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What You Should Know More About Snorkeling in Andaman and Nicobar
You can pursue this interest at many beaches in the Andaman. These places include Havelock Island, Jolly Buoy Island and North Bay Island. These places provide the best experience of snorkeling in not only the Andaman, but also in India. The most appealing part of this adventure activity in Andaman is that it is easily accessible in the region and has many supervisors to help you out with it and supervise you during the activity.
Havelock Island- Beauty in itself, Havelock is the largest of the islands of Andaman. With some enormous beaches, Havelock Islands serve as ground for most of the watersports possible, including snorkeling. Along with a sea walk, one can go snorkeling in the shallow waters down the coast of the Elephant Beach. This beach has its own trek known for the beauty. You can reach the trek by taking a bus to Radhanagar. Other ways to reach this beach are ferries and high-speed motorboats from Havelock.
Jolly Buoy Island- Things to keep in mind before we dig deep into the details of snorkeling in this no man’s land: since the island is protected for its coral reefs and oceanic grandeur, it is not open to public throughout the year. And there is rarely any population residing in this region. This though has become a pro for the snorkelers who can quietly seep the serenity of the place in and capture the spectacular view of the island as well as the corals whole snorkeling. Also, the return journey from the Jolly Buoy Island starts at around 2 in the afternoon which makes you time bound to be in this haven.
North Bay Island- North Bay Island is one of the most profound destinations in Port Blair. The beach and therefore the snorkel diving opportunities in its fringing coral reefs are the nighest ones you may realize at Port Blair. A ferry can take you across Aberdeen Jetty and convey you back. The corals at North Bay are rather impressive and cover massive space. you're quite probably to identify several fish, a lobster, or perhaps clams on the reef. Snacks and basic meals are obtainable in some shacks on the beach.
Having a trip to Andaman is always an adventure. The tourist season at the Andaman begins in October. This goes on until June before the mighty monsoon arrives. The best time to go snorkeling is between February and March since the weather is at its best during that time and you get to see the most pleasant of the marine views in the waters having a mild reflection of the sun.
Safety is one thing you can be assured of while your trip to the Andamans. For snorkeling in particular, safety measures are taken for the security of the people. Every person who is going to snorkel is provided with a proper equipment and life rings in order to guarantee their safety. Also, instructors accompany the folks indulging in this activity of snorkeling which keeps them supervised all the time.
You do need to be at least ten years old to indulge in activities like snorkeling in the Andamans. Apart from the age, there are other restrictions bound on the adventurers in the islands. It is advisable not to gratify oneself with snorkeling if they are suffering from asthma, heart condition or are pregnant.
There is no such prerequisite in order to snorkel in the Andaman. You get the equipment from the agency you have booked your snorkeling. Though there are a few things you can keep in mind while you select your equipment. So do make sure that you get a dry snorkel and fins that perfect fit you.
Absolutely. You are provided with a vest to keep you afloat and a ring that assures your presence even on the surface of the ocean. An instructor would be there to guide you through the process and will be there for supervision while you enjoy snorkeling.
You don’t require a proper training to go snorkeling. Just proper guiding and the perfect equipment is enough for one to be all set for this sport. There are many companies you can approach for the same though ‘diveindia’ stands out with its facilities across five islands in the Andaman.
No. You are not required to carry any equipment to snorkel in the Andaman. In fact, you will be provided with a mask, snorkel, a life jacket and a ring by the company with whom you have booked this service. All you need to have is a calm mind with an open approach so that you can revel and take in all the beauty of nature you will get to see during this activity.
Yes. The equipment will be provided by the Snorkeling center in the Andaman, whichever you have booked. Do make sure that you don’t opt for the cheapest equipment but keep in mind the quality of the equipment as well. After all, you don’t want to save your money at an expense of your safety or your view which is the prime purpose of this activity. Yes, a low-quality mask can get foggy easily and restrain your vision. Also, your fins should fit you so that you end up drained more than happy by the end of this activity.
If you book online through travel websites then you can pay your expenses with a card. It's better to carry enough cash to pay the bills in the Andaman as there aren't many ATMs and the cash in them gets depleted soon. Only larger resorts accept the card.
Realistically, you don’t need to be an expert in swimming to snorkel. Even without past experience in snorkeling, you can learn the basics in half a day or less at whichever snorkeling center you go.
It is always advised to go in a group rather than individually because it helps to have company with you in case of any emergency. There may be some situation where you might need a known person’s help. There are several tour packages that will make your visit more exciting.
People get charged approximately 350 to 400 rupees for 30 minutes which is a session. Some places charge 800 rupees as they take pictures also.
It’s always good to research before travelling to a new place and book in advance to avail discounts and information on when to visit. It isn’t necessary but it is economical.
