Andaman Islands tips

#1 Aug 1st, 2018, 02:15
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Hi all,

So I booked a flight to Port Blair on the 25th of August returning on the 3d of September. I know it is probably going to rain a lot, but as I have to be in Chennai already and would love the see the islands once in my life, I just booked it.

Could anyone help me with must-sees in the time that I am there?
Are ferries abundant between the islands? (I cannot miss my flight back!)
And is it possible to do some diving?

Also, I wonder how I could best arrange my accomodation? I am a fan of booking.com in Europe, but it seems that for this region there are not many options on the website, and moreover they are very expensive. Any tips there?

Thank you so much!

Heleen
#2 Aug 1st, 2018, 11:14
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A typical tourist itinerary is
25th Arrival in Port Blair - visit Samudrika museum to get an overview of the islands that helps you understand the islands better, you can visit cellular jail and sound and light show if you have time
26th - Early morning ferry to Havelock - visit Radhanagar beach in the afternoon & view sunset (happens around 1730-1750).
27th - Elephant beach if you are interested in snorkelling, seawalking and other water sports - afternoon to Kalapathar beach
28th - laze around Govind nagar / Vijay nagar beaches
29th Leave for Neil - Laxmanpur beach for sunset
30th Sitapur beach for sunrise and Natural bridge - do engage a guide for about Rs 300 - they point out a lot of marine life which we otherwise miss. Bharatpur for glass bottom boat ride for coral view
31st - leave for Port Blair and local sightseeing (anthropological museum etc)
1st sep - Baratang visit - Limestone caves, pass through Jarawa tribal forest - would be hectic trip that requires waking up around 3am and returning by sunset
2nd - Northbay or Jollybuoy island and Ross island (sound and light show)
3rd departure

If you want a more relaxed trip - you can skip Baratang and/or Jollybuoy and add these days to Havelock / Neil.
Another fantastic option is to include Smith & Ross island via Diglipur that requires a 3 day trip and a long overland travel - better check with a local authorised operator if foreigners are permitted to travel there.

August end - the monsoon should have weakened and should not rain much! It rained in the first week of February when it is supposed to be dry! Tropical climate - unpredictable!

Makruzz is a reliable ferry service between Port Blair, Havelock and Neil - fast, air-conditioned and comfortable, but since it is fully closed you dont get a open deck like in Govt ferries. Govt ferries are difficult to book - require in person booking at counter (by you or your hotel/travel agent). To make sure that you do not miss the flight you need to arrive in Port Blair the day before departure. If the weather goes bad leave earlier.

Barefoot is a reliable resort in Havelock. Sea Shell group has properties in Port Blair, Havelock & Neil. You can try booking either directly by calling up the resorts or through portals (Indian hotel booking portals - cleartrip, makemytrip, yatra & goibibo are some of the popular ones. Most properties listed online are expensive. You can also try to work with a travel agent - of course you have to pay extra. But some agents can get better discounts at hotels and pass them on to you as you are not traveling in peak season.


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