Things to Do in Andaman and Nicobar
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How do I reach Andaman and Nicobar Island?Located in the southern coast of India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be reached by both air and water ways. Regular flights to Andaman and Nicobar are regularly available from Kolkata and Chennai airports. However, travelling by ship too is a popular and pleasurable way to explore the inland experience. The Andaman and Nicobar airport is named the Vir Savarkar International Airport, connecting Kolkata, Chennai, as well as some other international destinations. The two major airline operators to the islands are Jet Airways and Air India. However, you can also get to fly with Air Sahara, Jet Konnect, SpiceJet, GoAir and Air Deccan, depending on the day of your planned journey.
If you take the sea route, three to four passenger ships are scheduled every month from Chennai, Vizag and Kolkata dock. The most popular ships from Chennai are the MV Swarajdweep and MV Nancowry. If you are leaving from Kolkata dock, you can take the MV Akbar or the MV Nicobar. MV Harshavardhan is another ship that ferries from both Kolkata and Chennai. The journey takes 50-60 hours to reach its destination. There are inter-connectivity options to reach different islands on Andaman. Directorate of Shipping Services, A & N Administration operates regular ferry services from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair in the inter-island and foreshore sectors connecting all populated island/tourist places.
What kind of accommodations I can find in the Andamans?A variety of hotels, resorts and hostels offer accommodation facilities across the Andaman Islands. From luxury resorts with world class amenities to hostels, dormitories and government/private lodges, the budget range is quite extensive. Consequently, there is something for any kind of traveler.
What are the essential things to carry to the Andamans?Depending on where you choose to stay and which part of Andamans you are trying to explore, your backpacks needs to be packed accordingly. Basically, you are travelling to a remote island that is cut off from the main land by several kilometers of sea. Therefore, a good travel plan is a Here are the basic things that need to go into your bag:
- Sunscreen: It’s a tropical sun out there and even in the winter months, the day can be harsh on your skin.
- Insect repellents: Known for remoteness and insect diversity, an insect repellent is a must, especially if you plan to explore the not-so-common places.
- Rubber slippers: It’s a beach after all and you cannot walk on the sand on high heels or seek to relax in heavy boots!
- Water bottle: If you don’t plan on buying a fresh bottle of water every time you feel thirsty, it is recommended that you carry one along and keep on filling it.
- Towels: The quick dry kinds are the best.
- Swimwear: There is no way you can stay away from the allure of the roaring blue sea!
- Medication: General medicines for common conditions like headache, sprain, stomach problems and the like. You never know what will be coming.
- A cap/hat: Gives you protection from the sun.
- Rain protection: The rain in the Andamans is just like its sun. Its surprising and can come at any time.
- Flashlight: if you plan to stay out after dark, a good flashlight will be very useful.
- Cash: Havelock, one of the most popular islands has only two ATM machines – Axis Bank and State Bank of India. Well, there are also days when these ATMs run out of cash or simply don’t work. You wouldn’t want to be stranded without any hard cash.
- Camera: Well, this comes unsaid!
- Documents: Do carry passport, spare passport photos and ID proof.
What kind of activities one can do in the Andamans?Andaman is full-on fun for the outdoor loving kind of person. One can find 'n' number of things which can be done in Andaman. There is so much to do and it includes:
- Cave Exploration (don’t miss the Bioluminescent cane in the Havelock Islands)
- Scuba Diving
- Banana Boat Ride
- Glass Bottom Boat Ride
- Sea Plane Ride
- Witnessing the Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail
- Trekking to Mt Harriet and Madhuban
- Nature walks in Mongluton Rubber Plantations, Wandoor
- Limestone Caving, Baratang
- Bird Watching, Chidiya Tapu
- Island Hopping
- Grabbing a beer!
Which is the best time to visit the Andamans for different activities?It is important that you plan your Andaman vacation according to the season. Summers can get scorching hot and monsoons can make you stay back in your hotels altogether. Andaman offers the best tour package in winters. The tourism department generally recommends the months between October and late May. This is also the time when most activities are open to the public. If you have been planning to experience a sea walk, don’t plan between May and Mid-September. However, you can still get to snorkel, scuba dive, get a banana boat ride or jet ski. Similarly, The Elephant Beach and the Jolly Bouy Island in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park are open for only about 8 months in the winters.
