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ANDAMAN DIVING VACATION


 
 
When to visit
The traditional peak dive season in the Andamans has been from January to May - the sun is (usually!) shining, the seas are flat and visibility is at its best during this period. June and July are monsoons - this means that some days, the seas are very rough and we cannot go very far. Other days, it is calm and sunny, and the diving is surprisingly good. Over the past couple of years, we've been doing some diving in the August to November period and have been amazed by what we've found - the visibility is maybe a few meters less than what it would be in March or April, and there are occasional rainy days, but the fishlife is mindboggling - enormous schools of fish occupy your entire vision, turtle and manta sightings are common and the reefs buzz with excitement and action. All our dive staff agrees that the diving during this period is the best that they've ever done in their years in the Andamans!
 
 
Permits and Visas
All foreign visitors to India need a visa. This must be obtained prior to your departure, as India does NOT issue visas on arrival.
In addition, foreign visitors to the Andamans also need a special Restricted Area Permit, which can be obtained upon arrival (flight or ship). You can also apply for the permit through your embassy while getting the Indian visa; however, we recommend getting it on arrival as it is a lot faster this way. This Restricted Area Permit, which is issued free of charge, is valid for 30 days and can be extended to 45 days.
Indian passport holders do not need any permits to visit the Andamans.
 
 
Getting to the Andamans
The quickest and most convenient way to get to the Andamans is to fly.
Air Deccan, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Jet Lite (formerly Air Sahara), Spice Jet and Kingfisher all have daily regular flights to Port Blair from Calcutta & Chennai.
Alternatively, you can choose to travel by ship – which takes 60-72 hours and is only for the tough. Bookings are through the Shipping Corporation of India, and can be made in Calcutta, and typically open a few days before the scheduled departure date. This is a good option for backpackers, but you are advised to speak to fellow-travelers and get the latest info on the best options.

 
 
Health
The Andamans are quite safe when it comes to malaria and other tropical diseases, but do consult your doctor about shots, vaccines and preventive medication. Otherwise, the general rules of traveling apply: do not eat uncooked veggies or food cooked in unsanitary conditions; drink bottled water; use bug repellant, etc.
There is a good hospital in Port Blair, but medical facilities in the other islands are minimal. It is recommended that you bring preferred or prescription medication with you. Otherwise, we keep a fairly well-stocked first aid box as well, with a full complement of disinfectants, bandages, etc. - just drop in, ask for Igor (or Dr Frankenstein) and we'll patch you up.

 
 
What to Bring/Bits'n'Bobs
Most of the Andamans operate on cash, with a few of the bigger hotels (and us) taking credit cards and traveler's checks. A lot of places may take dollars and euros (especially for large purchases), but you are better off using rupees for your small purchases. Money-exchange facilities and an international ATM are available in Port Blair. Some recommendations, in no particular order: long trousers for the evenings, bug repellant, high SPF sunblock, a hat, a small flashlight, sunglasses, towel, swimwear, anti-diarrheal medication (incl oral rehydration tablets), prescription medication, memory cards, spare batteries & reading materials. Port Blair & Havelock are both on the GSM network, so your mobile phone should offer roaming there. Certified divers should bring their C-card and logbook. Divers insurance is a good idea to have as well – we strongly recommend coverage sold by Divers Alert Network (DAN). And if you have the baggage space and can bring us spare parts, we'd greatly appreciate it (and pay you for it when you get her, as well).

 
 

Safety
As long as you take the basic precautions – i.e., don't leave your valuables lying around, don't entrust your cash to strangers, etc., you should be fine. There is virtually no violent crime in the Andamans, especially against tourists, but avoid walking alone in dark, secluded areas nonetheless.And While in India If you are coming to India from another country, why not combine your dive trip with a week-long excursion that includes the Taj as well as a trip to see and photograph tigers? Our sister company, Photo Safari India, runs high-quality, specialized tours for photographers and serious wildlife/nature enthusiasts. Let us know and we'll work out an interesting itinerary for you.

 
  DIVING Thrill - 7 Days
 
  Places to Visit: PORTBLAIR - CHIDIYA TAPU - MT. HARRIET - CORBYN'S COVE BEACH - JOLLY BUOY ISLAND - CINQUE ISLAND - HAVELOCK
 
 


Day 01 PORTBLAIR - CHIDIYA TAPU

Arrive Portblair & transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, visit: Chidiya Tapu - about 26 kms from Port Blair. It's generally known as bird Island. Lush green mangroves and beautiful beach with breath - taking sunset, creates a mesmerizing environment.



