The Emerald Isles of Andaman and Nicobar offer numerous activities that a traveler can indulge in with their family and friends. There are various water sports and adventure activities in Andaman like scuba-diving, snorkeling and undersea walking which are popular sports water-loving tourists enjoy in Andamans. If one enjoys adrenaline rush in the water, then jet skiing, speed boating, and Banana boat rides are highly recommended.
For the tourists looking for relaxation and calm, fishing or angling is a perfect pastime where one could spend a relaxing afternoon in a yacht reading a book. Another favorite activity tourists partake in is parasailing, which is an air-borne adventure sport where a person is tied to a motor boat while harnessed in a parachute. For nature lovers, there are few trekking trails running all over the islands where one could enjoy some quality time amidst the trees and enjoy the stunning view from the height.
Water Sports in Andaman Islands
Andaman and Nicobar is the best place of all water sports activity in India if you are on a visit to this Island then you should do all the water sports activity like scuba diving, snorkeling, sea walk etc. Andaman water sports complex offers a wide variety of water facilities: water skiing, water scooters, parasailing, kayak and yes there is a boating from this complex to Ross Island which is really a wonderful experience. There is also a sea water swimming pool. This island offers some of the most amazing and unforgettable water sports activity. The Andaman and Nicobar Island is surrounded by rich coral leaf ecosystem, offers unique lifetime diving experience.
Facilities of the water sports activity are available in port Blair and some of the other island. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex provides adventurous and safe water sports activities. The safe water component has paddle boats, banana rides, water cycles etc.
Water sports facility is also available in Corbyn’s cove beach, Port Blair and Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island. Various sports activity like sea walk, snorkeling, are available in the north bay beach, it is to the north of Port Blair. At Havelock, the water lovers may also take a glass bottom boat ride to see corals, colorful fishes, and marine life.
One of the best ways to explore the beautiful underwater life in the Andaman Islands, without swimming too deep is by Snorkeling. Snorkeling is an adventure activity, which is very popular in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Snorkeling is appropriate for those the first timers, or those with little or no experience of water sports. If you are traveling with your family or as a large group of friends, snorkeling in Andaman is a great activity to enjoy together. Children will be fascinated by the bright colors and the number of fish and adults will be thrilled to discover that such a world exists. As you float beneath the water, you get to witness the golden sunlight pierce the waters and change color, while the creature underneath brush past you. Brightly colored fishes swim past exotic corals, making an unforgettable sight.
There are many tour operators offering basic Snorkeling courses and Snorkeling gear for rent.
Places for Snorkeling in the Andaman Islands
Havelock Island is the most popular island for Snorkeling in Andaman. The sea around Havelock Islands displays an incredible density and diversity of marine life in seas. South button is said to be the best Snorkeling spot around Havelock with some of the most impressive marine life. The eastern side of south Button offers an impressive colorful coral garden where fish and another small creature gather.
Elephant Beach is another fantastic spot for Snorkeling in Havelock Island. Unbelievable Snorkeling trip with Rajan, who is the last of the ocean swimming elephants in the Andaman Islands gives you mesmerizing moments. This once in a lifetime experience will leave you speechless. (Prior experience in Snorkeling is must for this activity).
The other famous spots for Snorkeling is Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park – Jolly Bouy and the Red Skin island. Cinque Island is another location with some fantastic corals. Snorkeling is also possible off Port Blair at the Andaman Water Sports Complex. Begin the activity and get to witness the fascinating marine life and corals.
Things to Keep in mind While Snorkeling
Learn, practice and develop controlled floating ability, so as to float away from coral reefs and animals. Most Snorkeling sites are actually near the shore, you can just grab your masks and fins and explore at your own pace. Snorkeling allows one to explore the magnificent marine flora and fauna of the islands from extremely close quarters and more often than not, from within a touching distance of fish, in their natural habitat.
Scuba Diving in Andaman is one of the must do activity here. The emerald water of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands hide a wealth of marine life and spectacular corals. Among the other water sports, scuba diving in Andaman is a favorite among tourists. In scuba diving, you get to swim across a school of fishes, exploring the marine life deep inside the sea, around coral reefs exploring the shallow sea beds.
The diving school of Andaman provide all the attire for scuba diving, and they also provide instructors for you to learn diving. Scuba diving is a lot of fun and it shouldn’t be missed. It is magical, mystical and would take your breath away. Above all, it is an experience to be remembered.
The best time for Scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Island is from December to April since the skies are sunny and the sea lies flat, reflecting the beauty of the clouds. If you are planning to delve into adventure sports, stay away from the islands from May through July because strong winds, low visibility underwater and frequent rainfall.
Scuba Dive Operators in Andaman
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a popular spot for scuba diving among tourists. To promote the scuba diving in the island and to ensure the safety of the visitors, as well the Andaman and Nicobar Administration has notified scuba diving guidelines on 2014. Under these guidelines, the registration of all diving centers with the Directorate of Tourism has been made mandatory. Some of the popular centers have got permanent registration are:
DIVE India Scuba and Resort, Havelock: Island Vinnie’s Tropical Beach Cabanas is the DIVE India scuba diving center in Havelock. It offers daily scuba diving trips to the best sites in the area. Barefoot Scuba, Havelock: The institute has variety of scuba courses for beginners and experienced divers.
Andaman Bubbles, Havelock: They offer professional quality service, but in a flexible relaxed and fun environment.
Ocean Tribe Scuba, Havelock: it organizes dive safaris to more than 22 locations around Havelock and the Andaman. Most of its team members belong to the local Karen tribe and know the island’s water like the back of their hand.
