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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Indulge in snorkeling or scuba diving to see magnificent coral reefs or stay in beach resorts at Havelock island. Visit Port Blair, Ross Islands, Neil Islands, Gandhi marine park, and Cellular Jail. Book memorable holiday packages on TravelTriangle.
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*
*Find detailed list of Scuba packages here.
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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