If you are a mainstream tourism, looking to make he most of your visit, the winter months are most recommended. However, the islands can be a different kind of fun during the monsoons too. Though many activities will be closed, there would be other opportunities like surfing and deep sea diving Many come to the Andamans during July and August to get a certification course in diving. Subject to weather conditions, all sightseeing places are open across the year.
The general climate of Andaman Islands is pleasant. However, the best season considered is October to April when monsoon isn’t forecasted and climate remains pleasant. Being surrounded by sea, the cool breeze helps to keep the temperature to range in between 23° C and 31° C. Monsoon brought by the southwest wind sets in during mid-May and continues till early October.
Season for nature lovers is May to December when forest is lush green and waterfalls are at their prime. Divers can enjoy the best during December to April and bird watchers during winter times.
What is the ideal duration for a holiday if I want to do various activities in the Andamans?If you want to explore the Andaman Islands complete, a lifetime wouldn’t be enough! That being said, it should be a minimum of 2 weeks trip to the Andamans if you are planning to touch all kinds of activities offered. This includes sea adventures, water sports, treks, food, safaris and more. A good tour package will have such itinerary which is needed to do various activities in Andaman.
Which Islands are a must visit in the Andamans?There are 550 Islands in Andaman and Nicobar, and most of these are in Andaman. 26 of which are inhabited and many more fall under RAP (Restricted Area Permit). The ones you can visit and shouldn’t miss include:
- Radhanagar Beach
- Jolly Bouy Islands Beach
- Ross Islands
- Havelock Islands (Elephant Beach)
- Neil Island (Lakshmanpur Beach / Bharatpur Beach)
- Port Blair (Wandoor Beach)
- Baratang Islands
- Ross and Smith Islands.
Which are must things to do in the Andamans?Andaman is a paradise for outdoor lovers. Tourists of all kinds flock to the Andaman Islands every year and include honeymooners, adventure tourists, photographers, family tours and even fun with friends. Well, whatever the kind you are, if you are travelling to Andamans for the first time, ensure that you participate in various things like these:
- Snorkeling at Elephant Beach and North Bay
- Witness bio-luminescence in the Havelock Island shores in the night
- Scuba Dive (lots of locations across Andamans)
- Ride a Banana Boat
- Try the Glass Bottom Boat Ride
- Para sail in Havelock
- Travel to the Barren Islands on a sea plane
- Trek to Mount Harriet
- Explore the Baratang Caves
- Take a helicopter tour from north to south Andamans
Is it worth visiting the Andamans for Scuba Diving or Snorkeling?Andamans is the best place for scuba diving and snorkeling. The marine life is amazing and it would be a once on a lifetime experience. Scuba and snorkeling activities are offered all along the Andaman coastline and you might have to register before, depending on the season and the time of the day you are planning to take the dive.
Where can I do Scuba Diving in the Andamans?The best places for Scuba Diving in the Andamans include:
- Havelock Islands Lighthouse for night diving experience
- Aquarium for beginners
- Mac Point if you are keen on swimming with dugongs
- Barracuda City for a swim with sea turtles
- Seduction Point for the best coral reef experience (staghorn corals)
- Neil Islands Margherita’s Mischief for a swim with sting rays and other out worldly creatures
- K Rock, for a dive into volcanic rocks
- Bus Stop, for a small reef experience
- Junction, for pro divers
- Port Blair Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
- Other Points North Point, Cinque Islands Bala Reef, Little Andaman Fish Rock, Passage Island Corruption Rock, for a shipwreck experience.
Where can I do Snorkelling in the Andamans?Like scuba Diving, there’s a range of snorkeling spots scattered across the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They include:
- North Bay Island, Port Blair
- Elephant Bach, Havelock Islands
- Jolly Bouy Island, Port Blair
- Red Skin Island, Port Blair
- Aquarium, Havelock
- South Button, Swiftlet Rock
- Henry Lawrence, Tamarind Camp
- Middle Button, Turtle Island
- Kalipur, North Andaman
- Lalaji Beach, Long Island
Are there any equipments I need to carry for Snorkeling/Scuba Diving in the Andamans?No, all the equipment are readily provided with your snorkeling/scuba diving package. It is mandatory that you get into the wet suit provided by the activity organizers for a safe and pleasurable experience. You might want to take an underwater camera however. If you don’t have one, the organizers will be able to provide it to you at no or little extra cost.
