically runs from May to September. During this period, the sea conditions can be rough with strong winds and high waves, which can impact the visibility and make diving difficult and potentially dangerous. Additionally, heavy rainfall can lead to runoff from the islands, which can reduce visibility and affect the quality of the dive sites.

    Other water sports can you enjoy on a private boat charter trip

    A private boat trip in the Andaman Islands offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a variety of water sports. Snorkelling is a must-do activity as the waters surrounding the islands are home to a diverse range of marine life, including colourful fish, turtles, and even sharks. For thrill-seekers, jet skiing, wakeboarding, and parasailing are available. Kayaking and paddleboarding are also popular, allowing you to explore the calm waters around the islands at your own pace.

  • Are you looking for a unique and memorable way to explore the underwater beauty of Neil Island? Private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island might just be the perfect experience for you. This is a great way to escape the crowded tourist boats and enjoy a more personalized and intimate experience. In this article, we will guide you through everything you need to know about private boat charters for snorkelling in Neil Island.

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    Why should you get a private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island?

    Private boat charters offer a great way to customize your snorkelling experience according to your preferences. You can choose the time, the location, and the duration of your snorkelling adventure. With a private boat charter, you won’t have to worry about sharing the boat with strangers or feeling rushed. You can take your time to explore the underwater world and enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace.

    Neil Island is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs and marine life in the Andaman Islands. With a private boat charter, you can access some of the most secluded and pristine snorkelling spots that are not easily accessible by larger tourist boats. This means that you will be able to see a wider variety of marine life and enjoy a more serene environment.

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    Best Snorkelling Spots in Neil Island

    Neil Island is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse coral reefs in the Andaman Islands. Here are some of the best snorkelling spots in Neil Island:

    • Bharatpur Beach: This beach is located on the eastern side of Neil Island and is known for its stunning waters and exotic coral reefs. This is a great spot for beginner snorkellers as the waters are shallow and calm.
    • Laxmanpur Beach: This beach is located on the western side of Neil Island and is known for its stunning sunsets and colourful marine life. The waters here are deeper and more challenging for snorkellers, but the variety of marine life is worth the effort.
    • Sitapur Beach: This beach is located on the northern tip of Neil Island and is known for its secluded location and stunning underwater scenery. The waters here are deeper and more challenging for snorkellers, but the variety of marine life is worth the effort.

    How to book a private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island

    If you want to go on a snorkelling trip to Neil Island on a private boat, you should book a boat from either Port Blair or Havelock Island. There are many tour operators in both these islands that will take you on short trips to Neil Island. There are many tour operators in the Andamans that allow tourists to book their snorkelling trip online; however, you may also visit a tour operator directly when you are in the Andamans. There are several types of boat, so make sure that you book the one that suits your needs. Some tour operators may also allow you book individual seats on a boat.

    Cost of booking a private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island

    Booking a private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island may cost you anywhere between INR 20000 to INR 70,000. However, the actual cost may be higher or lower than this range, depending on specific factors like the size of the boat or any additional service you may need.

    It's always a good idea to contact boat charter companies directly to get an accurate quote for your desired itinerary and requirements. You may have to pay an additional fee for snorkelling in Neil Island, which may be around INR 3000-4500. Some tour operators may offer you a package that covers the cost of snorkelling within the cost of booking the boat.

    Best time to go for a snorkelling trip to Neil Island on a private boat

    The best time to go for a snorkeling trip to Neil Island is between November to April. During this time, the weather is very pleasant in the Andamans, which make it perfect for activities like snorkelling. Also, there are hardly any chances of rain, so you don’t have to worry about cancelling any plans. Since the weather is good, the visibility underwater is also great, which means snorkelers can enjoy an amazing dive.

    The Andamans experiences peak tourist season. So, if you are not a fan of a crowd, however, you may want to avoid at least December and January when it is the most crowded.

    You should also avoid the monsoon season that starts around May and goes on until September. Most water activities including snorkelling as the sea conditions can be rough, and the visibility can be poor due to heavy rainfall. Overall, if you're planning a snorkelling trip to Neil Island, it's best to visit during the dry season between October to April for the best experience.

    FAQs on private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island

    Q1. What is included in a private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island?

    Answer: A private boat charter usually includes a boat with a captain, snorkelling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins), and a guide. Some boat charter companies may also provide additional amenities such as food and drinks, towels, and life jackets.

    Q2. How long does a private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island usually last?

    Answer: Most boat charter companies offer half-day and full-day trips, but you can also customise your itinerary according to your preferences. Your cost would also change depending on the duration of the trip.

