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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Sea Walk in Andaman Islands

Sea Walking

One of the most popular activities in Andaman, Sea Walking is an enthralling experience and is a whole lot different from other water activities in Andaman. It is the perfect way to check out the Marine diversity and its beauty by Non-Swimmers. It is also one of the safest adventures to take part as lifeguards accompany you throughout the walk. People from all age groups ranging from 7 to 70 years old can avail this walk.

How to Sea walk?

You wear a large glass dome connected to a tube that supplies oxygen. Once you are aware of the safety measures, you will be lowered towards the seabed. Well, not too deep, You can easily walk around the seabed and view the splendid underwater world.

Timings

For those who are wondering about the timings, here it is. Sea Walking is available from Monday to Sunday, at North Bay Island – 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM while at Elephant Beach – Starts at 8:30 AM and is until 2:00 PM.

Tips

  • People with heart diseases should not try Sea Walking without the approval of the doctor.
  • Elephant beach, located at Havelock Island is the best place for Sea Walking in Andaman.
  • The best time to experience Sea Walking is from May to June as the weather is really favourable. Also, you will find the corals blooming during these months.
  • The usual depth of Sea Walking is between 7-10 metres.
  • Anyone above the age of 9 and under 60 can experience this activity.
  • The maximum duration for this activity is from 20 to 25 minutes.
  • You can also wear glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses as it is completely safe inside the helmet.
  • Do not touch the reefs.
  • It is crucial to read the safety guidelines provided by your instructor.

Overview

An activity like an underwater sea walk can help you explore a hidden space of the marine animals. The water ecosystem has so much to provide. Life underwater is full of happiness and comfort. Nobody is disturbing no one and are happy inhabitants of aquatic life. You have got to explore the sea walk once in your life to observe aquatic beings in their natural habitat. How they swim and play is the best story to uncover. Explore the sensation when time stops. You can feed the fish in real and take part in underwater photography. You can compare the exploration as similar to spacewalking, where you will seem to float and enjoy. It’s a brilliant expedition for anyone who loves to enjoy the natural underwater world at close quarters.

Where in Andamans

Elephant Beach – Elephant Beach, a haven for water sports in all of Andamans, lie tucked away in Havelock Island. The underwater volcanic formation houses one of the richest and rarest corals Andamans has to offer. Here you can traverse the marine life while walking on the smooth and clear seabed alongside multicoloured fishes and amidst bright coral reefs.
North Bay Beach – Second best place to experience sea walk in Andaman after Elephant Beach, North Bay Beach is a boat ride away from Port Blair. The corals here give a small yet dense appearance which houses dozens of remarkable fish species and lobsters.

Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Where is Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

    A union territory of India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands consist of as many as 572 islands. Of these, only 38 are inhabited. The island is at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Nearly 150 kilometers north of Aceh in Indonesia, the territory is separated from Myanmar and Thailand by the Andaman Sea. Two island groups are comprised in it— the Andaman Islands (partly) and the Nicobar Islands. The 150-kilometer wide Ten Degree Channel (on the 10°N parallel) separates them.

    Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The total land area of the islands is around 8,249 square kilometers. It is divided into three districts:

    1. The Nicobar District with Car Nicobar as its capital
    2. The South Andaman district with Port Blair as its capital
    3. The North and Middle Andaman district with Mayabunder as its capital
  • Q2.   Where should I go for sea walking in the Andamans?

    North Bay Island and Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) are the topmost islands for trying your hand at sea walking in the Andaman Islands. Sea walking is an incredible water sport that anyone can enjoy. The whole experience is extremely engrossing!

  • Q3.   Are people of all ages allowed to sea walk in the Andamans?

    There is not any age restriction as such for sea walking in the Andaman Islands. In India, this adventure water activity can be done only on this union territory. The cherry on the cake, anyone can do this and with anyone—be it your family, partner, or friends.

  • Q4.   I will be travelling alone to the Andaman Islands. Can I go for sea walking in the Andamans solo?

    This water activity is done in groups. So even if you are travelling solo, you will end up doing this activity with other travellers. You don’t have to do it alone. There is absolutely no need to worry.

