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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • 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 on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021
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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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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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Snorkeling in Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   What is the best time to go for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andaman Islands is a year-round destination. However, the best time for snorkeling on the island is during the winter season—from November to May. The temperature during these months varies between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius and is perfect for sightseeing and indulging in exciting water sports. It is also the ideal time to visit the Andaman Islands. 

  • Q2.   Which are the best places for snorkeling in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands is home to an amazing marine life comprising wonderful creatures and colorful corals. Some of the best spots for trying your hand at snorkeling in the Andaman Islands are as follows:

    • Elephant Beach
    • Red Skin Island
    • North Bay Island
    • South Button
    • Kalipur
    • Neil Island
    • Henry Lawrence Island
    • Tamarind Camp
    • Jolly Buoy Island
  • Q3.   What are the things to keep in mind for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    Tips for snorkeling in the Andamans are as follows:

    • In order to avoid any last-minute confusion, make sure you book your snorkeling slot in advance with a reliable company. Andaman Island Travels is a trustworthy name across the island and you can easily make all your bookings here.
    • Checking the snorkeling equipment before heading out is very important. If it is not comfortable even a little bit, change your equipment right away. You don’t want to panic under the sea, right?
    • Attend your training session carefully. Learn all the methods and gestures properly. You will also be taught about the usage of the equipment. 
    • For avoiding underwater sickness, make sure that you have not eaten anything for the last four hours.
    • There are a number of snorkeling packages that vary in cost and location. Select the one according to your budget and convenience.
  • Q4.   Is snorkeling in the Andaman Islands safe for novice divers?

    For beginners, snorkeling in the Andamans is absolutely safe. Whether you are a kid or an adult, everybody can go for it under the guidance of experienced professionals.

  • Q5.   What is the minimum age for kids for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    The usual recommended minimum age for snorkeling in the Andamans is between twelve to fifteen years. Most importantly, the child should feel comfortable in the water.

  • Q6.   How much does it cost to do snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Light on your pocket, the cost of snorkeling in the Andaman Islands begins from Rs.1,000 per person. The price varies depending on the duration and location of your dive. If you are willing to go for an extensive snorkeling experience in the Andamans, then it would cost you more. This water sport is definitely worth your money.

  • Q7.   Is snorkeling safe for non-swimmers in the Andaman Islands?

    For snorkeling in the Andamans, it is not at all mandatory to know swimming. Non-swimmers can do it without any difficulty. Before going for it, you are given brief training by a licensed diver wherein you are taught some crucial techniques. Listen and follow these instructions carefully. 

  • Q8.   What exactly is snorkeling?

    Snorkeling is an enthralling water sport that can be performed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. You can participate in it alone or with your friends and family members. It is the perfect way to spend a fun-filled afternoon in the Andamans with your close ones. While snorkeling, you go into the water to observe the incredible marine wildlife and corals of the island. All you need are fins, a mask, and a snorkel. If you have decided to swim closer to the ocean floor, then you can wear a protective suit. 

    Having the right equipment is so important and when you have it, then snorkeling in the Andaman Islands is going to be mesmerising experience for you. You don’t have to devote a lot of time to learn it. You can snorkel as soon as you get inside the water. The best part, this adventure water sport makes you burn your calories as well. You get to have into the water without breaking a sweat. Snorkeling is a great activity to enjoy with your loved ones. This experience is for your whole life!

  • Q9.   What are some of the most important safety precautions that we must take while snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Snorkeling is a highly rewarding and simple water activity. But there are a few precautions that you must take before actually going into the water. These are as follows:

    • Along with getting the right equipment, it would be an added advantage if you know a little bit about swimming. This will help you in getting confident in the water. 
    • Ocean waters can be cold and this can make your body heat fast. Breathing fast will result in losing your energy. That is why when you are snorkeling, take deep and slow breaths. It will relax your mind and you will feel at ease.
    • It is recommended that snorkeling should be done with a group. This will be highly beneficial in case of any emergency under the water. There will be someone to take care of you in such a situation. 
    • Checking weather reports before going for a dive is extremely important because, of course, you don’t want to get stuck in the sea during a storm. Locals and guides can easily detect fluctuations in the weather with their vast experience. 
    • Don’t swim too far from safe spots. Stay close to someone or at least in their line of sight at all times while snorkeling in the Andaman Islands.
  • Q10.   Why should I snorkel in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the one-stop destination in India for witnessing marine life at its best. The Indian Ocean has a lot to offer and you can experience the splendor in the Andaman Islands. The best sites for snorkeling are scattered on this gorgeous island. Just learn the basics and obtain the required equipment on rent from centers. Moreover, snorkeling in the Andamans is not at all a costly affair. Not burning a hole in your pocket, you can encounter a treasure beyond your imagination while snorkeling.

    Snorkeling in the Andamans can be done by everyone. The age limit doesn’t spoil your plans. Generally, everyone between the age of 4 and 60 is allowed to go for this fun-filled water activity.

