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.
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.
Built by a German engineer during the second world war, the remains of the German Jetty is a major tourist spot here.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A direct ferry from Port Blair is offered to reach Mayabunder, however, this is available only once a week.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The hotel is located on Church Road Rangat, near Rangat Police station in the middle Andaman Islands.
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
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