    Q3. Can beginners go snorkelling on a private boat charter in Neil Island?

    Answer: Yes, beginners can go snorkelling on a private boat charter in Neil Island. Most boat charter companies provide snorkelling gear and offer guidance on how to use it. If you're not comfortable snorkelling on your own, you can also request a guide to accompany you.

    Q4. Is it necessary to have a group to book a private boat charter for snorkelling in Neil Island?

    Answer: Many boat charter companies offer private charters for individuals or small groups. However, the cost of the charter may be higher if you're booking the boat for fewer people.

  • If you're a scuba diving enthusiast, then you've probably heard of Havelock Island, one of the most popular diving destinations in India. And if you're looking for the ultimate scuba diving experience, you might want to consider a private boat charter for scuba diving in Havelock Island. In this article, we'll take a closer look at private boat charters for scuba diving in Havelock Island and why it's an excellent option for those who want to take their scuba diving experience to the next level.

    Why choose a private boat charter for scuba diving in Havelock Island?

    When it comes to scuba diving, Havelock Island has a lot to offer. The island is home to some of the most beautiful dive sites and stunning marine life. However, if you're looking for a more exclusive and personalised experience, then a private boat charter might be the way to go.

    A private boat charter allows you to have complete control over your diving experience. You can choose the dive sites you want to visit, the duration of your dives, and even the time of day that you want to go diving. Additionally, you'll have a private boat all to yourself, so you won't have to worry about sharing your space with other divers.

    Another advantage of a private boat charter is that you have the flexibility to choose how you want your trip planned. If you're diving with a large group, you can tailor your diving experience to suit everyone's needs. For instance, you can choose to visit dive sites that cater to both beginner and advanced divers, or you can adjust the schedule to allow for other activities on the island.

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    The best diving sites in Havelock Island

    One of the main reasons why scuba divers flock to Havelock Island is the abundance of dive sites. Here are some of the best dive sites in Havelock Island that you can explore with a private boat charter:

    Aquarium: This dive site is ideal for beginners, with shallow waters and a variety of marine life such as angelfish, clownfish, and sea turtles.

    The Wall: The first dive site to be discovered in the Andamans, the Wall site is more suited for advanced divers, with a steep drop-off that descends to a depth of 55 meters. It is home to a variety of marine life, including sharks, barracudas, and giant groupers.

    Dixon's Pinnacle: This dive site is located in a protected marine area and is known for its stunning coral formations and diverse marine life, including moray eels, octopuses, and lionfish.

    Johnny's Gorge: This dive site is located on the eastern side of Havelock Island and is known for its strong currents and large schools of fish, including barracudas.

    Cost of hiring a private boat to scuba dive in Havelock Island

    The cost of getting a private boat charter for scuba diving in Havelock Island may be slightly expensive, but you’ll also get access to multiple diving spots and exclusive access to many facilities of a luxury boat. The cost of booking the boat around Havelock Island may be anything between INR 20000-INR 70,000 or above. In some cases, the cost of scuba diving including gear is also included in the package. If not, you may have to pay an additional amount between INR 3500 to 7000 for scuba diving at each spot. The scuba diving package, however, would also include an instructor and some basic training. If you have enrolled in a certification programme, you may have to pay anything between INR 10,000 to 15,000 for the scuba dive.

    How to reach Havelock Island?

    There are a few ways to reach Havelock Island, but the most common and convenient is by ferry. The island is located about 54 km (34 miles) northeast of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Regular ferries operate from Port Blair to Havelock Island, with journey times ranging from 90 minutes to 2.5 hours, depending on the type of ferry. It's important to book your ferry tickets in advance, especially during peak season, and to check the weather conditions before you travel. A ferry ticket may cost you anything between INR 300-500.

    You can book a private boat for scuba diving from any of the tour operators in Havelock Island. Additionally, you can book a private boat charter for scuba diving in Havelock Island directly from Port Blair itself instead of taking a ferry.

    Private boat charter for scuba diving in Havelock Island – FAQ

    Q1. What is the best time to take a private boat to Havelock Island for scuba diving?

    Answer: the best time to hire a private boat for scuba diving in Havelock Island is between November to April. Try to avoid the monsoon season as the chances of your diving trip getting are high during these months.

    Q2. Can you scuba dive if you don’t know how to swim?

    Answer: Yes, you can scuba dive even if you don’t know how to swim. This may, however, limit the number of places where you can dive. Most non-swimmers dive at Aquarium, Lighthouse, or Nemo Beach.

