Sunny skies, golden beaches, turquoise waters, and untouched environs make Andaman islands your perfect go-to destination. But it is not just the beauty of the archipelago of 572 islands that makes Andaman and Nicobar Islands an ideal getaway. There are adventure sports, water activities, activities for the nature lovers, and sightseeing tours of Andaman that one can opt for.
27 Best Things To Do In Andaman
Now that you are ready to explore the islands, here’s a handpicked list of the things to do in Andaman island that you must try while you’re there. For travelers who wish to experience sheer thrill, here’s what you can do:
Best Time To Visit Andaman And Nicobar Islands
Andaman hosts an annual tourism festival in December & January. But the islands can be visited anytime between October and May. The waters are clear and calm, perfect for snorkeling and swimming. The temperatures are also not very extreme and range between 23°C and 30°C.
1. North Bay And Elephant Beach
For those who haven’t tried snorkeling yet, this is your big chance. The water sport rightly stands on top of our list of the best things to do in Andaman in April. See the exquisite marine life and view the rarest corals as you go snorkeling at North Bay Island or Elephant Beach at Havelock Island. We suggest Havelock as the water here is much clearer as compared to North Bay.
Cost: INR 500 to INR 1000
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2. Havelock Island – Witness Bioluminescence
Picture this – tiny lighted stars and galaxies floating under your feet instead of the blue sky above. Total bliss! Watch this happen on the beach at Havelock Island as it amongst the top things to do in Andaman, where water glows as you row your boat through them. This happens due to the presence of phytoplankton in the sea waters.
Note: Bioluminescence can be witnessed only on no moon nights. Kayak tours are arranged by experts, which are anyway few in Havelock. Ask any Scuba guide and they will connect you to the right person.
Cost: There are no charges for visiting the bioluminescent beach in Andaman.
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3. Scuba Diving
Scuba doesn’t require you to know swimming! Yes, many people do not attempt it thinking that knowing swimming is important, but that’s far from reality. If you want to try the tougher levels of scuba and go out into the open waters, then and only then do you require swimming skills. But the same is not true for PADI Scuba Diving or Sea Walking. There are many places to try scuba diving in Andaman. So do not worry, just try the sport and discover colorful corals and enchanting water life.
Cost: INR 1,800 onwards*
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4. Port Blair – Ride A Banana Boat
Riding a Banana Boat is another fun-filled and thrilling thing to do in Andaman. At a time 6 people can ride the banana-shaped boats that are tied behind a speedboat to gain rush. It is a perfectly safe activity as long as you have your life jackets on and follow the instructions given.
Cost: INR 620 per person; inclusive of banana boat, life jacket, and instructor
Also Try: Kayaking, jet skiing, and speedboat riding
5. North Bay Coral Island – Take The Glass Bottom Boat Ride
This one is for those who are really afraid of water. This one is an easy ride and gives you a good view of the corals beneath With proper safety gear, this one is good for kids as well. In fact, if we may say so, glass-bottom boating is among the unique things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You get to see the marine life through a glass bottom in the boat as you sail through the sea.
Where to try: These glass-bottom boats ply between Water Sports Complex & North Bay Coral Island and between Port Blair and Jolly Buoy Island.
Cost: INR 500 per person onwards
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6. Havelock Island – Go Parasailing
To satiate your adrenaline rush, try parasailing. Of all the things to do in Havelock Island, this activity is a blend of water & airborne adventure. Tied behind a motorboat while harnessed in a parachute, you get to fly like a kite behind the boat as it speeds off into the sea, and you’ll surely find it to be one of the most thrilling things to do in Andaman island.
Cost: The charges for parasailing depend on the season in which you have visited the island, and the location you are parasailing.
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7. Havelock Island – Swim With Elephants
Andaman offers you a chance to swim with Rajan – the star elephant. The 60+ elephant loves the company of people and is very friendly. However, you need to book your swim with Rajan in advance. Make sure you indulge in this exciting yet unique experience before leaving Andaman!
