From 3rd August 2021 Tourism activities re-open in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In view of the steady decline in cases of COVID-19 in Andaman Nicobar Islands an order has been issued by the Director of Tourism Department today regarding reopening of all Tourism activities in South Andaman and North Middle Andaman District from today.
The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman subject to compulsory RAT testing for Andaman Trunk Road commuters which will be carried out at Forest check post on the spot / same day on payment of applicable charges
General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :
What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?
On arrival at Port Blair :
1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).
2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.
3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.
What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?
If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.
If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:
a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.
Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.
What do you think about a ‘Wet Wedding Day”? Probably nothing much but a disaster, right? But not for the adventurous bride and groom Hiroyuki Yoshida (Japan) and Sandra Smith (USA) who set a world record for the deepest underwater wedding. Both of them are diving instructors who tied the knot at 130 meters below the surface in a cave at Song Hong Lake, Trang, Thailand in September 2013. Definitely not a conventional wedding, this one required six months of intensive training so that the couple could achieve their goal of reaching the vertical depths of the ocean.
Speaking of the largest underwater wedding world record, the ceremony of Ewa Staronska and Pawel Burkowski (both from Poland) holds the record. The wedding was achieved by 303 divers who attended their celebration under the water during an event organised by Orka Group Ltd (Poland) at the Koparki Diving Base, Jaworzno, Poland, in August 2011. The whole ceremony lasted nearly eighteen minutes. Waterproof texts and a system of sign language were used for the underwater communication between the couple and the priest.
Do you know why we have told you about the largest and the deepest underwater wedding world records? How about if you can set a new record with your own underwater wedding? Don’t worry, we are not telling you to exchange rings at the depth of 130 meters because that can be done only by experienced divers and that too with extreme training. But what about the largest underwater wedding? Totally doable, right? You can tie the knot in presence of say 400 divers. And the best place to do so is undoubtedly the Andaman Islands! Such natural beauty and richness of the marine world cannot be found anywhere else in India.
Let us tell you how you can set a new world record along with having the best time of your life!
If you have decided to have the wedding of the decade, then the first thing to plan is where you want to have your underwater wedding. Location is essential because you have to consider certain factors, weather conditions being the most important one. You already know that you can have an underwater wedding in the Andaman Islands, but exactly where? You will need a huge number of divers, PADI certified instructors to assist both of you, equipment for yourself and everyone, someone to hold your rings, underwater decoration, underwater photographers and videographers, and a lot more. All these arrangements have to be made well in advance which cannot be done on an individual level. Therefore, you need experienced planners who would help you with everything. We would highly recommend Havelock Island Beach Resort as it is a trusted and reliable name across the Andaman Islands. It will provide you with everything that is required in an underwater wedding and will ensure a lifetime of magic for both of you!
Underwater weddings are more relaxed than a conventional celebration. The bride can still wear the traditional white flowy gown and the groom can choose to wear a classy suit while diving. Otherwise, both of you can wear a scuba diving suit if you want to. Under the water, you will see several inquisitive fish and colorful corals. You will connect at a spiritual level with the ocean. It would be a place of calmness and tranquility far from the chaos of daily life. If you want to witness natural beauty, then this is the place to be. All this, while you are creating a world record by having the largest underwater wedding!
Moreover, if you think about an underwater wedding from a practical point of view, then this means that you don’t have to worry about pricey flowers and décor, and other expensive arrangements. You will save yourself from burning a big hole in your pocket.
Most of the to-be brides get anxious about the weather forecast for signs of rain on the D-Day, but for the adventurous couple, this is not something to get worried about. Ocean lovers from all over the world want a seafloor as their wedding venue. Common interest is the key aspect of any successful relationship and thus, getting married under the water is an awesome way to rejoice your exceptional bonding. The idea of exchanging vows and rings under the water is gaining more and more popularity as this is something that no one is ever going to forget their whole lives. Not even your guests!
These days, people have understood the importance of collecting experiences rather than materialistic stuff to show off their social status. Gone are the days when people wanted to throw an extravagant wedding party. Couples are now rendering that unnecessary and focusing on the outstanding feeling of living their life to the fullest with the love of their life. If you want to have a small, intimate wedding and invite only your near and dear ones who love you from the bottom of their heart, then an underwater wedding is what you need.
