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The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites.
Here is a handpicked list of things to do in Andaman that will help you have a memorable experience for the lifelong.
Best Things To Do In Andaman
1. Scuba Diving
Here is a fun fact, Scuba doesn’t require you to know swimming! Yes, many people do not attempt it thinking that knowing swimming is important, but that’s far from reality.
If you want to do a tougher level of scuba diving then you need to know swimming. PADI scuba or Sea Walking is not need swimming. There are lots of places to try scuba diving in Andaman that offers to explore colorful corals and enchanting water life.
Cost: $25 onwards*
To satisfy your adrenaline rush you should definitely try parasailing. Of all the things to do on Havelock Island, this activity is a blend of water & airborne adventure.
Tied behind a motorboat while strapped in a parachute, you get to fly like a kite behind the boat as it speeds off into the sea, and you’ll surely find it to be one of the most thrilling things to do on Andaman island.
Cost: Depend on the season
3. Snorkeling At North Bay And Elephant Beach
If you love to do snorkeling then this is your big chance to do it. Snorkeling is one of the best things to do in Andaman in April. View the beautiful marine life and view the rarest corals as you go snorkeling at North Bay Island or Elephant Beach at Havelock Island.
Cost: $7 to $15
4. Semi Submarine Ride
Dreaming of going on a submarine ride in the depths of Andaman Island. Well, if not for the actual one, the Coral Safari Semi Submarine ride in Port Blair offers a very similar experience to travelers that totally gives them a thrilling experience!
Make sure you indulge in this interesting experience during your visit to Andaman and witness the underwater marine life up close while sitting in the comforts of a semi-submarine that will take you on a joy-ride above the multicolored corals and amid a plethora of unique fish.
Duration: 2 hours
Timings: 9:30 AM to 3 PM
5. Banana Boat Ride
Riding a Banana Boat is another fun-filled and exciting thing to do in Andaman. At a time 6 people can ride the banana-shaped boats that are tied behind a speedboat to gain rush. It is an absolutely safe activity as long as you have your life jackets on and follow the instructions given.
Cost: $10 per person; inclusive of banana boat, life jacket, and instructor
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6. Cellular Jail – The Light and Sound Show
Visiting the Cellular Jail is amongst the best things to do in Port Blair in Andaman. The best time to visit this place is during March. The jail, erstwhile Kaala Paani Jail, was used by the British as a colonial prisoner.
The memorial is reminiscent of India’s struggle for freedom. But it is the Light & Sound Show that is its highlight. The show includes a Peepal tree’s narration, voiced by the veteran actor Om Puri, telling the poignant stories of the prisoners tortured to death in the jail.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday(8:45 am – 12:30 pm & 1:45 pm – 5 pm)
Entry Fee: $0.14 for entry; additional costs of $0.35 & $1.40 respectively for cameras & video-cameras
7. Swim With Elephants In Havelock Island
Andaman offers you a chance to swim with the star elephant(Rajan). The 60+ elephant loves the company of people and is very friendly. However, you need to book your swim with Rajan in advance. Make sure you indulge in this exciting yet unique experience before leaving Andaman!
8. Port Blair – Travel In A Sea Plane
Taking off in a seaplane run by Pawan Hans is one of the exclusive things to do in Port Blair in Andaman. You can experience this unique ride while going from Port Blair to Havelock or while returning.
The seaplanes can carry only 9 passengers at a time and the time of flight is 15 minutes. The same distance, if covered by ferry, takes about 2 hours. Enjoy the stunning aerial views of Andaman and its many gorgeous islands while flying in this seaplane, which is definitely one of the most romantic things to do in Andaman!
Cost: $30 per person for a 1-way flight