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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Snorkeling in Andaman Islands

Snorkeling Tour Package in Andaman Islands

Abound with tranquil environments, tantalizing food, sun-drenched shores, and energizing activities, Andaman Islands have a lot to offer. The place is replete with natural wonders and a unique charm that pulls in travellers from all walks of life.

Who doesn’t love the serenity of untouched and secluded beaches? Andamans boasts of a myriad of such shores and well-preserved coral reefs. Often surrounded by extensive forests and crystal-clear water, these islands are a sight to behold.

There are numerous things to do in Andaman, such as hiking through jungles, observing the indigenous wildlife in the national parks, learning about the rich history and culture of the place through the guided tours in museums. Or adventure water sports such as scuba diving, sea walking or snorkelling in the Andaman Islands.

What is Snorkelling?

An exciting aquatic activity that can be performed by anyone and is pretty easy to learn and follow. It is something that an entire family can participate. Hence it is suitable for having a fun afternoon with your loved ones.

Snorkelling is an activity you can participate in even if you don’t know how to swim. You can use buoyant floats so that you get to have a fun-filled snorkel session in Andaman. After all, you don’t have to dive deep into observing marine wildlife and corals! Book the best snorkelling tour package in Andaman & Nicobar Island.

Snorkelling in the Andaman Islands requires essential equipment such as fins, mask, and snorkel. You must wear protective suits if you’re planning to swim closer to the seabed. Those that have an aversion to submerging their heads in the cold water can get an observation buoy as well.

As long as you have the right snorkel equipment, it is going to be the perfect pastime during your Andaman vacation trip. Snorkelling equipment price is light on the pocket, and you can also rent equipment on the beach.

You don’t have to devote hours for learning the ropes. You can snorkel as soon as you get in the water. It will also make you burn calories, which is all the reason why it should be on your list of things to do. And as a bonus, you get to splash around without breaking a sweat!

The best fact about snorkelling remains the ability to enjoy it in a group. Relax and bond with your friends and family. Make some long-lasting memories under the waves while snorkelling.

Why Snorkel in Andaman Islands?

The Andaman Islands provide you with a chance to enjoy the splendours that the Indian Ocean has to offer. Scattered around on the islands are some of the best snorkelling centres and coaches. You can quickly learn the basics and also get the required equipment from them. Book your snorkelling tour package in Andaman & Nicobar Island with us. Apart from learning the skills, one can even hire guides to help them get the best out of their experience. Price for snorkelling in Andaman Island can range from a few hundred Indian rupees to a few thousand. The time limit and the locale decide these prices. It is also good to make sure that the snorkelling in Andaman age limit doesn’t spoil your plans. Kids above the age of 4 and adults of ages up to 60 years are usually allowed to go snorkelling. Snorkelling in the Andaman Islands will leave you mesmerized. This archipelago is visited again and again by some dedicated snorkelers.

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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.