Lacadivesis another trusted name for scuba diving in and around Port Blair. the well efficient and trained staff here ensure the safety of people during diving.
The underwater sea walking in Andaman is one of the unique attractions that one must experience when visiting the Andaman Islands. One of the best ways of exploring the reefs rich coral life and spectacular fish is through a fairly, new, unique and uncomplicated sport called sea walking. Sea walk is an adventurous walk under the deep sea on the Sea Bed. Sea Link Adventures has brought this activity to India for the first time.
Going for the underwater sea walk in Andaman is like going for an underwater tour of the reef, walking between corals, a variety of fishes and discovering the rich sea life underwater in the crystal clear blue water of the lagoon. Sea walking is one of the easiest ways to explore the underwater life, it is the safest underwater fun for the whole family.
The best part of sea walk is that it is very convenient and comfortable, the oxygen is supplied into the helmet through an oxygen cylinder that is kept in the pontoon. The helmet is transparent and you can easily see what is around. During sea walk, you breathe normally inside that helmet. Basically, you go down to a depth of around 20-25 feet, walk around on the sea bed. It’s simpler than scuba diving. Anybody from the age group of 7-60 can do it. Swimming is not required for this activity.
Sea walking is quick, easy and does not require the use of complicated equipment. Enjoy the vibrant brilliant marine life, vibrant flora and fauna, mesmerizing corals and a huge variety of fascinating sea fish in the natural environment.
Places for Sea Walking in the Andaman Islands
Andaman gives you such like never before experience only in a couple of places- North Bay Beach in Port Blair and Elephant Beach in Havelock.
North Bay Islandis known not only for its magnificent natural beauty but also for sea walking which is the exclusive characteristic of that island. To avail sea walk at North Bay Island first you will have to purchase tickets from Andaman water sports complex to North Bay Island. ‘Sea Link Adventure’ organizes sea walk at North Bay Island.
Elephant Beach You will have to reach Elephant beach, by boat or by trekking to avail sea walk. It is a wonderful opportunity to observe the vibrant, beautiful and fascinating underwater creatures in their natural habitats. You can even feed those fishes on your hand. Within a moment you’ll be surrounded by lots of colorful fishes. When you’ll come out a CD containing the spectacular photographs of the world under water will give to you. Sea walking is not safe for pregnant women and the patients suffering from asthma and cardiac problem.
Andaman Island is a great destination for Kayaking, and this specific program is an awesome experience for travelers. Well, if you have never experienced Kayaking then your trip to the Andaman should be just perfect to try this out here.
FACT: Did you know that Andaman Mangroves comprise of 1/5th of India's total mangrove population.
Now, this tour takes place at Havelock Island. The initial training begins near Havelock Island Jetty where you are made familiarized with how to use a kayak. Post your training and familiarization we begin our journey on a kayak to explore the rich diversity of the Mangroves at Havelock Island. The tour takes place for around 2.5 Hours, and the best part is that you require no prior experience of paddling. The chirping of birds during your journey along with a very nice view makes it one among the best kayak tours in India.
There is one thing that we can promise is that after your experience here in the islands, you will forever fall in love with Kayaking.
NOTE: Maximum 10 Seats allowed per day. Trip includes refreshments, life Jackets and Certified Instructor. Prior confirmation of the trip is a must. The trip is subject to weather conditions. In case of bad weather, the trip will get cancelled and the amount will be refunded back.
One of the lesser known sports that Andaman offers is game fishing. Being one of the very few relatively Virgin Islands, Andaman offers an exhaustive variety or sea life. Tropical rainforests abound in rare and endemic species of flora and fauna, with no commercial fishing aloud the reefs are virtually untouched, giving the fish a chance to grow to colossal sizes. Andaman Island is very good destination for game fishing, here you will find so many fishing spots such as Ruth Land, Cinque Island, the islands come around Havelock is an ideal place for game fishing. The concept of game fishing is catch and release.
Places for Game Fishing in Andaman Island
The tropical islands here with rainforest, mangroves and deep drop offs, are an ideal location for any type of saltwater fishing. The area located off the coast of Neil Island, Havelock Island, Richie’s archipelago and Long Island provide the fishing enthusiastic with great catches.
You can see number of organizations in Port Blair that offer all types of fishing equipment’s and boats. Andaman would like to offer you sport fishing in Andaman Island on very affordable costs.
Monster Fishing and Surmai Fishing club offer sport fishing from Havelock and Port Blair. Big boats and small boats are available for game fishing. The rates of the boats are according to the number of days you take it on rent.
Andaman Game Fishing is a premium game fishing charter company, operating fishing trips in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India.
Game Fishing India organize boat tours in the calm and clean waters around Port Blair. it also offers sport fishing, deep water fishing, game fishing and special charted fishing tours. Organizers send efficient and trained staff with the groups during fishing tours to ensure the best catch.
These tropical islands of rainforest, mangroves and deep drop offs, makes an ideal location for any form of saltwater angling.
Andaman’s marine life and coral reefs are a well-known tourist attraction, bringing in scores of people from India and all over the world over the world come to see. But the new Coral Safari Andaman is taking things to a whole different league.
For the first time in India, you can be amidst the crystal-clear waters in an air-conditioned cabin, feasting your eyes on some of the most beautiful fishes and exotic marine life. This is an amazing experience that can be shared with your entire family!
You will be traveling on a customized, sink proof semi submarine. The 100-seat underwater cabin is cordoned with huge glass windows at a 45-degree angle to provide optimum viewing experience. It has added safety touches and suitable for all ages.
Why you should take up an Andaman Coral Safari