    Q3. Can you scuba dive if you have any medical condition?

    Answer: People who have severe respiratory issues or heart issues are generally asked not to scuba dive. If you have any of these issues, you should consult your doctor before booking a private boat charter for scuba diving in Havelock Island.

    Q4. Do I have to book a private boat charter for the entire day?

    Answer: No, there are many tour operators that offer half-day private boat trips for scuba diving. Also, you have the flexibility to choose your timings. Half-day trips should cost you less than full-day trips.

    Q5. What other activities can you do on a private boat trip in Havelock Island?

    Answer: Good news is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just scuba diving if you are booking a private boat. You can also try snorkelling, game fishing, kayaking, etc while on a private boat charter for scuba diving in Havelock Island. However, the charges for each of these activities will be separate.

  • Who doesn’t love the Ocean? What if your other half also loves the Ocean? Then, go underwater for a romantic proposal that can spark the rest of your lives! Underwater romances have always been the substance of blockbuster movies. Just imagine experiencing the extra special moments with your special someone surrounded by the stunning coral reef and the most bright, colorful marine life, in your homeland. Yes, Andaman Island is the best place to express your love for your partner in a unique scenario.

    How to Plan your engagement proposal?

    Proposal ideas differ from person to person, depending on their lifestyle. It is the hardest thing in this world to do which, needs a lot of planning. The best way to do it is by planning special activities for the rest of the day and keeping your proposal a blissful moment.

    Beach is the romantic location where you can experience an amazing underwater proposal. If you and your partner are adventure junkies then this could be the right choice. Plan a bunch of activities all through the day, this will excite her to jump in the water with you. Now, dive together into the turquoise waters, take pictures together, and after arriving at a wonderful spot, draw out the ring carefully before your young lady or guy notice asking him/her the inquiry. If your photographer is waiting underwater then you get quality pictures to cherish the moment for life.

    Proposing to your love in this unique and creative way while letting the marine creatures witness this extraordinary moment is one of the great and remarkable memories in your happiness. So plan your proposal around what will make her feel safe and confident about the future.

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    Choose a creative underwater photographer

    The photographer you pick should be creative and think-out-of the box. For extra adventures, couples whose proposals and weddings are near the ocean are heading into the sea to capture the unique moments in underwater photography. Whether your photographer uses a drone to get overhead or just rely on underwater cameras he must be willing to run with anything that comes their way.

    Underwater photography not just gives you stunning and artistic photos that celebrate your love yet an experience that you have never experienced before. 

    Think about how you will pop up the question

    When it comes to popping the question timing is everything. Asking your loved ones to marry you is probably the most important question you will ever ask and is the most nerve-wracking moment! You’ve decided to pop the question? Know that you cannot use your voice underwater. Instead, there are a lot of possibilities either you can make underwater signage with you underwater, or write a message on the side of the boat. The answer to your question can’t be heard underwater but seeing the smile on her face would surely bring you the assurance you’ve been waiting for.

    To give your partner the proposal of their dreams this unique and personalized proposal is the one-of-a-kind proposal that you want.

    So what’s included?
    Scuba dive sessions for two
    “Will you marry me?” underwater signage
    Rental equipment’s
    Underwater photography
    A bottle of bubbly with champagne

    Just bring out your creativity and be as romantic as possible. This proposal story is going to be retold a lot. So make sure it’s a story worth- telling to your family, friends, and your future children.

  • The pandemic crisis brought almost the whole world to a standstill. Nations went into lockdown and everyone was restricted to their homes. Companies relying heavily on an office presence for the completion of their tasks found a way to work from home. But this was temporary as industries had to open to prevent an economic meltdown. The world as we know it can’t function at such a slow pace.   

    There were a lot of changes. And most importantly, something had to change from our regular way of doing things. As a result, the way we travel changed, the way we communicated modified, and we even altered our way of greeting each other.

    Far away from the hustle and bustle of the world, our amazingly beautiful and lavish beachfront property, Havelock Island Beach Resort, is nestled in the remote Andaman Islands. Located in Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep), our resort follow elevated safety protocols and stringent hygiene standards. Also, we conduct mandatory temperature checks for staff and guests on daily basis in order to ensure your safety and a worry-free stay. In case you are willing to go for a vacation to get rid of all the work stress, then a secluded paradise would be a great destination.

