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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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Banana Boat Ride in Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Can go for a banana boat ride in the Andamans with my family?

    The best thing about this water adventure activity is that you can enjoy it with your friends and family together. The banana boat can accommodate up to six people at a time. Thus, you can share the fun and enjoy with fellow travellers.

  • Q2.   What is a banana boat?

    A banana boat is an inflatable boat that has holders and an inflated foot padding on the sides. You can sit on it with proper balance.

  • Q3.   What happens during the banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    During the banana boat ride, the boat is connected to a speedboat securely with a rope. You can ride on the waves when it is dragged along the water after gaining high momentum. You need to hang tightly throughout the ride because you will experience the splash and sudden jumps in the air when waves are created by the speedboat. The speedboat will momentarily takes sharp turns after the driver maneuvers it carefully. This will flip the ride sideways and upside down. You can either choose to hold the banana boat tightly or dive into the sea for extra fun and thrill. As you experience this water activity with your friends or family members, you are going to laugh a lot.

  • Q4.   Where should I go for a banana boat ride in the Andaman Islands?

    The best places for the banana boat rides on the island are as follows:

    • North Bay Island, Near Port Blair
    • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair
    • Elephant Beach, Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)
  • Q5.   Is North Bay Island a good destination for trying my hand at a banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    If you are in Port Blair, the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then North Bay Island is a heaven for water sports, especially banana boat rides. The push of water from the speed boat and the average size of the waves in the ocean are perfect here. You will be taken above the sea and back with a splash. The banana boat ride here lets you explore the nearby open sea in North Bay within 500 meters range. You can have a great experience here. To reach North Bay Island, you have to board a boat from the jetty near the complex. This is the only way to reach there.

  • Q6.   How much does a banana boat ride in the Andaman Islands cost?

    The charges for a banana boat ride in the Andamans start from Rs. 1,000.

  • Q7.   Is there any other place in Port Blair where I can enjoy a banana boat ride?

    Located in Port Blair, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is the second-best place to experience this joyful ride. However, the splashes are less as the waves are a little slow here. But the overall experience is full of thrill and adrenaline rush. This is visited nearby the famous tourist attraction, Cellular Jail. So you can go for the ride right after visiting the Cellular Jail. So you will be able to save so much of your time and extra travel if you take the banana boat ride at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex.

  • Q8.   I will be in Havelock Island for most of the time during my vacations in the Andamans. So where I can take the banana boat ride in that case?

    If you are staying in Havelock Island, then Elephant Beach is the perfect destination for you for the banana boat ride. It is a great spot for trying your hand at casual water sports, and a banana boat ride is one of them. The waters here are clear, strong, and with big waves that give sudden jumps. The whole experience of the ride is more wholesome and thrilling here. When taking the ride here, expect a lot of jumps and turns along with sudden dives into the ocean.

  • Q9.   Is there any special training given before the banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    The ride starts from the shore. Before going to the actual ride, everyone is given a brief orientation by the instructor about the do’s and don’ts. Life jackets are also given along with other crucial information. After that, you will be required to board the banana boat in line. It is connected to the speedboat with a strong rope. The fun begins when the speedboat drags the banana boat slowly to the deeper seas.

  • Q10.   For how long does the banana boat ride in the Andaman Islands last?

    The ride is usually for twenty minutes. The briefing time is around ten minutes. So the total time is half an hour.

  • Q11.   What are the timings for the banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    The timings for the ride at North Bay Island, Water Sports Complex, and Elephant Beach are the same—from 9 AM to 5 PM.

  • Q12.   Do I need to know swimming to for the banana boat ride in the Andaman Islands?

    For banana boat ride in the Andamans, it is not at all mandatory to know swimming. Non-swimmers can do it without any difficulty. Before going for it, you are given brief training by an experienced instructor wherein you are given some basic instructions. Just listen and follow them carefully.

  • Q13.   What is the best time to go for a banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands is a year-round destination. However, the best time for this joyful ride on the island is during the winter season—from November to May. The temperature during these months varies between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius and is perfect for sightseeing and indulging in exciting water sports. It is the ideal time to visit the Andaman Islands.

  • Q14.   What is the age eligibility for the banana boat ride in the Andaman Islands?

    The usual recommended minimum age for this boat ride in the Andamans is between fifteen to sixty years. Most importantly, the child should feel comfortable in the water.

  • Q15.   Who is not allowed to take the banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    When on this dazzling island, including a banana boat ride in your itinerary is a great idea. But there are certain categories of people who are not allowed to go for this thrilling ride on the island. These are as follows:

    • Pregnant women
    • People with heart conditions
    • People with breathing difficulties
  • Q16.   Where can I try a banana boat ride in the Andaman Islands?

    One of the most popular water activities in the Andamans, a banana boat ride is an extremely fun-filled thing to do. You can enjoy this adventure activity with your friends or family members. The best places for banana boat rides on the island are as follows: 

    • Havelock Island
    • North Bay Island
    • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex (Port Blair)
  • Q17.   Is swimming required for banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    No, you don’t need to know swimming for doing it. Everyone is given life jackets as well. So there is absolutely no question of drowning or any other risk.

  • Q18.   What is the duration of a banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    This half an hour ride costs INR 1,000 to 2,000 per person on the island. Four to ten people can together enjoy the ride on a single banana tube.

  • Q19.   Is it safe to go for banana boat ride in the Andamans?

    It is an extremely safe and fun-filled water adventure activity in the Andaman Islands. Before you go for it, you are also given a briefing by the experts so that you can enjoy it.