Can a non-swimmer do water activities?It is generally recommended that a non-swimmer sticks to activities that doesn’t involve diving into the waters. Consequently, it would be better to stay away from snorkeling or scuba diving. However, you can always enjoy the banana boat rides, Jet Ski experience and even experience the underwater on a glass bottom boat.
How much it will cost me to do Snorkeling/Scuba Diving in the Andamans?Generally, a non certified scuba dive for beginners will cost about INR 3,500 and will last a few hours. The costs vary depending on the accompaniments and can be generalized under:
- Scuba diving from a boat: INR 4,500
- Extra Dive (same day): INR 2,000
- Night Dive: INR 3,500
- PADI course for scuba Dive: INR 18,000 lasting 2-3 days
- Open Water Dive PADI course: INR 24,000 lasting 3-4 days
- Advanced open dive PADI course: INR 19,500 lasting 2 days
- Emergency first response dive course: INR 10,000
- Rescue Diver Course: INR 19,000 lasting 3 days
- Dive Master Course: INR 45,000 lasting 15 days
- Dive Master GoPro Internship; INR 80,000 lasting 30-60 days
- Advanced adventurer SSI course: INR 18,000 lasting 2 days
- Stress and rescue SSI Course: INR 17,500 lasting 3 days.
Further, there would be a range of packages if you are looking to scuba dive/snorkel for more than 1 dive or day.
What sort of activities are enjoyable by children in the Andamans?There couldn’t be a better way to introduce nature, outdoor and the joy of travel than a trip to the Andamans. Most activities in the islands are guided and there are only a few that any kid would likely miss out upon. Among the safest and coolest things your kid can do in Andamans is:
- Jet Ski
- Banana Boat Ride
- Sofa Ride
- Sea Walk
- Fishing Trip
- Visit to the Cellular Jail
- Witness turtle nesting
- Dolphin show
- Or have a fun day at the beach.
Where can I do Seawalking in the Andamans?Sea Walking is a unique experience and doesn’t require any kind of swimming experience. You would be able to walk into the shallow sea and experience the marine life that is exposed to the naked eye. Sea walking in Andaman is best experienced at:
- The famous North Bay Island (the first sea walk open to public)
- The stupendous Elephant Beach
- The worth visiting Havelock Island
How much it will cost me to do Seawalking in the Andamans?A pre-booking is required if you are planning to experience a sea walk in the North Bay or the Elephant Islands. A general sea walk lasts for about a couple of hours and costs about INR 4,800. Do check the timing of the activity before booking your slot.
Where and how can I do Glass Bottom Boating in the Andamans?Glass Bottom Boats are a thrilling experience and are perfect for tourists who want to experience the underwater life without getting themselves wet. The best places to do a Glass Bottom Boating include the North Bay Coral Island and the stretch from Jolly Bouy Island to Port Blair. North Bay Coral Island is near to the city and consequently is much more crowded. However, if you are okay with travelling a bit for a cleaner and more solemn experience, head to the Jolly Bouy Island or the Red Skin Islands. Check out Andaman Dolphin, the most popular of companies offering Glass Bottom Boat Rides in luxurious and safe speed boats.
Where can I see Volcano in the Andamans?The Barren Islands is the only place where you can see a volcano in the Andamans. However, this is also an active volcano, the only confirmed in South Asia. The only way to reach the Barren Islands is via ships that regularly depart from Port Blair. You may also take a sea plane from Havelock or Port Blair.
Where can I do Mangrove Kayaking in the Andamans?Mangrove kayaking gives you a duck eyed view of the picturesque islands. Being a more uncommon activity among tourists, it will also be a one of a kind of experience in the wilderness. The best place to do a mangrove kayaking is in the well known Baratang Islands. Guided tours comes with instructions, equipment and the necessary food and comfort.
Where can I do a Seaplane ride in the Andamans? How much it will cost me?The seaplane experience in the Andamans was launched back in 2011 and the flights connect Havelock and Port Blair. You may also take up a sea plane ride to reach the Barren Islands. The availability of a sea plane depends on the booking for the day and the weather forecast.
For tourists, a sea plane ride between Port Blair and Havelock would cost up to INR 4,100. Sunday is off day for sea plane rides. Booking for sea planes need to be done from the ANIDCO Ticket Counter at Havelock Islands, Port Blair or the Diglipur Islands.