  • Q5.   What exactly is sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    While sea walking, you have to wear a special helmet and go to the seabed on which you can walk easily. This helmet lets you breathe smoothly and with you, you can witness the rich marine life of the island by becoming a part of it. Just walk on the floor of the ocean and appreciate colorful corals and wonderful sea creatures.

  • Q6.   Do I need to know swimming to be able to sea walk in the Andamans?

    Absolutely not! You are not supposed to swim under the water. Rather, you have to simply walk on the seafloor. With the specialised equipment, you will be able to do so without any problem.

    Whether you are a swimmer or a non-swimmer, this activity is an excellent option for you. To enjoy it to the fullest, always listen to your instructor and follow his instructions. It is the perfect water sport for you. Swimmer or otherwise, you just cannot miss this water activity when in the Andamans.

  • Q7.   Why go for sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    If you want to observe the magical marine life at its best, then sea walking in the Andamans is your best bet in India. In this, you have to go down and walk on the seabed of a tranquil beach. With the help of a visor and a special helmet, you can walk past the exotic aqua life and the stunning coral reefs.

    A professional photographer will click your memorable pictures while you explore the jewels of the ocean and treasure these miraculous moments. If you want to try something different while holidaying
    on this island, then sea walking is the best choice. It is like scuba diving except that you don’t have to swim while exploring the marine beauty.

  • Q8.   Do I need to undergo any special training before underwater sea walking in the Andamans?

    Yes, the expert divers will give you training regarding the basics and sign language before you actually go for sea walking. This will help you in communicating smoothly under the water. Also, these instructors will accompany you throughout your sea walking session. Thus, you will be in safe hands at all times.

  • Q9.   Is it difficult to do sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    Sea walking in the Andamans is such an easy adventure activity that anyone can do it. Its difficulty level ranges from low to medium. A superb fun adventure sport, absolutely no experience is required to do it. You don’t have to handle any complicated equipment. All you need to do is wear the helmet and walk smoothly on the sand of the ocean bed. Get a close-up view of the underwater world.
    Even your contact lenses, glasses, or fancy hairdo will not get messed up under the water. One of the most preferred water sports in the Andaman Islands, it lets you walk on the ocean bottom as you walk
    on the land. You don’t have to put any effort to balance or swim.

  • Q10.   Is booking an advance slot for sea walking necessary?

    Making the booking in advance would be great as by doing this, you will save yourself from any kind of last-minute chaos due to rush. You can book your session by contacting Andaman Island Travels—a reliable travel company located in Port Blair.

  • Q11.   I will be spending most of my time in Havelock Island. Is sea walking available there?

    If you want to explore marine life at its best, then sea walking in Havelock Island is the best place while you are vacationing in the Andaman Islands. This activity is the newest and the coolest way to explore underwater life. Sea walking has secured a place in every adrenaline junkie’s bucket list. Just walk on the seafloor comfortably. Of course, you have to wear special breathing equipment.

  • Q12.   I have never done sea walking in the Andamans before. Will that be okay?

    A superb fun adventure sport, absolutely no experience is required to do this. It is extremely easy to perform. You come across the exotic beauty of flora and fauna residing in the ocean while you walk on the seafloor.

  • Q13.   How is the overall experience of sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    Sea walking is known to have the perfect blend of fun and adventure. This splendid and exciting activity is a must-try in the Andamans. Don’t hold yourself back and go for this activity when holidaying there. It is counted among the best adventure sports here. You will notice the colorful reefs of the ocean shining through your helmet. You can have a look at the marine life and the rarest corals while performing this activity on this gorgeous island. The miraculous natural marine life under the enchanting waters of the island is waiting for you. Sea walking is counted among the best water activities in the world, and doing it for the first time on this island would be an experience of a lifetime for you.

  • Q14.   Is it safe to do sea walking in the Andamans?

    Before going down, the instructors will train you a bit in the shallow water and teach you the underwater signals for communication. Once you get accustomed, take the plunge. You will be amazed by the undiscovered underwater life that will unfold before your eyes. You will be completely comfortable and safe as expert divemasters will accompany you at all times. And if you want to cherish these awe-inspiring memories for life long, then don’t forget to take a picture or two while you are surrounded by fishes.

  • Q15.   Is sea walking in the Andaman Islands worth my money?