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    New norms to be followed while travelling to the Andaman Islands

    COVID-19 testing

    Every passenger is required to either go through a Rapid Antigen Test at Port Blair airport (Veer Savarkar International Airport) or get an RT-PCR test report from the mainland, the sample for which must be given within 48 hours of arrival. The same can be used to board the ferry to Havelock Island. The test is not that costly and the result is given in nearly half an hour. All this will ensure the safety of the island for travellers.
    Things to remember

    Everyone has to wear a mark keeping their nose and mouth covered at all times, especially when in public settings.

    Social distancing should be maintained. You should avoid close contact by staying at least six feet apart (about two arms’ distance) from anyone who is not with you.

    Regular sanitisation of hands is mandatory. We have dispensers installed across the resort.

    Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth, especially after touching other surfaces.

    Wherever available, use contactless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors. Rather than by hand, the cash or card should be exchanged by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter, wherever possible.

    Stay away from crowded spaces as much as possible. Avoid group gatherings.

    Get thermal checking wherever required, including at our resort and activity centres.

    Carry your own essentials such as water bottles, personal sanitizers, etc.

    The safety rules set by concerned authorities are there to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the wake of the pandemic. Kindly follow them for your own and others’ safety.

    Important points for tourists travelling to the Andaman Islands

    The COVID-19 test report has to be from within 48 before starting the journey. It will not be valid if the date of testing is more than 2 days before landing at the Port Blair Airport.

    If you have tested negative either through RTPCR from an ICMR approved lab, then no institution or home quarantine is needed.
    Travellers going to and from Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) and Havelock Island will not be required to test again if they have a negative test report.

    If you start developing symptoms, then you have to immediately report to the nearest PHC/CHC. Necessary testing will be done as per the doctor’s advice.

    If a tourist tests positive after arrival, then they have to be in institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The cost of such isolation will be paid by the tourist as fixed by the administration.

    If the positive-tested person wants to stay at a hotel, then the hotel has to make the required arrangements for designating a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose. They can stay there provided they meet the below-mentioned conditions:

    -If allowed by doctors
    -Request/undertaking is made by the patient in writing
    -Patients are not symptomatic and not above the age of 60

    There will be thermal checking and scanning at every entry and exit points.

    Now you need more time in hand to visit tourist places in the Andamans as the timings of most places are changed and the opening hours are reduced.

    No group photography is allowed in any place.  

    How to Reach Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)?

    Located about 57 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you can reach Havelock Island via sea only. It takes nearly two to three hours to reach Havelock Island from Port Blair. There are frequently available ferries and cruises operating between the two places. You can choose as per your convenience and budget as both government ferries and private cruises are functional to the island. The ferries leave from Phoenix Bay Wharf.

    Now known as Swaraj Dweep, Havelock Island receives the maximum footfall in the Andaman Islands owing to its pristine beaches and turquoise waters. It has also the best infrastructure for a number of water activities, thus ensuring an incredible experience for everyone. You can try scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and a lot more. The island offers a relaxed atmosphere with tropical vibes. The beaches of Havelock Island are amazingly gorgeous. They are dotted with PADI diving centers, cute cafes, and luxurious beachfront properties. You can reach this island by sea. Private and government ferries operate from Port Blair and Neil Island, which are the neighboring islands. These are the lifeline of the Andaman Islands as they connect so many islands with each other. The same can be booked through Andaman Island Travels for an easy and worry-free experience.

  • Andaman & Nicobar Islands is the proverbial tropical paradise nestled in the junction of Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, about 1300 km east of the Indian mainland. A sprawling archipelago of 572 islands, it offers a lifetime experience of evergreen forests, golden sand beaches, sublime sunrise and sunset.

    Travellers can be swayed by the whistling leaves of mighty Paddock trees, mellifluous songs of a million birds, abundant mangroves and a plethora of aquatic activities showcasing the beauty of the marine life in their natural habitat, as well as adrenaline gushing thrills for the adventurous.

    The azure blue sky above and the turquoise blue waters beneath, are a treat to the senses which is sure to be cherished memories for times to come. Andaman & Nicobar Islands is the dream destination for the discerning, equally enticing for the family, friends, honeymooners as well as those who wish to explore the exciting with panache, not to forget the rich heritage of the Islands.

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    What is Banana Ride?

    Among the many thrilling water sports in Andaman Islands, Banana Ride offers the entire family an opportunity to revel in an exhilarating experience of twists and turns on high seas at top speed, ably manoeuvred by a professional guide.

    It is designed as a banana shaped, often yellow inflatable tube, flanked by two smaller tubes on each side as foot rest. Towed by speedboat, it accommodates six riders on a single trip. Once in the high seas, the speedboat accelerates to attain amazing velocity, thus tossing and splashing the boat to ride waves of turbulence.

