In the Bay of Bengal lies an Indian archipelago of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These are the group of more than 300 islands having white-sand, palm-fringed beaches, tropical rainforests, and mangroves. You can find the stunning coastline helping the marine life, including rays and sharks as well as vivid coral reefs. It is recommended to visit these islands during the winter months. In this guide, we will discuss some of the best things to do to celebrate Christmas and New Year in 2020. 

One thing you can enjoy the most in these islands is the rich history and local culture making it a must-visit destination. The islands here are truly very beautiful and are enchanted for its serene ancient architecture. The stunning shorelines, as well as the magical world of underwater, can be explored at their best in December, the peak time to explore the islands. A lot of people have a great vacation for celebrating Christmas and New Year in Andaman. So, get ready to witness the charm of Christmas Eve on the islands in December. 

When to Visit?

Basically, winter months are considered to be the best seasons to visit the Andaman Islands. The peak season to visit Andaman is from early November to mid-May as the temperature hovers around 22oC. Its water is known to be ideal for diving and snorkeling with fewer downpours. December is the prime time for vacation due to all such conditions in Andaman. 

How about Weather in December?

Andaman receives favorable weather in December which is quite pleasant and nice. So, it is the best time to visit. On average, the temperature looms up to 22 degrees and a maximum of 30 degrees. The humidity is also lower during the winter months of December and January. So, it’s the best time to enjoy thrilling water sports and activities. You can also indulge in the festivities at this time in the Andaman tour

Activities to Enjoy in December in the Andaman Islands 

To plan a vacation in December and get indulged in the festive vibes to cheer up the arrival of New Year, Andaman & Nicobar Islands are considered to be the best places. You can enjoy different water sport activities along with other activities in December. 

  • Celebrate this Christmas and New Year 2020

You can definitely celebrate the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s Eve with family and friends in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. During this month, there is a great influx of tourists who flock around the bars and night clubs to enjoy the nightlife to their heart content. It is among the most popular events and festivities in Andaman. You can chill out at some of the sightseeing places and see the beginning of New Year on the islands. 

  • Enjoy the Light & Sound Show at Cellular Jail 

Listen to the storytelling in the backdrop of light and sound show and know how the brave freedom fighters suffered a lot of tortures inside the jail. Witness the spectacle and make your evening knowledgeable and fun by seeing the narration of the scenes behind India’s fight for freedom. Delve deeper into the epic history of those freedom fighters, including the legendary Vir Savarkar. The jail has now become the National Memorial and one of the best attractions in Andaman. 

  • Glass Bottom Boating 

If you are not confident enough to do scuba diving and snorkeling and you are not a water baby who wants to be submerged in the turquoise blue water, hop on the glass bottom boat to see the spectacles of beautiful marine life through a clear bottom. You can see the spectacular crystal clear views of sea creatures under your feet. Don’t fret! It is absolutely safe and you can witness the serene corals with spectacular views of the ocean. It is a great activity in Havelock Island at Dolphin Beach. 

  • Sea Walking 

The sea walking is truly once in a lifetime adventure and one of the beautiful things to make you feel out of this world. In Havelock Island, sea walking is definitely an exciting activity. You need to gear up with a huge glass dome on your head in which you will get oxygen supply through a tube. 

It is definitely one of the great experiences to witness the underwater world of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. You can enjoy this activity at North Bay Beach in the proximity to Port Blair and in Havelock Island at Elephant Beach. You can also walk at a max depth of up to 7 meters on the seabed and witness the marine life with uninterrupted views in the water. 

  • Kayaking in the mangroves 

Kayaking in the mangroves is truly an exciting and thrilling activity where you can have a pleasant adventure to indulge in when you are in Andaman. You can definitely explore the lush green mangroves of Andaman which has up to 1/5th of total mangrove lands in India while meandering through the sea waters of Andaman. You will have the captivating sound of nature when you glide through the lush greens. The mangroves are blessed with a tranquil and serene environment that is really peaceful and makes a great chance to unwind and relax. 

  • Scuba Diving 

Scuba Diving is definitely one of the most vital and popular activities in Andaman. The mesmerizing beaches of Havelock Island are definitely the must-visit attraction where one can find a lot of sites full of coral reefs and serene marine life. For diving lovers who want to experience the depths of the ocean and explore the serene aquatic creatures, it is definitely one of the amazing activities. Several sites also host night diving activities for divers of all experience levels. You can spot octopus, corals, lobsters, and lionfish in this experience. 

  • Turtle Nesting

Thousands of turtles are found in Diglipur Island during the nesting period. Turtle nesting is a popular activity, especially in the months of December and January. You can spot the turtles hatching their eggs on the beach. Be calm and don’t make noise as it will distract the turtles.

There are four types of turtles that can be seen while nesting in Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, and Green Turtle. In this season, female turtles make up to the sandy beaches to dig a hole where they hatch their eggs. Each nest consists of over 100 eggs and sea turtles make up to 3 to 7 nests in the nesting season. 

Conclusion 

You can definitely plan your vacation and pack your bags to visit Andaman this December. Brace yourself to feel the miracles of the marine world and experience the charm of Christmas Eve in the islands with your family and friends.

 

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.  

 

8. Trekking

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. 

10. Parasailing

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. 

 

Getting There

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.