Andaman & Nicobar Islands are the perfect getaway for the people of all ages with golden beaches, sunny days, unmatched environs, and crystal clear waters. But the beauty of the Andaman Islands is beyond the archipelago of whopping 572 islands.
It is an ideal destination to enjoy water activities, adventure sports, sightseeing tours, and natural activities. With that said, take a look at some of the best activities in the Andaman Islands.
When to Visit?
If you are planning to visit Andaman in the next few weeks, this is the best time because an annual tourism festival is held in December and January. However, you can visit the islands anytime from October to May. Its waters always remain calm and clear, making it ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports. The temperatures here remain favorable and range from 23°C to 30°C.
Best Activities in Andaman Islands
1. Snorkeling in Elephant Beach and North Bay
Thinking of snorkeling to explore the unexplored? It’s high time! If you are visiting Andaman in summer days, this water sport always stands on top of this list. Explore the serene marine life and discover the rarest corals while snorkeling at Elephant Beach or North Bay Island. Waters in Elephant Beach, Havelock Island are much clearer.
2. Scuba Diving
Don’t know how to swim? No need! Many people feel that they should be a pro in swimming before going for scuba diving. But the reality is different. You need swimming skills only when you want to go into the open waters and try the challenging levels. But you can still start small and discover vivid marine life and corals because there are different places for scuba diving and activities like Sea Walking or PADI Scuba Diving.
3. Explore the Iconic Cellular Jail
The Cellular Jail stands proudly to tell the dark side of the history of Independence in India. This brutal prison in Andaman was notoriously named “Kala Pani” where prisoners were kept here and tortured till death. Today, it serves as a museum that showcases the photos of Freedom Fighters and their epic tales of their fight for freedom. The Exhibition Gallery here shows Old Photographs based on Freedom Movement and the eternal flame of Swatantra Jyot erected as a tribute to all martyrs and freedom fighters.
It’s like the feeling of pride when you will attend the Light & Sound Show. Voiced by legendary actor Om Puri in the narration of Peepal tree, you can listen to the stories of those legends who suffered here.
4. Get Thrilled in the Limestone Caves
The Limestone Caves of Baratang Island is really fascinating here to explore the rare beauty of nature. Marvel at the fascinating caves of sedentary rock which was formed at the bottom of the sea. It has a unique spectacle formed with deposits of shells, marine life, corals, and skeletons for millions of years. You can find different textures, colors, and purity of limestone deposits here. Another amazing fact is that it is dissolved in rainwater easily. You can also have a thrilling ride of speed boat here.
5. Witness the Magic of Bioluminescence Beach at Night
What if the vivid galaxies and tiny lighted stars start floating straight under your feet from the blue sky? Absolute bliss, isn’t? Visit the Havelock Island beach to see this happening and you won’t believe your eyes. As you row the boat, the water glows with its phytoplankton content.
Be sure to visit here on no-moon nights to see the effects of Bioluminescence. Local operators also offer kayak tours.
6. Take a Sea Plane Flight to Port Blair
Experience the fun joyride by taking off in a seaplane while heading to and from Havelock to Port Blair. Remember that the seaplane has the capacity of 9 passengers only and it takes 15 minutes to fly. It saves up to 1 hour and 45 minutes taken by ferry. In addition, you can also capture the breathtaking aerial views of the Andaman Islands while flying.
7. Bird Watching in Chidiya Tapu
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are truly a bird watcher’s paradise as there are 240 species of birds including 18 endemic ones. The best spot for bird watching is none other than Chidiya Tapu (Bird Island). The island is blessed with mangroves and forests where you can hear the chirping and sights of different birds in various sizes, shapes, and colors. Be sure to capture drongos, parakeets, eagles, doves, and other birds. Carry binoculars and be careful when getting up close to them or they will fly away.
You can find a lot of exciting opportunities for trekking in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Feel the thrill in its unique topography of Madhuban to Mt. Harriet trek which is around 16 km long. Kala Pahad or Black Mountain to Chidiya Tapu is another exciting trek for avid adventure and nature lovers. Trek along with the mangrove mesh of Havelock to access the Elephant Beach. You can also have a great trek to limestone caves from Baratang. There is an exciting trekking trail and the highest peak of Andaman, Saddle Peak, which stands at 732m above the sea level.
9. Sea Walking
The activity of Sea Walking is truly very exciting in the Andaman Islands as an adventure sport. You really don’t have to handle any complex equipment and to be experienced in this activity. You can simply walk on the unspoiled underwater floor while getting up close to the marine life without any hurdle.
It is definitely one of the most amazing water sports in Andaman. Before doing the activity, you will get a briefing from the instructors. So, this activity is completely safe. You don’t have to wear fixed costumes. You can easily keep your contact lenses or glasses and dress up as you like.
Parasailing is one of the best activities to fulfill your urge to do something exciting. This activity combines airborne and water adventures unlike any other activity in Havelock Island. You will be harnessed in a parachute which is tied behind a speedboat. It makes you fly high like a kite attached to a boat. It is one of the most exciting activities as the boat speeds off in the sea.
11. Glass Bottom Boating
Glass bottom boating is truly a thrilling and relaxing thing to do in the Andaman Islands. There are special types of boats with a glass bottom (as the name suggests) sail through the sea. Board these boats and experience the captivating views of marine life and waters. You can see the marine species swimming under the surfaces and spot the unspoiled corals without even entering the water. You can board these boats from Port Blair to Jolly Buoy Island and Water Sports Complex to North Bay.
12. Angling (Sport Fishing)
The pristine waters of Andaman are home to several varieties of fish species. The waters drop off up to 2000m from the main islands and their East and West coasts for hardcore anglers. You can easily catch Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado and Dogtooth Tuna in Andaman waters. There is a strict catch-and-release policy followed by fishing communities here. They want to ensure that their next generations should be able to test their skills against giant fishes. If you love sports fishing, the Andaman Islands will welcome you with open hands.
13. Watching Dolphins
It’s considered as the hottest favorite activity for all water babies and wildlife lovers who come here. These islands are a kind of resting spots for this feat. Simply hop into your boat which will eventually sail you to the dark blue ocean where you will come face to face with the world’s friendliest creatures. You can see them play, prance, and chatter around in the water. Watching these happy mammals in their own world with naked eyes is truly a sight to behold.
14. Ride a Semi Submarine
Wondering how it feels when you go on a submarine in the depths of seawaters? Head to Port Blair where you can ride the Coral Safari Semi Submarine where you can have a thrilling experience. This fascinating experience is truly rare that you shouldn’t miss. You can find a great opportunity to get up close to underwater marine species while sitting comfortably on a semi-submarine and taking an adventurous ride. Explore plenty of unique fish species and vivid corals.
15. Visit the Islands for watching Sunsets and Sunrises
And last but not least. Complete your trip to the Andaman Islands by hopping one of the beautiful islands and taking ferry rides to enjoy sunsets and sunrises. Explore the islands like Viper Island, Guitar Island, Ross & Smith Islands, Jolly Buoy Island, and Stewart Island.
You can reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands via both water and air. So, you should plan accordingly when visiting and planning activities in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
By Ship – Access the ship services from Kolkata, Chennai or Vizag to Haddo Wharf Port, Port Blair.
By Air – Nearest airport is Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair.