The water surrounding the Andaman Islands is renowned around the world for its enthralling diving experience they provide. Havelock island, in particular, has become the most favored diving destination for everyone; right from a novice to an experienced diver. You can opt for a program that introduces you to the basics of diving allowing you to discover the underwater world and be awestruck by the exquisite marine life. Professional and certified divers may even opt for an advanced certification course though a certified PADI dive center.
Snorkeling is another popular activity in the mesmerizing and clear waters embracing the Islands. The principal charm is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without any complex equipment/training as required in scuba diving. Snorkeling appeals to all ages, as it requires very minimal physical abilities.
If you are somewhat of a nautical adventurer, Havelock waters are ideal to enjoy sailing around Beach No. 2. The sailboat is of an international class with a crew trained and certified up to instructor level. No prior sailing experience is required. All you have to bring with you is your love for the sea to partake a hands-on introduction to the art of sailing, withthe help and guidance from your qualified instructor. This activity has been recently commissioned and is subject to suitable weather conditions.
Kayaking in Andaman
Kayaking is possible through the lovely mangrove creeks and is a calming and breath-taking experience. Guided tours are recommended and it is a great family activity as both a single and double seater kayak are available for rent.
Trekking is a great way to admire the fantastic variety of flora and fauna of the island. Although there are no challenging treks on the islands, a basic level of fitness is necessary. The treks to Elephant Beach and Japanese Hill are popular options at Havelock and treks to Mt. Harriet and Madhuban at Port Blair. While on the trek, your guide will help you spot some exotic birds, butterflies, and the occasional reptile.
Food For The Soul
The local cuisine is essentially influenced by the Sea surrounding the Islands and the food is dominated by fish delicacies – fresh and exotic.
Port Blair is not famous for its retail therapy; however, shopaholics can visit the charming Aberdeen Bazaar at the heart of the city to explore your urge to splurge! The by-lanes of the busy Aberdeen Bazaar filled to the brim with small stalls selling trinkets, stoles, and costume jewelry make for a nice morning/afternoon walk.
There is also ‘Sagarika’- a government-run emporium where one can buy handcrafted wooden and shell items as well as mementos in the form of shell key chains, lamps, etc. However, the finish and quality of the products can be average
NOTE: Please do remember to take the invoice of any wooden and shell items purchased as the same is likely to be checked by the airport authorities at departure. It is illegal to carry pieces of coral or wood out of these Islands unless accompanied by a proper invoice.
Nightlife on the Islands
Several of the hotels and resorts in Port Blair and Havelock offer bar service, but by and large, these islands are not known for the vibrant nightlife and you are unlikely to encounter loud music or parties here regularly. The nightlife, however, comes alive with a lot of fun activities during Christmas and New Year period when parties at Port Blair, Havelock, and Neil continue late into the night.