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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Kayaking in Andaman Islands

The sooner you paddle, the better you explore. Kayaking is one such experience that can give you the much-needed thrill and make your holiday one-of-its-kind. Andamans is a prominent destination for water sports, and kayaking is often received very well by travellers all around the world. 

How is Kayaking Done?

Kayaking is when you make use of a kayak to move across the water. A kayak is a canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits with his legs facing forward. A kayak usually uses a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and the other side in rotation. Most kayaks have closed decks, but there are also sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks that are highly popular. Kayaks were created thousands of years ago by the Inuit, also known as Eskimos of the Arctic regions. They used driftwood to construct the frame of the kayak along with animal skin to create the body.

Overview

Get a duck’s eye view of untouched places with a kayaking tour that takes you through the dense green mangroves and the serene backwaters of the Andaman Sea. Paddle along the calm waters and surrender your senses to the canopy of trees; hear the rhythmic chirping of birds, and learn about the rich and diverse ecosystem –we promise that you will be back for more.

Tips

  • Do not sway your hands or feet in the water at any time during boat rides.
  • Wear comfortable and quick-dry clothes. Avoid fabric that tends to stay wet for long.
  • Avoid night kayaking if you are afraid of darkness or water.
  • You can book online during a seasonal period for your friends and family. Only ten people can participate in one go for three hours.
  • Few essential items to carry along with you while going for kayaking include a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, comfortable shoes, and comfortable clothes. The price for kayaking roughly starts from 3500 rupees per adult.

Where in Andamans

Havelock Island

Far away from the coast of Havelock Island, the water gleams like a zillion fireflies, mesmerizing the human eye, occurs a stunning natural phenomenon termed bioluminescence. On account of the presence of phytoplankton in the water. If the image of a million stars dancing in the dark above your head, and the same image reflecting below your feet, intrigues you, night kayaking excursions are a sublime means to bring this image to life. Though bioluminescence is observed best on new moon nights, one can avail the experience of night kayaking for stargazing as well.

It is the right place for newbies to try this experience. The mangroves of the coastal paradise constitute 1/5th of the nation’s total mangrove population. Kayaking primarily focuses on exploring beautiful islands and paddling across the water.

Mayabunder Island

You will indulge in this activity for around 2.5 hours. Listen to the birds chirping and enjoy the serenity as you cruise through the greenery. Those of you who are looking for some peaceful environment this is the perfect place for you. Mostly you can click some of the best shots with the splendid background.

Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Where should I go for kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    Havelock Island, Mayabunder, Port Blair, Neil Island, Ross Island, and Baratang are the most sought-after places for kayaking in the Andamans. If you are a nature enthusiast and love adventure as well, then this water sport is especially for you. Explore the mesmerising sounds and lovely sights of the tropical mangrove forest while paddling your way through the backwaters of the island during this activity.

  • Q2.   What are the charges for kayaking in the Andamans?

    Absolutely pocket-friendly, kayaking in the Andamans Islands starts from Rs.3,500 per person. A guide will be there to brief you and he will be with you. Moreover, you will also be given proper gear, equipment, and a life jacket while you go for this relaxing water sport. The activity is light on your pocket. 

  • Q3.   Why kayaking in the Andaman Islands is popular?

    When kayaking on the island, you will find solace in listening to the birds chirping and cherish the soulfulness of the surroundings. Making your way to the mangroves will let you capture the beauty of this stunning place in your camera. Especially photographers love this water sport in the Andamans as the entire aura is sure to leave everyone spellbound. Kayaking is an ideal adventure activity for those who are seeking some adrenaline rush. Imagine gliding through the beautiful surroundings and exploring the rich diversity of the mangroves in a peaceful atmosphere! Dream-like, isn’t it?

  • Q4.   Apart from the regular kayaking, are there any special trips for the same in the Andamans?

    We all know that there are wonderful kayaking trips in the Andaman Islands. But if you want to experience something extraordinary, then there are night kayak trips and bioluminescence kayaking trips as well. If you decide to go on any one of these, you are sure to have an exhilarated experience. These will be your memories for a lifetime!