    The entire trip lasts an electrifying 12 minutes to 35 minutes, when with swift meandering sharp moves, the Banana Boat is flipped to topple. With riders precariously hanging on, the adrenaline rush leads to unadulterated gush of ecstatic fun and laughter.   

    Why take a Banana Ride in Andaman?

    When it comes to water sports in Andaman Islands, a traveller is spoilt for choice. However, not all activities are meant for everybody. Banana Boat Ride in Andaman is one, which is ideal for the entire family to enjoy together, as up to six persons are accommodated at the same time.
    There is no joy greater on a holiday where indulgence of the whole family is ensured and shared together by young and old alike. That apart, the ride is absolutely safe as life jackets are compulsory for both adults and children.
    The service of the professional instructors is always at hand in the event of contingencies. With this backdrop, fun and frolic riding the wind and surf in a Banana Boat, is enhanced manifold, generating a string of memories to carry back in a not to miss activity.  

    Popular Places for Banana Ride in Andaman

    Being an archipelago spread over approximately 8250 sq. km, there are a number of picturesque destinations to explore among the 37 inhabited islands in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. There is no dearth of options for sight-seeing, lazing on golden white sand beaches or simply admiring the blue of the sky and the sea and its crystal clear waters.

    The most exciting of them all is of course the range of water sports, seldom available anywhere else in India. Though water sports are spread across many places, Banana Boat Ride is confined to only three places. The places are unique in their own way, the waves determining the level of thrill.

    Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

    Situated within the capital city of Port Blair, the Banana Ride here is sedate with docile waves greeting the riders.
    The calm sea provides greater scope of acceleration to high speeds, adding to the fun filled pleasure of the boat ride.

    Banana Ride being adjacent to the shore; is an ideal spot for photo opportunities to preserve as memento, to cherish at leisure and share with friends and family.

    North Bay Island

    The island is located 36 km North East of Port Blair. It is accessible from the jetty in Port Blair by boat only; entailing additional cost, which is worth the life time experience.

    The Island is a haven for casual water sports – Banana Ride occupying the pride of place. The scene of this exciting action is deep into the open sea, which also is an opportunity to explore the water around for marine life forms.

    It is exhilarating for the riders to experience the fierce waves in combination of the water push generated by the speedboat, to toss the Banana Boat high up into the air to be hurled to the sea beneath with a resounding splash.

    Elephant Beach in Havelock Island

    Considered as the capital for water sports at Havelock Island, it is by far the best option for a thriller.

    Notwithstanding the ethereal lure of Radhanagar Beach and candle light dinner at Havelock Island, the Banana Ride is among the top attractions at Havelock Island.

    The robust waves rising from the crystal clear waters, provides the requisite impetus for the speedboats to toss the banana boat high up the wave crest. It is followed by abrupt dives into the sea below in a rare display of turns and jumps to make the Banana Ride at Havelock Island a wholesome experience.

    Safety Precautions

    Banana Boat rides are fully safe for the riders of all ages, yet there is a compulsory need to remember the basic guidelines typical of adventure sports, to avoid any mishaps.

    A pleasurable holiday destination, which the tropical paradise Andaman & Nicobar Islands is; necessitates the visitor to make a careful note of the following dos and don’ts for a safe indulgence in adventurous Banana Boat Ride:

    Observe the guidelines provided by the instructor carefully.
    Always wear a life jacket and ensure it is fastened well.
    Make sure to have a good grip during the duration of the ride.  
    Do not panic when in the water.
    Do not move unnecessarily.

    Stick to the basics and do not attempt any stunts during the ride. As this is a group ride, this rule should be strictly followed to ensure the safety of all.

  • Among the many places in the world to visit with flashy lights and loud noise, Baratang Island is a quiet and peaceful land tucked within the beautiful region of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This peace and escapism are what make Baratang Islands a fantastic spot for vacations and adventures with friends and family or even by one’s own self.

    Location: located 150 km from the northern coast of port Blair, the Baratang Islands are a part of the Indian Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and belong to the Middle and North Andaman administrative district. The islands are a closely structured archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of 242.6 square kilometres.

    Culture: a trip to Baratang Island will showcase its pure and raw beauty of nature and the culture it possesses. With attractive, alluring sites like the limestone caves and mud volcanoes, people and tourists alike, and fully immerse in the history and exotic opportunities that the Baratang Islands have to offer.

    People: the Baratang islands are home to the Jarawa tribe, which is among the oldest surviving tribes all over the world. Though being one of the less-visited and toured islands due to hindrances of accessibility and routes, the Baratang islands have a total of 5691 inhabitants. Although, the majority of the inhabitants are of the local Jarawa tribe.

