Top 13 Things To Do In Andaman and Nicobar Islands
How do you decide the best things to do on a group of islands as large as Andaman & Nicobar Islands? Well, you go out there and explore or you read this article! When planning a fabulous vacation to the Andamans Islands, there are so many incredible activities to choose. Before you go booking that plane ticket, remember that these are the best 13 Things to do in Andamans. Here are the 13 things to do in Andamans – one of my all-time favorite places in the world.
1) Experience Sea Walk at North Bay Island in Andamans
The word ‘Sea Walk’ itself gives gets the excitement going. Walking under the sea on the seabed is something everyone would like to do. The sea walk at North Bay Island, an uninhabited island, which is quite close to Port Blair (is well known and entices a lot of tourists and visitors. The sea walk starts when you catch a ferry from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and go to North Bay Island. From there you are taken to the Pontoon in a small dunghi. From here, you are taken inside the water with the help of a small rope staircase with your helmet on. There are guards accompanying you at all times so it is very safe as well. You do not need to know swimming to be able to sea walk.
2) Mount Harriet National Park
Mount Harriet National Park is a place that is a must see in Port Blair. Andaman has about 9 national parks and Mount Harriet is the loveliest and also the most popular national park. It is the second highest and the most easily accessible peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The peak gives you some of the most spectacular views of sunrise and the lazy Andaman Sea all around. The place as such does not have much to see for tourists but it can be a perfect place to relax your tired souls for a day or two. It is far far away from any kind of noise. You can book your experience here and here.
3) Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walkway, Rangat
Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walk Way is an initiative taken by the DFO Rangat who is a visionary officer and a dedicated professional. It is a wooden walkway straight through the beautiful creeks and Mangrove trees that gives you a unique opportunity of enjoying the Mangroves very closely to tourists and visitors. Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walk Way is one of India’s longest mangrove walk way. The walk is enticing, riveting and exciting. Taking a walk among the green, lush, short and tall alike Mangrove trees will not only relax your soul and body but also clear out the stress in your mind.
4) Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a National park of India in Wandoor on the Andaman Islands. Located 29 km. from Port Blair, the Park is situated on the South Western coast of South Andaman, in the Bay of Bengal. The park was closed for rehabilitation after the Tsunami in 2004, but has since reopened, with damage seeming to be less than originally reported. Both Red Skin and Jolly Buoy islands are open during season. The park comes under the administrative control of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the forest department of A&N islands administration. Though the park is uninhabited, there are 8 villages adjacent to the park area with a population of about 3000 people. You can book your experience here.
5) Coral Safari Semi Submarine Ride
The crystal clear shallow waters with worlds most colorful under water corals and rarest species of fish make Andamans a heavenly place for submarine rides.
Coral Safari in a semi-submarine will take you into the deep sea in a most comfortable seawater cabin, fully air-conditioned. When you watch the unbelievable under sea world through the large glass windows inclined, it will give you an electrifying experience. People of all ages can securely enter and exit the vessel. It’s once in a life time experience which enables you to see the most exciting, stunning deep-sea world which will fascinate you and take you into a heaven on earth experience.
6) Visit Chatham Saw Mill
A lot of people do not know that Andaman offers a lot apart from beaches and Chatham Saw Mill is one such great example. Asia’s biggest and oldest sawmill, Chatham Saw Mill, is situated at Chatham Island and is an extremely popular tourist destination. The mill dates back to 1883 and was set up by the British. The mill cuts huge, lofty logs and chunks of wood into usable wooden sticks. As soon as you land in Chatham, it is wood all around. Large piles of woods can be seen being loaded, unloaded, sorted, cut and molded and transported. Chatham mill was of extremely important in the pre-independence era as it catered to the needs of the west. During the Second World War, it became a prey to the heavy bombarding done by the Japanese and was badly destroyed as one bomb hit the mill directly.
7) Andaman Sea Game Fishing
Andaman Sea is the best fishing destination and grounds across the globe. Cinque Island, Barren Island (Active Volcano), Narcondam Island (Extinct Volcano), Havelock Island, Neil Island and many more amazing islands are some of the places that have the rarest species of fish. As it is Andaman is known for its shallow waters and rare corals and fish. It is the most heavenly places for fishing.
8) Enjoy Nightlife & Live Music in Port Blair
Andaman, known for its beaches and islands may not be one of the best places for nightlife. But in Port Blair you will find quite a few places where you can enjoy the nightlife and live music.
Some of the places are Sea ship and Nico Bar. These are one the most popular places for nightlife in Port Blair.
9) Limestone Caves in Diglipur – Alfred Caves
One of the least known places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, despite the fact that it has the potential of being one of the rare things on Discovery channel. Narrow limestone Alfred Caves is the nature’s best gift to Andaman. Alfred Caves lie in the Diglipur division near Ram Nagar beach. To reach the cave, you have to trek for about an hour that is not very tough it can be cumbersome and tiresome for many. Alfred caves are best known as the locales of Swiftlet birds. There are about 10 caves in this area and most of them are inaccessible. Only two or three of them are accessible. Some of them are so tapered that it is almost impossible to get inside them.
10) Bird Watching at Chidiya Tapu
The birdwatching tour of the Andaman Island will tick most of your endemics in 5 days. The Andaman and Nicobar islands have a total of about 22 endemic birds’ species. Since only parts of the Andaman Islands have recently been opened to tourists only 15 endemic species are accessible are the other species are found on islands that are not open to tourists and visitors. Special tours are usually organized for the Narcondam Hornbill.
11) Trek to Munda Pahar Beach or Madhuban
Set in a serene setting of the Emerald islands which is just 25 km away from Port Blair, Munda Pahar beach in Chidiya Tapu is as close to nature as you can get. From its meandering mangrove cover to the stunning sunsets, Munda Pahar beach offers you the essentially the entire Andaman experience all in one. Only 40 minutes by road, the beach is also called Sunset Point that offers you a majestic view of the seaside sunset. The seabed, however, is very rocky and not at all recommended for swimming.
Since its emergence as a favored spot of travelers and tourists, Munda Pahar Beach has redesigned and remodeled its infrastructure for its visitors. You can also satisfy the adventure junkie in you by trekking up to the southernmost tip of South Andaman.
12) Indulge in Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are brimming with its rich under-water life. The best way to explore great diversities of its marine life, of resplendent fishes and unique coral reefs, is to through scuba diving. There are many institutes run by the government and private organizations that organize Scuba diving in the crystalline waters of Andaman and Nicobar. There are also certified private divers who assist you if you are interested in taking up this sport. Snorkeling is also among the most popular adventure activities in the lagoons of Andaman Islands. This is one sport which does not require you to be a trained and is as much fun for beginners as it is for professionals. However, it is advised that if you are a starter, indulge in snorkeling only with the support and guidance of a trained professional. Some of the best places for Snorkeling in the Andaman Islands are the Wandoor National Park-Jolly Bouy and the Red Skin Islands. With splendid coral life, Clique islands is also a highly favored spot for snorkeling.
13) Island Hoping
If the stretches of white sand beaches, gigantic forests and exquisite marine life are your thing, then Andaman might be the destination for you! Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 572 islands in the waters of Bay of Bengal closer to Thailand than to Indian mainland. The islands are at a distance of approximately 1200kms from the mainland. Blessed with colossal natural beauty, friendly people and relatively low cost of travel makes Andaman a backpackers’ paradise! Of the 572 islands, only about 38 are inhabited and out of them, very few are accessible in Andaman while Nicobar is completely out of bounds for everyone other than locals of Nicobar and government servants posted in these islands. But, nevertheless, it is definitely a vacation you should go for!