Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.

  • 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 subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

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

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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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Coral Safari Semi Submarine Ride in Andaman Islands

Coral Safari

The marine life of Andamans and its coral reefs are a well-known tourist attraction, bringing in scores of people from India and all over the world over the world come to see. Coral Safari is a beautiful submarine tour to explore coral beauty. The deep and calm waters of the Andaman is a perfect spot for coral exploration. The standstill gesture of the dramatic corals can leave you mesmerized. It can be done amidst the crystal-clear waters in an air-conditioned cabin, feasting your eyes on some of the most beautiful fishes and exotic marine life.

Tips
One should not scream while observing life under the sea. To enjoy nature at peace, you must avoid overcrowded submarines.
Seats allotted at first cum first serve basis.
Start your journey from Port Blair to North Bay Island to enjoy the safari.
The timing for coral safari is from 6:30 AM- 08:30 AM and 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM.

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Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Is a semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands worth my money?

    If you want to have a glimpse of the magical depths of the Andaman Islands, then taking a semi-submarine ride is the best way to so. While vacationing on the island, you should definitely indulge in this highly thrilling adventure for an amazing underwater experience. You can witness the rich underwater marine life closely while sitting from the comfort of a semi-submarine. This means that you will not get wet at all. The exciting ride will let you have a look at the multicolored corals as well as a plethora of unique fish.

  • Q2.   Where should I go for the semi-submarine ride in the Andamans?

    The semi-submarine ride starts from Port Blair and concludes at North Bay Island.

  • Q3.   How much does a semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands cost?

    For adults, the ride costs Rs. 1,850 per person and for children below three years, the charges are Rs. 1,350.

  • Q4.   What is the level of difficulty for a semi-submarine ride in the Andamans?

    You don’t have to do anything at all. Just take a seat in the semi-submarine and enjoy the ride.

  • Q5.   Which fishes can I spot during the semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands?

    The best thing about a semi-submarine ride on the island is that there is not any restriction regarding the level of waters you can explore. This ride will let you witness much deeper seas, unlike glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling, and scuba diving. And when you go deeper, you can find incredible species of fishes such as large tunas and manta rays. It is a wonderful sight for sure.

  • Q6.   Is the semi-submarine ride in the Andamans safe?

    Absolutely! The semi-submarine is made up of extremely tough materials. It is completely safe to go for a ride.

  • Q7.   Why should I go for a semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andamans is home to rich marine life. People from all over the world travel to this Indian union territory to get a glimpse of that. To witness the abundance, the island offers these special semi-submarine rides so that you can explore the underwater world without even getting wet. In India, the Andaman Islands is the only place where you can go for this enthralling water activity. For coral exploration, the deep and calm waters of the island are perfect. The whole experience is sure to leave you mesmerised. To have such an out of the world experience, all you have to do is take a seat in the air-conditioned cabin of a semi-submarine amidst the crystal-clear waters and treat your eyes with the sights of some of the loveliest fishes and exotic underwater life.

  • Q8.   What is the best time to go for a semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andaman Islands is a year-round destination. However, the best time for a semi-submarine ride in the island is during the winter season—between November and 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.

  • Q9.   Is there any minimum and maximum age for people taking the semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands?

    There is absolutely no age restriction for this. Anyone can go for this ride in the Andamans as people of all ages can easily enter and exit the vessel. The submarine is friendly for differently-abled and senior citizens as well.

  • Q10.   What is so special about the semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the one-stop destination in India for witnessing marine life at its best. The Indian Ocean has a lot to offer and you can experience the splendor in the Andaman Islands. There are a number of gorgeous sites to explore the marine life on the island and the route from Port Blair to North Bay Island is among the best. Moreover, a semi-submarine ride in the Andamans is not at all a costly affair. Not burning a hole in your pocket, you can encounter a treasure beyond your imagination while being on this ride. This ride in the Andamans can be taken by everyone. The age limit doesn’t spoil your plans.

  • Q11.   How does it feel during the semi-submarine ride in the Andamans?

    Being inside the waters of the island will leave you awestruck with the underwater kaleidoscopic colours and the quietude of the ocean. This activity has the perfect combination of adventure and fun. A must-try here, looking at the colorful marine creatures via a glass is surely an experience of a lifetime.

  • Q12.   Why is the semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands so popular?

    When on this stunning island, including this exclusive ride in your itinerary when in Port Blair is surely a great idea. It is because the Andamans has an incredible and rich marine life that is hard to find anywhere else in the country. Also, it is more affordable than scuba diving and you don’t need any complex equipment for it. You don’t even get wet!

  • Q13.   How do I go about booking a spot for my semi-submarine ride in the Andamans?

     It is always a good idea to book your submarine ride in the Andaman Islands well in advance. During the peak season, it becomes very difficult to get a slot. You can make the booking by contacting Andaman Island Travels to save yourself from the last-minute chaos.

  • Q14.   What are the timings for the semi-submarine in the Andaman Islands?

    The timings for the coral safari ride are from 6:30 AM to 08:30 AM and from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

  • Q15.   Are there any packages that include both—a semi-submarine ride and a stay in the Andamans?

    Yes, there are packages that include your stay as well as the slot for the ride. You can book these along with sightseeing tours as well. Contact Andaman Island Travels to get the best deals on various water sports.

  • Q16.   While taking the semi-submarine ride in the Andaman Islands, are there any particular concerns related to health?

    No, there are not any eligibility or health restrictions. Anyone can enjoy the ride.

  • Q17.   Where can I go for a semi-submarine ride in the Andamans?

    If you want to enjoy a semi-submarine ride on the island, then Port Blair (capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) is your one-stop destination. It is also the entry gate to the rest of the Andamans. So while you are there, you can easily go for this special ride. The journey is between Port Blair and North Bay Island.

  • Q18.   What can I see during the semi-submarine ride in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands are home to diverse marine life. If you are willing to explore the underwater world without actually getting wet in the water, then the best option is to go for this amazing ride. There is a lot to see in the deep and calm waters of the ocean. Colorful corals can be seen from the convenience of an air-conditioned cabin in crystal-clear water. Enjoy lovely fishes and exotic marine life!

  • Q19.   What is the duration of the semi-submarine ride in the Andamans?

    The duration of the ride is one hour. During these 60 minutes, you can spot rare fishes, sea turtles, corals, and a lot more.

  • Q20.   Can children also enjoy semi-submarine ride in the Andamans?

    Absolutely yes! This ride is highly educational and fun-filled for everyone, especially for small kids. They enjoy seeing marine animals in their natural habitat.