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    Reasons to visit Baratang Island

    There are countless reasons as to why one should apply for a Baratang Island tour booking package for your next vacation. Tourists, adventurer’s mad travel junkies from all across the world come and see some of the most attractive spots in Baratang Island and take part in numerous activities.

    Here are some of the reasons why visiting the Baratang Islands are a must for your next vacation:

    Famous attractions: the island in the Andaman region is renowned for its limestone caves, mud volcanoes, and beaches, which make up some of the most attractive spots in Baratang Island. These tourist spots provide a deep dive into the natural history of the islands and make for a memorable trip on vacations with friends and family.

    Fun Activities: Some of the top tourist highlights in Baratang Island are the activities that come from visiting and touring the island. From trekking through the deep mangrove forest and planes to boating from the jetties, the Baratang island has activities that cater to people from all walks of life.

    Sightseeing: Baratang Island has some of the most spectacular and breathtaking views of the natural forests, caves, and beaches. Enjoy the beautiful sunset at the Baludera Beach and appreciate the beautiful lush coverage of the mangrove forests that create a natural, safe haven for a wide variety of fauna.

    Locals and Wildlife: home to the Jarawa tribe, tourists and travellers can get to know the locals residing in the Baratang Islands. Tourists and visitors can get to know about the history of one of the oldest tribe settlements in the world and understand their practices, local customs, and traditions.

    Marvel at the wildlife that lives in perfect harmony with the tribe and enjoys the serene experience of watching the thousands of parrots at the Parrot Island who travel to the island at regular intervals, making it a paradise for bird lovers.

    Major sightseeing spots in Baratang Island

    Limestone cave: When exploring the Baratang Islands, a visit to the Limestone cave is a must. These caves are a short speed boat ride and a 10- 15 minute hike into the dense undulating forest from the Baratang port. These sedimentary rocks that have formed over millions of years adorn the underground caves with stalactites and stalagmites which stake unique shapes and forms.

    The limestone cave is always tucked in the deep mangroves and is a visual treat for those who wish to plan trips to Baratang Island.

    Mud volcano: If you are wondering what to do in Baratang Island, then look no further than visiting the infamous mud volcanoes. These small craters are created as a result of decaying organic matter that produces natural gas. This gas pushes the mud upwards to form these bubbling craters. The way to reach the mud volcanoes is on a small jetty ride followed by a leisurely 160-meter walk. Mud volcanoes may not be the flashiest sight that one can come across but is an extreme rarity in the world. The Andaman Islands have 11 such volcanoes with eight being in Baratang Island and Middle Andaman while the rest three are situated in the northern Andaman region.

    Parrot island: Are you a bird lover? Do you enjoy bird watching and seeing exotic birds in real life? Parrot Island is the place for you. Parrot Island is considered by many to be the most beautiful island in Baratang. As the name suggests, this uninhabited piece of land is home to thousands of parrots. This place is nothing less than a bird lover’s paradise. Delving into the legends of Parrot Island, tourists can expertise fun activities like boating and trekking through the mangrove forest of the islands and revel in the beauty of how the parrots naturally and organically take care of the woods with their beaks.

    Baludera beach: Situated on the eastern side of Batarang Island, 9 km from the Nilambur jetty, the Baludera Beach is an uninhabited and yet to be explored stretch of land that attracts tourists from far and wide. This quiet beach is one of the perfect places to see in Baratang Islands if you are looking for a serene and calm environment to get away from the daily hustle and bustle of city life. The island offers a natural experience with breathtaking sights of the ocean at sunset and creates a rejuvenating atmosphere amongst the sounds of thousands of parrots all over the island who migrate to it at intervals.

  • Imagine the opportunity to dive deep into the crystal clear waters of Andamans, swimming along with the fishes, walking on the ocean bottom, seeing the magnanimous marine beauty around you. And that's what Sea walking in Andamans would be like!
    Home to more than 197 endemic marine species, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, situated amidst the Bay of Bengal, are a group of 572 islands, which are home to different wonders of the world. Be it Asia’s only active volcano, white sand beaches or colonial ruins, Andaman is an overall experience which will satiate your curiosity with history and also offer you the thrill of adventure.  

    Other than being famous for its local cuisines, and water sports, Andaman is one tropical paradise giving you open space to destress, and rejuvenate with its fun and adrenaline activities.

    However, if you miss out on the opportunity to sea walk in Andamans midst the colourful and magnanimous marine species, then you have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

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    What is Sea walking?

