Blessed with magnificent natural beauty, the ‘Andaman archipelago’ is renowned all around the world for its majestic untamed forests & incredibly beautiful surrounding lagoons. The thick blanket of evergreen tropical forest that covers the rugged terrain coupled with the amazing azure waters surrounding the ‘Andaman’ islets set up a perfect stage to embark upon multitudes of fun as well as adventure activities that freshen up the minds of all the tourists no matter which age group they belong to!
The ‘Andaman Islands’ which gleam like precious emeralds floating on crystalline water offer a range of various mind blowing activities. Here we present a list of some of the best loved outdoor activities in ‘Andaman Islands’ that every adrenaline junkie must relish while staying on these truly exotic islands.
- ANDAMAN WATER SPORTS COMPLEX:
‘Andaman Water Sports Complex’, situated in ‘Port Blair’- the Territory Capital, has played a heroic role in soaring the reputation of these Islands as an abode for adventure fanatics! The sports complex offers all possible aqua-sports facilities with the world-class services & safety measures with all the proceedings being meticulously monitored by the keen eyes of highly skilled professionals in order to avert the mishaps.
The water sports complex exhibits various fun activities such as ‘Paddle Boats’, ‘Aqua Glide’, ‘Kayaking’, ‘Rowing’, ‘Aqua-Cycling’ & ‘Bumper boats’. The complex is also very well equipped to appease the appetite of adventure lovers by the means of its myriad hair-raising adventure water sport activities. The sporting options such as ‘Gemini Boats’, ‘Water skiing’, ‘Wind Surfing’, ‘Water Scooters’ & ‘Speed Boating’, ‘Para-Sailing’ & ‘Glass- Bottom Boating’ are very much popular across all sorts of age groups. Boating from the sports complex till the picturesque ‘Ross Island’ is hugely admired for its thrilling experience.
Apart from lucrative aqua-sporting, visitors also enjoy soaking in saline water swimming pools as well as roaming along the serene trails of the surrounding woods. Incredibly delicious cuisines take utmost care of the visitor’s desire for food, especially after spending a whole day in involving in heavy actions one after the other!
- SCUBA DIVING:
It would be only disheartening of having missed an opportunity to explore the rich & glorious life that flourishes under the crystalline waters of the ‘Bay of Bengal’ that engulf the ‘Andaman islets’! The aquatic life of ‘Andaman’ waters is simply exotic & the massive colonies of corals & ample of sea creatures dwelling in the reefs deserve a word of appreciation.
The congregation of the corals that adorns the seabed is never exposed to any kind of pollution, thanks to its remote location & hence the healthy, thriving aquatic life can be witnessed in this part of the globe. War relics from World War II can also be located resting at the bottom.
Innumerable diving spots present in ‘Andaman’ offers world-class amenities at reasonably low prices. Every dive spot has its own flair but all of them are equally eye-catching to conjure the minds of divers. ‘Cinque Island’, ‘Bala Reef’, ‘North Point’, ‘Corruption Rock’, ‘Havelock Island’ etc. are among the most reputed diving spots in ‘Andaman’ which magnetizes the ardent divers from all across the globe!
Just like Scuba Divers, the enthusiast snorkelers can also find ample of spots to swim along some of the exotic marine creatures in the soothing waters of the ‘Andaman Sea’. The underwater coral life is extraordinarily colorful & their dense congregation provides almost year-long shelter to awe-inspiring species like Barracudas, snappers, Bumphead Parrotfish, giant Trevally & Groupers! The coastal region is also famous for endemic species such as ‘Andaman Damselfish’, ‘Andaman Sweetlips’ & ‘Spinecheek Anemonefish’.
The ‘Havelock Island’ is the sheer paradise for the snorkeling while other places, including ‘Andaman water Sports Complex’, ‘Corbyn’s Cove’, ‘Chidiya Tapu’, ‘Jolly Buoy’, ‘Ross Island’, ‘Smith Island’ etc. also offers fantastic opportunities for snorkeling right from the dawn to dusk!