 
 
Day 02 PORTBLAIR - MT. HARRIET
We start off after breakfast, for Mt. Harriet - 2nd highest peak (365 m) in the Andaman's from here we trek for about 5 km to Madhuban, through a nature's trial of exotic flora and funa, endemic birds and butterflies. At Madhuban, we can see elephants at work and a training school for young elephants. Afternoon, visit the Corbyn's Cove Beach - 7 km from Port Blair - a coconut palm fringed beach, ideal for swimming, sun - basking, bathing, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc.
 
 
Day 03 PORTBLAIR - JOLLY BUOY
Full day excursion to Red Skin/Jolly Buoy Islands (about 50 kms from Port Blair) - the two Islands in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park to see coral reefs, exotic varieties of beautiful ornamental fish and other marine life. The fascinating world of tropical forest and sandy beaches coupled with clear blue water creates a breath-taking aura.

 
 
Day 04 PORTBLAIR/HAVELOCK ISLAND
Early morning departure by inter-island ferry to Havelock Island (54 kms by sea from Port Blair). Overnight stay amongst sandy beach and lush green forests in tents on the beach side.

 
  Day 05 HAVELOCK ISLAND/ANDAMAN
Return Havelock Island in the afternoon. Later visit Water Sports Complex which offers numerous facilities for water & adventure sports like water -skiing, speed boats, water scooters, para -sailing, wind - surfing etc.
 
  Day 06 ANDAMAN - CINQUE ISLAND
Full day excursion trip to Clinque Island (40 Kms by sea from Port Blair). An hour drive and about 2 hours by a private/chartered boat takes us to one of the most beautiful islands of the group. The palm-fringed beach, which connects deeply forested twin island, is excellent for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
 
  Day 07 ANDAMAN/KOLKATA OR CHENNAI
Morning Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination
 
  LAKSHADWEEP DIVING VACATION
 
 
The Lakshadweep islands (or Laccadives as they were formerly known) are a geographical extension of the Maldive island chain. Referred to by many as the "ultimate island paradise", each island floats serenely in a sea whose water range from palest aquamarine and turquoise to deepest sapphire and lapis lazuli. From all the 36 islands, Bangaram is the gem. The beautiful island of Bangaram is everything you imagine to a tropical island to be and from the moment you set foot on the blinding, soft, white sand, you'll be totally enraptured by the exotic natural beauty of what can only be described as one of the most exclusive tropical islands in the world. Everything about the island is natural and simple. It has not been affected at all by the outside world. The resort is made up of 30 simple huts. All rooms are comfortably furnished with cane furniture, twin beds, ceiling fans, stocked fridge and private shower (cold water only). The dining hut serves buffet meals and is normally a mixture of local and continental cuisine with fresh fish and tropical fruits. Next door is the beach bar open for most of the day, serving a reasonably wide range of spirits, wine and beer. - ENTRY PERMIT All visitors to Lakshadweep require Entry permit. Please send the Full Name, Age, Address and Occupation at the time of booking.
 
  INDIAN AIRLINES HAS A DAILY SERVICE EXCEPT SUNDAY FROM COCHIN AND ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY FROM GOA.

 
 
LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS TOUR PACKAGE
Lakshadweep lies in the Arabian Sea, approximately 400 kms west of the coast of Kerala. It is a Union Territory of India and the country's only coral islands Of its 36 islands covering a land area of 32 sq.km., 10 are inhabited.It is famous for water sports which includes snorkels, glass bottomed boats, rowing and motor boats, equipment for wind surfing, scuba diving, para sailing and water skiing.

 
 
6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS TOUR TO LAKSHADWEEP : (A five days cruise to visit islands of Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy by ship M.V. Tipusultan. Day tour to islands and night on board ship.)
 
  Day 1 : Meet and assistance on arrival at Airport / Railway Station and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Cochin
 
  Day 2 : After breakfast, transfer to Warf to catch the ship. Reporting time at 10.00 a.m. and departure time at 12 00 noon. Overnight at Ship.
 
  Day 3 : Arrival at Kavaratti island. Day, sightseeing. Overnight at Ship.
 
  Day 4 : Arrival at Kalpeni island. Day, sightseeing. Overnight at ship.
 
  Day 5 : Arrival at Minicoy island. Day, sightseeing. Overnight at ship.
 
  Day 6 : Arrival at Cochin by noon time. Assistance at Wharf and transfer to Hotel. Half day sightseeing by Car. Overnight at Cochin
 
 
Day 7 : Spend the time until your departure. Transfer to Airport / Railway Station
 
 
 
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