Kadmat April review

#1 Apr 15th, 2017, 23:22
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Hi all,

Given that I've browsed and sucked info from this site, I think it is reasonable that I return the favour.

We spent 4 days at Kadmat in the second week of April. Though the permits are for 5 days, you actually spend 3 as a lot of time is spent reaching the spot.

We booked directly through the SPORTS website. They respond to queries in 24 hours on working days (Mon-Fri). The phones generally go unanswered. However, I did not have much trouble with reservations, permits, confirmations as they were done pretty speedily. A scanned permit was emailed, which has all the relevant details.

We left on the solitary Air India flight and landed at Agatti at 1315ish . Boarding passes were issued at Kochi only after our permits were examined. A SPORTS representative met us at the arrival lounge. There was a bit of a wait as the luggage was offloaded and the foreigners had their passports checked.

Then, we were led to waiting taxis and drove to a small guest house where we were served lunch. After the half hour interlude, we drove to the docks where we and our luggage was transferred to a motorboat which took us to Kadmat, picking up another party from Bangaram en route. The whole journey took almot 4.5 hours and was the nadir of the trip. The April sun was relentless and some of us were sea sick. Though the boat was shaded, it was impossible to keep the sun out. The crew tried to be as helpful as they could. Bottled water and soft drinks were in full supply.

We reached Kadmat at 1700-ish. We were welcomed by the whole staff, offered coconut water and shown our rooms. The accomodation was good sized and clean. Since the island is merely an 8 km strip of land, the sea was visible from both sides of our 1st storey delux room. The super deluxe rooms were single storey huts facing the east beach.

Over the next few days, our schedule was

Wake up at 0600-0630. Morning tea was served at 0630. Some of us watched the sunrise, while others snorkelled on the eastern beach where the low tide made fish sighting simpler.

Breakfast at 0830.

900-lunchtime, we dive in the sea to snorkel. The centre opens at 9. There is no rush. The staff are relaxed, friendly and very competent. I tried their introductory dives, while those of our group who were certified, went further deep. The waters are clear and the reefs close. Even those who were hesitant or unable to swim overcame their fear and plunged in the emerald water.

Post lunch: we either walked to the village or had a siesta till 4-ish as the sun was hot. The sun worshippers got their bikinis out and tanned.

1600 was tea time. Then off to the sea again, either to splash on the shore or snorkel near the beach.

1800-1930, we would gather chairs and watch the sun set. The breeze would change and the atmosphere became placid.

2000 was dinner time. At 9, we would head for the beach again and sit musing or listening to music till 11. The adventure freaks would turn in early, after having spent a tiring day. One evening, a local dance troupe was invited to stage a small performance.

On the last day, we left at 0715 on the boat to reach Agatti at 1100, picking passengers from Bangaram. Breakfast was served on board the boat, though I politely declined, afraid of sea sickness. There was a brief stopover for lunch, and we reached the airport at 1145. Checkin started at 1200.

MY overall impressions of the area are:

i. Service and staff: VERY good. You forget they are government employees. If a thing was humanly possible, they would do it for you....like climbing a tree to pluck coconuts when I had a craving for coconut water while watching the sunset
ii. Food: clean and plentiful. I had a certain finicky member of my group complain of the bland taste. But I had no problems. In fact, the cooks would bend over backwards to accomodate your requests.
iii. Beach: crystal clear waters. The west side gets debris and plastic thrown in from passing cruises. The East beach is saved from this dirt.
iv. Safety: My wife and I would sit by the beach till late at night when nobody was around. Crime is non existent. Wallets do not get pinched nor baggage rifled.
v. Sports: The dive/snorkelling centres are bang in the middle of the resort. They are patient, experienced and accomodating. I felt safe going with them. There was no rush so we would go whenever we fancied.
vi. Commute: The worst part of the whole experience was the boat trip. Kadmat is far from Agatti and the journey was not very comfortable. Still, it was the price one paid for peace and quiet.

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