Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Travel to breathtakingly beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands located east of India.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a breathtaking archipelago located east of India and nearby to Thailand and Myanmar. Spread out over more than 800 km in the Bay of Bengal, these 306 idyllic islands encompass three distinct ecosystems – tropical forests, mangroves and coral reefs, which support a staggering variety of plant and animal life. Accommodations are basic, but the pristine diving and trekking leave even the most committed adventurer wanting to experience more and more in this incredible islands tour.
DIVING IN THE ANDAMAN ISLANDS – A Suggest Itinerary by Greaves
Experience a new world on the ocean floor:
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS – A heavenly islands tour by Greaves
The Andaman islands receive a trickle of visitors when compared with other island destinations, however boast some of the world’s best underwater sightseeing and superb beaches. The capital town of Port Blair has a tumultuous history beginning in 1789 when the East India Company chose the site as a safe harbour. Fifty years later, it became a notorious penal colony where political activists involved in the Indian Mutiny were imprisoned. Today, much of the island’s labour is carried out by elephants brought here many years ago from south India.
A tour to unexploited island of India
The flora and fauna of the Andaman’s is superb and it is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 242 species, 58 species of mammals and 83 species of reptiles. Due to their long isolation, nature is almost totally undisturbed and it is like stepping back in time as you explore the islands by boat, spying many endemic species in this exciting holiday tour.
Ideal for travellers who love adventure sports
Ritchie’s Archipelago is a group of islands between 12 and 25 miles east of South Andaman. These tiny clusters of islands close to India are protected and only three islands are open to visitors. One of these is Havelock Island, 34 miles northeast of Port Blair. At the western tip of the island, dolphins and turtles can be spotted from the long stretches of white sand. These islands of India are best known for excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Ideal for travellers who love adventure sports.
Boat journey to India’s only active volcano
In addition to ample opportunities and places for scuba diving, the Andaman’s offer something for most everyone. Surfing on Little Andaman Islands, glass bottom boat tour of the coral reefs off Jolly Buoy Island, overnight boat journey to India’s only active volcano on Barren Island, moon-bathing while planktons swim in a phosphorescent sea, gorgeous reserve forest walks, visit Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.
Foreign visitors require a permit (obtained by Greaves) for travel to the Andaman Islands, but visitors are not allowed on the Nicobar Ialands. The Andaman Islands have restricted access with the Primitive Tribal Reserve areas being out of bounds completely. Many parts of the islands are off-limits, to preserve their rare bio-diversity and protect the six tribal groups, some of who are fiercely independent.
Accommodations are basic, yet comfortable. Andamans are accessed in Port Blair by air from Kolkata (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) or Chennai (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).