The lush green foliage that occupies nearly 86% terrain of the ‘Andaman Archipelago’ casts the magical spell on the visitors upon its first sight. The best way to enjoy this evergreen treasury of ‘Andaman’ is to go for hikes on the serene trails of these immaculate forests. Trekking is one of the best outdoor activities in ‘Andaman’ & herds of nature lovers get mesmerized upon witnessing phenomenal architecture of the nature!
The expeditions through the wilderness can take a day or two, although the extensive voyage through the magical woods may last for weeks or even months! The nature trail from ‘Mount Harriet to Kalapathar’ is the most impressive trek route as it showcases the jewels of ‘Andaman’ wilderness. Trekking around ‘Chidiya Tapu’ is also receiving accolades among the nature lovers as the place gets flocked by many rare endemic bird species, offering ‘bird watching’ as a bonus activity!
The ‘Andaman Teal House’ takes utmost care of fulfilling the needs of the trekkers & hikers as it offers best-in-class equipments required for trekking at amazingly low prices. Tents are also made available by the officials from October to May which comprises the best season to roam through the deep, dark jungles of Andaman!
- BEACH CAMPING:
Setting camps on some of the most impressive beaches & observing the clear sky amidst the cool breezes flowing in from the sea & the divine reverberation of tides will certainly cool down your nerves & inflict the cosmic energy upon your calmed mind! ‘Camping’ along the beaches is an incredible experience.
The ‘Directorate of Tourism in Andaman’ understands the joy behind the camping & they have made an extensive arrangement of ‘tents’ & ‘Swiss domes’ to serve the tourists. The ‘Radhanagar Beach’ on ‘Havelock Island’, which was elected in 2004 as the ‘Best Beach in the Asia’ is highly eminent for the camping, although camping alongside the other beaches is also as blissful as that of camping at ‘Radhanagar’. Backing up camping with the trekking through the wilderness would certainly elevate your pleasure by the great margin!
- SEA WALK:
The idea resembles with having a stroll across to explore the surroundings, but in this case the surroundings consist of the azure waters of the ‘Andaman’! A private entrepreneur at the ‘North Bay Beach’ came out in the past with a unique idea of ‘Sea Walk’ which has now become a prime tourist attraction of the ‘North Bay beach’ near ‘Port Blair’.
The idea looks pretty similar to the diving with the only exception that here, you have to explore the marine life by walking on the sandy seabed of relatively shallow waters instead of swimming. Exploring the spectacular aquatic life while bobbing gently will give you an immense pleasure as you move in slow motion along the bottom of the sea!
- MANGROVE CREEK SAFARI:
The ‘Andaman Islands’ are adorned with elaborate networks of tranquil creeks which sneak into the island terrain stealthily giving rise to the iconic dense jungles of evergreen mangroves. Experiencing the blissful creek safari amidst the mysterious dense foliage filled with the stunned silence seldom disturbed by the chirping of birds, is probably the best activity to alleviate all sorts of tensions.
These startling creek safaris are organized in different creeks such as ‘Yerrata Creek’, ‘Dhaninalla Mangrove Creek’ & ‘Sabari village’. All the safaris are eco-friendly & all- inclusive safari packages are organized by the ‘Sabari Village Panchayat’ at relatively cheaper rates.
- GAME FISHING:
The fabulous ‘Andaman’ also offers the fishing pros myriad opportunities to capture some stunning fishes living here in abundance. All the equipments including boats, required for fishing are arranged by the local organizers. The coastal region of ‘Neil Island’, ‘Havelock Island’, ‘Richie’s Archipelago’ & ‘Long Island’ have earned some fame as few of the best places for bountiful of catches!
- BIRD WATCHING:
The dense, untamed forests of ‘Andaman’ serve as the preserved shelter for many endangered species of birds. These preserved forests are delightful places for observing some of the most stunning bird species living in their natural habitats. The ‘Parrot Island’ near ‘Baratang’ is known for various endemic species, especially the parrots of various types. The evening time is the best time to catch the spectacular glimpse of innumerable birds when they return to their shelters. Bird watching, when done along with the trekking, doubles the joy.
Since this amazing land is endowed with such a vast variety of outdoor activities, no doubt why the ‘Andaman’ is an apple in the eyes of adventure seekers! This incredible place is totally worth calling- ‘Andaman Archipelago: a Sheer Paradise for Adventure Sports Fanatics’!