News Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    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.

  • 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 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

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
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  • The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based ICMR 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. 
  • 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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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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RG Hotel

A Brief Overview of Mayabunder Island

Creeks dotted with mangroves, enchanting beaches, turtle nesting grounds and shallow waters, Mayabunder Island at Andaman Island promises a delightful experience for every nature lover. The island is an offbeat destination, with little to almost no internet and telecom services, tourists wanting to soak themselves in nature’s grandeur and mesmerising sights will love this place. Covering an area of 37.69 hectares, Mayabunder island promises a memorable experience allowing tourists to find themselves amidst nature. The volcanic sand of the beaches combined with clear waters is a bewitching view to absorb; a view everyone should treat themselves with.

Location

  • Situated in the northern part of Middle Andaman Island, the beautiful island of Mayabunder is connected with Port Blair via the Andaman trunk road.
  • Although remotely located, Mayubandar Island is accessible since it is connected to the mainland. Approximately 242 km away from Port Blair by road and 136 km away by air, buses and ferry are used to access the island.
  • An undisturbed ecosystem coupled with jaw-dropping visuals and a peaceful environment far away from the hustle of the famous tourist spots makes this an uncommercial yet must-visit escapade even without proper toursim infrastructure.

Culture

  • The spectacular island is an agglomeration of ethnicities and was once home to Burmese tribes. An exciting blend of cultures adorns this place with inhabitants from erstwhile Burma, East Pakistan ex-convicts from the era of British ruled India.
  • The main island is home to around 3000 people. Mayabunder’s lifestyle is characterised with simplicity and love for nature, with almost zero traces of materialistic desires and urbanisation.
  • Native to this region, the Karens are mainly involved in agriculture, and their unique lifestyle reflects their 90-year-old history in these islands.

Major Tourist Highlights

German Jetty

Built by a German engineer during the second world war, the remains of the German Jetty is a major tourist spot here.

Avis Island

The Avis island, Mayabunder is the perfect spot to spend a sunny day picnicking and absorbing the beauty of nature. This alluring island is full of coconut plantations and is around 20 mins away by Mayabunder jetty.

The clear waters put on display the mesmerising corals and marine life, a sight one cannot miss.

With a scenery worth capturing forever, thisplace is a must-visit in Mayabunder.

Karmatang beach

Karmatang beach, the main beach of Mayabunder is nicknamed the turtle’s paradise and rightly so! Apart from offering a bewitching view, one can witness a huge sprawling turtle population here.

Boat rides, water sports and a turtle nestling farm, this blissful beach is a must-visit place in Mayabunder with its peaceful setting and captivating scenery.

Interview Island

A perfect trekking destination, Interview Island’s colourful wildlife is enticing and eye-catching. Home to some rare and exotic hosts of species, elephants trumpeting in glory is a sight to watch.

Beautiful flora and fauna awaiting your arrival, Interview Island at Mayabunder Island Andaman is a beautiful place to get close to nature.

Ray Hill

A plastic-free area, the eco-village of Ray Hills with its pristine rivers is ideal for spending relaxing moments. Trekking, riding an elephant, enjoying a picnic, water sports, there’s lots to do here and becomes a place to visit in Mayabunder Island Andaman island.

Best time to visit Mayabunder Island

A good climate is vital to have a comfortable and memorable holiday. The period from October to May is the best time to visit Mayabunder as the island’s weather during this period is pleasant and relaxed. One can enjoy underwater activities, trekking, sight-seeing and water sports without any hassle at this time.

Monsoons are to be avoided to visit the island as they are harsh, especially for outsiders, who aren’t used to the cyclonic rainfall.

How to reach Mayabunder Island

The islands of Andaman are connected to Port Blair, and one has to first reach Port Blair by air or sea to go to Mayabunder. After reaching Port Blair, there are buses and ferries available.

Bus from Port Blair

An economical way of reaching Mayabunder Island Andaman Island is taking a bus from Port Blair. Government buses and private buses are available, and the journey takes around 10 hours. While government buses are non-air-conditioned hence cheap, the private sector offers both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses.

Direct Government ferry

A direct ferry from Port Blair is offered to reach Mayabunder, however, this is available only once a week.

A combination of ferry and bus

Another option is to opt for a ferry from Port Blair to Rangat and take a bus from there to Mayabunder. However, this option is unreliable as there is uncertainty surrounding the frequency of the ferry and should be carefully considered.

Private Cab

One of the best ways to reach Mayabunder from Port Blair is hiring a private cab which came be further used to explore Mayabunder by road. This option may be slightly expensive, though.

Importance of staying at a good hotel during a vacation

  • Who doesn’t love enjoying a peaceful slumber after a tiring day of sight-seeing, trekking and watersports? A good, comfortable hotel is key to ensuring an unforgettable holiday trip. It enhances the overall experience and refreshes and comforts you after a tiring day.
  • The priority of your visit helps in deciding the hotel you should stay in. Exploring wildlife, enjoying the tranquillity of beaches or enjoying water sports- Depending on your interests, the hotel must be close to wildlife, beaches or shores to ensure you make the most of your time.
  • While hunting for a hotel, the comfort, medical facilities, food and hygiene should be considered.

Hotel Sea and Sand in Mayabunder Island

Facilities

Hotel Sea and Sand in Maybunder is a popular choice of accommodations by travellers due to the convenient facilities offered. It is in a great location and a clean place to stay at. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious with attached bathrooms. All the rooms have large windows offering great views of the sea and surrounding landscape. Head on over to the terrace to get mesmerising views of the sunsets while you sip on your cuppa and embrace nature at its finest.

Décor

The humble shack-like appearance can be misleading as the interiors of the restaurant are bright and lavish. Traditionally designed tables and chairs with friendly smiles on the servers’ faces make it homely. Contemporarily designed fenestrations complete the overall look and create a welcoming vibe. Despite the simple décor, the restaurant is clean, and the kitchen staff follows strict hygienic practices.

Service

The multi-cuisine restaurant and bar caters to all their patrons and offers delicious food items, both local as well as continental.

All your meals will be served at this restaurant, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea. The waiters are well informed and ensure that they recommend food items that will please your palette.

Experience

Eating at the restaurant at Hotel Sea and Sand in Mayabunder is a humbling experience. The friendly owners, alertness of the staff and servers along with its affordable price tag, make this restaurant a popular choice to eat their meals amidst guests and locals both. There is even an additional discount for those dining at the restaurant, which is always an added advantage for those looking to travel on a budget-friendly allowance.

RG Hotel in Mayabunder Island

Features

Elegant rooms with comfortable beds and amazing windows, attached bathrooms with hot water to pamper yourself, RG Hotel is one of the best Mayabunder hotels to stay at.

Location

The hotel is located on Church Road Rangat, near Rangat Police station in the middle Andaman Islands.

Tariff rates

The room rates start from Rs.827/- and goes upto Rs. 4,359/- per night depending upon the type of room you select.

Other details regarding the rooms

  • One can check-in from noon till any time and the check out time is before 11 a.m
  • Wheelchair facility, a television set and power back up are provided to customers.
  • Continental breakfast is provided along with accommodation.

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