Andaman & Nicobar Islands are suitable for Adventure water sports like Scuba diving, Skiing, Sailing, Para sailing, Wind surfing, Snorkeling etc. Trekking through the dense evergreen forests and island camping in beach front forests are other adventure activities
Andaman Water Sports Complex
Andaman Water Sports Complex offers all kinds of water sports facilities: Sail boats, Para sailing, Water scooters, rowing boats, kayaks, paddle boats, water skiing facilities etc.,. Boating from this complex up to the Ross Island is really an exciting experience. There is also a Sea water swimming pool and a change room. There is an artificial waterfall as well, which is a great attraction among the visitors. A children park nearby is a place for children to enjoy the serene environment.
Snorkeling is an adventure activity which is very popular off the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. One can enjoy the under-water marine life and view the rarest varieties of corals by Snorkeling in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. You can Snorkel pristine and undamaged reefs, right off white sandy beaches. Equipped with a mask, snorkel and fins, Snorkeling offers you the experience of studying the exotic wonders of the coral reefs. Snorkeling is an exciting sport that lets you rub shoulders with some unique marine species.
For some best snorkelling action you can also take a trip in one of the open fishing boats that offer excursions from different Islands in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Underwater, a kaleidoscope of coral colours showcase a variety of reef fishes, turtles, sharks and rays. Many visitors, never having seen fish in such densities before, are bewildered by the sheer numbers of the fish in the vast shoals that populate the reefs.
The best snorkelling site in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is at Havelock Islands. The sea around Havelock Islands, display an incredible density and diversity of marine life in seas that sometimes seem to almost boil with fish. The other best places for Snorkeling in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands are Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park near Wandoor, Jolly Bouy and the Red Skin Islands. Cinque Island is another location with some fantastic coral. Snorkeling is also possible off Port Blair at the Andaman Water Sports Complex. The under water corals in Andaman island beaches are extremely colourful. One can experience the live corals at Jolly buoy, red skin, North bay etc., People who do not know swimming also can experience the underwater marine world as they will be escorted by experienced person.
It is possible to snorkel in Andaman & Nicobar Islands throughout the year. However, these Islands are subject to monsoons, which bring with them heavy rains and strong winds, so it's a good idea to make a note of the seasons and so avoid the Islands that are subject to the bad weather. We will take you to all of the best snorkelling spots in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Scuba diving is the biggest activity on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands other than lying around and eating seafood. The best season for diving in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is from December to April.
The exciting experience of Scuba diving is a major tourist attraction. One can see the fascinating marine life among the world of amazing water bodies, colourful fishes and amazing corals. One can explore the wonders of scuba diving and can get the rare experience mixed with adventure. However, Diving in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is still in its infancy.
The Indian government takes a serious approach to protecting its marine resources.As a result, marine life populations are robust, and divers are often surrounded by fish. At places like Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor, clouds of surgeons and barracuda gather in mid-water, snapper and sweetlips swarm over the rocky reef, and big fish like Giant Trevally and Bumphead Parrotfish are seen on nearly every dive. Giant Grouper and schooling Mobula Rays also make regular appearances. Many sites are home to endemic species like Andaman Damselfish, Andaman Sweetlips, and the distinctive Indian-Ocean Spinecheek Anemonefish.
The Scuba Diving centres has all the facilities and necessary equipments for a great experience of scuba diving. Adding to this there are many skilled trainers who can help the tourist in getting into the deep of the sea.
Havelock Island is another major Scuba Diving Centre. Both operators on Havelock, Barefoot Scuba and Dive India are PADI certified dive centers, provide good equipment and offer training up to instructor. Dive India is located on Beach No. 5 and Barefoot Scuba is on Beach No. 3 run by Barefoot Resort. They share pretty much all of the same discovered dive sites, and prices are more or less standardized at Rs.3000 for two dives. You can check the PADI website at http://www.padi.com to know more.
Famous Dive sites in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
• Bala Reef: On the western side of little Andaman, Bala Reef is spread over 4-5 sq kms.
• Corruption Rock : Corruption Rock is between Chidiyatapu and Rutland Island.
• Snake Island off Corbyn’s Cove beach: This site offers awesome rock faces and spectacular dive landscape.
• Havelock Island: There is a range of largely unexplored dive sites rich in underwater marine life.
• Cinque Island: One of the best dive destinations in the island, it has clear emerald water with a visibility of upto 80 feet.
• Fish Rock near Passage Island: The topography consists of rocky slopes, boulders and fan of corals and plenty of sponges.
• Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor: Hundreds of colourful varieties of coral reef fishes can be seen in the park.
• Rutland Island: The shallow waters have a representation of smaller fish and coral, and is a good place for training Divers.
(Difference between Scuba diving & Snorkeling: In Snorkeling, you wear a mask and tube that you breath through while at the surface. You will be under water for as long as you can hold your breath. Whereas, in Scuba diving, you have carry a Cylinder of compressed air on your back & you will be under water for as long as your air lasts. In Snorkeling, you will probably get no deeper than 20 or 30 feet. Whereas, in Scuba diving, you can go as shallow or as deep as you like. )
Trekking & Camping
Trekking is one of the most sought-after adventure sport in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Camps are the right choice for nature-lovers who wish to enjoy the sun, sea and nature by spending quiet holidays right on the beach.
One can go trekking through the nature trail from Mt. Harriet to Madhuban and enjoy the rare forest life, flora and fauna. There are other trekking routes also. Sometimes, trekking expeditions are only a day or two long. But on other occasions, trekking at Andaman and Nicobar islands can extend for weeks or even months.
Trekking in the Andaman Islands is rewarding, as most of the islands are covered with thick tropical rainforests, teeming with wildlife and rare and endemic plants, including about 2.200 plant and 270 bird species. Hiking on the Andamans is best to be done with a local guide, but you can also go camping on your own in the beaches on many of the islands. However, please note that over-night Camping at many of the uninhabited Islands is not allowed.
Trekking routes on the Andaman Islands are available with all the offices of Andaman Tourism. Tents are available locally on hire from October to May. You can easily get hold of all sorts of trekking equipments from Tour operators. The trekking gear should not be too heavy.
The major trekking equipments include food, water, stoves, hydration bags to carry water and many more useful materials.