    As the name suggests, sea walking translates in to walking on the ocean bed, feeling the soft sand under your bare feet, and taking in the vast flora and fauna of the marine world. This is one of the safest water activities in Andaman and highly rated by the tourists as must-try.

    The sea walkers are provided with a helmet which has a transparent visor designed in a way so as to provide you with an unobstructed view of the flora and fauna and also help you breathe normally without any oxygen pump attached to your face.

    The helmet is quite heavy, which pushes you down to the ground, but when underwater, the helmet feels like just a feather. The ocean bed will be 7 to 10 meters down, but don’t worry, the helmet will supply with the required amount of oxygen for the duration of your walk.

    The oxygen in the helmet is provided by an oxygen tank which is connected to your helmet via a pipe. The oxygen tank is at the top of the ship, so you don't have to worry about the tank weight or the apparatus.

    Why Sea Walk in Andaman?

    The diverse marine life of Andaman is well renowned all around the world. One can experience the underwater beauty by taking a dive in the sea, snorkelling or by taking a sea walk.

    Tourists opt for sea walking in Andaman as one does not need to know swimming for this activity. You can be as close to the coral reefs, marine animals as you can be during other water activities.

    Anyone from the age of 7 to 70 can participate in this activity. Do plan your trip with experienced and certified professionals for a hassle free sea walking experience.  

    You would be able to get close to coral reefs, see the vast species and exquisite species of marine wildlife and it would be one of the most amazing things to encounter. The best part about this experience is that you can go either in a group or in private and get tons of pictures clicked with the fishes all around you!

    Popular Places for Sea Walking In Andaman

    Requiring a perfect setup, a safe environment and one of the best experiences is the topmost priority, so, sea walking activity in Andaman is provided in two places only.

    Elephant Beach at Havelock Island

    Surrounded by corals all across, Elephant beach offers you one of the majesticexperiences for water sports and activities, with sea walking being one of the best activities offered.

    Havelock Island is located about 70 km away from Port Blair. You can either take a catamaran ferry that would reach Havelock in about 90 minutes or a government aided ferry service which would take about 2 to 2 and half hours.

    North Bay beach at North Bay Island

    Same as Havelock, North Bay beach too provides you with one of the best setups to walk on the ocean bed and enjoy viewing the breathtaking corals and marine animals along with your loved ones for company.

    The North Bay Island is located about 43 km away from Port Blair. Tourists can either book a private boat or avail the ferry services provided by the government.

    The cost of sea walking in Andaman across both the islands is more or less the same with minor variations depending on the tour package you select. The average cost of sea walking in Andaman is about 4000 rupees for a duration of 30 minutes.  

    The average cost might decrease if you choose to travel during the off season, due to fewer tourists. But, do remember water sports will be unavailable during the rainy season wing to rough seas and cyclone time.

    Safety Precautions

    Even though sea walking is safe, and you would have a guide holding your hand, it is important to take precautions for your betterment and safe experience.

    So some of the basic do’s and don’ts of Sea walking in Andaman are:

    Carry a set of clothes, as you will get wet.

    Always hear and move with the instructor, don't poke, touch or disturb the harmony of the marine life.

    Do check your apparatus before getting in the water.

    Do inform the instructor, if you have any health conditions- Panic attacks, anxiety attacks, heart conditions, asthma, breathing issues, anything which can hamper your health during this activity.

    Don't poke, touch the marine animals. Remember we are the guests in their abode.

    Don't litter, always keep your belongings with you.

    Do not feed the fishes.

    In case, you are afraid of trying this activity, it is suggested that you try walking in shallow depths before moving to a 10 meters deep floor. However, safe it might be, it is necessary as an individual to be ready for this adrenaline rush moment.

    But none the less, ocean walking in Andaman is one of the most unique experiences which you will cherish and remember forever.

  • Andaman and Nicobar islands, a union territory of India, comprises of 572 islands out of which 37 are inhabited. Interestingly, these islands are closer to Myanmar and Indonesia than with the Indian mainland, which is more than 1300 km away.
    Andaman Islands offer a picturesque view of sun kissed beaches, amazing sea creatures and beautiful sunsets. One of the best ways to explore the aquatic beauty around is to take a glass boat ride in Andaman.  

    There are multiple options to choose from on what to do when you are in Andaman’s, from deep sea diving at Havelock Island to captivating sunrises and sunsets to indulging in amazingly tasty local cuisine at Port Blair. However, nothing beats the experience of witnessing the marine life through Glass boat ride in Andaman.

