Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Welcome to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

From plane or helicopter,  Andaman Islands look like green emeralds scattered over the turquoise seaWe lived here for 5 weeks and traveled from north to south and west to east. The interior of Andaman Islands is mostly untouched rain forest, as well as 90% of the beaches on the coast. If you want to experience the white sand beaches under your feet, the turquoise sea in front of your eyes and the green jungle behind you, and to have all these just for yourself, like Robinzon, the Andaman Islands are just perfect place for you. But beware! There are bits of hell inside this paradise. Our blog will help you to be well prepared and to enjoy the best of the archipelago.

There are 572 Andaman and Nicobar Islands. As of July 2018, only 23-24 islands wereaccessible to visitors. Of that, you were only allowed to overnight on 12 of the Andaman Islands, others can only be visited on a day trip. The Nicobars have been completely closed. Only in August 2018 Indian government announced opening Nicobar islands to tourism, along with easing restrictions on Andamans. Soon, the number of islands, accessible to outsiders, will rise to 29 inhabited and 11 uninhabited islands.

Why so many restrictions? The Andaman Islands are closer to Burma and to Thailand than to India itself, so India protects them as their maritime boundary with the surrounding world. At the same time, the original tribes still live on the islands. Tribes like Onge, Sentinel or Jarawa still hunt with spears and deny civilization. India has earmarked vast tribal territories for them, and is preventing outsiders from getting into contact with  them. And thirdly, India simply is a bureaucratic country. They love putting up restriction, just to have then policemen enforcing them or other bureaucrats issuing permits. E.g., would you believe that it is illegal to snorkel independently on the Andaman Islands? (More info in our blog.)

We have divided the basic information about the Andaman into three parts

TRANSPORT

Andaman Islands Transport

We are talking about a large archipelago, thus ships, ferries and boats are, of course, the key option for getting between the islands. Ships connect the capital, Port Blair, with most of the inhabited islands on the archipelago.

Port Blair is connected to the Middle and North Andaman by Andaman trunk road. Handful of buses run south to north daily. You will find long distance, express busses on Andaman islands, as well as suburban buses linking administrative centers such as Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur and adjacent villages. Large islands such as Havelock and Little Andaman run local buses too.

Between some of the towns and islands of the archipelago, you can try your luck and fly a helicopter.

For detailed guide about transport please visit "Getting around Andaman Islands"  dedicated chapter here.

ACCOMODATION

Andaman Islands accommodation

Accommodation here is very diverse: from bamboo cottages with mattress on the floor and prices somewhere from 6-7 € per night to overpriced accommodation at over 100 € a night. These expensive accommodations are located mainly on the island of Havelock and my sincere warning is: if someone asks Havelock for a lot of money, it does not mean that it offers good quality.

Read our honest advice to other travellers and  details about accommodation in Andaman Islands here.

HIGHLIGHTS

Andaman Islands itinerary. 

How to plan your a trip and which places you definitely may not miss?

The Andaman Islands are diverse and beautiful. Archipelago offer more then just  miles of gorgeous beaches. Witness turtles nesting and laying eggs. Hit the right hatching  time and watch small turtles run into the sea. 🙂

Play Robinzon and spend the day on the uninhabited island. Go through the magnificent jungles, without any worry about dangerous wildlife, swim in the waterfalls and of course snorkel and dive.

Check Andaman Islands Itinerary and highlights here.

Andaman beaches and nature will enchant you, the traffic will exhausted you and accommodation may be a challenge. In any case the Andaman Islands are worth a visit!

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