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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Snorkeling in Andaman Islands


The tropical waters of the Andaman Sea are ideal for snorkeling in Andaman – clear, calm, balmy and bursting with brilliant marine life. Snorkeling can be done year-round in Andaman's

Snorkeling is the process of swimming on the surface of the water while outfitted with a designed tube known as a snorkel (A snorkel is a tube around 30 cm long, generally L or J-shaped and fixed with a mouth piece at the lower end, and designed of rubber or plastic. It is applied for breathing air from over the water surface area when the wearer’s mouth area and nose are submerged) coupled with swim fins occasionally. Utilizing this equipment permits the snorkeler to notice underwater attractions for extended time periods with comparatively small effort. It is a well-known fun activity in Andaman's.

Snorkeling at North Bay Island

North Bay island is a popular destination in Port Blair. The beach and the snorkeling opportunities in its fringing coral reefs are the closest ones you will find at Port Blair. The corals at North Bay are rather good and spread over large area. You shall spot many fishes, a lobster, or even clams on the coral reef. Life rings or jackets are provided during your snorkeling trip. A guide assist you while you snorkel. You do not require swimming skills to do this activity though swimming skills can help. To reach North Bay, you'll have to take a ferry from the marine Jetty at the Aberdeen area. A tour guide will assist you every step of the way to make sure the experience is fluid and hassle-free. A usual snorkeling package already covers all the ticketing and transportation charges. Snorkeling equipment and other necessities are provided by the vendor, so all you have to do is dive and explore. Alternately, you can book the ferry on your own and make a trip to the island with your own equipment and snorkel there for long hours.

Age limit for Snorkeling in the islands?

Children above 10 years of age and people below 60 can easily enjoy snorkeling, given an experienced snorkeler is present there to assist.?

People who are not allowed to Snorkel in the isles include:

  • Pregnant Women.
  • Senior citizens above the age of 60.
  • People with heart conditions.
  • People with breathing difficulties.
  • People under heavy medication or in need of care.
  • People with have psychological conditions which cause distortion or panic underwater.

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Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   What is the best time to go for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andaman Islands is a year-round destination. However, the best time for snorkeling 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 also the ideal time to visit the Andaman Islands. 

  • Q2.   Which are the best places for snorkeling in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands is home to an amazing marine life comprising wonderful creatures and colorful corals. Some of the best spots for trying your hand at snorkeling in the Andaman Islands are as follows:

    • Elephant Beach
    • Red Skin Island
    • North Bay Island
    • South Button
    • Kalipur
    • Neil Island
    • Henry Lawrence Island
    • Tamarind Camp
    • Jolly Buoy Island
  • Q3.   What are the things to keep in mind for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    Tips for snorkeling in the Andamans are as follows:

    • In order to avoid any last-minute confusion, make sure you book your snorkeling slot in advance with a reliable company. Andaman Island Travels is a trustworthy name across the island and you can easily make all your bookings here.
    • Checking the snorkeling equipment before heading out is very important. If it is not comfortable even a little bit, change your equipment right away. You don’t want to panic under the sea, right?
    • Attend your training session carefully. Learn all the methods and gestures properly. You will also be taught about the usage of the equipment. 
    • For avoiding underwater sickness, make sure that you have not eaten anything for the last four hours.
    • There are a number of snorkeling packages that vary in cost and location. Select the one according to your budget and convenience.
  • Q4.   Is snorkeling in the Andaman Islands safe for novice divers?

    For beginners, snorkeling in the Andamans is absolutely safe. Whether you are a kid or an adult, everybody can go for it under the guidance of experienced professionals.

  • Q5.   What is the minimum age for kids for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    The usual recommended minimum age for snorkeling in the Andamans is between twelve to fifteen years. Most importantly, the child should feel comfortable in the water.

  • Q6.   How much does it cost to do snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Light on your pocket, the cost of snorkeling in the Andaman Islands begins from Rs.1,000 per person. The price varies depending on the duration and location of your dive. If you are willing to go for an extensive snorkeling experience in the Andamans, then it would cost you more. This water sport is definitely worth your money.

  • Q7.   Is snorkeling safe for non-swimmers in the Andaman Islands?

    For snorkeling 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 a licensed diver wherein you are taught some crucial techniques. Listen and follow these instructions carefully. 

  • Q8.   What exactly is snorkeling?