  • Q11.   Which factors should be considered before going for snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Andamans is home to a number of awesome spots for diving. A good snorkel site is one that has the perfect balance of beauty and safety. Before beginning your adventure, you should consider the below-mentioned factors: 

    • Easy to reach
    • Underwater ecosystem
    • Rabid fish and sea-creatures
    • Power and frequency of waves
    • Safety and presence of lifeguards
    • Clarity of water near the shoreline
  • Q12.   Who is not allowed to snorkel in the Andamans?

    Categories of people who are not allowed to snorkel on the island are as follows:

    • Pregnant women
    • People with heart conditions
    • People with breathing difficulties
    • Senior citizens above the age of 60
    • People under heavy medication or in need of care
    • People having psychological conditions that cause distortion or panic under the water
  • Q13.   How it feels during snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    Taking a dip inside the waters of the island will leave you awestruck with the underwater kaleidoscopic colours and the quietude of the ocean. This activity has the perfect combination of adventure and fun. A must-try here, swimming with colorful marine creatures is surely an experience of a lifetime. 

  • Q14.   Why is snorkeling in the Andaman Islands so popular?

    When on this stunning island, including snorkeling in your itinerary is a great idea. It is because the Andamans has an incredible and rich marine life that is hard to find anywhere else in the country. Also, it is more affordable than scuba diving and you don’t need any complex equipment for it.

  • Q15.   What is the difficulty level of snorkeling in the Andamans?

    The difficulty level for snorkeling on the island is easy to moderate. Anyone can do it after a brief training session.

  • Q16.   Is the Andamans a good place for snorkeling?

    The Andaman has a unique topography that makes it an ideal destination for snorkeling. Its beaches are enclosed by long stretches of reefs that are hundreds of meters wide. Shallow waters separate them from the shore. There are some beaches that are complemented by volcanic lava hills also.

  • Q17.   How is the snorkeling experience in the Andaman Islands?

    The island has a treasure of marvelous corals that are home to incredible marine dwellers. While you are snorkeling, gorgeous fishes may pop out from the crystal-clear ocean and surround you while swimming around you. Enclosed by such wonderful creatures is sure to leave you awestruck. The Andaman Administration is doing a great job in protecting the marine world here.

  • Q18.   Which are some of the best diving locations in the Andamans?

    There are number of incredible diving sites in the Andaman Islands that are suitable for beginners as well. Some of the best places where you should go for diving to explore the underwater world are as follows:

    • Elephant Beach (Havelock Island)
    • South Button
    • Neil Island
    • Kalipur (North Andaman)
    • North Bay Island (Port Blair)
    • Jolly Buoy Island
    • Red Skin Island
  • Q19.   Is it safe to snorkel in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andaman Islands is the best place in India for snorkeling. There are licensed divers who will give you a brief training session so that you are able to perform the activity smoothly. With them, you are in safe hands.

  • Q20.   Where should I go for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    The Andaman Islands are known for their abundant marine life that comprises fabulous
    creatures and colorful corals. Some of the best spots where you should go for snorkeling in the

    Andamans are as follows:

    ? Kalipur
    ? Neil Island
    ? South Button
    ? Red Skin Island
    ? Elephant Beach
    ? Tamarind Camp
    ? North Bay Island
    ? Jolly Buoy Island
    ? Henry Lawrence Island

  • Q21.   What are some of the useful tips for snorkeling in the Andamans?v

    Things to keep in mind while snorkeling in the Andaman Islands are as follows:
    ? Make sure you book your snorkeling slot in advance with a reliable tour agent for avoiding any
    last-minute confusion. You can book your snorkeling slot in advance with Andaman Island
    Travels—a reliable name across the island.
    ? Checking the snorkeling equipment before heading out is very important. If it is not comfortable
    even a little bit, change your equipment right away. You don’t want to panic under the sea.
    ? You should learn all the methods and gestures properly that are taught during your training
    session. Learn all the basics regarding the usage of your equipment as well.
    ? For avoiding underwater sickness, make sure that you have not eaten anything for the last four
    hours.
    ? There are numerous snorkeling packages available that vary in location and cost. Pick one that
    matches your budget and convenience.

  • Q22.   Is snorkeling in the Andaman Islands safe for beginners?

    Snorkeling in the Andaman Islands is absolutely safe for everyone, including novice divers. Kids and adults both can go for this wonderful water activity under the guidance of experienced professionals.

  • Q23.   Is there any age restriction for snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Between twelve to fifteen years is the usual recommended minimum age for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the child should feel comfortable inside the water

  • Q24.   Is snorkeling in the Andaman Islands costly?

    The charges for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands begin from Rs. 1000 per person. Not heavy on your pocket, this water experience is perfect for everyone. The cost varies depending on the duration and location of your snorkel dive. It would cost you more if you want to have an extensive snorkeling experience. It is definitely worth your money.

  • Q25.   Can non-swimmers try their hand at snorkeling in the Andamans?

    ou don’t need to be a swimmer to snorkel in the Andaman Islands. Non-swimmers can equally enjoy this water adventure activity. Before going for it, you are given brief training by a licensed diver wherein you are taught some crucial techniques. Just keep those in mind and you are good to go.