Which places are best to do Trekking in the Andamans?Trekking is one of the most sought after activity in the Andamans. The popular trekking routes include:
- Mount Harriet – South Andaman – Madhuban
- Chidiya Tapu – South Andaman – Kala Pahad
- Havelock – South Andaman – Elephant Beach
- Baratang – Middle Andaman – Limestone Caves
- Diglipur Island – North Andaman – Raman Caves and Saddle Peaks
What things must be kept in mind while trekking in the Andamans?If you are trekking, the climate will play a very important role in penning down your itinerary. Andamans is an island with extremes of rainfall and sunshine. Generally, worry about:
- Places: Make sure that the places are open, you have the required permits and that it is safe. Ask locals for the most updated information about local climate. You could get rainfall in Mount Harriet even if it’s sunny in Port Blair.
- Luggage: It is recommended that you pack as light a bag as you can when trekking across Andaman. The treks are long and could take whole day
- Food: Carry along food items like biscuits, chocolates and juices as most trek routes are through wilderness and you wouldn’t get anything.
- Cash: There are only a couple of ATMs in Port Blair. So, it is necessary that you have enough cash handy before any trip.
Is it safe to do trekking in the Andamans?If you are trekking for the first time, it is recommended that you go through a trek organizer. Most hotels run daily treks in groups and it would be a safe and pleasurable experience. Safety issues come from the terrain and the frequently changing weather conditions.
Where can I watch the Dolphin Show in the Andamans?If you are trying to see wild dolphins along the Andaman Islands, a ship ride would be the best way to do it. Dolphins are commonly seen on your way to the Havelock Islands or a ride in the North Passage and the Lalaji Bay.
Can I do a helicopter tour in the Andamans? How much it will cost to me?Witnessing the Andamans from the top is a heavenly experience. The deep blue sea, golden sands, green forests and wide range of colors can be a lifetime of experience. Helicopter rides are available between North and South Andamans and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. You would be flown in a Pawan Hans helicopter operated by the AAI.
A one way ride between Port Blair,the Capital and Neil Island/Havelock Island costs about INR 860, as of October 2011.
What sort of Cruise activities can be done in the Andamans?Some best Cruise trips are readily available from Port Blair and would be a one of a kind of experience, especially if you are looking to have a relaxed vacation. Full day cruises are available to most islands and is a great opportunity to do some adventure fishing. Cruises carry along all kinds of refreshments and food and it would be seriously fun thing to do with your family or friends.
What is Sea/Motion Sickness? How to overcome it?Sea motion sickness or sea sickness results from a longer time spent at sea. Many people suffer from sea sickness which results in nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness and cold sweats. It could be from a long ship ride or a relaxing boat ride along the beach. Experts believe it to be a physiological reaction arising out of the complex motion of being at the sea.
The best ways to avoid sea sickness include:
- Resting before setting sail
- Taking antiemetic drugs
- Getting some fresh air
- Requesting a cabin near water line
- Have light food
- Avoid stimuli that causes nausea
- Wearing an acupressure wristband
- Last, of all, panning your itinerary in such as way that you are not in the middle of the sea for too long
Is it safe to do various activities in the Andamans?All kind of adventure activities for tourists across the Andaman Islands are presided over by an instructor and trainer. You are always accompanied by experts. Further, the Andaman coast is well provided with life guards and other safety measures, making the sea a popular haunt for tourists from across the globe. If you are willing to stick to the rules, Andamans will be a very safe and pleasurable experience.
What kind of health precautions must be taken care of before doing any activity?Tourists to the Andaman and Nicobar islands commonly experience bouts of bronchial asthma, stomach ailments, respiratory infections and malaria. It is necessary to take the required medicines and also understand that:
- There are limited number of super specialty facilities for neurology and cardiology
- Pregnant women should avoid sea travel
- Carrying your medical record helps if you are taking a certain kind of medicine
- It can be risky to drink water from streams, falls, and rivers
- Carry your prescribed medicine for asthma
- Use Mefloquine or Chloroquine as anti-malaria drugs
Should I carry any medicines before doing any sort of activities?Generally, you wouldn’t need any extra medicine, other than a first aid kit for any kind of activity in the Andamans. However, if you have been suffering from certain ailments like Asthma, it is necessary that you have the preparations. Most activities can be quite tiring and you might want to have your inhaler handy.
