Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?

  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

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

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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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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Kayaking in Havelock Islands

Kayaking Tour in Havelock Island

The sooner you paddle, the better you explore. Kayaking is one such experience that can give you the much-needed thrill and make your holiday one-of-its-kind. Andamans is a prominent destination for water sports, and kayaking is often received very well by travellers all around the world.

How is Kayaking Done?

Kayaking is when you make use of a kayak to move across the water. A kayak is a canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits with his legs facing forward. A kayak usually uses a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and the other side in rotation. Most kayaks have closed decks, but there are also sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks that are highly popular. Kayaks were created thousands of years ago by the Inuit, also known as Eskimos of the Arctic regions. They used driftwood to construct the frame of the kayak along with animal skin to create the body.

Day Kayaking

Kayaking is also a popular water activity in the Havelock Island. Peddle a Kayak & sail through the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean. If you opt not to swim for a while and love the experience of traditional boat riding, you must opt for kayaking on one of the beaches of the Havelock Island.

A kayak is a canoe like boat which is low-to-the-water in which the paddler has to sit facing forward, placing his legs in front while using a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other. This is a water activity that could accommodate maximum six people in a Kayak and is ideal for travellers who come for group vacations with family & friends. It is a very close encounter with the oceanic waves while sailing through the sea and see how the blue sky above you & blue water under looks together.

Night Kayaking

For those who are the night birds can also opt for Kayaking at night. Peddling a Kayak while experiencing the cool breeze & sailing on the backwaters in the sea at night is truly a divine experience in the Havelock Island. Watch how the stars & moonlight illuminates the sky at night and behold this miraculous site in your eyes forever. Kayaking may also be an add-on to spice up a romantic date with your partner in a unique style.

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Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Where should I go for kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    Havelock Island, Mayabunder, Port Blair, Neil Island, Ross Island, and Baratang are the most sought-after places for kayaking in the Andamans. If you are a nature enthusiast and love adventure as well, then this water sport is especially for you. Explore the mesmerising sounds and lovely sights of the tropical mangrove forest while paddling your way through the backwaters of the island during this activity.

  • Q2.   What are the charges for kayaking in the Andamans?

    Absolutely pocket-friendly, kayaking in the Andamans Islands starts from Rs.3,500 per person. A guide will be there to brief you and he will be with you. Moreover, you will also be given proper gear, equipment, and a life jacket while you go for this relaxing water sport. The activity is light on your pocket. 

  • Q3.   Why kayaking in the Andaman Islands is popular?

    When kayaking on the island, you will find solace in listening to the birds chirping and cherish the soulfulness of the surroundings. Making your way to the mangroves will let you capture the beauty of this stunning place in your camera. Especially photographers love this water sport in the Andamans as the entire aura is sure to leave everyone spellbound. Kayaking is an ideal adventure activity for those who are seeking some adrenaline rush. Imagine gliding through the beautiful surroundings and exploring the rich diversity of the mangroves in a peaceful atmosphere! Dream-like, isn’t it?

  • Q4.   Apart from the regular kayaking, are there any special trips for the same in the Andamans?

    We all know that there are wonderful kayaking trips in the Andaman Islands. But if you want to experience something extraordinary, then there are night kayak trips and bioluminescence kayaking trips as well. If you decide to go on any one of these, you are sure to have an exhilarated experience. These will be your memories for a lifetime!

  • Q5.   How is the overall experience during kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    If you want to have the most exciting kayaking experience in India, then the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the best destination. Its picturesque shorelines and unmatched greenery let you experience beyond your imagination. If you want to experience nature at its best, then kayaking through the middle of lush green mangroves is a great idea. A relaxing as well as an enthralling water sport, kayaking is a must-do here. Dense forests and mangroves shade the narrow water path. Bird lovers can enjoy looking at diverse species of birds while kayaking. Offering unique kayaking experiences, you can enjoy gorgeous wonders of unexplored waters ranging from cyan-colored crystal-clear lagoons to the wild green waters of thick mangrove forests. 

  • Q6.   Is kayaking in the Andamans safe?

    Absolutely! Kayaking in the Andaman Islands is an extremely safe water sport for everyone. Also, you are given life jackets when you go kayaking. After reaching the island, you can begin with your kayaking training sessions. The sessions will guide you through the basic and crucial points in kayaking that will help you while performing the activity. To ensure complete safety, you will be provided the required safety accessories.

