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.
Sprawled over a land area of 37.69 hectares, the Mayabunder Island, home to some absolutely mesmerising beaches is an offbeat holiday destination for tourists wanting to drown themselves into nature’s grandeur. Mayabunder is an uncommercial destination for an organic, technology-free experience, where exploring natural life is the key. Drown yourself into the beauty of nature with a visit to Mayabunder Island Andaman Island. Bewitching sights, shores dotted with mangroves, shallow waters, volcanic sand, sea turtle nesting grounds and spectacular cultural characteristics like the German jetty, this captivating Island promises its visitors a heavenly and memorable experience.
The serene Mayabunder Island is situated in the northern part of the Middle Andaman Island.
It is connected with Port Blair by the Andaman trunk road.
Approximately 242 km away from Port Blair by road and 136 km away by ferry, Mayabunder Island is accessible as it connects to the mainland.
Lack of tourism infrastructure may be one of the reasons Mayabunder is lesser-known amongst tourists. Still, with breath-taking visuals and an undisturbed ecosystem, this Island is a perfect escapade for nature lovers.
Home to former Burmese tribes, this enchanting Island is an agglomeration of ethnicities. With a population of around 3000 people in the main village, the people of Mayabunder believe in leading a simple life, away from the mundane and urbanised world.
Almost no internet and telecom services on the Island reflects how people residing here take comfort in nature. Tourists looking to be face to face with delightfully charming nature will love this Island.
A blend of cultures is evident the moment one steps into this naturally splendid Island with inhabitants from erstwhile Burma, East Pakistan and ex-convicts from the era of British ruled India.
Home to elephants and some wonderful flora and fauna, Interview Island at Mayabunder Island Andaman Island is the perfect trekking destination.
The Interview Island Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare and exotic species, and the colourful wildlife is attractive and inviting.
Mayabunder’s weather is pleasant and perfect for underwater activities, water sports, sightseeing and trekking from October to May and this is the best time to visit the Island.
Monsoons are harsh especially for outsiders, and hence a visit to the Island during monsoons should be completely avoided.
To reach any Island located in Andaman, one has to first reach Port Blair either by air or by sea. After which several options are available.
Bus from Port Blair
One of the most economical ways of reaching Mayabunder Island is taking a bus from Port Blair. There are government-operated buses which are non- air-conditioned and cheap. Private sector buses are also available from Port Blair, which can be both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned. The journey takes around 10 hours from Port Blair to Mayabunder.
Direct Government ferry from Port Blair
This is available only once a week via Diglipur and requires proper planning.
A combination of ferry and bus
A ferry from Port Blair to Rangat and take a bus from Rangat to Mayabunder. This is an uncertain mode of transport, and thus one should be careful while relying on this option.
Another option is to hire a private cab from Port Blair to Mayabunder and use the same hired vehicle for sightseeing in the Island.
Importance of staying at a good hotel during a vacation
Depending upon the priority of your visit- exploring wildlife, enjoying the tranquillity of beaches or enjoying water sports, the hotel must be close to wildlife, beaches or shores to ensure you make the most of your time.
Staying at a good Mayabunder hotel enhances the overall experience and leaves you energised and refreshed.
The place should provide comfortable accommodation, medical facilities, food, your advisory, children friendly and should be hygienic.
Sea N Sand offers an amazing view of the seashore from its huge windows along with spacious AC rooms and an attached bathroom. With a beautiful view of sunsets from the top floor, this hotel is the best place to stay in of all the Mayabunder hotels. It also boasts of a multi-cuisine restaurant.
The hotel is located on the main road, a km away from the centre of Mayabunder. The bus stop and the main market is at walking distance from the hotel. The location of Sea N Sand is ideal and hence popular among people visiting the Island.
The room rates in Sea N sand start from Rs.750/- for a double bed non-AC room and go upto Rs.1700/- for a triple bed AC room. An extra mattress cost Rs. 200/-
Confirming the rates is advised before booking as the rates may undergo a change from time to time.
Other details regarding the rooms
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