Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Adventure Sports that Everyone Would Enjoy!
If the many beaches of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands aren’t as popular as their counterparts in Thailand and Bali, that’s because the government intends to keep it that way! But that does not mean that these beaches are short of activities associated with water sports. In fact, the Islands are the best place for activities such as snorkeling, sea walking, scuba diving, etc., thanks to the hundreds of varieties of marine animals native to the place. Some of the popular activities undertaken here include;
This is undoubtedly the most popular water sport activity. It needs little or no experience, is absolutely uncomplicated and completely safe. It involves walking on the sea floor to watch the beautiful corals and fishes that swim around you. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed irrespective of age- anyone from age 7 to 70 can enjoy sea walking.
Dive Now, Work Later…
Scuba diving is popularly enjoyed in many beaches including North Bay, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Chidiya Tapu, Neil Island, Ross and Smith Island Diglipur, Long Island, Cinque Island, Havelock Island, Little Andaman Island (Hutbay) etc. The clear waters of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful marine life and leftovers of sunken ships.
Snorkeling refers to swimming through the water equipped with special equipments that aid breathing under water. This is primarily used in and around clear waters like those in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They’re usually undertaken around North Bay, Jolly Buoy, Mowhadhera Beach, Elephanta Beach, Neil Island, Vijay Nagar Beach, Lakshman Pur Beach, Ross And Smith Island Diglipur, etc. Charges usually range around INR 500- INR 1500 and may even go up to INR 6000 depending on the facilities that you choose and the number of people opting for snorkeling.
This is popularly called angling. Contrary to popular opinion, angling isn’t harmful for the marine life here. The fish that are caught are released back to preserve the ecosystem. There are several fishing clubs that can arrange sport fishing around major areas like Port Blair and Havelock. You can choose from different boats that vary according to speed. Each boat can carry up to three anglers at a time. Costs could be a deterrent, but if you’re truly interested in angling, price shouldn’t be a problem. Besides the above, you can also enjoy rides on water scooters, rowing boats, kayaking, etc. These are commonly arranged at the Andaman Water Sports Complex.