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  • The azure Bay of Bengal is a dramatic spot loved by snorkelers as it extends its cold water and the rare features under water exclusively for those who seek adventure at its best. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a part of Bay of Bengal welcome tourists in plenty. The erstwhile tourists have reported so happily that all the islands in Andaman are the authentic destination for diving as well as snorkeling in India. The n number of beaches on the island, especially, the Elephant Beach and the famous Havelock Islands are extremely thrilling with their shallow and crystal clear water. A rejuvenating and exhilarating snorkeling at any place in Andaman would take you to witness the multi-hued arrangement of coral reefs, gentle marine lives and the beautiful seabed.

    With the proper equipment like specially designed tube that is called snorkel and swim fins, anyone can easily indulge in snorkeling which gives the clear cut views of what is happening underwater with less effort when compared to diving. Andaman’s shallow watersides and friendly beaches are proclaimed to be the most suitable space to do any type of adventure activity, especially water based. And that is the reason why people are blindly choosing Andaman Islands as their vacation destination to make the holidays memorable with an incomparable mélange of adventures.

    Some of the best places for Snorkeling in Andaman


  • 01Elephant Beach

    Among the spots on the island to do snorkeling in Andaman, Elephant Beach in Havelock Island is the remarkable one to indulge in utmost thrilling snorkeling. Right off the white sandy beaches, the crystal clear water that showcases the magical underwater world is so special to anyone who visits Havelock. One of the visitor friendly beaches in Andaman, Elephant Beach boasts of the undamaged array of colourful coral reefs in a great extent. 

    The coral reefs here are not much explored and thus preserve the original beauty intact it had during its formation. This is why, the snorkeling on Elephant Beach becomes more pleasant and pristine. You can arrive at the beach via a boat or by trekking. Elephant Beach is the most sought after beach after Radhanagar Beach in Havelock. Snorkeling here would be done with the help of an experienced guide who will explain everything you have to know about the activity. If you are a beginner, then do some practice snorkeling for some time and then start enjoying the proper activity.

    Location: Elephant Beach is located about 20 minutes from the Havelock Island dock if you are going by a boat.


  • 02Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island

    Jolly Buoy Island is yet another celebrated tourist destination. It is near to Port Blair and there are hundreds of natural visuals to see and plenty of water based activities. Red, sponge and blue coral reefs are the exciting sights under water here at Jolly Buoy Island and thus snorkeling is a favourite activity for the tourists coming to this island. In between the corals, the beautiful marine animals will come to meet the snorkelers. Zebra Fish is the mostly seen fish underwater and it makes the sea world so pristine and flamboyant. 

    Along with Jolly Buoy Island, another important island is the Red Skin Island. Both of these islands will be open alternatively for six months a year. The tourists arrive here will get the opportunity to enjoy a glass bottom boat ride on the crystal clear water which enables everyone to see the magnificent scenery inside the water, beautifully. Despite that, snorkeling and diving are the extremely adventurous yet blissful activity available on Jolly Buoy Island.


  • 03North Island

    When we talk about snorkeling, we should never miss the name of North Island located near to Port Blair. The coral reefs and the marine life visuals that can be seen under water here are the major reason why people choose North Island as a favourite location for water based activities after Havelock Island.

    As the coral reefs of North Island are spread across a vast region, the entire island shines throughout but snorkeling would be limited to an extent. A guide will be accompanying you during the activity. Since the water here is crystal clear and shallow, it is not necessary that you should know swimming.
  • 04The Best Time to do Snorkeling in Andaman

    Apart from monsoon that happens during the months of June and July, any other time is best to visit places in Andaman and do snorkeling or diving.

    January to May is the period when the sea appears calm and the surface of the sea would be relaxing. During this time, diving or snorkeling would be done smoothly. The crystal clear water will make your way easier.

    From the month of September to November, the natives call it new season, the conditions would be highly favourable to do diving and snorkeling. The winds are unpredictable this time and also regular showers will happen which lead you to limit the activity to certain limits but still most of the day in these months, the climatic conditions are preferably good to do snorkeling.

    December also is considered to be a favourable time to do the water based activities though wind and us ual showers will be there. This period is called the transition time but still helps tourists to have a great time on the water.

    Anytime you visit, you will be able to take part in snorkeling in Andaman unless the climatic conditions are so rough. If you are visiting the island during on-season, the days would be sunny and the beaches will be filled with tourists. But during the off season, the shores are quiet but the climate would be unpredictable.


  • 05Things to Know About Snorkeling in Andaman

    The providers of snorkeling in Andaman have PADI certified guides and instructors and they are very strict about that as well. Mostly, you can reach the beaches or the spot where the activity can be done by boat. Guides will also accompany you throughout the time you indulge in the activity.

    A snorkel, an important equipment used in the activity is a tube around 30 cm long and the inside diameter is between 1.5 and 2.5 centimeters. The shape of it is generally L or J and at the lower end, there would be a mouth piece designed of rubber or plastic usually. Along with this, swim fins will also be provided by most of the snorkel clubs in Andaman.

    In short, the places or beaches which favours snorkeling are very rare and one among them is Andaman. The clean beaches, the turquoise water which is completely clean and the umpteen number of resorts and beachside accommodation options make Andaman Islands an astounding spot to do water based activities.


  • Other Activities to do in Andaman

  • 06Visit the Limestone Caves, Baratang Island

  • 07Fall in Love with the Viper Island

  • 08Head Out for a Barren Island Volcano Tour

  • 09Mangrove Kayaking at Mayabunder

  • 10Visit the Famous Cellular Jail

  • 11Enjoy Walking Underwater While Sea Walking

  • 12Go for a Helicopter Tour

  • 13Travel in Sea Plane

  • 14Get a Bird’s Eye View While Parasailing

  • 15Dolphin Watching


Attractions

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Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

 The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.

 

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Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, people come in plenty toward this beach to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


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Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.

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Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


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Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.


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Diglipur

A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.

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Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. 

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

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