A nominal rate is charged for this sport and after dressing up in a proper suit and heading the instructor’s advice you are ready to zip around on a Jet Ski. Do not ignore the advice and try not to get carried away by the high speed and excitement.
A Jet Ski ride is safe and is handled by a certified rider and utmost care is taken regarding the safety of the tourist by the way of providing life Jackets. Remember to wear a life jacket and that it is the best enjoyed on a good day. During the monsoon, rains, and storms it can be a dangerous thing to go Jet Skiing. The Jet Ski is capable of reaching very high speeds and thus it is advisable that you go along with an instructor if you are trying this for the first time.
Out of all the adventure activity in Andaman, Jet Skiing definitely stands out. However, the sport is best to enjoy during good weather only. Jet Skies are not difficult to drive, however, it needs proper caution from the driver. The thrill of cruising through the sea on a Jet Ski, with wind hitting you hard on your face, is truly mesmerizing for every adventure seeker, whether teenager or adult.
Diving in Andamans is an unique lifetime experience. The coastal water surrounding these islands is the abode of one of the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world.
The specialty is that, here the coral reefs and underwater formation are undamaged by human activity.For adventure lovers there is no greater adventure than diving. Whether one is a novice or one had been diving to fathoms, there is always something new, fascinating or challenging about venturing into the water world. Your mind could be mesmerized by clouds of colorful fishes, your curiosity aroused by the mysterious remains of sunken ships or your creativity invoked by the art of underwater photography. One's diving interest may range from a casual pastime pursued on vacation to a constant passion or even a professional career. Diving offers something unique to everyone.
Diving in Andaman and Nicobar islands is exceptional. The costal belt surrounding these islands is the abode of one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. The distinction is that here the coral reefs and underwater formations are untouched by human activities. The best season for diving is considered between December and April.
There is a perception that Andaman is coloured only in blue and it is the blue sea and white sands that are the only companions of blue sky but green is coloured in the lofty mountains of Andaman..
which is unknown to many. Other than marine creatures, rich flora and fauna are explored in the lands of Andaman. Andaman forest trekking is commenced from the rocky terrains, rough trekking trails of Mount Harriet to Madhuban, a 16-kilometre trek at South Andaman. Saddle peak, being the highest peak of Andaman with an elevation of 732 meters above sea level, its dense forest offers the spectacular vision of valleys, and also there are huts, benches kept for taking a repose. Andaman forest trekking may extend up to a week depending upon the extent of adventure a traveller seeking for or according to the tour packages of Andaman. Watch of wild creatures, exotic varieties of flora and fauna, tranquil water bodies, and chirruping of birds are the gift of a trekking in Andaman. Guided trekking is offered to the avid adventurers and Chidiya tapu is the bird's paradise where trekking is made possible, finally to reach Kalapahad. Another trekking trail is from Havelock passing through the mangrove meshes to reach Elephant beach. Andaman archipelago is rich in unique wild fauna hidden deep in the thick forests of mountains.
A fishing adventure in Andaman is an experience unlike any other. The archipelago of Andaman & Nicobar is one of the best destinations for popping and jigging in whole of South East Asia due to a large quantity..
and size of the fish found here. Fish weighing more than 20 kg can be spotted in the islands and there are many other species that can be caught on popping, spinning and jigging activities here. Amongst the most popular fish found in Andaman are red snapper, grouper, coral trout, big Spanish mackerel, barracuda, bluefin, bigeye and pilot trevally, sailfish, wahoo, marlin, dogtooth tuna, yellow fin tuna and bonito along with the famed Giant Trevally (GT)
There are some excellent jigging spots and drop-offs in the island where anglers can catch Giant Trevally within 10-15 minutes from the jetty. While there are few species of fish that can only be caught in a particular season, GT’S and Doggies can be up for the game all through the year. The 30ft ‘Halcyon III’ and the 37ft ‘Rampage,’ are chosen as fast game-fishing vessels to reach remote areas of Ritchie’s Archipelago and the South Andaman Islands and for a long day trips to Barren Island and Invisible Bank.