The major reason for having an underwater wedding is the uniqueness of your big day. Not everyone has such kind of an exclusive wedding. You need to have something that would stand out from the crowd.
For your underwater wedding ceremony, the most beautiful backdrop will be created by the lovely scenery and marine life. There is no need to hire the services of decorators as Mother Nature has got everything covered with its gorgeousness. It is obvious for the bride and groom to want photos and videos of their big day celebrations held underwater. An underwater photographer and videographer will also be provided by Havelock Island Beach Resort for this purpose.
As a bride, you don’t need to give up on wearing your gorgeous white dress that you had bought for the most special day of your life. Couples choose to wear traditional wedding clothing for their underwater wedding. However, if you prefer neoprene to silk and satin, then white bridal wetsuits are also available just for you. And those getting married in warm tropical water are most likely to prefer wearing bathing suits for the occasion. But the most important thing to consider is that whatever you choose to wear, exchanging your fancy heels in favour of scuba fins or water shoes would surely be a great idea.
Your underwater wedding ceremony will be held a few feet below sea level, and you can be accompanied by your close friends and family members along with so many other scuba divers. An underwater stage made of coconut shells, flowers, and palm leaves can be set up. The rich and colorful marine life will form the landscape for the ceremony. The vows can be exchanged using placards. Getting wedding goals already??
There are a number of positive aspects of an underwater wedding. But you should also know that there are certain things that need to be kept in mind and require careful consideration. Safety is of utmost importance. You may be a competent diver under normal conditions, but the question is will you be able to dive in safely on the D-Day. Exchanging rings with the love of your life includes an intricate combination of powerful emotions that range from acute nerves to dizzying love. In such circumstances, remembering to keep in mind practicalities such as buoyancy control may be pretty tough.
Moreover, there are certain aspects of traditional wedding experience that cannot be incorporated into an underwater wedding. For instance, if wearing that incredible white wedding dress has always been your dream, then you should know that wearing it underneath the waves will not look that good after it is soaked in salty water. Likewise, even the world’s top makeup artist will not be able to do anything about the obscure effect of mask and regulator.
When you are under the water, it is necessary for you to be able to stay in one place long enough so that you can exchange vows and rings. Thus, a spot with minimal current or surge is perfect. Don’t worry, it will be picked by the PADI certified divers of the resort. To make the whole experience absolutely comfortable for everyone, selecting a tropical location not requiring more than nine millimeters of neoprene is ideal. Things under the water should be as safe and as simple as possible, and this will be made sure by the crew of Havelock Island Beach Resort. That’s why the resort’s divers will pick a shallow spot with plenty of bottom time and good natural light. This will ensure amazing photographs as well. And for all these arrangements, you don’t have to worry at all. Each and everything will be taken care of by the resort. All you need to do is tell them your requirements.
If you don’t want to limit your guest list, then provisions for all those guests should be made by the resort’s staff for those who can’t dive and would prefer enjoying the ceremony on land. This is not very simple. The resort’s banquet hall or any other place can be kept as the venue for the reception of the couple after it comes out. In the meantime, the live video of the underwater ceremony will be displayed on big screens. So, you won’t miss out on anything. You can be a part of the celebration on land.
Some of the top places to get married under the water are as follows:
You must be thinking that such a world record can be created at any beach destination, then why the Andamans Islands. For one simple reason- it has the best underwater sites for marine life in India. Andaman Island, a union territory of India, is a little piece of marine paradise on earth. The underwater visibility and weather conditions are very good here. Havelock Island ( Swaraj Dweep ) is your one-stop destination for having an underwater wedding.
Loving and adventurous couples can plunge into the sea and get married amidst the turquoise waters and tropical fishes. Imagine getting surrounded by fascinating sea creatures. And the best thing is that you don’t have to be an expert swimmer to get married under the water. Anyone can do it! You don’t have to be a PADI certified scuba diver. You and your significant other can seal the deal in a unique aquatic style without any hassle at all. You will be harnessed with all the required equipment. The cherry on the cake, you will already be in one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the country.
It takes a total of fifteen to twenty minutes for an underwater wedding ceremony to get completed. Some couples also choose to have a drier version of the underwater wedding by getting married in a submarine. If you want to do something extra and continue the theme after an underwater wedding, then you can also enjoy your honeymoon in the Andaman Islands.
So are you ready to set a new world record!!