7 Attractions of the Andaman Islands ...


You may never have heard of this destination but once you learn some of the attractions of the Andaman Islands, you’re sure to wonder why.

The ideal place to get away from it all, the Andaman Islands have legendary snow-white beaches, fabulous diving in opaque emerald waters and wonderful nature, including lush, verdant primeval jungle.

Belonging to India but closer to Indonesia, the islands are a delight but also tightly controlled.

Just a few of the 300+ islands are open tourists to prevent erosion and corruption of the traditional culture and to preserve the awesome ecological beauty.

Here are some of the very many attractions of the Andaman Islands:

1. Sightseeing in Port Blair

Sightseeing in Port Blair

The Andaman Archipelago boasts 325 islands, so take your pick!2

But before you go island hopping, stop over for a couple of days at Port Blair after arriving at the airport there.

Port Blair is one of the great attractions of the Andaman Islands, not just for visitors but also for the Andaman's residents, who come to dine and shop, conduct business and visit relatives here.

It's a laid-back place with excellent seafood restaurants, cheap and cheerful tourist shops, and tourist attractions as diverse as WWII Japanese bunkers, Ross Island's British-run town ruins, a museum dedicated to the aboriginal peoples of the islands, Cellular Jail from the British Colonial time and a colourful traditional bazaar.

Take a guided tour by auto-rickshaw to see the British Colonial buildings that line the streets or visit Barren Island, the only known site to still have an active volcano.

2. The Fun Starts on Havelock Island

The Fun Starts on Havelock Island

Famous for its glorious white sandy beaches and fantastic scuba dive sites, Havelock Island is a laid-back and friendly place.

It's also an island, where eco-tourism is encouraged.

Govind Nagar is the main settlement, boasting a cluster of shops and restaurants.

Beaches are numbered for some bewildering reason, so head to number 7, the loveliest of them all and imagine you are in scuba dive and snorkeling heaven.

Mid-January to mid-May is the best time to visit, providing divers with the best conditions.

Among the best attractions of the Andaman Islands are the many ferries that link the islands.2

Noisy and full of character, these ferries leave Havelock for Port Blair, Neil Island and Rangat several times a day.

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