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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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Glass Bottom Boat Ride in Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Which marine creatures can I see while game fishing in the Andaman Islands?

    Some of the most popular fishes usually found near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands while game fishing are as follows:

    • Blue Marlin
    • Black Marlin
    • Sailfish
    • Dorado
    • Dogtooth Tuna
    • Yellow Fin Tuna
    • Red snapper
    • Grouper
    • Coral Trout
    • Big Spanish Mackerel
    • Barracuda
    • Bluefin
    • Bigeye 
    • Pilot Trevally
    • Wahoo
    • Bonito 
    • Giant Trevally (GT)

    The Andamans have excellent jigging spots and drop-offs where anglers can catch Giant Trevally within only ten to fifteen minutes from the jetty. 

  • Q2.   What is a glass-bottom boat ride in the Andaman Islands?

    In this special kind of ride, you have to sit on a boat whose bottom is made up of a transparent glass. You can have a glimpse of the water as it sails through the sea. You can witness the rich marine life of the island without even getting wet. It is definitely a magical experience when you are in the Andamans.

  • Q3.   What are the charges for a glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans?

    The charges for a glass-bottom boat ride start from Rs. 600 per person. Light on the pocket, this activity gives complete worth to your money.

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

    Port Blair, the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is a very popular destination for the glass-bottom boat ride. You can sail from Water Sports Complex to North Bay Coral Island or from Port Blair to Jolly Buoy Island. You can also do it at North Bay Beach as it is also known for its wonderful underwater world.

  • Q5.   Why should I go for a glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans?

    If you are that kind of traveller who doesn’t what to get wet but is willing to have a look at the gorgeous marine life of the island, then a glass-bottom boat ride is the best water activity for you. If you want to spend some quality time with your family and have an adventure together, then also this enthralling activity is perfect for you. Exploring the ocean surrounding the islands, the ride starts from the jetty. Enjoy looking at the vast sea while you fly through the waves. Get a glimpse of the ocean through the transparent bottom of your boat. This is such an enjoyable experience that can be cherished by kids as well as adults.

  • Q6.   Is glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans Islands a guided tour?

    Yes, this fun-filled ride is a guided tour on the island. A safety demonstration video is shown at first to passengers. After that, your journey will begin. Imagine unraveling the vast mysteries of the sea via a glass-bottom present inside. You don’t even need to wet your toes to experience all that. There will be trained experts on board and they will explain to you about the stunning underwater world.

  • Q7.   To go for the glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans, is there any kind of age restriction?

    No, there is no age restriction to enjoy the glass-bottom boat ride. People belonging to all age groups can go for it.

  • Q8.   Do I need to make an advance booking for a glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans?

    If you book your ride in advance, then you will be able to save yourself from a lot of last-minute hassle. Especially during the peak season, getting a slot for this exciting water adventure activity becomes quite tough.

  • Q9.   What is the best time to go for the glass-bottom boat ride in the Andaman Islands?

    The best time to go for this water activity on the island is between November and April. The weather is quite pleasant during this time and you can enjoy this experience even more.

  • Q10.   Is there anything special about the glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans?

    If you want to go for a glass-bottom boat ride in India, then the Andamans Islands is the only destination. It is not offered anywhere else in the country. This untouched Indian union territory is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all across the world. You can have a close encounter with the diverse marine life via a glass bottom. You can capture the whole experience with your camera.

  • Q11.   Do I need to know swimming to go for the glass-bottom boat ride in the Andaman Islands?

    Not at all! You don’t need to know swimming. Moreover, you are given a life jacket as well while you go for the ride.

  • Q12.   How long is the glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans?

    Normally, the complete ride is for one hour for a group of six to eight persons. The duration can be increased if you decide to change the location. In that case, the charges will be more as well.

  • Q13.   Are glass-bottom boats safe in the Andaman Islands?

    There should be absolutely no doubt regarding the durability and reliability of glass-bottom boats. They are actually completely safe. The idea behind this special kind of boat is to give an alternative option rather than scuba diving or snorkeling to get a sneak peek into what really happens under the water of the island. Being impressively transparent, the bottom of the boat offers an enhanced view of the underwater world. You don’t have to worry about it breaking and the boat sinking as it is made of multiple layers and sections of glass.

  • Q14.   Can I go for a glass-bottom boat ride anywhere else apart from Port Blair?

    Yes, there are other places also on the island apart from the capital town where you can enjoy this mesmerising boat ride. Elephant Beach in Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep) is a good choice. This beach is one of the most frequented beaches in the Andamans and here, you can hop onto the glass-bottom boat to see the colorful corals. 

    In Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep), Bharatpur Beach is the place where you can avail a glass-bottom boat ride. It is a very popular water activity there.

  • Q15.   What can I see during the glass-bottom boat ride in the Andaman Islands?

    You can see through the glass a variety of kaleidoscopic coral reefs, sea turtles, colorful fishes, and many more sea creatures during this ride on the island.

  • Q16.   Where should I go for a glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans?

    Glass bottom boat ride can be enjoyed at the following places:

    • North Bay Island in Port Blair
    • Elephant beach in Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island)
    • Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)
    • Redskin or Jolly Buoy in Wandoor (Port Blair) 
  • Q17.   How much does a glass-bottom boat ride cost in the Andamans?

    The price for a glass bottom boat ride in Port Blair (the capital town) is INR 600 per person. For a group of six to eight people, the duration of a glass-bottom boat ride is usually one hour.

  • Q18.   How exactly happens during the glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans?

    There is an ultra-durable window shaped like a spheroid in the modern glass-bottom boat. If you want to explore the rich marine life of the Andamans without getting wet, then this ride is the best way to do so. You can see diverse varieties of corals, sea turtles, etc. through the transparent glass at the bottom. The view of marine species is truly spectacular for everyone.

  • Q19.   Is it safe to go for a glass-bottom boat ride in the Andamans?

    The Andamans is a great place for going for this water activity owing to rich marine life and clear waters. It is absolutely safe for everyone. When on the island, go for this adventure activity if you want to witness something extraordinary.