For the water sport enthusiasts and adventure fanatics, there is no better place than Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex at Andaman. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports complex also called the Andaman Water Sports Complex is located near the cellular jail in the northwest part of Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar.
The first of its kind in India, Rajiv Gandhi water sports complex provides an exhilarating experience and indelible memories to visitors with its assorted aqua sports such as safe water sports and adventure water sports under one roof.
Some of the thrilling activities in safe water sports include Paddle Boats, rowboats, water cycles, glass-bottom boats, bumper boats, etc. Jet skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, speedboat rides, windsurfing, etc make up the adventure water sports.
The aqua activities present in the complex are suited to both adults and kids. The state of the art infrastructure and ever-watchful guides guarantee strict adherence to safety guidelines and instill confidence in visitors to revisit it frequently.Rajiv Gandhi Complex holds historic prominence too. It houses a memorial commemorating the Battle of Aberdeen that was fought between Britain and the aborigines of Andaman in 1859.An artificial waterfall and a children’s park nearby enhances its reputation as a perfect tourist hub for visitors of all ages and tastes.
How to reach Rajiv Gandhi Water sports Complex
From Port Blair: Rajiv Gandhi Water sports complex is situated at a distance of 9.8 km from central Port Blair. One can reach the complex in 20 -30 minutes by car.The Vir Savarkar International airport, at Port Blair, is at a distance of 4 km from the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex.
The visitors can reach Port Blair by sea from Visakhapatnam, Chennai, or Kolkata.
Visakhapatnam – Port Blair: 1200 km.
Chennai – Port Blair: 1190 km.
Kolkata – Port Blair: 1255 km.
From Havelock Island: The distance from Havelock Island to Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is 61.6 km and includes a ferry ride. The ferry ride takes 90 minutes and is charged at Rs. 750 per person (one-way).
Places to visit near Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
Cellular Jail: Cellular Jail, a national memorial that incarcerated hundreds of Indian freedom fighters during Independence struggle is one of the most sought out tourist places near Rajiv Gandhi Water sports complex.
Marina Park: A picturesque park on the Oceanfront with lots of children plays instruments like swings etc. A romantic stroll with your loved one along the seaside walk lane with street lights on both sides illuminating the path and cool sea breeze whispering sweet nothings will make your day.
Samudrika Naval Marine Museum: Run by Indian Navy, the museum offers an insight into the History of Andaman Islands, Geographical information, Aborigines of Andaman, Archeology and Marine life.
Corbyn’s Cove : Perfect destination for sun basking and swimming. Warning: Crocodiles are occasionally spotted.
North Bay Island: Known for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Zonal Anthropological Museum: It showcases the lifestyle and culture of the 4 Negrito tribes of Andaman (the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese, and the Onges) and two Mongoloid tribes of Nicobar Islands (the Nicobarese and the Shompens).
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Safe Water Sports:
Paddle Boats: Charges Rs 20 per 2 seater & Rs.30 per 4 seaters. Duration: 30 mints.
Rowboats: Charges Rs. 20 per 2 seaters, Dur: 30 mins
Glass-bottom boats: The boats with glass bottoms enable tourists to witness exotic marine life at close quarters. Charges Rs. 350/- per head
Bumper Boat: Charges: Rs.30/head. Duration: 10 mints.
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Adventure Water Sports:
JetSkiing: Enjoy riding the waters at high speed and splashing the water all over. Can compete against others and win the race.
Charges: Rs. 550/ 1 person & Rs. 750/ 2 persons. Duration: 10 mints
Parasailing: Feel the adrenalin rush and have an exhilarating experience of floating in the air and witnessing the aerial view of the beautiful landscape below.
Sea walking: Adventurists can don the breathing apparatus, walk on the seabed with the help of instructors and lifeguards, and own the unforgettable memories of watching underwater aquatic life and coral reefs. Charges Rs 3200/ head. Duration: 40 mints.
Scuba Diving: Charges: Rs. 3500/head. Duration: 40 mints.
Snorkeling: Charges Rs. 1000/person. Duration: 30 mints.
Banana boat rides: Charges around Rs. 350- Rs. 600 per person
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Places to eat in and near Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
All restaurants are at a distance of 1km – 1.5 km from the complex
A fast food center near Jetty.
Ocean Blue Restaurant
New Lighthouse Restaurant
Barkhat Food Court
Baba Bengali Hotel
Ananda Multi-cuisine Restaurant
Annapurna Cafeteria Pure Veg
Places to stay near Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
Hotel de Marina
Sinclairs Bayview Port Blair
Fortune Resort Bay Island –Member ITC Hotel Group
Hotel Coral Inn
Hotel Royal Palace
GKM Grand Hotel
Also, Find here a list of best hotels in port blair to enjoy your calm, comfortable and spacious stay.
Medical Facilities in Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
GB Pant Hospital (Open 24 Hours)
Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital, Port Blair
INHS Dhanvantri, Naval Hospital, Ashvini Nagar, Port Blair
Best Time to visit Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
The best time to visit Andaman in general and Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, in particular, is the summer season between the period April to June. The average day temperatures range between 28-34o C and night temperatures 24-27o C. It is also the perfect time to indulge in water sports.
Balmy and cool climatic conditions prevail during the winter season with 25 – 30o C during daytime and 20 – 22o C during nighttime. The fewer crowd of tourists and lower than usual prices make it a good time to visit the complex during the winter season.
Find here the best time to visit port blair.
Mobile Connectivity in Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
One of the major concerns during vacationing at a remote location is losing connectivity with the outside world due to network failure.
In Andaman, there are only three major networks; BSNL, Airtel, and Vodafone that deliver 3G services until now. As long as you are in Port Blair, there will be no problem with connectivity.Airtel has recently rolled out 4G connectivity in Port Blair. The visitors can now look forward to faster and reliable digital services.
Travelers' Tip before visiting the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
If you are a Foreign National visiting the Andaman Islands, please carry your required permits such as Indian Visa granted by your embassy and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) stamping from authorities at Port Blair.
Please carry sufficient Indian currency, if you are an immigrant.
It takes 3 days to reach Port Blair by Ship travel. Consult your physician and take necessary medication to avoid seasickness.
If you happen to visit during the summer season, ensure you carry all necessary items like SPF 30+ sunscreen lotion, a sipper, mosquito repellent, and sunglasses.
Do not enter restricted or tribal areas around the islands.
Take adequate medical care like getting anti-malaria shots etc prior to taking up the journey. Consult your physician and take his advice.
Avoid shiny jewelry and brightly colored swimsuits, as they tend to attract predatory aqua creatures. Carry light & loose clothing esp. cotton clothes to protect yourself from heat, sweat, and fungal infections. Wear protect footwear while walking or hiking to avoid snakebite and injuries.
Look at our travel guide on Andaman and Nicobar trip to know more about here.
Entry Fee and Photography allowance in Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
Entry Fee for Rajiv Gandhi Complex: Free
Photography (for professional with own cameras) Rs. 200
Video Camera Rs. 1000/-
Film shooting Rs. 3000 to 10,000/ day
Visiting Time & Duration for Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
Visiting Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (all days of the week & public holiday)
Duration: 1-2 hours
Best time: during the day.