Lakshadweep trip--- which islands to visit ?

#1 Sep 29th, 2012, 17:10
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I along with 5 other family members will be visiting lakshadweep this december.After considerable effort managed to get NOC/permits for all islands. So which islands will be worth visiting ?? Do all islands look the same?? I am not interested in local cultures, customs,etc,etc.But i am very much interested in photography and hence always on the lookout for amazing /diverse landscapes/oceans,etc.Also very interested in snorkeling and scuba diving.Do you need to know swimming ?? So which islands are worth visiting??

Another dilemma is whether to go there on our own or book one of those SPORTS tour packages?Accommodation on those islands will not be a problem as i can get access to govt guest houses. Which will work out cheaper and better ?? how frequent is ferry service from one island to another and do we have to book these tickets in advance?? Also how much would they cost ??
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anyone ??
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Not sure I can be of much help but here goes. I have not explored all the islands as some are off limits to non-Indians. I have been to Agatti, Kadmat and Bangaram (Bangaram is currently closed). I would suggest you consider SPORTs as a way of travelling around the different islands. You would visit the islands but sleep on board the ferry. You could consider getting to an island such as Agatti and then arranging inter island transport but I believe it is not cheap especially if you use the high speed craft. The slower fishing boats that go between the islands are cheaper but much slower.
Scuba diving would not be available unless you can swim. Snorkelling might be O.K. as long as you stated within your depth.
Anything you do will require a permit to visit the Lakshadweep islands so yes you would have to pre-book your travel arrangements. Sorry I cannot be more specific.
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Okay thx a lot mike.
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I am planning to visit Minicoy island during this December. I found this link in IM very helpful... check it out
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Originally Posted by archer004 View Post I along with 5 other family members will be visiting lakshadweep this december.After considerable effort managed to get NOC/permits for all islands. So which islands will be worth visiting ?? Do all islands look the same?? I am not interested in local cultures, customs,etc,etc.But i am very much interested in photography and hence always on the lookout for amazing /diverse landscapes/oceans,etc.Also very interested in snorkeling and scuba diving.Do you need to know swimming ?? So which islands are worth visiting??

Another dilemma is whether to go there on our own or book one of those SPORTS tour packages?Accommodation on those islands will not be a problem as i can get access to govt guest houses. Which will work out cheaper and better ?? how frequent is ferry service from one island to another and do we have to book these tickets in advance?? Also how much would they cost ??
Hi archer, I would like to go for a trip to Lakshadweep in Nov-Dec 2015. Could you please let me know the procedure to book the tour/stay and procedure to get permits?

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Hi archer

As a foreign visitor I have only visited Bangaram (tented accommodation only), and Kadmat (good accommodation, beaches). If you don't swim, you will only be able to snorkel in shallow water, unless you wear bouyancy aids. You need to be able to swim to go Scuba diving. Kadmat has a range of water sports such as kayakking.

Last year we did stay on Kavaratti for one night (in the Govt house), as our inter-island boat had a problem. It looked good - nice beaches etc.

I don't know the charges for inter-island ferries, but Lakshadweep Govt. should be able to tell you, or Sports admin.

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Originally Posted by CliveG View Post Hi archer

As a foreign visitor I have only visited Bangaram (tented accommodation only), and Kadmat (good accommodation, beaches). If you don't swim, you will only be able to snorkel in shallow water, unless you wear bouyancy aids. You need to be able to swim to go Scuba diving. Kadmat has a range of water sports such as kayakking.

Last year we did stay on Kavaratti for one night (in the Govt house), as our inter-island boat had a problem. It looked good - nice beaches etc.

I don't know the charges for inter-island ferries, but Lakshadweep Govt. should be able to tell you, or Sports admin.

Clive G
Clive, as far as the information i have got, people who does know to swim also scuba dived in Lakshadweep. Heard from many people that knowing swimming is not mandatory for Scuba.
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Hi, I know that some outfits will take people who can't swim on short dives, but it is strongly against the guidelines of PADI and other certification companies. Personally I wouldn't recommend it, but for a couple of lagoon dives, you'll be safe enough...

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