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 & 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.
Getting There: How to reach Andaman Islands?
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
Best Time to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands: When to visit?
Andaman hosts an annual tourism festival in December & January. But the islands can be visited anytime between October & 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.
Now that you are ready to explore the islands, here’s a handpicked list of best things to do in Andaman.
Water Activities to try in Andaman
1. Snorkeling at North Bay & 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 best things to do in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. 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. Witnessing Bioluminescence at Havelock Island
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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.
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. Riding a Banana Boat at Port Blair
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. Trying the Glass Bottom Boat ride
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This one’s 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 & Jolly Buoy Island.
Cost: INR 500 per person onwards
6. Parasailing at Havelock Island
To satiate your adrenaline rush, try parasailing. Of all the things to do in Havelock Island, this activity is a blend of water & air borne 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.
Cost: The charges for parasailing depend on the season in which you have visited the island, and the location you are parasailing at.
7. Swimming with Elephants at Havelock Island
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.
8. Travelling in a Sea Plane
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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.
Cost: INR 2,000 per person for a 1-way flight
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9. Taking Sightseeing Tours: Explore the myriad Andaman Tourist Attractions
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. Attending the Light & Sound Show at Cellular Jail
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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 prisoners. The memorial is a 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
Nature Love: Things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for Nature Lovers
11. Trekking from Mt Harriet 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 the 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 best things to do in Andaman. The trekking trail is a rugged stretch of forests that are home to vast variety of flora & fauna.
How far is the starting points of the trek: Ferry ride from Chattam 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.
12. Going on Nature Walks through Mongluton rubber plantations in Wandoor
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 requesting, 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. Exploring the Limestone Caves in Baratang
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. Bird Watching at Chidiya Tapu
Another popular activity among the things to do in Andaman for the 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 catch exquisite sunrises and sunsets
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Any trip to the Andaman Islands is incomplete without island hopping. 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. The options are almost endless.
Cost: The charges for this activity depend on the island tour you take.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are best things to buy 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.
Q. What are the top things to do in Andaman in December?
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.
Q. What is the best time to visit Andaman?
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 explore and experience the beauty of the island.
So what are you waiting for? Book a trip to Andaman and try these amazing things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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