  • Q26.   How is the overall experience of snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    A thrilling water sport, snorkeling can be performed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. You can go for it alone or with friends and family. If you want to spend a fun-filled afternoon on the island
    with your travel companions, then snorkeling is your best bet. You go into the water to observe the incredible marine wildlife and corals of the island while doing this magical activity. The only things you require are fins, a mask, and a snorkel. You should wear a protective suit in case you decide to swim closer to the seafloor.


    Having the right equipment is very much important and when you have it, then snorkeling in the Andamans is going to be an unforgettable experience for you. You don’t have to devote a lot of time to
    learn it. You can snorkel as soon as you get inside the water. The best part, this adventure water sport makes you burn your calories as well. You get to have into the water without breaking a sweat. Snorkeling is a great activity to enjoy with your loved ones. This experience is for your whole life!

  • Q27.   What are the most important safety precautions for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    A highly rewarding and simple water activity, snorkeling can be done best when you keep in mind certain precautions that are needed to be followed. Those are mentioned below:


    ? Along with getting the right equipment, it would be an added advantage if you know a little bit about swimming. This will help you in getting confident in the water.
    ? Ocean waters can be cold and this can make your body heat fast. Breathing fast will result in losing your energy. That is why when you are snorkeling, take deep and slow breaths. It will relax your mind and you will feel at ease.
    ? It is recommended that snorkeling should be done with a group. This will be highly beneficial in case of any emergency under the water. There will be someone to take care of you in such a situation.
    ? Checking weather reports before going for a dive is extremely important because, of course, you don’t want to get stuck in the sea during a storm. Locals and guides can easily detect fluctuations
    in the weather with their vast experience.
    ? Don’t swim too far from safe spots. Stay close to someone or at least in their line of sight at all times while snorkeling in the Andaman Islands.

  • Q28.   Why is the Andaman Islands counted among the best destinations for snorkeling?

    If you want to see marine life at its best in India, then the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the best place across the country. The Indian Ocean has a lot to offer and you can experience the splendor in the Andaman Islands. This stunning island is home to numerous gorgeous spots where you can see diverse marine creatures. Learn the basics in the training session, get the required equipment on rent from centers, and just dive into the ocean. The best thing is that snorkeling is quite an affordable adventure activity in the Andamans. You can encounter a treasure beyond your imagination while snorkeling there. People of all age groups can do it. There is no age restriction as such. Anyone between the age of 4 and 60 without having any serious health issues can go for it.

  • Q29.   Which factors should I consider before going for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    There are a number of snorkeling sites in the Andamans. But the best among them is one that offers an ideal combination of safety and natural beauty. The following parameters should be kept in mind before you consider and select a particular location for snorkeling:

    • Easy to reach
    • Underwater ecosystem
    • Rabid fish and sea-creatures
    • Power and frequency of waves
    • Safety and presence of lifeguards
    • Clarity of water near the shoreline
  • Q30.   Who all are not allowed to snorkel in the Andaman Islands?

    The following categories of people are not allowed to snorkel in the Andamans:

    • Pregnant women
    • People having psychological conditions that cause distortion or panic under the water
    • People with breathing difficulties
    • People with heart conditions
    • People under heavy medication or in need of care
    • Senior citizens above the age of 60
  • Q31.   Who all are not allowed to snorkel in the Andaman Islands?

    The following categories of people are not allowed to snorkel in the Andamans:

    • Pregnant women
    • People having psychological conditions that cause distortion or panic under the water
    • People with breathing difficulties
    • People with heart conditions
    • People under heavy medication or in need of care
    • Senior citizens above the age of 60
  • Q32.   How does it feel while snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Taking a dip inside the waters of the island will leave you awestruck with the underwater kaleidoscopic colours and the quietude of the ocean. This activity has the perfect combination of adventure and fun. A must-try here, swimming with colorful marine creatures is surely an experience of a lifetime.

  • Q33.   Why is snorkeling in the Andamans famous?

    Taking a dip inside the waters of the island will leave you awestruck with the underwater kaleidoscopic colours and the quietude of the ocean. This activity has the perfect combination of adventure and fun. A must-try here, swimming with colorful marine creatures is surely an experience of a lifetime.

  • Q34.   Why is snorkeling in the Andamans famous?

    When on this stunning island, including snorkeling in your itinerary is a great idea. It is because the Andamans has an incredible and rich marine life that is hard to find anywhere else in the country. Also, it is more affordable than scuba diving and you don’t need any complex equipment for it.

  • Q35.   What is the difficulty level of snorkeling in the Andaman Islands?

    The difficulty level for snorkeling on the island is easy to moderate. Anyone can do it after a brief training session and experience this extraordinary adventure.

  • Q36.   After my snorkeling session in Havelock Island, where I should stay?

    After you are done with your snorkeling experience, you can stay at Havelock Island Beach Resort. This luxurious beachfront property is known for offering the best hospitality across the island. It is well-equipped with all the modern amenities as well.

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