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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About Diglipur Island

A vacation off the beaten path is a dream for every wanderlust-driven individual, and there's hardly a place that fits this description better than Diglipur Island. Nestled in the heart of the Andaman Islands, this extraordinary destination is a hidden gem of untouched beauty, vivid culture, and adventurous pursuits. But what exactly does this island offer? Well, from its exotic wildlife to the verdant landscapes and tranquil beaches, there is a whole lot more to discover than meets the eye. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into everything you need to know about Diglipur Island.

How to reach Diglipur from Port Blair: 

Located in the North Andaman Islands, Diglipur is approximately 300 kilometres from Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The most popular way to get to Diglipur is by public bus or shared jeep. You have these few options to reach Diglipur:

  1. Road: The most common mode of transportation is by road. Regular public buses, shared jeeps, and private taxis ply on this route. The journey is long, taking about 9-10 hours, passing through the dense forests of Jarawa Reserve, picturesque landscapes, and small island villages. You will also have to cross Middle Strait and Baratang. This journey is perfect for those seeking a real adventure and a chance to witness the beautiful landscapes of the Andaman Islands.
  2. By ferry: Traveling by sea is a less common but exciting option. However, the service is less frequent compared to road transportation, and the journey might take longer. From Port Blair, the boat ride can take anywhere from 9-12 hours, depending on the vessel's speed. Note that the boats do not operate daily, and schedules can change depending on the weather. 

    How to reach Diglipur from Port Blair

Accessibility to Other Islands:

Diglipur serves as a gateway to visiting other islands, especially the nearby Ross and Smith Islands. Regular boat services are available from Arial Bay Jetty in Diglipur to these islands. It's also possible to organise boat trips to other smaller, less-visited islands around Diglipur through local tour operators.

Getting Around in Diglipur: Local Transport and Accommodation

Once you reach Diglipur, getting around the island is straightforward. The island isn't too large, which makes it quite manageable. The local means of transport include auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws for shorter distances. For exploring places situated farther, taxis can be hired. Many people prefer renting a two-wheeler for the duration of their stay as it provides the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Accommodation in Diglipur caters to a range of preferences and budgets. From luxury resorts overlooking the sea to budget guesthouses and homestays that offer a more local experience, you'll find something that suits your needs.

How To Reach Diglipur

Things You Can Do in Diglipur: Attractions and Activities

Diglipur is not just a destination, but a gateway to a myriad of experiences. The island is adorned with diverse natural features - lush greenery, tranquil beaches, unique geological formations, and rich marine life. Here are some must-visit attractions and activities you can enjoy in Diglipur:

Ross and Smith Islands: Connected by a narrow, sandy isthmus, these twin islands are a sight to behold. The natural sandbar that connects the two islands becomes visible during low tide, offering visitors a unique experience of walking from one island to the other. The surrounding waters are crystal clear, providing excellent opportunities for snorkelling and swimming. Visitors need to obtain a permit from the Forest Office in Diglipur to visit these islands. The islands are also home to a Marine Sanctuary that harbours rich marine life. It's the perfect place to experience the underwater world of the Andaman Sea.

Saddle Peak National Park: This Park is named after Saddle Peak, the highest point in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, standing at 732 meters. Hiking up this peak is a moderately challenging endeavour but is worth the effort due to the panoramic views of the Andaman archipelago you are rewarded with at the summit. The park is also a haven for bird watchers, with several endemic bird species making it their home. Remember to carry ample water and snacks as there are no shops inside the park.

Kalipur Beach: Kalipur Beach is a sandy retreat renowned for its turtle nesting grounds. Four species of sea turtles - Olive Ridley, Green Turtle, Hawksbill, and Leatherback (Dermochelys) - nest here from December to February. The Forest Department conducts turtle nesting tours during these months, offering a unique opportunity to observe these gentle creatures up close.

Ramnagar Beach: Ramnagar Beach is a peaceful, sandy expanse well-known for its crystal-clear waters, ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. The surrounding coral reefs house various colourful marine creatures, providing an enchanting underwater experience.

Ramnagar Beach

Mud Volcano: A mud volcano is a geological spectacle where natural gases push out mud from the earth's depths, creating a mound. Diglipur's mud volcano at Shyam Nagar is one of the few found in South Asia. While it might not be as dramatic as lava-spewing volcanoes, it's an interesting natural phenomenon that's worth a visit.

Alfred Caves: These are a network of 41 limestone caves, a delight for explorers and nature enthusiasts. To reach the caves, you need to trek through dense forests, making it an adventurous journey. The caves are home to the Swiftlet birds that make edible nests, a key ingredient in bird's nest soup. Remember to carry a torchlight and hire a guide for this expedition.

Lamiya Bay Beach: This rocky beach, located near Kalipur Beach, is another beautiful location to unwind. The view of the sunset from Lamiya Bay is breathtaking. It's also the starting point for the trek to Saddle Peak.

Fishing Tours: Thanks to its rich marine life, Diglipur is an excellent place for fishing enthusiasts. Several tour operators offer deep-sea fishing expeditions, giving you a chance to catch a variety of fish species.

Fishing Tours in Diglipur Island

Rural Experience: Immerse yourself in the local culture and way of life by visiting the rural areas around Diglipur. A walk through the paddy fields and orange plantations offers a peaceful respite from the beach activities. Interacting with the friendly locals, learning about their customs and traditions, and tasting the local cuisine is an experience in itself.

Enjoy the Local Cuisine: Andamanese cuisine is a unique fusion of flavours from Indian, Burmese, and Thai cuisines. With its coastal location, seafood plays a significant role in the local diet. Don't forget to try the grilled lobsters, coconut prawn curry, and fish curry. 