Which are some of the best places for doing photography in the Andamans?Andaman Islands is a photographer’s delight. The amazing sightseeing spots of Andaman provide a platform for the photographers. The blue seas, golden beaches, red mountains, and the green forest present a scenic opportunity. A unique culture, topography and wildlife ensure that no photographer comes empty handed. If you are planning on doing underwater photography, the Andamans will always been the first place you would want to run to! Some of the most photographed destinations/places in the Andamans include:
- Havelock Islands
- Elephant Beach
- Lakshmanpur Beach
- Ray Hill
- Katchal Island
- Austin Creek
- Ross and Smith Islands Beach
- Lalaji Bay Beach
- Butler Bay Beach
- Lamia Bay Beach
- Neil Islands
- Baratang Islands
- Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve
- Kaala Pathar Beach
Which are some of the best places for film/video shooting in the Andamans?Several Bollywood movies have been shot across Andamans across the past decade. Some of the most prominent locations for film/video shooting include:
- Ross Islands
- Neil Islands
- Kaala Pathar Beach
- Austin Creek
What modes of payment are accepted by various activity organizers?Cash is the handiest way to pay off your booking across Andamans. However, bigger activity organizers accept all kinds of credit and debit cards.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have several mud volcanoes spread all over the group of islands. Out of the 11 mud volcanoes, 9 are located on Baratang Island, about 90 kilometres from Port Blair. At first sight, it may look like tiny holes in the earth with mud bubbling all over them. But for the curious soul, the science behind these volcanoes is fascinating, and since they are the only group of mud volcanoes all over India, they are worth a visit.The volcanoes are created when microorganisms release various juices to break down the organic matter underneath the earth’s surface. As a result, organic matter breaks down and releases various gases. These gases then rise to the surface and create small craters of bubbling mud, called mud volcanoes.The volcanoes are not pretty, or even remotely appealing visually, but if you are interested in scientific exploration, this will be a worthy visit for you. They are nature’s wonderful play, with average temperature at any active volcano ranging 100 degrees centigrade to as low as 2 degrees. Some people also use the volcanoes for a mud bath, especially the ones in lower temperature range.Planning a trip to Andaman? Book best Andaman tour packages now!How to reach Mud Volcanoes - From Port Blair:Mud volcanoes are located on Baratang island, which is about 90 kilometres away from Port Blair city. There are several ways to get to Mud Volcanoes from Port Blair.You can take a bus from STS Bus Terminal in Aberdeen Bazaar, and it will take you about 2 and a half hours to reach your destination. The first half is from Port Blair to Jirkatang, which is stretched over 40 kilometres, and the second lag of the journey is from Jirkatang to Baratang, which is 49 kilometres long.Nilambur Jetty services can also be used to get to Mud Volcanoes, and it only takes 15 minutes for the entire journey. Apart from government buses and ferries, private bus and ferry services are also available. These are generally more expensive.- From Havelock Island:Mud Volcanoes are nearly 170 kilometres away from and there is no direct service from Havelock island to the volcanoes. However, there are daily ferry services to Port Blair, from where you can easily take a boat to Baratang. It will take 3 hours to reach Port Blair from Havelock, and since ferry services to Bartang are only available until 1 pm, it is advisable to leave Havelock early. Otherwise, you will be stranded at Port Blair for the night.You can also check the travel guide from Port Blair to Havelock island.Essential Info:1. Places to visit near Mud VolcanoesChidiya Tapu - witness the sheer variety of indigenous and migratory birds at this lonesome island, enjoy seclusion and serenity like never before, and explore the lush green forests. Hang out by the beach, watch emerald doves sailing through the skies.Limestone Caves - witness the fascinating formation of Limestone Caves just a few kilometres from Mud Volcanoes. The distinct floral patterns are mesmerizing, and patterns are spread all over the walls and ceilings, lending the place a striking beauty.Cellular Jail - A historical landmark that is a must-visit destination in andaman not only because of its significance in India’s struggle for independence but also because of its serene environs.Check out some more places to see in Port Blair.2. Things/ Activities to do near Mud VolcanoesBird watching - Baratang Island hosts birds of all varieties around the year. From red-breasted parakeets to white-bellied sea eagles, imperial green pigeons and scarlet minivets, this place is rife with exciting fauna, a haven for nature lovers.Hiking: Baratang Island is famous for its lush green forests, stunning vistas, and mesmerizing views of the ocean. One of the most popular ways of getting close to nature here is hiking. There are plenty of trails that go through emerald forests that will take your breath away.Explore the mangrove forests - the green blanket covering the island is unique in its beauty and will make your mind and soul rejuvenated