  • Q5.   How is the overall experience during kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    If you want to have the most exciting kayaking experience in India, then the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the best destination. Its picturesque shorelines and unmatched greenery let you experience beyond your imagination. If you want to experience nature at its best, then kayaking through the middle of lush green mangroves is a great idea. A relaxing as well as an enthralling water sport, kayaking is a must-do here. Dense forests and mangroves shade the narrow water path. Bird lovers can enjoy looking at diverse species of birds while kayaking. Offering unique kayaking experiences, you can enjoy gorgeous wonders of unexplored waters ranging from cyan-colored crystal-clear lagoons to the wild green waters of thick mangrove forests. 

  • Q6.   Is kayaking in the Andamans safe?

    Absolutely! Kayaking in the Andaman Islands is an extremely safe water sport for everyone. Also, you are given life jackets when you go kayaking. After reaching the island, you can begin with your kayaking training sessions. The sessions will guide you through the basic and crucial points in kayaking that will help you while performing the activity. To ensure complete safety, you will be provided the required safety accessories.

  • Q7.   What is the best time for kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    The best time for kayaking on the island is from October to May. The weather is clear and the water currents are medium during this time. These are the most favorable conditions for kayaking. You should know well in advance that kayaking in the monsoon season is not at all a good idea as heavy rain can fill your kayak easily. During this season, water currents are also quite strong.

  • Q8.   What exactly is kayaking and why is it so famous in the Andamans?

    Counted among the most exciting water adventure activities, kayaking is all about moving across the water in a kayak. A kayak is a type of canoe made up of very light material having a small opening on top for the person to sit. Kayaking amidst the lush greenery and crystal-clear water of the Andaman Islands is an enthralling experience that leaves you awestruck with the stunning diversified flora and fauna. 

  • Q9.   Why should I go for kayaking in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands are known for their rich varieties of mangroves, chirping birds, and the calming sound of the flowing water. If you want to experience total bliss while vacationing on the island, then go for kayaking as it is the perfect fit for you. It will be one of the memories that you will cherish for life. This vibrant and tropical paradise is a hub of aqua sports, and thus if you are a sea lover or love water sports, then you have a lot to do on the island. A vacation on the serene island will let you explore the ocean mysteries at their finest.

  • Q10.   Any tips for kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    There are a few things to keep in mind when you go for kayaking in the island. These are as follows:

    • Don’t go for kayaking in an intoxicated/tipsy state.
    • While kayaking, it is mandatory to evade and comply with the “Be careful with crocodiles” signs and hoardings at different spots. However, there has been not any ongoing locating of crocodiles in the union territory.
    • If you don’t know swimming, then wear a life jacket for kayaking. 
    • Follow all rules and regulations as briefed to you by the experienced trainer. 
  • Q11.   Is it necessary to know swimming while going for kayaking in the Andamans?

    No, you don’t need to know swimming if you want to kayak on the islands. Anyone can try their hand at this exciting water sport. All you need is the enthusiasm and willingness to explore. No wonder it is one of the most preferred water sports in the Andamans as it is perfect for those tourists who don’t want to get wet or for families who prefer having an adventure together. Enjoy a smooth sail on the ocean while vacationing in the gem of India. 

  • Q12.   Are there any additional safety concerns that we should take while kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    Just a precautionary step, it would be great if you get a health checkup done before going for kayaking. It is not compulsory and you don’t need to worry at all.

  • Q13.   Can I book my stay at a beachfront property after I am done with the kayaking trip in the Andaman Islands?

    Havelock Island Beach Resort is a great choice if you have decided to go for kayaking in Havelock Island. You can book your slot for kayaking as well as other water sports at the resort itself and can stay there as well. This is one of the best beachfront properties across the Andaman Islands.

  • Q14.   Are there any packages that include both kayaking and stay in the Andamans?

    Yes, there are packages that include your stay as well as a kayaking slot. You can book these along with sightseeing tours as well. Also, its in-house dive center will let you explore so many other water sports.

  • Q15.   Can kids be accompanied during kayaking in the Andamans?

    Kayaking instructors provide specific instructions to the kinds. In some cases, children below thirteen years of age are restricted to this water sport. You need to ask your service provider about this. 

  • Q16.   While kayaking in the Andaman Islands, are there any particular concerns related to health?

    There is nothing in particular as such but it would be great if you know the basics of swimming. This will help you while kayaking. 

  • Q17.   Which is the most romantic and serene place for kayaking in the Andamans?

    Near the beaches of Port Blair (the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands), there are natural caves that are the most romantic place for kayaking in the Andaman Islands. You can also go for evening and night kayaking here.

