Intro to Andaman Islands - India's Andaman Islands are located generally (roughly 800 miles) of the main country within the Andaman Sea. They are technically closer to Myanmar and Thailand but owned by the India government. The islands still remain relatively untouched, providing a very remote feeling which is so hard to find these days. Stunning, near-deserted beaches, remote volcanoes, gorgeous corals and marine life, an intriguing colonial past and the remnants of a Stone Age culture lure travellers to these mysterious islands in the warm, tropical waters. Visiting the Andaman Islands really is a special adventure. These islands are among the last places in the world with a minimum human footprint - only 26 of these 572 islands are inhabited!
Water temperature: 81-86°F (27 - 30°C)
Visibility: 16-131 ft (5-40m)
Depth Range: 16-98 ft (5-30m)
Duncan Island & Ritchie's Archipelago - Lying 25–30 km east of Great Andaman, Ritchie’s Archipelago consists of 4 larger islands, 7 smaller islands and several islets. There are several interesting dive sites here with world class diving at Johnny’s Gorge, Dixon’s Pinnacle. Duncan Island is an impossibly beautiful island with some gorgeous dive sites such as White House Rock & Inket Wreck ( a Japanese WWII shipwreck).
Narcondam - Narcondam's prime dive sites include rocky ridges and steep slopes like Chimneys, Ooh La La and Lighthouse Reef, where massive barrel sponges, huge gorgonian fans and lush soft corals thrive in often-vigorous currents. Fish life can include the big boys like Napoleon wrasse, bumphead parrotfish and mantas, as well as occasional whitetip and grey reef sharks. There are several sites to dive around this area.
Barren Island - Diving the surrounding waters of this remote island with the only active volcano in all of South Asia is simply stunning! With superb visibility, lush & fast growing coral gardens, Manta Rays & other pelagics, abundant & varied marine life, unique underwater stone & lava formations.. this is scuba diving at its most sublime!
The Southern Islands - Diving the surrounding waters of this remote island with the only active volcano in all of South Asia is simply stunning! With superb visibility, lush & fast growing coral gardens, Manta Rays & other pelagics, abundant & varied marine life, unique underwater stone & lava formations.. this is scuba diving at its most sublime!
Topside & Non-Diving Activities - Most activities in the Andamans revolve around diving and the ocean. You can take time discovering seven of their beautiful beaches, such as Beach 7, also known as Radhanagar Beach. You can also enjoy a great reef snorkelling right off the shore. The other popular activity choices include fishing, mangrove safaris (to see saltwater crocodiles) and kayaking. Offshore, you can enjoy excellent jungle treks with the guides from local lodges. You can even take on a multi-day hiking tip.
Currency: Indian Rupee
International Phone Code: +91
Main Airport Code: IXZ
Time Zone: UTC +05:30
Electricity: 230 V
Visa requirements: For foreigners, a visa to India is required. As the islands are a “restricted area”, a special permit is also required which can be obtained at Port Blair airport on arrival (30 day stay allowed).
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