like never before. A ride through the mangrove forests is truly life-changing.Explore the list of things to do in Andaman and Nicobar.3. Places to eat near Mud VolcanoesThere are no big and fancy restaurants or hotels at Baratang Island, but there are plenty of eateries and food stalls here where you can enjoy the local delicacies and hygienic food.There are a few food stalls near Nilambur jetty area where you can find South Indian and Bengali food at pocket-friendly costs. It is hot, tasty, and served with love. You can also find snack bars and chai points near Mud Volcanoes where you can buy almost any kind of refreshment. Don’t forget to try some coconut water and spiced buttermilk, if you want to beat the heat.4. Places to stay near Mud VolcanoesThere are not many places offering accommodation near Mud Volcanoes. Baratang is an untouched island, and there are slim to none luxury properties here.The three government guesthouses are only open to government officials, however, you can get a room here if you book your accommodation several months in advance. There is only one private resort on the entire island, and that is Dew Dale. Although the resort is a little far from Mud Volcanoes and the city centre, the rooms are clean and airy here. Don't forget to book a room before you come here.5. Best Time to visit Mud VolcanoesMud Volcanoes are best visited during the winter season, which is from November to February. In summers, it gets too hot at the island to go sightseeing, and the scorching heat will limit your exploration. During monsoons, harsh weather may cause flight cancellations and you may get stranded.6. Travellers' Tip before visiting Mud VolcanoesGet a permit to visit the Baratang Island, before you leave for Mud Volcanoes.You should also carry essential medication because medical facilities in Baratang are not top shelf. The island is inhabited by Jarawa Tribe, and the government forbids from interacting with the tribesmen or taking their photos.7. Entry Fee and Photography allowed in Mud VolcanoesThere is no entry fee to visit Mud Volcanoes, as it is a publicly owned destination. Photography is also allowed here, and there are no extra charges you have to pay to carry a camera. In fact, the only money you will be spending is the ferry ticket.8. Visiting Time & Duration for Mud VolcanoesMud Volcanoes are open to the public 24 hours. However, it is not advisable to stay out in the wild after dark. This is because the island is home to one of the most dangerous tribes in the world, and it is better to finish sightseeing before dusk. It will take you 1-2 hours to finish exploring Mud Volcanoes.Looking for budget honeymoon Packages of Andaman? Check them out now.
The Cinque Island, divided further into the North Cinque and South Cinque islands, are two among the many small islands that are found near Andaman and Nicobar, in India. Unlike the main islands, these are uninhabited and tourists are only allowed to visit them for day visits unless they have a special grant or permission. There are plenty of tour agencies and companies that organize these day trips to the Cinque Islands.The islands are often considered to be one single island, because they are connected by a sandbar, making it easy to access them both at the same time. Both the islands are also a part of the Wandoor Marine National Park, also commonly referred to as the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.What makes these isolated islands so popular among tourists is that they are said to be the best place for snorkeling and scuba diving, due to the crystal clear waters and the abundance of exotic marine life such as sea anemones, starfishes, crocodiles, corals, water snakes, turtles, and many fish as well. Apart from that, the beaches themselves are very clean and pleasing, with soft sandy shores and stunning views of crimson red sunsets that will leave anyone spellbound. If you are interested in photography, you have a lot of amazing photo opportunities on this island during your trip to Andaman.One of the things about these islands that attracts people the most is that since they are uninhabited by man, there is still a beautiful essence of harmony in nature present here, that instantly makes you fall in love with this place. There is a strict policy of eco-tourism followed here, which prevents this island to be polluted with any kinds of litter, waste or any other kind of man-made waste, thus preserving its natural beauty.Whether you are traveling with family, friends, your loved one, or even solo, you will find plenty of things to do on the islands. There are many water sports activities that you can do, ranging from parasailing to boating, kayaking and jet skiing, which children especially will enjoy. If you are traveling with a loved one, you can definitely enjoy a delicious seafood meal made from the fresh catch of the day, take a romantic evening walking along the sandy shores of the beach and watch as the sun sets slowly in the horizon, and the sky changes its colors almost magically.All in all, the island is filled with a lot of exciting sights and activities that are sure to make anyone fall in love with this place at first sight, and if you ever find yourself in the Andaman and Nicobar, do spare a day to take a trip to these uninhabited islands, to really get an experience of being one with nature. This island is one of the best places to