The Parrot Island near Baratang is famous for endemic birds especially Parrot of various kinds. Some thirty species of endemic birds are recorded.
The sense of equanimity that the Andaman Islands shower on the travellers is breathtaking and recharges one’s body and mind. Every year many people plan a vacation to the sandy beaches of Andaman in search of solitude, natural beauty and adventure but very few are aware that the Andaman Islands are known as the paradise of Birds. It is said that the Andaman Island is home to 270 species of birds including migratory and endemic birds. Every year many species of birds migrate to these enchanted islands and travellers can enjoy bird photography which in itself is a soulful experience. In this blog, we will discuss ideal locations to go for bird watching in Andaman, best season to go for bird watching and different species of the birds.
Mount Harriet: Mount Harriet National Park is known as the tropical evergreen forest in Port Blair which was originally a reserve. It is a home to seven endangered species including the Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman Cuckoo Dove, Andaman Scops Owl, Andaman Boobook, Andaman Woodpecker, Andaman Drongo and Andaman Treepie.
Nature & Wildlife
A popular holiday destination, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are no stranger to rich wildlife. The Islands houses unique dense evergreen tropical rain forest and some of the rarest species of animals and plants making..
it is an ideal destination for nature lovers. In the Islands, you will find many wildlife reserves filled with beautiful animals and birds, in fact, the Islands are also known for being a bird watching destination. Covered with lush grasslands, these Islands have around 270 species of birds including 14 endemic birds and Nicobar Pigeons which is a popular and most viewed bird in the islands.
This best destination to visit is filled with many National Parks like Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Port Blair which is a man-made park. Mount Harriet National Park is one of the most fascinating and most visited national parks in the Islands. Campbell Bay National Park is rich in aquatic life and it also provides camping facilities for adventure lovers. North Button Island National Park is surrounded by the rich presence of diverse animal species, you are bound to encounter rarest of the species here. Besides the National Parks, some worth visiting Wildlife Sanctuaries are Arial Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Belle Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Blister Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Brush Island Wildlife Sanctuary and Clyde Island Wildlife Sanctuary.
Shopping in Andaman is one of its kind experience with Port Blair being the right place for it. Some really exciting and diverse shopping centres, local and beach markets can be found..
in Port Blair that are indeed the shopaholics’ paradise. There are several government owned shops and private shops selling a wide variety of items. Amongst the major markets is Aberdeen Bazaar, where one can gets spoilt for choice. From bamboo cane craft to coconut shell; from shell jewellery to Nicobarese mats and from woodcrafts and furniture to lamps and bowls an array of items can be bought from this market.
Apart from Aberdeen Bazaar, Andaman Handicraft Emporium and the Sagarika Government Emporium, Goalghar, Junglighat, Prem Nagar and Delanipur also also offer seashell articles, souvenir items and handicraft. In Sagarika Government Emporium and the Andaman Handicrafts Emporium, one can find beautiful wood carvings, bamboo and cane furniture, shell jewellery, curio. The jewellery shops sell some pretty earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pearl jewelleries. Since liquor sale is unrestricted in the islands, one can find many bars and local shops selling alcohol at reasonable price.
The A & N Administration takes pride and is delighted at the selection of Master Esow Alben, talented cyclist from the Islands, for the Bal Shakti Puraskar-2018 (erstwhile National Child Award) which is given by the Government every year in recognition of exceptional achievements of children. This is a first in the history of these Islands that the talent and potential of one of our children has been recognized at such a prestigious stage.
The recognition of hard work and determination of this talented sportsperson will certainly be a source of inspiration for other fellow Islanders and their wards. And I am confident that the passion of the sportsperson from the Islands will continue to bring name, fame and glory to the country. I would also reiterate our commitment to provide adequate opportunity and support for the holistic growth and development of all our children.
(Admiral D K Joshi)
PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency.