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  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. 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 rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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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.

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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Nemo Reef at Havelock Island

Nemo Reef at Havelock Island
Date : 27 Dec 2021

If you are a newbie who wants to take their first plunge into the enthralling world of scuba diving, then Nemo Reef is unarguably the best site in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). It has little to no current and clear visibility throughout the year. This sheltered bay offers conditions like a swimming pool for introductory dive experiences for first timers and confined water training. Here, you can spot little Damsel fish as well as the suitcase-sized humphead parrot fish near the corals. There are mangroves nearby that act as a nursery for juveniles. There is a wide variety of marine creatures in Nemo Reef and you can find absolute solace while exploring it.


  • Level: Beginner
  • Maximum depth: 2-16 meters
  • Distance from Havelock Island: 0 kilometer
  • Location: North side of Havelock Island
  • Topography: Shallow reef
  • Sightings: Reef fish, octopus, frog fish, flounder, shrimp, squid, moray eel, scorpion fish


Nemo Reef is an extremely familiar and yet completely mysterious place in Havelock Island. This shore entry site opens into a swimming pool-like setting that has shallow water, white sand, and a little reef of one to three meters. On both sides of the shallow sandy pool, it divides into two long fringing reefs. More than 2000 square kilometers of coral reefs is harbored in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A majority of this area fringes among islands. The access gets tough in most places due to rocky shores, thick forests, and mangroves. That is the reason why Nemo Reef is popular as it has easy entry and exits that don’t require long swims. Moreover, it is sheltered from winds through most of the year.

Nemo Reef, Havelock Island


Nemo Reef is home to a diverse variety of marine life. Diving here can make you spot the following school of fish:

  • Reef fish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Rabbitfish
  • Parrotfish
  • Butterflyfish
  • Bannerfish and snappers
  • Sweetlips queenfish
  • Chubs
  • Hunting trevallies
  • Needlefish 
  • Barracudas
  • Five species of anemonefish
  • Cephalopods like the octopus, squid and cuttlefish
  • Banded sea kraits
  • File snake
  • Kuhl’s sting ray
  • Molluscs
  • Crinoids
  • Crustaceans
  • Sponges polychaetes
  • Flying gurnards
  • Ornate ghost pipefish
  • Robust ghost pipefish
  • Devil scorpionfish
  • Angler flounders
  • Honeycomb moray eels
  • Seahorses
  • Bizarre nudibranchs
  • Sea moths
  • Skeleton shrimps 
  • Painted frogfish

A great time to dive is high tide as the water is generally clear and one can see the sloping topography of the reef. However, when the tide recedes, the water level comes down, and visibility drops, the marine life tends to concentrate into dramatic densities. The topography of Nemo Reef is perfect for beginning dive courses and experience the first ever scuba diving fun. It is more than a training space for sure. Fun divers who want to explore the rocks and sands can stay under the water for nearly 60 to 80 minutes.

Nemo Reef

If you really want to experience something new in your life and increase the fun of your island vacation even more, then scuba diving in Nemo Reef is something that you should not miss at any cost. It is counted among the best diving sites across the Andaman Islands. 

Nearby hotels

One of the pioneer resorts in Swaraj Dweep, Havelock Island Beach Resort offers its guests the most luxurious feeling while travelling and relaxing while on a leisure trip in the islands. It is located at a convenient location. Tourists have easy access to popular sightseeing points on the island. The facilities offered here are sure to make your stay comfortable, pleasant, and memorable. For tourists visiting Swaraj Dweep, this hotel is an excellent and pocket-friendly choice. The staff is multi-lingual and is always at your service. The resort is best-suited for honeymooners and vacationers. 

Some of the offered facilities at this beachfront property are as follows:

  • A couple’s bedroom (king size)
  • LCD television
  • Separate washroom
  • Intercom
  • Shared balcony
  • Free Wifi
  • Air conditioner
  • 24/7 reception service 
  • 24/7 room service
  • Laundry service
  • Safety & security
  • Free car parking 
  • Cafe & restaurant
  • Breakfast included

The names of other hotels and resorts nearby Nemo Reef for different budgets are mentioned below:

  • The Kingdom Resort
  • El Dorado
  • Radhakrishna Resort
  • Green Valley Resort
  • Gold Star Beach Resort
  • Orient Legend Resort
  • Emerald Gecko
  • Royal Palace
  • Wild Orchid Beach Resort
  • Symphony Palm Beach Resort
  • Holiday Inn Beach Resort
  • Coral Reef Resort
  • Havelock Holiday Beach Resort
  • Aparupa Sands Marina
  • Cross Bill Beach Resort
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort
  • Munjoh Ocean Resort
  • Sea Shell Resort

Nemo Reef in Havelock Island

If you don’t have budget constraints, then Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is your best bet. It occupies 46 acres on the famed Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island. It is a lavish gateway to an internationally crucial biodiversity hotspot in the Bay of Bengal. The property is fringed by strip of mangroves overlooking the beach. The guests here are welcomed with a traditional song written by young Nicobari colleagues. They can take rest over the massive buttresses of an Andaman Padauk tree or ruminate by the water lily pond after a lavish massage. They can also choose to hit the treadmill at the fitness centre built around a majestic Mahua tree soaring up one level to the Olympic-length infinity swimming pool.

There are as many as 54 modern luxury villas on stilts under a canopy of coconut and Palmyra trees at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa. Inspired by the dwellings of the Jarawa tribe, the modish residences in sustainable plantation timber are spread across 1580 square feet. There is free WiFi internet service in all rooms. The comfort of the rooms ensures privacy and romance where you can only listen to the sound of emerald doves and kingfishers. The property boasts of onsite restaurant- Turtle House, Shoreline, and The Settlers. You can sure of getting whichever dish you like. 

How to reach

Havelock Island can be reached via sea only. It is nearly 57 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Nemo Reef is easily accessible from anywhere on the island. After reaching Havelock Island, you can simply hire a taxi or rent a scooty from anywhere to reach there. 

Happy diving!

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