explore in Andaman. For those of you who are interested in knowing more about the Cinque Islands, we have gathered all the information that you will require before making a trip here. Keep reading the article to get all the necessary knowledge about the magical Cinque Island.Check out the best tour packages in Andaman for your trip.How to Reach Cinque IslandThe Cinque Island is located just around 25 kilometers from the famous Port Blair and is situated in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Due to its proximity to Port Blair, the islands can be reached through any popular means of transportation.By Air: Veer Savarkar International Airport, also known as the Port Blair International Airport, located in Port Blair is the closest airport to the Cinque Island and is located very close to the Port Blair's town center. You can take a flight from any of the major towns in India like Bombay, Delhi, Kolkata or Chennai and you should be able to reach Port Blair in less than four hours.By Boat: After reaching Port Blair, you will need to take a boat or a chartered ferry which takes you across to the Cinque Islands. These ferries are the only way to reach the island and they travel multiple times a day. There are also many private tours which have their own boats that take you to the islands if you wish to opt for those.Once you reach the islands, you can go to either the North or the South Cinque Island, as the two are connected by a sandbar.Check out the best honeymoon hotels in Andaman which will offer you a wonderful stay during your trip.Best Time to VisitBeing in a country that is blessed with a tropical climate, there is really no wrong time to visit Cinque IslandDuring the summer months, the weather is extremely sunny and warm, so if you enjoy being in sunny weather, then the moths of April to June are a great time to visit. Though it may be sunny, you can always cool down with a cold beverage or a dip in the pleasant ocean.The winter months after the rainy monsoon season is the most popular season to visit the islands as the weather is not too hot, the climate is very cool and pleasant, but you still have the sun and the feel of the beach, without getting too sweaty under the sun.The rainy season, from the month of June to the month of November, is the least popular time to visit the islands, as you wouldn’t be able to enjoy many of the activities on the island, like water sports, snorkeling and scuba diving which are some of the best water sports in Andaman. However, this is also the season where hotels and resorts give the maximum discounts in Andaman, so sometimes people opt to visit during this time of the year to save a lot of money.Check out the list of best islands in Andaman which you must visit on your trip.Other Essential Info about Cinque IslandHere is some other important information that will come in handy for your visit to Cinque Island.1. Mobile ConnectivityThough you don’t need a different or a new SIM card for when you visit the Cinque Island, there are some networks that definitely do work better than others, and can be used throughout your visit to the Andaman. Networks like Reliance and Jio are not the most suited for Andaman and Cinque Islands and it is not recommended to carry those. Among all the recent network providers, Vodafone gets the best mobile connectivity and service on the Cinque islands, compared to the other networks. While these SIM cards work in Port Blair, there is no guarantee that you will get a proper signal on Cinque Island.2. Medical FacilitiesIn spite of being an uninhabited island and being a place known just for day trips and excursions, don't worry as there are easily available medical facilities. The tour operators always carry a first aid kit with them in case of any emergencies, and since the islands are located on the premises of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, you can definitely get access to medical aid without fail. However, if you use any specific medications or you have any condition, we recommend you to carry your own medications with you, and not rely on the medical care on the island.3. Timings to visitAs we mentioned before, the island is uninhabited and only open to the people for day visits, and hence there are particular timings during which you are permitted to visit the island. There are frequent and regular ferries that travel to the island from Chiriya Tapu, and the journey takes approximately two and a half hours, one way, by boat. To enjoy a full day on the island, we recommend that you leave early in the morning so that you don’t miss out on any of the interesting activities on the island. This island also welcomes many couples who are on their honeymoon to Andaman.4. Places to eat near Cinque IslandSince the islands are not inhabited, there are no restaurants on the islands. However, you can buy refreshments and beverages to keep yourself full. If you are traveling with a tour agency or through an organized tour, the people almost usually provide lunch and dinner meals as a part of the tour package. However, once you get back to Port Blair, there are a number of great restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal after a long day of exploring the island. You can also buy food and carry it with you before you leave for the island, but make sure not to litter anything on the island.5. Activities to doOnce you are on the island, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied the entire day. The most popular activity on the Cinque Island is scuba diving and snorkeling, because of the rich marine life that’s found in the waters, like exotic fish, sea anemones, turtles, starfish, and even some sea snakes. Apart from these, there are also many other water sports activities you can do on the island like jet skiing, parasailing, banana boating, and kayaking. If you are not up for these activities, you can just unwind by the beach, relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the waves and the beautiful view of the blue ocean.Don't forget to check out the best beaches in Andaman and Nicobar which you must visit during your trip.Frequently Asked QuestionsHere are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that you should be aware of before visiting Cinque Island.1. From where can I take the ferry to reach Cinque Island?The best way to reach the Cinque Islands is by a ferry and the journey takes around two and a half hours to go one way. The ferries usually depart from the Chiriya Tapu point, and there are regular ferries that take multiple trips throughout the day, so you don’t have to worry about missing a ferry.2. Which are the best resorts in Cinque Island?The Cinque Islands are uninhabited islands that are located on the premises of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. There are no resorts or hotels on the island, and tourists are only allowed to visit for day trips.3. What will I see being at Cinque Island? On Cinque Island, you can see various different kinds of exotic marine life species, like colorful fish, crocodiles, starfish, sea snakes and sea anemones. You will also see the beautiful expanse of the sea and the view of stunningly beautiful crimson red sunsets.4. What water sports can we do at Cinque Island?Water sports are one of the specialties of the Cinque Islands, and you can choose from a variety of options like jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, boating, and banana boating as well. You can also opt for snorkeling and scuba diving, which are the most famous activities on the island and are some of the best things to do in andaman on your trip.5. How to reach Cinque Island from Havelock?If you are traveling from Havelock, then you will first need to take a ferry to Port Blair, which takes around an hour. Once you reach Port Blair, you can take another ferry from the Chiriya Tapu point, and in two and a half hours, you will reach the Cinque Island.6. What should I carry while visiting Cinque Island?Make sure to carry a lot of sunscreens, your swimsuit, an extra set of clothes and all the medication which you will require. We also recommend carrying some snacks and beverages for refreshment.7. What else can I visit with Cinque Island in one day?As the islands are located around two and a half hours from Port Blair, we recommend not to plan anything on the date of travel and allocate the entire day just to explore the beautiful islands. You can visit both the North and South Cinque islands as they are connected by a sandbar. Also,check out the best places to visit Port Blair.8. How much time will it take to visit Cinque Island properly?It will take you one day to complete visit the Cinque islands and everything that they have to offer.9. Is scuba diving available in Cinque Island?Yes, Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities on the island and one can see a number of exotic fish and other marine life species on their underwater dive giving you the best scuba diving experience in Andaman.10. What is the boat ticket from Port Blair to Cinque Island?The ferry prices vary from season to season, however, if you are traveling through a tour agency, they usually include the cost of the ferry travel.Planning to add this place to your trip plan? But first, check out the Andaman travel guide which will help you plan a hustle free trip.
Connected by a white sand bar are Ross and Smith Islands belonging to North Island and both of them together known as the Twin Islands. The beautiful villages, turquoise water, the virgin beaches and the extremely gorgeous tropical rainforest and what not; these islands are indescribably fascinating. As the island is close to Diglipur, one can take the Aerial Bay as the destination via road and get entry permits and travel to the island by a ferry. Around 20 minutes of boat ride will take you to the island. From Smith Island, you are invited to indulge in the nature trails extended till Ross Island through the green tropical forests swaying their heads always.Highlights: A Marine Sanctuary on the island is the biggest highlight and it is considered to be the ideal place for watching the rare collection of invigorating coral reefs and colourful fish species. As both the islands are home to Olive Ridley turtles, tourists come at the right time to watch turtle nesting and it is a rare scene to be watched. At times, the wild elephants inhabited in the forests may come to the outer world.Activities: Snorkeling and swimming are the most suitable and well acknowledged activities on both the islands. Adventure lovers find the space marvelous to do scuba diving tours as well.Distance from Port Blair: By road, about 191 kms are there from Port Blair to Ross and Smith Islands, Aerial Jetty is the right spot to take a private boat from and travel to the island.