Tips & Advise
Here is an insight and few points noteworthy while planning a vacation to Andamans.
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands are still one of the remote destinations in India, but for the last few years its catching up really well amongst national and international travelers.
- Hotels and service standards must not be compared with hotels and services elsewhere in the mainland subcontinent.
- Andaman is comparatively expensive than most other parts of india but one shall not expect it to be luxurious.
- Most of the arrive during the day time mostly early morning, hence all hotels have an early check in and checkout time, and it takes at least an hour to get the room ready for guests arriving in the morning. Request you to kindly co-operate with the hotels as checking out early might be of inconvenience to you.
- Unlike at Port Blair, at Havelock Island most of the hotels and resorts have a check out time prior to 1200 hrs. Hence we recommended our guests to check out and indulge in activities as guests may have ample time in hand before they catch their ferries to intending destinations.
- Also please note that most of the hotels at Havelock, do not have room service, hot water and intercom facility.
- Buffet spreads in Andaman cannot be compared to the ones in the mainland, no hotels provides cold cuts or assorted breads, etc.,
- Breakfast is very simple, normally lunch and dinner spread will include 02 Vegetable, 01 Non Vegetarian dishes, Dal, Salad and Papad.
- Port Blair is more of sightseeing and history and nearby islands have beaches and water sports activities.
- Transport is only available as per the itinerary and not at disposal. (Note: Most of the cars are owned by the drivers themselves, hence they do not work post 1800 hrs, in case the guest wants to go out for dinner the supplement charge is applicable)
- Cars are limited in number and used for multiple pickups and drops, hence there might be a few minutes delay in your pick up, guests are requested not to worry about it.
Tips for visitors
- While driving, follow the traffic rules, keep left. Carry legal documents like driving license, permit, passport etc.
- Consult Life Guards before entering the sea. Swim in safe areas only. On beaches, parents are requested to keep an eye on their kids at all times.
- Take care of the coral reef, not only to host for yourself, but also for all others who follow.
- Beware of currents at Beach during monsoon (June – Sept). Read all information displayed at the beaches before venturing into the sea.
- It’s a good idea to carry a flashlight (torch), if you plan to stay long in islands after evening. Beaches are dark often backed by dense forest.
- Treat the National Parks with reverence as they are the sanctorum of our precious natural heritage. Obtain permits from the Chief Wildlife Warden in case you are interested in taking photographs /video/investigation inside a sanctuary or a Marine National Park.
- Make use of service of authorized tourist guides.
- Avail the service of Scuba Dive Instructors having certification of international professional organization like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI for safe diving experience.
- Your concern for nature conservation is highly appreciated. Please inform local authorities/staff positioned in protected areas if you notice any undesirable activity.
- Take back only photos and sweet memories; leave only footprints and ripples.
- Foreigners, especially to ensure to and fro confirmed air tickets and accommodation in advance before proceeding to the Andaman Island to avoid immigration problems.
- Foreign Nationals should obtain the required permit from the Immigration authorities soon after landing in the island at Airport/Harbour.
- Foreign Nationals should not enter the islands without required permit. Visit only the permitted areas in the Islands. Keep the beaches and the environment clean. Observe decency and decorum in dress. Please pick up your bags and bottle while leaving the visiting spot. Dispose-off the garbage and plastics at proper places/dustbins.
- Do not enter in restricted/tribal areas. Do not take video, film or photographs inside Tribal Reserve Areas and of the indigenous tribes.
- Do not take video or film without permit, wherever such permits are required. Do not enter the National Parks without permission. Nudity on beaches and public places is forbidden.
- Drive the vehicles in accordance to convoy system. Same-day return by Andaman Trunk Road is not permissible according to Jarawa Policy.
- Do not take pictures of the airport, government dockyard, defense establishments, naval wharf, Dhanikari Dam and Chatham Saw Mill.
- Do not collect, destroy or remove any living or dead animal/plant.Do not collect, destroy or touch/break live coral.
- Please do not stand on the coral reef while snorkeling/Scuba Diving.
- Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from the Forest Department.
- Do not light fire in Protected Areas as it not only destroys forests but also damages wildlife habitat.
- Do not throw garbage and plastic in public places, beaches and into the sea.
- Do not swim after consuming liquor.
- Person who commits breach of any of the conditions of the wildlife protections shall be punishable by law. Do not stay on the beaches or forest during nights by putting up tents/hammocks.
- Mosquitoes and sand flies are nuisance, particularly at dusk and after rain. Andaman Islands are malarial. Use mosquito repellent, wear long sleeves and long trousers in the evening, and sleep under a mosquito net.
- You may not find required items to buy in local market like – sun cream, mosquito repellent.
- Ensure you buy necessary items from Port Blair itself before heading to different islands.
- Carry enough cash, as there are very few ATMs in tourist flocking islands.
Please note the below sightseeing places are closed on the mentioned days
- Sunday – Chatham Island – Saw Mill & Forest Museum.
- Monday – All city tour sites, Baratang & Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.
- Wednesday – Ross Island.
Other than the above mentioned days all sightseeing places are closed on all national holidays and religious occasions and as per local administrations declarations of holidays. Hence we shall try to amend the itinerary so that the missed out places are covered during the following days.
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