8. Port Blair – Travel In A Sea Plane
Taking off in a seaplane run by Pawan Hans is one of the exclusive things to do in Andaman. You can experience this unique ride while going from Port Blair to Havelock or while returning. The seaplanes can carry only 9 passengers at a time and the time of flight is 15 minutes. The same distance, if covered by ferry, takes about 2 hours. Enjoy the stunning aerial views of Andaman and its many gorgeous islands while flying in this seaplane, which is definitely one of the most romantic things to do in Andaman!
Cost: INR 2,000 per person for a 1-way flight
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9. Take Sightseeing Tours
A paradise for travelers, Andaman is an idyllic island for a peaceful getaway. With a myriad of beaches and tourist attractions spread across the various islands, there is a lot to see here. Individual island tours can be taken on the major islands, viz. Havelock Island, Neil Island, Port Blair, and Ross & Smith Island. Cellular Jail National Memorial, Samudrika Marine Museum, and Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair; Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island; Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park; mud volcanoes of Baratang, active volcano at Barren Island; and Chidiya Tapu are just some of the many places to visit in Andaman.
Cost: INR 1,200 onwards
10. Cellular Jail – Attend The Light and Sound Show
Visiting the Cellular Jail in Port Blair is amongst the best things to do in Andaman in March. The jail, erstwhile Kaala Paani Jail, was used by the British as a colonial prisoner. The memorial is reminiscent of India’s struggle for freedom. But it is the Light & Sound Show that is its highlight. The show includes a Peepal tree’s narration, voiced by the veteran actor Om Puri, telling the poignant stories of the prisoners tortured to death in the jail.
Opening Hours:: Tuesday – Sunday; 8:45 am – 12:30 pm & 1:45 pm – 5 pm
Entry Fee: INR 10 for entry; additional costs of INR 25 & INR 100 respectively for cameras & video-cameras
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11. Mt Harriet – Trek To Madhuban
Of course, you must have all thought that the islands with such gorgeous beaches must be ideal for relaxing. Some of you must have been aware of water sports here. Well, all of you are right. But only partially, for there is more to do here. In fact, trekking from Mt Harriet – the third highest peak in the archipelago – to Madhuban via Kala Patthar is one of the best things to do in Andaman. The trekking trail is a rugged stretch of forests that are home to a vast variety of flora & fauna.
How far is the starting points of the trek: Ferry ride from Chatham and there on up to the Mt Harriet National Park by jeep.
Cost: There are no charges for this activity unless you book for a trek tour experience.
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12. Wandoor – Go On Nature Walks Via Mongluton Rubber Plantations
The Mongluton rubber plantations in Wandoor are perfect for the curious wanderers. The guided tour takes you through rows and rows of rubber trees. On request, the guides also explain the processing of raw rubber into hard rubber sheets. But that is not all! A variety of spices also grow here, including cinnamon, clove, pepper, and betel.
Cost: There are no charges for nature walking.
13. Baratang Island – Explore The Limestone Caves
Get ready to be fascinated by the natural structures of stalactites & stalagmites inside the Limestone Caves of Baratang. Exploring the intriguing caves is one of the fascinating things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In addition to the cave exploration, the ride in a speed boat to the cave is thrilling with mangrove trees on both sides and the splashing water.
How to reach Baratang: The bus ride from Port Blair to Baratang takes about 2 hours 30 minutes and covers 90 km. Ferries from Nilambur Jetty to Baratang take about 15 minutes.
Entry Fee: NA
14. Chidiya Tapu – Go Bird Watching
Another popular activity among the things to do in Andaman for nature lovers is bird watching. Chidiya Tapu, the tiny island village, is located 25 km from Port Blair. On the island, you will come across several species of birds – parakeets, emerald doves, sea eagles, and many more. Click pictures or simply listen to the sweet sounds of bird calls while you relax on this tiny island.
Best way to reach Chidiya Tapu: Rent a bike or a car, whichever you enjoy more.
Cost: There are no charges for this activity.
15. Island Hopping To See The Sunrises And Sunsets
Any trip to the Andaman Islands is incomplete without island hopping, one of those undeniably romantic things to do in Andaman with your better half. Take ferries from one island to another and enjoy the sunrises & sunsets. Visit the popular islands like Neil Island, Havelock Island, Viper Island, and North Bay Island; or explore the inhabited islands such as Guitar Island, Long Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Ross & Smith Islands, and Stewart Island. There are a lot of things to do in Neil island from this list of islands as it has some of the best white sand beaches. Enjoy beautiful scenic views as you hop from one island to another. The options are almost endless.
Cost: The charges for this activity depend on the island tour you take.
16. Port Blair – Semi Submarine Ride
Dreaming of going on a submarine ride in the depths of Andaman. Well, if not for the actual one, the Coral Safari Semi Submarine ride in Port Blair offers a very similar experience to travelers that totally thrills them out! Make sure you indulge in this fascinating experience during your visit and witness the underwater marine life up close while sitting in the comforts of a semi-submarine that will take you on a joy-ride above the multicolored corals and amid a plethora of unique fish.
Duration: 2 hours
Timings: 9:30 AM to 3 PM
17. Havelock Islands – Dolphin Watching
It’s the favorite activity of all wildlife enthusiasts and water babies in Andaman, and these islands tend to be the best place to try this delightful feat. Just hop into your boat that will sail slowly over the brightest blue ocean and meet the friendliest creatures on earth while they prance, play, and chatter around you in the water. Nothing beats the joy of witnessing these happy mammals in their natural habitat.
Cost: Starting at INR 600/-
Note: One can also go dolphin watching in North Passage or Lalji Bay.
18. Sea Walking At Andaman
Sea Walking in Andaman is gaining popularity day-by-day. This Underwater Sea Walk is an enthralling experience, completely different from other water sports activities offered by the island. It is a perfect way to check out the vibrant marine life by the non-jumpers, holidaying in Andaman. This well-protected and exciting submerged stroll on the ocean bed gives you a chance to explore the brilliant fauna, corals and an enormous range of fishes.
Cost: INR 3,999 per person
19. Mangrove Kayaking At Mayabunder
Your holiday in Andaman would be incomplete if you miss out on kayaking at Mayabunder as this thrilling excursion makes you glance the lush green mangrove of the Andaman. As this spot comprises of 1/5th of India’s total mangrove, kayaking is the best way to witness it stunning beauty. The complete kayaking tour will be for 2.5 hours, making a best escapade amidst lushes.
Cost: INR 2500
20. Tour The Volcano In Barren Island
The famous Mud volcano can be visited by waterways as well as roadways. While going to the Baratang Island, you will reach Jarawa Creek. The volcano is around 250 to 300 meters which can be either covered by walking down or by boarding a jetty. This peaceful place make you gather the unique experience of exploring a real volcano!
Cost: No entry fee
21. Luxuriating M.V Makruzz Cruise
Give the most luxurious twirl to your vacation in Andaman by hopping on this amazing cruise. M.V Makruzz Cruise is undoubtedly the best cruise in Andaman and provided connectivity between Port Blair and Havelock Island. It is a 90-minute journey, making you admire the panoramic beauty of this majestic place.
Cost: INR 1500
22. Go For A Daring Helicopter Tour
Another adventurous expedition on this beautiful island is the helicopter ride. The helicopter tour makes you witness the panoramic vistas from the South Andaman to North Andaman, admiring the coastline covered with dense tropical forest. You will also be exploring some exotic destination on this helicopter ride.
Cost: Ranging between INR 2600-6500
23. Enticing Coral Reefs At North Bay Island Andaman
The gorgeous North Bay Island is merely an hour away from Port Blair and houses an enormous quantity of coral reefs along with electrifying water sports activities. The island is gaining popularity these days and lure visitors throughout the year. You can also taste a few delicacies especially, a fish or lobster, cooked by locals in their unique way.