  • Q18.   Can I book my slot for kayaking in the Andamans in advance?

    Yes, you can do so and it is preferable as well. Contact Andaman Island Travels to book your slots for various water sports on the island in advance. The Andaman Islands, the untouched Indian union territory, is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Especially famous for its water sports, the island is popular for offering such activities that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. Its islands are famous among adventure seekers owing to the diversity of water sports one can experience here. Having a multitude of activities available for one and all, no one can get bored on this little piece of paradise. Trying kayaking and other adventurous activities should be on your travel bucket list.

  • Q19.   Which are the best places for kayaking in the Andamans?

    The best locations for kayaking in the Andaman Islands are as follows: 

    • Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)
    • Mayabunder
    • Port Blair (the capital town)
    • Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)
    • Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island)
    • Baratang 

    Kayaking is an exciting water sport that is highly sought-after among nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers. While paddling your way through the backwaters of the island, you can explore the mesmerising sounds and lovely sights of tropical mangrove forests.

  • Q20.   Is kayaking in the Andaman Islands costly?

    Light on your pocket, the charges for kayaking on the island starts from 3,500 per person. Before you go, an experienced guide will brief you and tell you all the important instructions that you need to follow. You will also be given proper gear, equipment, and a life jacket for your extra safety.

  • Q21.   What is so special about kayaking in the Andamans?

    If you find solace in listening to the birds chirping and cherish the soulfulness of the surroundings, then kayaking in the Andaman Islands is something that you must try. Making your way to the mangroves will let you capture the beauty of this splendid place in your camera. Photographers love this water sport even more as they get excellent photographs here in the lap of nature. Whether you are seeking an adrenaline rush or simply want to enjoy nature, kayaking is an ideal adventure activity for you. Glide through the beautiful surroundings and explore the rich diversity of the mangroves in the peaceful Andamans.

  • Q22.   Are there any special kayaking trips apart from the regular kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    Kayaking in the Andamans is quite a popular water sport. But if you want to experience something rare, then go for night kayak trips and bioluminescence kayaking on the island. These are special kinds of kayaking and are sure to offer you an exhilarated experience. This is especially for those who want to witness something extraordinary during their island vacation.

  • Q23.   How is the overall experience during kayaking in the Andamans?

    In India, the best destination for kayaking is undoubtedly the Andaman Islands. Its picturesque shorelines and unmatched greenery let you experience beyond your imagination. Kayaking through the middle of lush green mangroves is a great idea if you are willing to experience nature at its best on the island. It is an exciting and enthralling water sport that is equally relaxing. . Dense forests and mangroves shade the narrow water path. Bird lovers will be happy to know that they can spot diverse species of birds while kayaking. There are unexplored waters ranging from cyan-colored crystal-clear lagoons to the wild green waters of thick mangrove forests in the Andaman Islands and while kayaking, you can enjoy this marvel of nature.

  • Q24.   Is kayaking in the Andaman Islands a safe adventure activity?

    Yes, kayaking on the island is absolutely a safe activity for everyone. Moreover, you are also given a life jacket for your extra safety. Before you actually go for it, you are also given kayaking training sessions. This helps in guiding you through the basic and crucial points in kayaking that will help you when you are in the ocean. Everyone is provided with excellent quality safety accessories in order to ensure complete safety.

  • Q25.   What is the best time for kayaking in the Andamans?

    The best time to go for kayaking in the Andamans is between October and May. During this time, the weather is pleasant and the water currents are medium. These are the most favorable conditions for kayaking. Avoid going for it in the monsoon season as heavy rain can fill your kayak easily and the situation will be risky. Water currents are also quite strong during this season.

  • Q26.   What exactly is kayaking and why this water sport is so popular in the Andaman Islands?

    Kayaking is counted among the most enthralling water sports in the Andaman Islands. While doing this activity, you just need to move across the water in a kayak. A kayak is a type of canoe made up of very light material having a small opening on top for the person to sit. Kayaking amidst the lush greenery and crystal-clear water of the Andamans is an unforgettable experience. It will leave you spellbound with the sights of stunning flora and fauna.

  • Q27.   Is kayaking in the Andaman Islands worth it?