    One of the finest sea sports, sea walking is a magical experience for sure. If you want to have an awesome experience of being a part of the marine life for a while, then the Andamans is your one-stop destination to fulfill this dream of yours. The island is home to the richest marine life and the clearest underwater in India. While you are here, you have to go for one of the most incredible water sports in the waters of the island. The best part is that anyone can go for this enthralling activity as you don’t need to know swimming to witness its diverse underwater life. It offers the richest and diverse underwater life that presents a great world for the divers. Some of the very rare species of fishes can be spotted there.

  • Q16.   Is there any age restriction for sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    Anyone between the age of nine and 60 years is allowed to go for sea walking in the Andamans.
    However, pregnant women and senior citizens above the age of 60 years are restricted from doing this.

  • Q17.   Which is the best place for sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    For underwater walking on the island, Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) is an awesome location. Its Elephant Beach is quite popular for this enthralling water sport owing to its clear waters and low currents. Apart from that, North Bay Island is also a good location for the same.

  • Q18.   Is it safe to do underwater sea walking in the Andamans?

    Sea walking in the Andaman Islands is an extremely safe water activity. Before you go for the actual adventure, you are given a brief about instructions to follow. For complete security, you are accompanied by a licensed expert as well along with having top quality safety gear.

  • Q19.   Is there any age restriction for sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    As such, there is not any age restriction to go for sea walking on the island. This adventurous activity is only available in the Andamans if we talk about India. Whether you are with your family, partner, or even alone, you can try sea walking as it quite easy to do.

  • Q20.   Am I going to be trained before the sea walking session in the Andamans?

    Before going for the actual activity, you will be taught the basics and sign language to that you can communicate smoothly under the water. This brief session will help you in feeling safe when you have dived. An expert diver will be with you during the entire activity.

  • Q21.   Which are the best locations for sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    Havelock Island (renamed as Swaraj Dweep) and North Bay Island are the best places for trying sea walking in the Andamans. This adventure water sport can be enjoyed by everyone. Trying your hand at this can be the highlight of your beach vacation.

  • Q22.   How much does sea walking in the Andamans cost?

    The charges for underwater sea walking on the island begin from Rs. 3,500 per person. The activity is pocket-friendly and the cost depends on the location and time duration. This activity is a must-do in the Andaman Islands and is a sought-after sport here.

  • Q23.   Is there any age restriction for sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    No, there is not any age restriction for this exciting water sport in the Andamans. Anyone can go for it on this island, which is the only place in India where sea walking is done. Whether you are with your friends, family, partner, or solo, sea walking is a highly enjoyable activity.

  • Q24.   I will be going on a solo trip to the Andaman Islands. Can I go for sea walking alone?

    Sea walking in the Andaman Islands is done in groups. So you will end up doing this activity with other travellers even if you are travelling solo there. You need not worry as you can enjoy this water activity thoroughly with other people under the water.

  • Q25.   What exactly comprises sea walking in the Andamans?

    While doing sea walking, you will have to wear a special kind of helmet that will let you breathe smoothly. While walking on the seafloor, this helmet will let you witness the rich marine life of the Andaman Islands. Simply walk on the ocean floor and appreciate colorful corals and wonderful sea creatures.

  • Q26.   Should I be a swimmer to be able to try sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    No, you don’t need to know swimming for trying your hand at sea walking on the island as you are not required to swim at all. You just walk to walk on the ocean bed. With the specialised equipment given to you, you will be able to do so without any trouble. Just listen to your instructor carefully and follow his instructions if you want to enjoy underwater walking to the fullest. Swimmer or non-swimmer, you should experience this adventure when in the Andaman Islands.

  • Q27.   Why sea walking in the Andamans so popular?

    The marine life of the Andaman Islands is magical! If you want to get a glimpse of it, then sea walking is your best bet. Just go under the water and simply walk on the seabed. You can observe the exotic aqua life and the stunning coral reefs with a visor and a special helmet. You can also get yourself photographed by a professional photographer while you are exploring the jewels of the ocean and treasuring these miraculous moments. If you want to experience something rare and amazing, then sea walking is definitely a great option. Unlike scuba diving, you are not required to swim and put in so much effort. Simply walk and enjoy the natural beauty of the island’s marine life.

