15 Offbeat Things To Do On Andaman And Nicobar Islands

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If there's one place in India where the geography is massively different from the rest of the land, it has to be the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It's a region of immense possibilities for travellers seeking completely new experiences. The union territory is replete with things and activities you can only witness here.

Although the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have started attracting a lot of tourists now, most of the land still remains untouched. Here are 15 offbeat things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

1. Dive underwater at Cinque Island

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Photo of Cinque Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Thanks to its emerald green water, where visibility can be as much as 80ft, and the large variety of flora and fauna, this is the ideal spot for scuba diving in India. It is an hour away from Port Blair, whether you go via car or boat, but I recommend the latter. Also, you need permission from the Forest Department to visit this uninhabited land, so you can imagine how special it must be. It is quite certainly one of the best things to do in Andaman and Nicobar.

2. Marvel at South Asia's only active volcano – Barren Island Plateau

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Photo of Cinque Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

With the most recent volcanic eruption being last year, Barren Island is a sight to behold even when it's not exploding. The island has a diameter of merely 3km and is inhabited by only the toughest animals, such as Flying Foxes, some rodent species and goats; but that's precisely why this place must be seen to be believed.

3. Walk under the sea at Havelock Island

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Photo of Havelock Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Amongst the safest yet most fun things to do in Andaman and Nicobar is sea walking, and it is pretty common at the Havelock Islands because of their calm & clear waters. It's the best thing for people that are not into the thrill of scuba diving at the Cinque Island. Located 41 kms from Port Blair, these are the largest islands in Ritchie's Archipelago. Havelock was also named the "Best Beach in Asia" by Time Magazine in 2004, so you know it'll be quite something.

4. Wander the shoreline at Elephant Beach

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Photo of Elephant Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Unlike in Goa or at other beach places, this beach will greet you with peace instead of litter and vendors when you walk on the beach. Also, there is a 2km long jungle trek from a point just before Radha Nagar Beach to reach Elephant Beach; I strongly urge you to take this route, instead of taking a speedboat to reach the beach. Definitely one of the most aimless and so wonderful things to do in Andaman and Nicobar.

5. Witness Turtle Nesting at Diglipur

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Photo of Ramnagar Beach, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

During December and January, turtles go through a gestation period, which makes them roam the beaches of Diglipur. You can witness this on Ram Nagar Beach, which is 15km away from Kalighat, the main point of attraction in Diglipur town.

6. Shop for souvenirs at Aberdeen Bazaar

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Photo of Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Here is the answer to your question what to buy in Andaman. If you're looking to take back souvenirs from Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Aberdeen Bazaar will offer you a variety of them made by native artists at dirt-cheap prices. It takes just Rs. 7 from the Port Blair Airpot by bus to reach the bazaar. You can get everything here: from jewellery to wood carvings, from sweets to Andaman t-shirts. It is amongst the top things to do in Port Blair.

7. Be awed by the sunset at Chidiya Tapu

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Photo of Chidiya Tapu, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Also known as the "Sunset Point", Chidiya Tapu is a secluded beach where you can witness the most beautiful sunset ever. But this location is also inhabited by crocodiles, so you need to be careful. Buses ply regularly between Port Blair and Chidiya Tapu till 5pm, so you need to plan your visit accordingly.

8. Waste time with your beloved on Ross and Smith Islands

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Photo of Chidiya Tapu, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

The beach is ideal to just sit and reminisce about things with your better half while watching the sunset.

9. Go birding at Saddle Peak National Park

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Photo of Saddle Peak, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

All kinds of exotic flora and fauna can be seen on the Andaman Islands. This includes the exclusive species of the Andaman Wild Pig, Andaman Hill Myna, Andaman Imperial Pigeon, etc. Saddle Peak is also the highest point in the whole of Andamans, offering a fantastic view of the islands.

10. Enjoy mangrove boat rides at Mayabunder

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Photo of Mayabunder, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Mayabunder is the headquarters of the North and Middle Andaman District, but what it's not very famous for is its magnificent mangrove boat rides. It's a cheat code, go apply it! Karamatang Beach and Avis Beach in Mayabunder are very beautiful and away from the tourist radar.

11. Spend the night on a beach hut at Long Island

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Photo of Long Island, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

You might have seen it only in the movies, but on Long Island you can actually live inside a bamboo hut, which opens directly to the beach not populated by many. It's a dream come true for couples. Ferries charge only Rs. 10 from Aberdeen Bazaar to go to this beach.

12. Collect pearly white shells at Wandoor Beach

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Photo of Wandoor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Probably the whitest seashells you'd ever place in your peculiar collection, will be found at the Wandoor Beach. Just loiter the evenings away here. It's only 30km away from Port Blair and is also a destination where snorkelling enthusiasts can be seen honing their skills.

13. Find the natural blue lagoon at the end of Elephant Beach

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Photo of Elephant Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Shallow beach, coral reefs, clear blue waters – it's not a dream. Just rent a ferry and ask the guy to take you to the mystical lagoon at the end of Elephant Beach.

14. Take a tour of Barren Island on a helicopter

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Photo of Barren Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

Before you wonder about the price, let me tell you that it's pretty affordable. But the view of the orange lake inside the active volcano from the top is a revelation. You can book Pawan Hans helicopters from the Port Blair Airport itself. One of the best things to do in Port Blair.

15. Go to Port Blair on a cruise ship from Kolkata or Chennai

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Photo of Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

They say well begun is half done, so I suggest you to take cruise ship to Andamans from either Chennai or Kolkata. It'll instantly get you in the vacation mode and not many people know about it either. Visit this website for a complete schedule. This is one of the top things to do in Port Blair.

16. Explore the "8th Most Spectacular Beach in the World"

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Photo of Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Prateek Dham

TripAdvisor's recently concluded World Travellers' Awards instated Havelock Island's Radhanagar beach as the "8th most spectacular beach in the world" apart from being the "Best beach in Asia". Need any more reason to visit the islands?

So when are you going to the Andamans? Or have you already been to the paradise? Share your stories and stunning pictures from the islands with 25M other travellers in the community!

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We manage all the client orders, pre & post package booking help, payment transactions and customer support from New Delhi office. Whereas, Port Blair Team devotes their responsibility on managing the guest and trip. www.bestandamantrip.com
Mon 12 11 17, 23:24 · Reply · Report
We manage all the client orders, pre & post package booking help, payment transactions and customer support from New Delhi office. Whereas, Port Blair Team devotes their responsibility on managing the guest and trip. www.bestandamantrip.com
Mon 12 11 17, 23:23 · Reply · Report
hey bro the article was informative. Which is the best season to trip to Andaman?
Wed 11 01 17, 03:09 · Reply (1) · Report
Hello Madhu, According to Eternal Andamans, the best season starts from September and remains till the June (coming years). This is mainly due to the weather conditions at Andaman, if you don't mind some small showers of rain you can also visit between June and September. Hope this Helped!
Fri 05 04 18, 11:33 · Report
Hi Prateek ..tis article is very informative ..just one question.. This trip was a guided tour or on your own ?
Tue 09 12 17, 07:20 · Reply · Report
It was an amazing experience I visited in April and and I also spent a night at the beech sunset there was the best at Havelock island. Scuba was the best thing I did there and view from helicopter was also amazing when I was going to Havelock from Port Blair. Boating I mangrove was also like one hell of a experience. I wish I can go there again because I had 6 best days of my life.
Tue 12 06 16, 07:03 · Reply · Report