July 4, 2021
Andaman is a heaven on earth but remember, it is an island. Hence, it is always important to know the limitations so that you can plan your holiday accordingly.
Time is one of the most important factors that’ll decide the way in which your Andaman trip unfolds. From choosing the best season to keeping note of the ferry timings, you need to make sure that you spend your time wisely.
Here are some of the important FAQs to read before you book your Andaman trip.
The Andaman and Nicobar islands lie almost 1000 miles away from the Indian subcontinent to its south-east. They are a group of 572 islands in the Bay of Bengal (37 of which are inhabited)
There are two ways.
Fly from Chennai, Kolkata or Delhi to Port Blair. There are connection flights from other major indian cities.Taking direct flights from Chennai or Kolkata to Port Blair is the fastest and inexpensive way to reach the Andamans.
You can sail from Chennai, Kolkata or Vizag to Port Blair. But these are passenger ships and not luxury cruise liners, so you’ll have limited entertainment or luxury options.
Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair is the only main airport in the entire Andaman and Nicobar islands.
If you’re flying from Chennai or Kolkata your journey might take approximately 2 hours and if flying from Delhi, then 5 hours.
Ships will take almost 50 to 60 hours (roughly 3-4 days).
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are in India
INDIANS DO NOT need to have a passport or visa to travel or stay in Andaman.
FOREIGN NATIONALS NEED to have a passport with Indian visa to visit the islands.
The months from October to May are considered to be the best season to visit the Andamans as the skies will be bright and seas clear. It is an ideal time to be out on the beaches and also go for the water activities like scuba diving or snorkelling.
The monsoon season lasts from May to September and most of the tourists usually avoid these months because of the weather conditions. Andaman witnesses strong monsoons. Also, most of the ferries won’t operate due to the unpredictable weather conditions.
You’ll need approximately 5-9 days for touring the Andamans.
Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam and English are the main languages spoken by the people of Andaman.
Out of the 572 Islands, only 37 islands are inhabited and tourists are permitted to enter only a few islands.
Indian Rupees is the currency used in the Andamans. Currency exchange is possible at airports, banks or with currency dealers. You can also withdraw Indian Rupees from the ATMs here.
There are a lot of ATMs in the capital city of Port Blair but most of the other islands in Andaman don’t. Cards are generally accepted at hotels or resorts but if you have plans to take ferries, cabs or try out water sport activities, then you’ll have to carry enough cash with you as they might not accept cards.
It is better not to rely entirely on cards as the network in Andamans is patchy and you’ll find it difficult to make the transactions- the farther you move away into isolated areas, the more difficult it will be. Hence, it is always better to carry enough money with you while on a trip to the Andamans.
It will entirely depend on the restaurant you eat from and the food you order. There are luxurious restaurants as well as small shops run by the locals. The seafood in Andaman is a bit pricey but is known for its delicious taste. So it is up to you to choose what to eat and where to eat depending on your budget.
Andaman Islands are not famous for their vegetarian food but the growth of tourism has also led to the diversification of food/ cuisines. There are even pure veg restaurants here. So yes, you’ll be able to find vegetarian food easily in the Andamans.
You can make calls but a high speed internet connection is still a luxury here. Access to a good network is limited to Port Blair and in most of the other islands like Neil, Ross and Smith etc, the network will be more patchy.
BSNL offers a better service here and is more reliable. So in case you’re planning to buy a new sim, it’ll be better to go with BSNL or even AIRTEL.
Most of the islands are equipped with a Primary Health Centre (PHC).In case of any medical emergency visit the PHC first for immediate assistance. But since the services here might be limited it is better to move to G.B Pant Hospital in Port Blair.
In case of severe medical conditions, it is recommended that you fly to mainland India as soon as possible for better medical assistance.
Tourism is the major income for the locals of Andaman. They are very friendly and helpful. There are also adequate government and other security guards at beaches and other locations. Also, the high number of tourists visiting these islands is a testimony of how safe the islands are.
Yes, Andaman Islands are absolutely safe for couples. Infact, it is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India.
The population in the Andamans is diverse, just like in mainland India and the people here celebrate the same festivals like New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Durga Pooja etc. Apart from the religious festivals, the Island Tourism Festival, held in the month of January, is among the biggest festivals celebrated here. Other than that, the Beach Festival, Monsoon festival, Food festival and Film Festival are also hosted and celebrated.
The locals of the Andaman islands are very friendly and helpful. But keep in mind that the people here are not that used to seeing tourists in revealing swimwears like in other major beach destinations. So it is better to choose less revealing swimsuits.
Also, follow basic etiquettes like asking permission before clicking a photograph.
You give respect, you take respect.
Sunscreen is a must carry item while going to the Andamans. You are going to enjoy the beach in tropical islands and direct exposure to the sun rays will be harmful.
It is recommended that you use a SPF 30+ sunscreen lotion. Apply it regularly if you’re spending the whole day outdoors and try to avoid being outdoors during midday.
Also, drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
Public transports like buses, rickshaws, taxis and minibuses are easily available in the Andaman Islands. You can also rent bikes or even cycles.
Many people rent bikes or cycles for sightseeing in small islands like Neil.