  • Q28.   Is any special training is given before going for sea walking in the Andaman Islands?

    Before you actually go for sea walking in the Andamans, you will be given special training regarding the basics and sign language by the expert divers. With this, you can smoothly communicate under the water. These trainers will accompany you throughout your sea walking session.

  • Q29.   Is doing sea walking in the Andamans easy?

    Anyone can go for sea walking in the Andaman Islands as it is extremely easy water activity. You don’t need any experience to try this superbly fun water sport. No complicated equipment is required to be handled by you. Just wear the special helmet and walk leisurely on the seafloor to get a close-up view of the rich underwater world. Your contact lenses, glasses, or fancy hairdo will also not get messed up under the water. With this exciting water sport, you can walk on the ocean floor and enjoy the experience of getting surrounded by colorful fishes. No balancing pr swimming is needed to be able to do sea walking.

  • Q30.   Do I need to book my slot for sea walking in advance?

    We highly recommend booking your scuba diving slot in the Andaman Islands well in advance. By doing this, you will save yourself from any kind of last-minute chaos due to rush. You can make your booking by contacting Andaman Island Travels, which is a reliable name across the island. Its expert team will take care of all your requirements in the best way possible.

  • Q31.   Is sea walking available in Havelock Island?

    Havelock Island, or Swaraj Dweep, is counted among the best locations for sea walking in the Andaman Islands. It is home to abundant marine life. Sea walking lets you explore underwater life in the simplest way. With your special breathing equipment, you can breathe easily under the water while you are walking with the marine creatures. This enthralling activity has secured a place in every adrenaline junkie’s bucket list.

  • Q32.   Will it be fine if I haven’t done sea walking in the Andaman Islands before?

    Absolutely no experience is required to go for this superb fun adventure sport. Anyone can easily do it while cherishing the exotic beauty of flora and fauna residing in the ocean. No prior experience is required to perform it.

  • Q33.   How is the overall experience of sea walking in the Andamans?

    Sea walking in the Andaman Islands is an ideal combination of adventure and fun. It is a must-try here as in India, it is the only place where one can experience this. Don’t hold yourself back and go for this activity when holidaying there. Counted among the top water adventure activities, sea walking will offer you a glimpse of the marine life and the rarest corals on this splendid island. The miraculous natural marine life under the enchanting waters of the island is magical. Sea walking for the first time in the gorgeous Andaman Island would be an experience of a lifetime for sure.

  • Q34.   Is sea walking in the Andaman Islands safe?

    Before you go inside the water, the expert trainer will train you a bit in the shallow water and teach you the underwater signals for smooth communication. Once you get familiar, be ready to take the plunge. The undiscovered underwater life unfolding before your eyes will leave you awestruck. You will be completely comfortable and safe as expert divemasters will accompany you throughout the activity. Don’t forget to get photographed while you are surrounded by fishes if you want to cherish these awe-inspiring memories for life long.

  • Q35.   Is sea walking in the Andamans worth my money?

    If you want to have an awesome experience of being a part of the rich marine life for a while, then the Andaman Islands is your one-stop destination to fulfill this dream of yours. While you are here, you have to go for one of the most incredible water sports in the waters of the island. The island offers the richest and the most diverse underwater life that presents a great world for the divers.

  • Q36.   Is there any age criteria for sea walking in the Andamans?

    If you are between the age of nine and 60 years, then you are allowed to go for sea walking in the Andaman Islands. However, pregnant women and senior citizens above the age of 60 years are restricted from doing this as it may turn out to be risky for them.

  • Q37.   Where should I stay after I am done with my sea walking experience in Havelock Island?

    After your sea walking session in Havelock Island is over, it is recommended that you stay at a beachfront property to enjoy a relaxing vacation. There are a lot of options to choose from. The resorts here offer ocean views and they are quite economical as well. Havelock Island Beach Resort is one such plush property that will leave you awestruck with its top-class hospitality and modern facilities.

    Other top hotels and resorts in Havelock Island are as follows: 

    • 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
    • Taj Exotica
    • Silver Sand Beach Resort
    • Munjoh Ocean Resort
    • Sea Shell Resort
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