    The island is home to diverse varieties of mangroves, chirping birds, and the calming sound of the flowing water. Try your hand at kayaking if you want to witness absolute bliss while vacationing in the Andamans. The memories of this water sport will stay with you forever. This vibrant and tropical paradise is a hub of aqua sports, and thus if you are a sea lover or love water sports, then you have a lot to do in the Andaman Islands. Explore the ocean mysteries at their finest when holidaying here.

  • Q28.   Are there any things to keep in mind when going for kayaking in the Andamans?

    There are a few special tips to keep in mind for kayaking. These are explained below: You should not go for kayaking in an intoxicated/tipsy state. It is mandatory to evade and comply with the “Be careful with crocodiles” signs and hoardings at different spots while kayaking. However, there has been not any ongoing locating of crocodiles in the union territory but still, you need to be cautious. Wear a life jacket for kayaking in case you don’t know swimming. All rules and regulations should be followed carefully as briefed by the experienced trainer.

  • Q29.   Do I need to know swimming if I want to do kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    You need not be a swimmer for trying your hand at kayaking in the Andamans. You are required to be on your kayak, and this has nothing to do with swimming. All you need is the enthusiasm and willingness to explore. A preferred water sport in the Andamans, kayaking is perfect for tourists who don’t want to get into the water. It can be enjoyed with your friends and family members. While holidaying in the Andamans, you should include this smooth sail in the azure waters of the island on your travel bucket list.

  • Q30.   While kayaking in the Andamans, are there any additional safety concerns that we should take?

    Just a precautionary step, it would be great if you get a health checkup done before kayaking. However, it completely depends on you as it is not mandatory.

  • Q31.   Where should I stay when I am done with kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    You can pick Havelock Island if you want to go kayaking and stay at a beachfront property as well. Havelock Island Beach Resort is a luxurious property here that is well-equipped with all the latest facilities and services. You can book your slot for kayaking as well as other water sports at the resort itself and can stay there as well. The property offers the perfect blend of comfort and lavishness.

  • Q32.   Are there any packages that include both kayaking and stay in the Andaman Islands?

    Yes, Andaman Island Travels is engaged in offering customised packages that include your stay as well as a kayaking slot. You can also add sightseeing tours to your package. Moreover, you can also book your ferry and airport transfers with AIT.

  • Q33.   Can kids be accompanied during kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    For kids, the kayaking experts provide specific instructions. Those below thirteen years of age are not allowed to go for this water sport in some cases. Your service provider will provide you more details regarding this.

  • Q34.   Is there any romantic and serene place for kayaking in the Andamans?

    There are natural caves near the beaches of Port Blair (the capital town). These are the most romantic spot for kayaking on the island. One can also go for evening and night kayaking there.

  • Q35.   How can I book an advance slot for kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    Booking your kayaking slot in advance is highly recommended, and Andaman Island Travels is there to help you with this. Along with kayaking, you can book slots for other water sports and adventure activities as well with this reliable tour agent company located in Port Blair. The island is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. During peak season, it becomes very tough to get a slot for them. So it would be great if you have all the advance bookings as it will save you from any last-minute chaos. Having a multitude of activities available for one and all, no one can get bored on this little piece of paradise.

  • Q36.   How is the overall experience of kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    Kayaking is a sought-after water sport in the Andaman Islands. While doing it amidst the natural beauty of the island, you can feel the adrenaline rush running through your veins. A kayak is a type of canoe made up of very light material having a small opening on top for the person to sit. Sailing on the azure waters of the island surrounded by lush greenery is a mesmerising experience that will leave you spellbound with its charisma.

  • Q37.   Which is the best location for kayaking in the Andamans?

    Also known as Swaraj Dweep, Havelock Island is the most preferred destination for kayaking. It is home to a wide variety of mangroves, chirping birds, and the soothing sound of the flowing water. While vacationing in the Andaman Islands, if you want to enjoy total bliss, then kayaking in Havelock Island is your best bet. It will be one of the memories that you will cherish for life.

  • Q38.   How much are the charges for Kayaking in the Andaman Islands?

    The cost of kayaking in the Andamans starts from Rs. 3,500 per person. The money spent is absolutely worth it because the overall experience is rare to be found anywhere else.

  • Q39.   Is there any special training required for kayaking in the Andamans?

    You can begin with your kayaking training sessions after you reach the location in Havelock Island. The training will guide you through the basic and crucial points in kayaking that will help you while going for this adventure water sport. You will be provided the required safety accessories for ensuring total safety.

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