Beaches in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
It doesn’t take a genius to decipher that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a beach lover’s paradise! Surrounded by turquoise water on all sides, the tropical islands are home to some of the best but secluded beaches in the world. Here are some of the popular ones;
Ramnagar is a beautiful stretch of white sandy beaches dotted with palm and coconut trees. The place is located north of Diglipur and is connected by boat from Mayabunder and Port Blair. Boat services from Mayabunder operate daily and twice a week from Port Blair. This is a great dive site; you can sign up with one of the many water sport activity management companies that can arrange for scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing and other activities.
Popularly known as Beach 7, this is one of Asia’s best beaches. This is one of the two popular attractions of Havelock islands (the other being Vijaynagar Beach). Sea water swimming is the favorite sport of tourists here. If you’re lucky enough, you can swim alongside beautiful tropical island fishes. Other activities commonly undertaken here include snorkeling, diving, etc And if none of these are to your satisfaction, grab a bottle of your sun tan and bask in the warmth of the sun.
Corbyn’s Cove is a wonderful beach surrounded by lush green palm and coconut trees. This is one of the closest beaches from Port Blair- just 4kms from the airport. In fact, this is one of the most popular as well; hotels, resorts, and water sport activity centres are located here. And on the way to the beach, do not forget to check the Japanese bunkers. As for scuba diving, the Snake Island located across the beach is ideal.
There’s not much to enjoy at Karmatang beach, but it is very popular as a nesting place for turtles. So, if you’d like to explore and learn more about your reptile friend, a visit to this place should be must in your itinerary. This place is also ideal for you if your idea of bliss is to relax by the beach on a hammock reading a book and enjoying the cool breeze that blows. There are several huts and benches that provide a perfect evening setting. Karmatang is a secluded beach which means it is ideal for a small beach party as well. As for families with children, there’s a small park close by. But besides this, there’s not much entertainment.
This beach is on Neil Island and is famous for its awesome sunset view. There are plenty of dead corals and sea shells lying on the beach. It is fairly large and even on a peak day, couples can manage to find their spot of privacy.
A word of caution though!!
Did you know that white pristine sand is made so because of the corals and shell particles on the beaches? The ocean waves act upon the shells and the corals break them into smaller particles resulting in beach sand. When you visit a beach, by all means play with these shells and corals, but return when you are done. The more shell and coral debris that you leave- the whiter is the sand! This way you help you re-mineralize the water.