  • Q7.   What is the best time for kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    The best time for kayaking on the island is from October to May. The weather is clear and the water currents are medium during this time. These are the most favorable conditions for kayaking. You should know well in advance that kayaking in the monsoon season is not at all a good idea as heavy rain can fill your kayak easily. During this season, water currents are also quite strong.

  • Q8.   What exactly is kayaking and why is it so famous in the Andamans?

    Counted among the most exciting water adventure activities, kayaking is all about moving across the water in a kayak. A kayak is a type of canoe made up of very light material having a small opening on top for the person to sit. Kayaking amidst the lush greenery and crystal-clear water of the Andaman Islands is an enthralling experience that leaves you awestruck with the stunning diversified flora and fauna. 

  • Q9.   Why should I go for kayaking in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands are known for their rich varieties of mangroves, chirping birds, and the calming sound of the flowing water. If you want to experience total bliss while vacationing on the island, then go for kayaking as it is the perfect fit for you. It will be one of the memories that you will cherish for life. This vibrant and tropical paradise is a hub of aqua sports, and thus if you are a sea lover or love water sports, then you have a lot to do on the island. A vacation on the serene island will let you explore the ocean mysteries at their finest.

  • Q10.   Any tips for kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    There are a few things to keep in mind when you go for kayaking in the island. These are as follows:

    • Don’t go for kayaking in an intoxicated/tipsy state.
    • While kayaking, it is mandatory to evade and comply with the “Be careful with crocodiles” signs and hoardings at different spots. However, there has been not any ongoing locating of crocodiles in the union territory.
    • If you don’t know swimming, then wear a life jacket for kayaking. 
    • Follow all rules and regulations as briefed to you by the experienced trainer. 
  • Q11.   Is it necessary to know swimming while going for kayaking in the Andamans?

    No, you don’t need to know swimming if you want to kayak on the islands. Anyone can try their hand at this exciting water sport. All you need is the enthusiasm and willingness to explore. No wonder it is one of the most preferred water sports in the Andamans as it is perfect for those tourists who don’t want to get wet or for families who prefer having an adventure together. Enjoy a smooth sail on the ocean while vacationing in the gem of India. 

  • Q12.   Are there any additional safety concerns that we should take while kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    Just a precautionary step, it would be great if you get a health checkup done before going for kayaking. It is not compulsory and you don’t need to worry at all.

  • Q13.   Can I book my stay at a beachfront property after I am done with the kayaking trip in the Andaman Islands?

    Havelock Island Beach Resort is a great choice if you have decided to go for kayaking in Havelock Island. You can book your slot for kayaking as well as other water sports at the resort itself and can stay there as well. This is one of the best beachfront properties across the Andaman Islands.

  • Q14.   Are there any packages that include both kayaking and stay in the Andamans?

    Yes, there are packages that include your stay as well as a kayaking slot. You can book these along with sightseeing tours as well. Also, its in-house dive center will let you explore so many other water sports.

  • Q15.   Can kids be accompanied during kayaking in the Andamans?

    Kayaking instructors provide specific instructions to the kinds. In some cases, children below thirteen years of age are restricted to this water sport. You need to ask your service provider about this. 

  • Q16.   While kayaking in the Andaman Islands, are there any particular concerns related to health?

    There is nothing in particular as such but it would be great if you know the basics of swimming. This will help you while kayaking. 

  • Q17.   Which is the most romantic and serene place for kayaking in the Andamans?

    Near the beaches of Port Blair (the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands), there are natural caves that are the most romantic place for kayaking in the Andaman Islands. You can also go for evening and night kayaking here.

  • Q18.   Can I book my slot for kayaking in the Andamans in advance?

    Yes, you can do so and it is preferable as well. Contact Andaman Island Travels to book your slots for various water sports on the island in advance. The Andaman Islands, the untouched Indian union territory, is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Especially famous for its water sports, the island is popular for offering such activities that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. Its islands are famous among adventure seekers owing to the diversity of water sports one can experience here. Having a multitude of activities available for one and all, no one can get bored on this little piece of paradise. Trying kayaking and other adventurous activities should be on your travel bucket list.