The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an archipelago floating on the Bay of Bengal, located in the east of the Indian mainland. These picturesque and exquisitely beautiful islands are rich in dense evergreen forests with high variety of flora and fauna. The Andaman and Nicobars are separated by the Ten Degree Channel which is 150 Kms. wide.
Apart from the scenic beauty of the place with sandy white beaches and turquoise blue clear waters of the sea, these magnanimous islands offer a variety of adventure activities and sports for its residents as well as for tourists, which makes them a major temptation for the holiday-makers.
Here’s a list of mild to adrenaline rushing adventure activities you can always enjoy in the exotic Islands.
1. SCUBA DIVING
The places to go for Scuba Diving in Andamans are Havelock Islands and North Bay Islands. These islands offer some splendid diving and untouched coral reefs, waiting to be explored by diving enthusiasts. The best time to go for diving in the islands is February-March, before the Monsoon hits the place. The water temperature averages around 28°C with a visibility of water surroundings from 5m-40m varying for different sites and seasons.
The time taken to reach dive sites varies from 30-90 minutes by boat, but some of the dive sites require advanced level of certification. Some of the dive sites are within easy reach and offer a wide variety of exotic coral reefs, which amazes divers of all levels. It is possible to get exciting dives with manta rays, devil rays, white-tip reef sharks, a variety of groupers, turtles, octopus etc.
2. FISHING TRIP
A Game Fishing Trip from Chidia Tapu to Rutland Island takes you to the southern most corner of the South Andamans. Chidia Tapu is known for the best sunsets in Port Blair. Amazing game fishing with exotic views at affordable prices, this is the place to be! The fishing boat, geared with fishing rods, leaves the jetty and on your way you will see Munda Pahad.
Before reaching the Rutland shores, Trolling and Jigging will be done on the way and once the boat anchors the the Island, the scenic view of the vast openness of the sea leaves a once in a lifetime experience for the tourists. Fishing assistance is constantly provided, where you would get to see Yellow Fin Tuna, Big Eye Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda, Grouper’s, Red Snapper and many more. After returning to the Chidiatapu, post fishing, you can enjoy the amazing sunset view and end your day on a happy note.
Snorkeling is one of the easiest adventure activities taken up in water. It is the second most popular water activity after Scuba diving, where one can take a plunge into the shallow reef areas and enjoy the amazing under-water corals structures and vivid marine life. One does not require any swimming skills, particular fitness or age, all that is required is a mask and a pair of fins, and you are good to go and discover the mesmerizing world under water.
Places that are suitable for Snorkeling are North bay, Red Skin Island, Jolly Bouy Island, Wandoor, Mowhadhera beach near Port Blair, Aquarium, South Button (Swiftlet Rock), Henry Lawrence (Tamarind Camp), Elephant Beach, Middle Button (Turtle Island) in the Havelock Islands, Kalipur in North Andaman and Lalaji beach.
4. SEA WALKING
Sea walk is the best and exciting fun activity, full of exciting adventures in the Sea. It is a true once in a life time experience for all the non divers out there. A helmet with a transparent visor is placed on your head with a special apparatus allowing normal breathing under the water. Life Guards assist in taking you underwater and accompany you throughout the walk to guarantee your maximum safety. Once there, you will experience the undersea world from close and will enjoy walking on the ocean floor which feels like walking on the moon.
The best Sea walk can be done at the North bay islands, where you can find the best coral reefs. Recently, Elephant Beach has also started offering Sea walking for the tourists.
5. BOAT RIDE
The speed boats are very popular among the water sports of Andaman. The ride gives an adrenaline rushing experience as soon as the boat hits the accelerator, along the famous North Bay Island. The boats are accompanied by experienced operators. Speed boat rides are not dependent on the weather and the best way to absorb the fascinating ambience of the beach. Though the rides are not dependent on weather conditions, to avoid any unlikely mishap, riding during storms or a heavy downpour should be avoided.
Do not forget to take a boat ride at the Elephant Beach with your family and friends.
A Seaplane is a powered fixed-wing aircraft capable of taking off and landing (alighting) on water. The seating capacity of the sea Plane is of 9 Passengers and the baggage can be carried up to 05 Kgs per ticket.
The Seaplane flies between Port Blair – Havelock Island , and takes about 15 minutes to reach Havelock Island whereas through Ferry it takes around 2 hours. It is an amazing experience to get a view of crystal clear waters while flying in the air.
7. JET SKI RIDE
Jet Skiing is the world’s ultimate water sports machine. Andaman Islands give the tourists this amazing experience which every adventure lover looks forward to. The best part is that the people who pilot the Jet Ski are thoroughly experienced, very friendly and helpful and the utmost care is taken regarding the safety of the tourists by the way of providing life jackets.
8. BANANA RIDE
Banana Ride in the Andamans is ideal for whole family enjoyment. This 12 minutes on the banana is a must do entertainment. Banana boat rides are safe and monitored by experienced and professional staff. Life jackets are provided, are kids are taken care of with utmost safety.
The Banana shaped boats consist of a Tube, with a capacity of carrying 12 people. During the ride, the driver of the powered boat attempts to flip the banana boat upside-down by doing sharp turns. It’s a exciting event to be part of.
Apart from the water adventure activities offered by the magnanimous Islands, due to the richness of the hillocks and evergreen forests in Andamans, trekking and hiking are also equally sought after.
Trekking is one of the most popular adventure sports in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is also called as ‘backpacking‘ or ‘bushwalking’ or ‘stramping‘. The chief area which serves as the hub of trekker in Andaman and Nicobar islands are rocky stretch of terrain that extends from the mount Harriet to Madhuban and Saddle peak in Diglipur covered with thick tropical rainforest. Trekking here can be extended from weeks to months.
10. ISLAND CAMPING
If you are passionate for wildlife and adventurous enough to explore remote destinations and camp on uninhabited islands, then Andamans is the perfect place.
Virtually unexplored and unknown to the outside world, you can be among the first and privileged few to experience these ‘invisible islands’, so succinctly put by Jacques Cousteau in his 1990 film on the Andamans.
The beautiful Islands let you enjoy the sun, sea and pristine beauty of nature, with a cool breeze blowing right across your face, makes your stay on the beach a memorable one.
A third year student of Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi, Anima wants to have a taste of everything in life. With her interests ranging from the love for singing to the passion for sports like basketball and volleyball, she wants to test her abilities in the maximum spheres of life.