    Snorkeling is an enthralling water sport that can be performed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. You can participate in it alone or with your friends and family members. It is the perfect way to spend a fun-filled afternoon in the Andamans with your close ones. While snorkeling, you go into the water to observe the incredible marine wildlife and corals of the island. All you need are fins, a mask, and a snorkel. If you have decided to swim closer to the ocean floor, then you can wear a protective suit. 

    Having the right equipment is so important and when you have it, then snorkeling in the Andaman Islands is going to be mesmerising experience for you. You don’t have to devote a lot of time to learn it. You can snorkel as soon as you get inside the water. The best part, this adventure water sport makes you burn your calories as well. You get to have into the water without breaking a sweat. Snorkeling is a great activity to enjoy with your loved ones. This experience is for your whole life!

  • Q9.   What are some of the most important safety precautions that we must take while snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Snorkeling is a highly rewarding and simple water activity. But there are a few precautions that you must take before actually going into the water. These are as follows:

    • Along with getting the right equipment, it would be an added advantage if you know a little bit about swimming. This will help you in getting confident in the water. 
    • Ocean waters can be cold and this can make your body heat fast. Breathing fast will result in losing your energy. That is why when you are snorkeling, take deep and slow breaths. It will relax your mind and you will feel at ease.
    • It is recommended that snorkeling should be done with a group. This will be highly beneficial in case of any emergency under the water. There will be someone to take care of you in such a situation. 
    • Checking weather reports before going for a dive is extremely important because, of course, you don’t want to get stuck in the sea during a storm. Locals and guides can easily detect fluctuations in the weather with their vast experience. 
    • Don’t swim too far from safe spots. Stay close to someone or at least in their line of sight at all times while snorkeling in the Andaman Islands.
  • Q10.   Why should I snorkel 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. The best sites for snorkeling are scattered on this gorgeous island. Just learn the basics and obtain the required equipment on rent from centers. Moreover, snorkeling 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 snorkeling.

    Snorkeling in the Andamans can be done by everyone. The age limit doesn’t spoil your plans. Generally, everyone between the age of 4 and 60 is allowed to go for this fun-filled water activity.

  • Q11.   Which factors should be considered before going for snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Andamans is home to a number of awesome spots for diving. A good snorkel site is one that has the perfect balance of beauty and safety. Before beginning your adventure, you should consider the below-mentioned factors: 

    • Easy to reach
    • Underwater ecosystem
    • Rabid fish and sea-creatures
    • Power and frequency of waves
    • Safety and presence of lifeguards
    • Clarity of water near the shoreline
  • Q12.   Who is not allowed to snorkel in the Andamans?

    Categories of people who are not allowed to snorkel on the island are as follows:

    • Pregnant women
    • People with heart conditions
    • People with breathing difficulties
    • Senior citizens above the age of 60
    • People under heavy medication or in need of care
    • People having psychological conditions that cause distortion or panic under the water
  • Q13.   How it feels during snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    Taking a dip 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, swimming with colorful marine creatures is surely an experience of a lifetime. 

  • Q14.   Why is snorkeling in the Andaman Islands so popular?

    When on this stunning island, including snorkeling in your itinerary is 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.

  • Q15.   What is the difficulty level of snorkeling in the Andamans?

    The difficulty level for snorkeling on the island is easy to moderate. Anyone can do it after a brief training session.

  • Q16.   Is the Andaman Islands a good destination for snorkeling?

    The unique topography of the Andaman Islands makes the snorkeling experience hard to get anywhere else. Most of its beaches are enclosed by long stretches of reefs that are hundreds of meters wide and are separated by the shore with shallow waters. Some of them are complemented by volcanic lava hills as well!

  • Q17.   How is the experience of snorkeling in the Andamans?

    In the Andamans, the alive and untouched corals are home to the world’s most vivacious marine dwellers and fish that may pop out from the azure ocean and display a gorgeous scene around the snorkeler. The abundance of corals and fish often enclose the diver from all directions that is enough to leave him in wonder and awe. The credit goes to the protection offered by the Andaman Administration.

  • Q18.   Which are the top diving sites in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andaman Islands are popular for a number of outstanding locations that are perfect spots for diving. Going under these waters is exactly the type of experience that you are looking for. Some of the best diving sites are mentioned below: 

    • Elephant Beach (Havelock Island)
    • South Button
    • Neil Island
    • Kalipur (North Andaman)
    • North Bay Island (Port Blair)
    • Jolly Buoy Island 
    • Red Skin Island
  • Q19.   Is it safe to snorkel in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andamans is a great place for trying your hand at snorkeling. It is absolutely safe to do snorkeling here. The licensed divers will brief you before you do it.