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10 Best Things to do in Andaman

     

The adventure sports, water activities, and other fun-filled activities make up for Andaman being one of the best travel destinations to visit and must be on your bucket list to visit at least once. Along with scenic views and serene calmness, these activities add fun and enthral you to have an amazing experience in the place. Here’s a list of must-do activities while in Andaman to make your trip to place a thrilling and complete one:

Bird watching

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Chidiya Tapu, the tiny island village located 25km from Port Blair is a popular destination among nature lovers. This place is a heaven for people who love bird watching. On this island, you will encounter various species of birds including emerald doves, sea eagles, parakeets and many more. Just sit back, relax and observe as several species of birds go on about their daily businesses. The best way to reach Chidiya Tapu is by riding a rented bike or a car, whichever suits you better.

Scuba Diving

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Scuba Diving is one of the most thrilling activities and where better to do it than the deep blue waters of Andaman. Quite contrary to popular belief, this activity does not necessarily require you to have knowledge of swimming (remember Hrithik Roshan from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) you can very well enjoy this activity without knowing swimming. So don’t worry and enjoy the beautiful and colorful underwater life by trying out this sport.

Snorkeling

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Snorkeling is ranked to be among the best and must do activities in Andaman. Irrespective of your previous snorkeling experience or techniques this activity you must do while in the place. You will experience the vast marine life and sight various rare corals. North Bay Island and Elephant beach at Havelock Island offer this activity. The latter one is preferable over the former due to cleaner and deep waters.

Banana Boat Ride

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Riding the Banana Boat is another exciting and fun-filled activity to do in Andaman. Alongside 5 other people riding at the same time with you on the Banana shaped boat which is tied behind a speedboat to gain speed will surely pump your adrenaline. Even after all the thrills and fun, this activity is very safe and sound as you will be provided with life jackets and prior safety instructions.

Experience Bioluminescence at Havelock Island

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Imagine small glowing stars and a shiny galaxy beneath your feet, I am sure it is bound to make you feel spellbound (for once, your love partner will be able to bring those stars at your feet). This happens at Havelock Island where water glows like tiny pearls while you row past over them in your boats. Not to mislead you, this luminous effect comes from the presence of Phytoplankton, a component of the plankton community in the sea waters.

NOTE: Bioluminescence is witnessed only on no moon nights and also the kayaks are arranged by experts. You need to get in touch with any Scuba guide who will further guide you to the right person.

Glass Bottom Boating

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For those who are very afraid of waters, this activity gives you an opportunity to witness the marine world with all the safety to make you feel comfortable. You will be able to see waters and marine life through the bottom of the boat which is constructed of glass while sailing through the sea. This activity is offered between the North Bay Coral Islands and Water Sports Complex and between Port Blair and Jolly Buoy Island.

Travel in a Sea Plane

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Operated by Pawan Hans, taking off in a Seaplane is surely one of the most exquisite activities that Andaman has to offer. Starting from Port Blair up till Havelock Island or vice-versa, this unique activity will blow your mind away. Filled with fun and thrill, this activity will pump up the blood rush in your body. The sea-plane carries 9 people at a time and takes around 15 minutes to complete the trip, which the usual ferry takes about 2 hours to complete.

Parasailing

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Tied behind a motorboat while harnessed in a parachute, you will experience a flight without any human limits. This activity is for the strong hearted looking for adrenaline satisfying sport. It is a blend of water and air sports giving the thrills of both. As the boat speeds off into the sea you will fly like a kite in the broad and beautiful sky.

Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail

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Situated in Port Blair, Cellular Jail is a must visit spot in Andaman. Loaded with colonial remnants and various unheard prisoners of the colonial era, Kala Pani, as the jail is popularly known will remind you of the Indian Freedom struggle. The light and sound show that are held there have become the highlight of the place. The show includes the narration of India’s freedom struggle, voiced over by veteran actor Om Puri telling the stories of various freedom fighters who were tortured in the jail. It remains for the whole week apart from Mondays.

Trekking

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As strange as it sounds, you can actually go for trekking in Andaman, from Mt. Harriet to Madhuban. This trekking expedition is sure to break some myths in your head about Islands containing only beaches and waters. The trekking trail offers you a scenic view of a stretch of forest cover which is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Mt. Harriet is considered to be the third highest peak in the archipelago, so you must go on this unusual trekking expedition and experience Andaman like never before.

Island Hopping

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Island hopping is an activity that you will enjoy very much. Hopping from one island to another to explore the beauty of the place more and more is an interesting thing to do. The fascinating views of the water will keep changing for better as you hop to different islands. You can take ferries to travel from one island to another to enjoy different views of the day as you feel suitable. Some of the popular habited islands are Neil Island, Havelock Island, Viper Island and many more along with many uninhabited islands such as Guitar Island, Long Island, Ross and Smith Island and others.

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