Ferries are available for going from one island to another.
Although taxis are available in plenty in the Andmans, you cannot rent a car for self driving.
Sun rises early in the Andaman islands – as early as 5:00 am and sets early as 5:00 pm. If you want to catch a sunrise, you’ll have to wake up accordingly. Also, it is better to start your day early so that you can make the most out of your days in Andaman.
Since the sunsets are early, permission to enter many of the places will also end early. Always check the timings and plan accordingly.
You’ll have to rely on the ferries for island hopping. They’re cheap (there are luxury ones too) and high in demand. So, you’ll have to book in advance.
Havelock is located about 70 km away from Port Blair. The only way to travel between these islands is by ferries. Here, you’ll have two options:
A possibility for travelling by air is there but the helicopter is usually reserved for government officials and for locals in case of any emergency.
It’ll take about an hour to reach Neil from Havelock Island. Here too, it’s better to book a private ferry online as they’re more convenient and take less time than the government ones.
Baratang is located 101 km away from Port Blair. The best way to reach Baratang is by taking a cab from Port Blair, which will take about 2 hour and 45 minutes.
Once you start from Port Blair, you’ll pass through a check post at Jirkatang, after which you’ll travel through the Jarawa Reserve. If lucky, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Jarawa Tribes but tourists are strictly prohibited from clicking photographs or offering food to the tribal people. You’ll have to travel in convoys through this area.
On reaching the end of the Reserve, there will be one more checkpost and you’ll have to go on a ferry from there to reach the Bratang Islands.
There are also government and private buses plying from Port Blair, but they take more time. Also, the journey in a cab through the forests is a wonderful experience.
Ferries are also available but you’ll definitely miss the road trip experience through the Jarawa Reserve.
Ross and Smith islands are in North Andaman and one can get there either by road or by cruise. The road trip will take around 8 to 9 hours and you’ll have to travel a distance of around 306 km from Port Blair to reach Ross and Smith Islands.
You’ll have to cover a distance of around 306 km to reach Ross and Smith from Port Blair and the journey will take around 8 to 9 hours. The roads are not in a good condition and the full day journey will make you feel extremely tired. Also, you’ll have to spend at least 2 days here, which means you’ll have to extend your Andman trip.
If you are interested in visiting these islands after completing our main itinerary, we’ll arrange the transport facilities, tickets and other permits for you.
The journey from Havelock to Neil Island is almost 2 hours long. We’ll take an afternoon cruise from Havelock to Neil Island so that we can enjoy a relaxing and beautiful sunset at Neil (remember, the sun sets early in the Andamans).
The next morning, we’ll leave for Sitapur Beach, which is known for its gorgeous sunrise, as early as 4:00 am. The rest of the day will be spent at Laxmanpur and Bharatpur beaches by engaging in water activities. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that all the water activities in the Andaman islands are dependent on the tides of the sea. While it is best to visit the Bharatpur Beach during a high tide (i.e, before 11 am), you’ll have to visit Laxmanpur during low tide to walk to the Howrah Bridge (around 12pm – 3pm).
There’s a lot to explore in Havelock Island and we’ve included all the must visit spots like Radhanagar beach, Elephant beach and Kalapathar beach in our itinerary. Also, since you’ll be spending most of your time outdoors in the sun, you’ll easily get tired. We’ve made our itinerary in such a way that you can enjoy your trip without missing out on the best.
Yes, we’re providing family packages to the Andamans. You can customize your trip here and contact our coordinators at : Explore the best of Andaman & Nicobar
Yes, we arrange honeymoon trips to the Andamans. You can customise your Honeymoon trip here and contact our coordinators at : Explore the best of Andaman & Nicobar
Yes. We have facilities to arrange dedicated photographers in both Havelock and Neil Islands. If you want to freeze your best moments at both these islands, we’ll help you but the cost is not included in the package and you’ll have to bear the additional charge.
Contact: +91 8050725190
Yes, you can book an exclusive trip to the Andamans with us. You can customise your trip here and contact our coordinators at : Explore the best of Andaman & Nicobar
Yes, we’ll be able to arrange a luxury trip to the Andamans. Click here to customise your trip and contact our coordinators at : Explore the best of Andaman & Nicobar
Yes, we’ll be able to arrange a budget trip for you. You can customize your trip here and contact our coordinators at : Explore the best of Andaman & Nicobar
A budget trip is done by reducing the number of days as well as the places to visit. A budget trip to the Andmans can be done by cutting short the number of days to 3 or 5 and by changing the category of your stay options from deluxe to others. Also, you can opt for 3 or 4 sharing rooms instead of 2 sharing ones.
A usual standard trip will take as long as 9 to 12 days and will cover all the major spots. Also, the rooms will be two sharing, deluxe plus category.
Trip participants would be coming from different parts of the country and may even travel on different dates. Flight charges would be different for different locations. Hence we have excluded flights in our itinerary. Participants are suggested to book flights on their own. You can book flights online via service providers such as EaseMyTrip , MakeMyTrip . You can also set price alerts on SkyScanner or Google Flights so that you can book when prices are low.
However you can always seek our help in any information regarding the flights. Fell free to call our coordinator at +91-8050725190