Cost: Free entry
24. Crystal Clear Emerald Water Of Jolly Buoy Island
A trip to Andaman & Nicobar makes to explore the most amazing island and beaches in India, each purveying a unique experience. Jolly Buoy Island is one spot that attracts nature lovers from across the world. Located at the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, this island is known for its crystal-clear emerald water and vibrant underwater corals.
Cost: No entry fee
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25. Stunning Pieces Of Cinque Island
Cinque Island houses two stunning island pieces connected via sandbars known as ‘Manners Strait’. These island pieces in the Andaman Archipelago on the north side of Duncan Passage are quite popular among the Globetrotters. Do visit the famous Mahatma Gandhi National Park while wandering in the majestic beauty of this island.
26. Interesting Visit To Barren Island
Barren Island is the home to the only active volcano in entire South Asia. The first eruption of this volcano was recorded in 1787 and since then the island is luring international researchers and travelers. The island is nearly 140 km from Port Blair and sea route is the best way to reach here.
27. Silent Ocean Of Lakshmanpur Beach
If you are still eager to explore more beaches in Andaman then plan an excursion to this mesmerizing beach, covering Laxmanpur Village of Neil Island. You will see the sand covered with white shells and corals. The ocean is quite shallow and silent here making it an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling.
28. Kalapathar Beach – Give Yourself A Treat
If you want to spend some leisure time then head to the famous Kalapathar beach on Havelock island. Believe us, you won’t regret it! The waters of the beach are very beautiful and clear as a crystal. You can walk up to the beach and refresh your mind.
29. Ross Island – Visit The First British Settlement
This is a very beautiful island near Port Blair. You can go and hop on this island via a boat cruise which is a refreshing experience in itself. Ross Island was the first place where Britishers settled ,actually it their capital. There are various ruins on the Island which are very unique and interesting like a church, bakery and more.
30. Chidiatapu – Lose Yourself In The Bliss
You haven’t been to Andaman, if you haven’t been to Andaman. It is a very famous Island known for the variety of birds and a glistening sunset. Witnessing the sunset on Chidiya Tapu is one of the best things to do in Andaman. It will definitely leave you mesmerized!
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31. Stay In A Beach Resort
If you are visiting Havelock island, you will have to stay on the island and what can be better than staying at one of the beach resorts! Not only are these resorts ultra luxurious but also offer picturesque views of the unending horizons of the ocean and let you enjoy on the beaches all day!
Best Beach Resorts: Havelock Island beach resort, Symphony Palms beach resort, Haywizz resort
32. Try Seafood At A Nice Restaurant
Any holiday is incomplete without savouring the food of the destination and Seafood is the speciality of Andaman. You just cannot miss out on it if you like seafood! You just need to find the right place and satiate your hunger by relishing mouth-watering dishes like prawns, crabs and more.
33. Andaman – Go Fishing
If you like fishes and want to try some fishing, then Andaman has that too for you. Its waters are home to n number of fishes. Go for a fishing activity wherein you will be taken to some distance in the water via a cruise. Once it is stable, you will look for the fish and catch them with the help of guides.
How To Reach Andaman Islands
While you have an idea of the must things to do in Andaman and Nicobar, make sure to plan your trip accordingly. Andaman can be reached via air and water both and here is a route guide to know how to reach Andaman.
By Air: Deboard at Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair
By Ship: Alight at Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair; ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag
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So what are you waiting for? Book a trip to Andaman and try these amazing things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Also don’t miss out the chance to explore the isolated islands of Andaman and relax on the exotic beaches.
Frequently Asked Questions About Things To Do In Andaman
A. Wooden artifacts, coconut carved decoration pieces, ornaments made of shells, sarongs, and hats, and pearl jewelry are some of the best things to buy in Andaman.
A. Some of the top things to do in Andaman during December are beach hopping, coastal ride to Kalapathar Beach, scuba diving, shopping, and visiting the Cellular Jail for the famous light and sound show.
A. While Andaman is a year-round tourist destination and can be visited during any month, the best time to plan a vacation is between October to May. The weather during this time is mostly pleasant, making it easier for you to explore and experience the beauty of the island.
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