    This is a must do activity for anyone traveling to Andaman and will definitely be a memory to cherish for an entire lifetime. It’s very rare to get this close to a dolphin or a fish while riding a boat and sitting in the company of your loved ones.

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    What is Glass Boat Ride?

    Glass Boats are beautiful small boats / ferries adorned with transparent bottom allowing the occupants to experience the marine life in their own natural habitat.

    The boats can accommodate 4 to 6 people and as it sails on the pristine clear water of the Andaman Sea, lets you have a closer view of the beautiful and mesmerizing sea creatures and scenic corals.

    You can get onto these boats from different places within Andaman.  The ride can be between 15 minutes to an hour and the charges depend upon the length of the ride.  The longer the ride, the more expensive it will be.

    However, the thrill of riding a boat, sailing on crystal clear water while you witness the wild sea life inside is simply sublime, worth every minute of it.

    Why take a Glass boat ride in Andaman?

    The desire to satisfy the experience of watching enchanted exquisiteness of the underwater empire of Andaman without having to wet your body or take a dip inside the sea, is possible with this glass boat ride.  
    You not only get to have a close encounter with corals and fishes swimming around your face but also get to see dolphins, fire goby and freckled frogfish from a very close distance.

    The ride is also an excellent option for children and elderly to experience the aquatic diversity without any risk.  The central transparent portion of the boat allows everyone to have an uninhibited view of the sea underneath.

    People with families or on special trips can enjoy the adventure without any risk while satisfying the thrill of an adrenaline rush and encounter exotic aquatic species.  A must do activity when you are in the Andaman and wish to experience its genuine beauty.

    Popular Places for Glass Boat ride in Andaman

    There are umpteen number of places within Andaman offering this ride.  Some of the popular places to enjoy your Glass boat ride in Andaman include:

    Havelock Islands

    Falls in Ritchie’s archipelago and has one of the most famous Elephant beach along with rich accumulation of coral reefs and marine life.  Radhanagar beach in Havelock Island is known for its ethereal sunset while the interiors of the island is dotted with thick tress housing various birds chief among them being white headed mynas and woodpeckers.
    The Havelock Island is popular for glass boat rides, which can be booked online too.

    Port Blair

    Viper Island just 4 kilometers from Port Blair still has ruins of the first jail, which came up in Andaman’s even before the now famous Cellular Jail.

    The place is now used to ferry people on boats to give them a closer view of the sea creatures living off the seawaters of Bay of Bengal. This place is also the capital city and here too tourists can enjoy the famous Andaman glass boat ride.

    Neil Island

    It lies close to Havelock islands and just like other places in Andaman has beautiful beaches to explore and enjoy.  Bharatpur beach in Neil Island has a rich marine life with colorful fishes & coral reef at one end of the beach.

    This is another place offering Glass boat rides to the tourists.

    Ross Island

    This falls in south Andaman administrative council and is only 3 kilometers from Port Blair.  In addition to the glass boat rides, you can also enjoy the historical ruins of the place, which are a big tourist attraction here.

    These ruins were the war installations of Japanese POW camp.  The Presbyterian church is also a popular spot to visit.

    North Bay

    One of the best places to admire the marine life with an abundance of coral reefs, splendid white sand beaches and awesome natural beauty.  The place is also referred to as coral islands because of the huge presence of coral reefs here, which makes it an ideal place to visit and spend time in.

    The best time to visit it is from September to May, however the summers too are cooler than most of the other parts of India.  
    People can indulge themselves in Suba diving, snorkeling, sea walking and of course glass bottom boat rides at North Bay.

    Safety Precautions

    Although, the ride is safe it is important to follow the directions of your guide.  They are the ones who know everything about the boat and the safety processes to be followed in case of an emergency.  Some of the basic dos and don’ts of glass bottom boat ride at Andaman that you can follow are:

    Always carry your water bottle. You may not have access to water during the ride and its important to remain hydrated.
    Always listen to the details provided by the guide or the operator while you are in the midst of the ride.
    Do not step on the glass portion of the boat.
    Do not move unnecessarily inside the boat.
    Do not put your hands or legs out of the boat, as it can be dangerous.

    These are some of the basic precautions one can follow while relishing the glass boat ride. Although, the guide will explain everything before you step inside, its important to follow their instructions even while you are in the midst of the boat ride to have an experience to remember.  

    So, the next time, you think of visiting Andaman, remember to enjoy the quintessential Andaman glass boat ride and experience the thrill of being in close contact with our exotic friends from the sea.


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