Explore the Culture and People: The people of Diglipur are known for their warm hospitality. They belong to various communities, including Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, and Nicobarese. Despite the cultural diversity, there's a beautiful harmony among the locals. The island’s cultural richness is evident in the various festivals celebrated throughout the year, including Durga Puja, Pongal, Christmas, and Eid.

Explore the Culture and People

Top Water Sports in Diglipur

One of the prime reasons travellers flock to Diglipur is its abundant marine life and clear waters, making it an ideal spot for water sports. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or prefer a peaceful exploration of the underwater world, Diglipur has a variety of water sports that cater to everyone. Let's delve into the top water sports activities you can partake in:

Snorkelling: Diglipur's clear waters and abundant marine life make it an excellent place for snorkelling. Ross and Smith Islands, in particular, offer spectacular snorkelling opportunities with their coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. Snorkelling is a great way to explore the underwater world without the need for extensive training.

Scuba Diving: If you wish to delve deeper into the aquatic world, scuba diving is the sport for you. Diglipur offers a variety of dive sites suitable for both beginners and experienced divers. With its vibrant coral reefs, unique marine creatures, and excellent visibility, scuba diving here is a truly mesmerising experience.

Top Water Sports in Diglipur

Here’s when you should visit Diglipur

The best time to visit Diglipur is from November to April. During this period, the weather is pleasant, and the skies are mostly clear, making it perfect for sightseeing, beach activities, and water sports.

If you're interested in witnessing the unique phenomenon of turtle nesting, plan your visit between December and February. The Kalipur Beach and Ramnagar Beach in Diglipur are known to be nesting grounds for four species of sea turtles during these months.

The winter months, especially December and January, are considered the peak tourist season. If you prefer a quieter, less crowded experience, consider visiting during the shoulder months of November and February.

Summers in Diglipur are warm but not extremely hot. Temperatures generally range between 28°C and 35°C. The weather during this time is usually sunny and humid, which is excellent for beach activities and water sports

Remember, the timings and availability of ferry services and flights to the Andaman Islands are subject to weather conditions, especially during the monsoon season. Therefore, if you want to visit the island, you should check the schedules in advance and plan accordingly.

Here’s when you should visit Diglipur

How much would it cost you to visit Diglipur?

The cost of visiting Diglipur can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the time of year, type of accommodation, mode of transportation, dining preferences, and the activities you plan to undertake. Here's a general breakdown to give you an idea:

Transportation: The most common way to reach Diglipur is by road from Port Blair. You can either hire a private cab, which can cost around INR 5000-6500 for a one-way trip or take a bus, which will be much cheaper at around INR 500-600 per person. Alternatively, you can also opt for the inter-island government-operated boat service, which is priced around INR 400-600 per person one way.

For local travel within Diglipur, you can hire auto-rickshaws or taxis. The cost can vary from INR 100-300 depending on the distance.

Accommodation: Accommodation costs can vary widely depending on the type and location. Budget guesthouses and homestays can cost as low as INR 800-1000 per night, while mid-range hotels might charge between INR 2000-4000 per night. Luxury resorts will, of course, cost significantly more, ranging anywhere from INR 5000 to over INR 10,000 per night or more.

Food: The cost of food again depends on where you choose to eat. Local eateries and street food can be very economical, costing around INR 100-200 per meal. Mid-range and upscale restaurants would charge between INR 500-1000 per meal.

Activities: The cost for activities varies depending on the type of activity. For instance, entry permits and boat rides to Ross and Smith Islands may cost around INR 1000-1500 per person. Scuba diving can range from INR 3500-4500 per dive, while snorkelling gear can be rented for about INR 500-700. Trekking to Saddle Peak might involve a guide fee of around INR 500-1000.

How much would it cost you to visit Diglipur?

Everything you need to know about Diglipur Island - FAQs

  1. How do I reach Diglipur Island? 

    Answer: Diglipur Island can be reached by road and sea from Port Blair. The road journey is approximately 300 km long and takes around 9-10hours by bus or private car. Alternatively, government-operated boat services are also available.

  2. What is the best time to visit Diglipur Island? 

    Answer: The best time to visit Diglipur Island is from November to April when the weather is pleasant and suitable for sightseeing and beach activities.

  3. What are the main attractions in Diglipur? 

    Answer: Diglipur is known for its beaches, especially the twin islands of Ross and Smith, its wildlife sanctuaries like the Saddle Peak National Park, and its marine life which can be explored through snorkelling and scuba diving.

  4. Can I see turtles nesting in Diglipur? 

    Answer: Yes, Diglipur is known for turtle nesting, particularly at the Kalipur and Ramnagar beaches. The nesting season typically occurs between December and February.

  5. What kind of accommodation options are available in Diglipur? 

    Answer: Diglipur offers a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses and homestays.

  6. What local cuisine can I try in Diglipur? 

    Answer: The local cuisine in Diglipur is largely seafood-based. You can enjoy dishes like fish curry, grilled lobsters, and crab masala. Coconut and rice are also staples in the local diet.

  7. What are the shopping opportunities in Diglipur? 

    Answer: Diglipur has several local markets where you can buy a range of items including local handicrafts, spices, shell and pearl jewellery, coconut shell products, and sarongs.

  8. Can I visit the tribal areas in Diglipur? 

    Answer: Certain tribal areas in the Andaman Islands are restricted and require special permits for visitation. It's recommended to check the latest rules and regulations before planning a visit to these areas.

  9.  Is Diglipur suitable for a family vacation? 

    Answer: Yes, Diglipur is a great destination for a family vacation. With its beautiful beaches, wildlife, water sports, and kid-friendly attractions like the Kalipur and Ramnagar beaches, there's something for every member of the family.

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