Yes, it is a great chance to explore the various varieties of aquatic life and corals of the Bay of Bengal. It is not advised to touch the corals as you might damage their growth cycle for many years.
You don’t need spectacles as prescription masks are available, which should properly fit around your ears and nose. Waterproof glasses, if available, should be carried with. Contact lens can be worn with masks after anti-fog gels are applied on the mask.
Emergency cases are uncommon because Snorkeling is done mostly near the shore. Just in case, there are Primary Health Centers (PHCs) available. Also, community health centers (CHCs) are available and are better than PHCs. You may also find big hospitals like G B Pant hospital in Port Blair.
It is a safe practice to avoid consuming alcohol before snorkeling or swimming. This should be done so as to prevent loss of brain and muscle coordination during the activity. Also, the tap water in Andaman is said to be carrying water-borne diseases so one should not drink the tap water there.
You shouldn’t touch anything underwater because it might be deadly. You should carry water to stay hydrated and cover your head to protect yourself from heat. Wear a swimsuit and practice with your equipment beforehand.
Yes, there are plenty of hotels and resorts available as Andaman is a tourist spot. Places like Havelock and Elephant beach are the go-to-places for snorkeling and you will get transportation to reach there easily in case you don’t find hotels there, which is a worst case scenario. A few good resorts such as Barefoot in Havelock, Coral Reef Resort and Dolphin Resort are worth checking into.
It’s a good option to bring money for photographs as you would want to capture the scenic beauty of the islands and candid moments you spend in the Andaman’s to keep with yourself.
Traveller Tales from Andaman and Nicobar
23 June 2015
Great experience and unforgettable memories! Everything was well planned. We did whole lot activities in Andaman specially Scuba Diving was the best of all. Sound and Light Show at jail was very good and we came to know about some historic facts about the place. Stay was very comfortable and in decent hotels. Totally an amazing experience.
03 March 2015
A complete package to cover the best parts of such a beautiful island at a reasonable price. Ours was a honeymoon trip and both of us had a great time. The guide with us was really helpful and we did not have to face any problems during the whole trip. There are good hotels also at all places where you can have good food from. The stay arranged by them was also good.
20 March 2016
We have covered a lot of islands and each one of them gave us a bag full of good memories. Such a photographic place. I have a huge album with only Andaman pictures now. Neil Island is quite different and the sunset views from the different beaches were different. Each day was becoming so special to me as each day has something different from the previous day. I had my family with me and we went during the summer time so the heat was at times scorching but the breeze from the oceans all the time did not make us feel tired. Also, it should be mentioned that the hotels and resorts we have stayed offered us a good service and a pleasant view of the ocean was in front of our eyes every morning. The well-maintained beaches and the crystal clear water have amused us so much. I am looking forward to have similar package with much more adventurous activities in it from Thrillophilia.
01 March 2017
I am recollecting all the memories I had from Andamans now. This six day package was really awesome and I could explore all the major attractions the island has within it. The snorkelling session at Elephant Beach was something I cannot forget. Though I have tried adventurous activities couple of time before, this one got attached to my heart. May be because of the colourful sights I found through the crystal clear water. Along with this, I should comment on the stay and the food they have provided me. Though I am not very strict when it comes to food and stay, I liked almost all the hotels. In short, I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed the package.
01 March 2017
I came to know about this tour package through my friends who have already tried other similar packages from Thrillophilia. I have decided to go to Andamans alone as I am a freelancer. After visiting Andamans, I became extremely happy and from the bottom of my heart I suggest my friends to visit Andamans once in your lifetime. The moments you can create would never fade away. As a solo woman traveller, I had a lot of questions in my mind. But the guides, the people I met during the tour, the hotel people etc helped me a lot. The precious blue water always cuddled by the green surroundings remains in my heart, so clear and intact.
16 September 2015
I liked the swimming activity i have done at Corbyn’s Cove Beach. It is such a beautiful place with rich greenery around. The coconut fringed shore was adding charm to the entire location. The cellular jail was a surprise for me as well as the light and sound show. People from different parts of the world come over here to see all those remainings. A great deal from Thrillophilia for families and also for solo travellers.
01 March 2017
It is the perfect destination for your family vacation or honeymoon or just to travel around. You can see only good things there. I went to the islands with my friends. My first trip to Andamans and everything from the day 1 onwards was just awesome. Be it the transportation, the guide, the hotel we stayed and the food, everything was nice.
01 March 2017
A long tour for those who would like to spend a vacation time with your friends and family. All the attractions in Andaman have stolen my heart and my friends were saying that they all liked the activities provided. We became friends with a lot of tourists came to visit the island and got to know that they also enjoyed the days.
01 March 2017
For the last three years, I have been travelling to Andaman and every time, I try something different from the previous year and this year’s was the longest for me. The truth is that I still feel like going to Andaman again and again. Every place that the guide will take you to see leaves behind a scar.
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