When it comes to travelling, you are either a beach person or a mountain person. But, it doesn’t really matter when it comes to Andaman; the island territory of India has a little something for everyone to make their tryst with Andaman worthwhile. So, if you are struck with wanderlust and are in a constant lookout for opportunities to indulge in adventurous activities, this list is for you… Ohh, also, this list is for you if you are in Andaman for a vacation.
Remember that moment when Arjun Saluja a.k.a Hrithik Roshan from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, goes for a scuba diving session at Costa Brava with his other friends? That very moment, a whole lot of people from across the world decided to have their very own ZNMD-styled scuba diving moment. Presuming the scene struck a chord with you, too, Andaman is your chance to finally make your wish come true.
The 30-minute long activity allows you to experience the beautiful underwater marine life while you are in the custody of experienced scuba divers. The best part, you can scuba dive to become a part of this enchanting experience whether or not you know how to swim.
For someone who’s not a big fan of scuba diving and still wants to experience the underwater, Snorkelling might be it. Andaman, being one of the few places where the snorkelling experience is a sheer delight, can be the place where you finally realize your ZNMD moment.
Book a snorkelling package and get mesmerised by the colourful and magical world that lies beneath the waters of Andaman at the virgin Elephant Beach that allures with its crystal clear waters and live corals. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to swim, the snorkelling experts will be there to guide you. Besides, there’s nothing you can’t do with a few hours of training before actually going for snorkelling.
For those who live and breathe adventure, jet skiing on Andamanian waters is a perfect experience. Though there are many cities in India offering a comparatively great jet skiing experience, Andamanian jet skiing is beyond words to explain with just the right amount of waves. This adrenaline-filled experience includes 10 minutes of skiing atop a waterbike with kids and other family members.
Scuba diving can be difficult even though the movies make it look so easy. But, you know as they say, “it’s easier said than done.” So, if you are not really hyped about scuba diving in Andaman, we get it. However, should that stop you from experiencing the beautiful and unexplored marine ecosystem in its full glory beneath Andaman waters? No. There are plenty of other, ‘as easy as they sound’ kind of ways like Sea Walking that would allow you to experience the marine life without freaking yourself out.
You’ll be escorted by a crew of sea walking experts to Havelock or North Bay Island. Once you reach the island, you can walk on the seafloor for next 20-30 minutes after being equipped with the proper gears while the experts keep an eye on you.
Well, this might not be the ideal definition of ‘adventure’ for most, but the pleasure of patiently waiting for the endemic birds of Andaman with a binocular in one hand and a DSLR in another can’t exactly be described in words. So, if you are really not into sea-based activities and are even a bit interested in bird watching, this could be the adventure for you while you are in Andaman.
The Andaman Islands are home to some of the rarest birds found only here such as Andaman serpent-eagle, crake, scops owl, etc. which can be easily spotted at Mount Harriet, Sippi Ghat, Chidiya Tapu, and a few other places within Andaman. Take help from local guides if you haven’t done it earlier.
While Andaman is an all-season kind of place, the islands truly come to life between November and May. The weather remains cool and pleasant and the chances of rainfall during these months are very low, increasing the chances of you getting to indulge in the above-mentioned experience. So, we are not saying but plan your trip accordingly.