The Andaman Islands are situated in the Bay of Bengal, these are approximately 1600 Kms from mainland India. These islands are clean and still not very touristy places as visiting these is not very cheap. These islands has many places to see but in 7-8 days not possible to see everything, I have compiled a list of Andaman island’s must see places.
The connectivity between islands is an issue but there are some must see places in Andaman and one should definitely visit these.There is no direct flight from Delhi to Andaman (Port Blair). I traveled from Delhi to Chennai, stayed overnight there and next morning took my Chennai to Port Blair flight. There is only one airport in Port Blair on the Andaman Islands and it is managed by Indian Navy. It is used for commercial airlines as well as by Indian Navy. Port Blair is the capital of Andaman Islands and is the biggest city of this Island cluster.
I reached Port Blair’s Vir Savarkar Airport on time and transferred to my hotel. It was at the seafront and the sea was visible from big windows. My room was on the first floor and I can see the vast expanse of the blue sea from my bed 🙂
I booked this packaged tour on single sharing as traveling alone.
There was nothing to do on that day so, I decided to explore the city instead of sitting in my room relaxing. I got an auto outside my hotel and started exploring Andaman island’s must see places. Port Blaire is small and people are friendly, there was not much traffic on the road.
Here is my list of things to do in Andaman island and it’s must see places
Cellular Jail Portblair
After visiting the cells, corridors and watch tower, I climbed on the roof of the prison. From the roof, I can see the vast expanse of sea was, which looked black during the night and that’s how the name “Kala Pani” came. At distance the Ross Island was visible.
Three Island Tour in Andaman
Ross Island is closest from Port Blair and it is maintained by the Navy. There are some ruins on this island because it was the first Island inhabited by Britishers. There are Bunkers from second world war, Bakery, ruins of water treatment plant, food grains shop, ruins of Church, Ballroom and some other government buildings from the British era.
There were deer and peacocks also on the island. In terms of historical importance, its Andaman island’s must see places.
North Bay Island
Third Island was North Bay, it is a more touristy place with food shacks and stalls selling souvenirs etc. There were corals around the island so, the ship could not go beyond a point. It was anchored away from shore due to corals and from here they took us on boats to island. As there were corals so I took a Glass boats to see the colorful fishes and corals. Snorkeling and scuba diving facilities are also available here.
Food is not available everywhere so I took a packed lunch to be on safer side.
Chatham Saw Mill Portblair
The mill is strategically located at jetty and in working condition.
Samundrika Naval Maritime Museum Portblair
Zonal Anthropological Museum Portblair
Out of all these tribes of the Andaman Islands and Nicobar, Jarawas are considered the most primitive tribal communities in the world today.
Aquarium in Portblair
There are aquarium and fish museum but there was not much to see.
Water Sports Complex in Port Blair
The Andaman water sports complex is a good option for water sports lovers. Water is clear and the temperature of the water was perfect. The water temperature around Andaman Island remains around 26-28 degrees.
Barathang Island Day Tour
Picnic at Chidiya Tapu in the Andaman Islands
During my stay in Port Blair, I met a big family and we went together to Chidiya Tapu for a picnic and enjoyed a lot. The authorities have put warning boards and message to be aware of crocodiles. The sea water was so clear and calm that we could not stop ourselves and enjoyed swimming and floating in the water. Chidiya Tapu is approx 20 Km from Port Blair.
Havelock Island Activities
This is Andaman island’s must see places. I went to Havelock Island for two nights. It is about 54 kilometers northeast of Port Blair. My tickets were booked in advance and I took a catamaran from Port Blair to Havelock. It was a smooth ride with no trouble. There was a small snack tall in it.
The moment I came out of the catamaran and looked around, I got mesmerized by the beautiful view. Havelock is a hidden jewel. Its clear waters are rated among the best in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving. The beaches have approx 40 meters of visibility underwater. This is the best for exploring colorful coral reefs and multi-color fishes.
I took a boat and we went to Elephant Beach, where I had done SCUBA diving followed by snorkeling in the guidance of PADI experts. Padi provide all the equipment like body suits and snorkeling mask. It was an excellent experience.
The beaches on Havelock have been given numbers, I stayed on beach number 5. The best beach is number 7 and it is popularly known as Radhanagar beach. It is a clean beach with white sand, and good sea waves make it a hot spot of Havelock. It is awarded as the ‘Asia’s best beach’ by TIME Magazine.
I traveled by catamaran but nowadays sea planes are also operational if the weather is ok.
I booked everything in medium-range and used a car for traveling in Andaman but if you are planning a backpacking trip then read this ultimate guide for Havelock Island.
How to reach the Andaman Islands
Food in Andaman
The food in Port Blair and Havelock has Bengali influence, though South and North Indian food is also available. There are plenty of options for Seafood and nonvegetarian. There are some good vegetarian restaurants also like Anand Bhawan.
Weather in Andaman Island
All the Andaman Islands are small and the sea is always within a few hundred meters or a maximum couple of km so the weather was very humid during the end of winter months. Winter is the best time to visit. Do not go during monsoon season, it’s in the east so monsoon arrives here sometime around the end of April or the beginning of May and it last till September.
Traveling within an Islands of Andaman
Taxi is recommended if the distance is more than 20 Km. Boats and buses are available for travel between Islands but these run on fixed time and sometimes crowded. Otherwise, taxis are available but these are expensive.
These are Andaman island’s must-see places according to me.
Other places to visit in Andaman
Jolly Bouy Island (It is open for tourists for 6 months and remain closed on Monday) Choose between this or North Bay Island.
Neil Island is a good place to spend a couple of days relaxing on the beach.
Sea walk and Coral safaris in semi-submarine (For children it is the best option) are also available.
If one can add 4 days then it is worth visiting Ross and Smith Island, Saddle Peak Via Diglipur. From December to March turtle nest in these areas.
Must-do activities in Andaman Island
Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Swimming with Elephant, Glass bottom boat ride, Undersea walking In Havlock Island as this island is surrounded by lot of corals and colorful fishes.