Posted by: Aniket Agarwal
Traveling is one of the best things to do for a lot of people around the world. Not only does it give people the chance to see the world, but also relax in new surroundings. Some even use traveling as a way to find themselves away from their busy lives.
Indeed, many beautiful places around the world appeal to different people. Beaches and natural landscapes are one of the most popular options for travelers. Are you interested in that as well? If so, the Andaman Islands, which along with its sister islands of Nicobar, is one of the most stunning areas.
Situated in the Bay of Bengal, the area boasts gorgeous exotic beaches and natural flora all around. For visitors, there are many places to see and the ocean views are incredible. If that is something that interests you, here are the 10 best places to visit in Andaman.
1. Havelock Island
One of the top spots in Andaman that many visitors enjoy is the area known as Havelock Island. Indeed, for adventure lovers and water-sport enthusiasts, this is one of the best spots. Overall, there are many reasons why it is popular among visitors.
Travelers who go to this area fall in love with the views of the ocean all around. However, it is the trips into the waters that add an extra layer of fun to the memory. Indeed, Havelock Island is known for snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Thus, if you wish to enjoy this experience, you can give this place a shot!
For a scuba diving experience especially, the best place to go to is the Barefoot Scuba Resort. There are professional instructors here who would help you train for scuba diving if you are a novice. Also, long-time scuba divers can have a fun time at this resort.
Overall, if that is something you wish to try, definitely add this to your list.
How to Reach/Location: It is 70 km away from Port Blair; you can take a ferry from there. It takes 2.5 hours via public ferry services but 90 minutes approximately via private AC ferries.
Things to Do: Water sports, Beach hopping
2. Radhanagar Beach
When talking about the best places to visit in Andaman, it is worth mentioning Radhanagar Beach. It is one of the best spots in Andaman, not to mention it ranks among the best beaches in Asia. So, you can surely expect a wonderful experience when you visit the beach.
It is not far from Havelock Island and you can visit the spot if you are already are there. The coastline of this beach is in a crescent-like shape, with breathtaking turquoise waters all around. The sand is soft against the bare feet and comfortable, which many visitors adore.
Indeed, the landscape here is breathtaking to look at, especially if you are there with a special someone. Plus, you can enjoy many fun activities here as well if you like different water sports. If you planning to go to Andaman, do make sure to travel here.
How to Reach/Location: The distance between Radhanagar Beach and Havelock Island is approximately 12 km. You can take a government boat from the island to the beach or directly go from Port Blair.
Things to Do: Snorkeling, Canoeing, Kayaking, Scuba Diving
3. Neil Island
For a fun-filled experience, Neil Island is one of the best places to visit in Andaman. This majestic bay area is a common spot for water-sport lovers to flock to, and for seeing the beautiful marine life. You can opt for fun activities like scuba diving and snorkeling here as well.
One of the best beaches in this area is Laxmanpur Beach, which lies just 2km north of the island. This a secluded spot and the water here is shallow. If you enjoy snorkeling, you can try it here to see the beautiful underwater life. From corals to ornamental swarms of fish, the experience is a sight to behold!
Speaking of sights, a notable mention is the attractive Howrah Bridge, a natural formation in Neil Island. For a fun time seeing marine life in all its glory, this spot is must visit. You can view species like octopus and crabs here as well.
How to Reach/Location: The best route to this island is a ferry ride from Port Blair, which is just 42 km away.
Things to Do: Water sports, snorkelling, scuba diving, beach hopping
4. Ross Island
Also known as Netaji Shubhash Chandra Bose Island, the Ross Island is worth entering the list of best places to visit in Andaman. Here, tourists can enjoy the gorgeous natural wilderness. Full of thick palm trees and coconut trees, the area is a beachy paradise.
Also, you can catch a glimpse of many peacocks and deer in their natural habitat. Besides that, the island has old-school machine-gun nests and British architecture here as well. One of the notable spots is the circular lighthouse which is 10 meters high.
While this is a top attraction for multiple travelers to Andaman, it is important to mention that it has zero human habitation. Those who go to Ross Island can stay awhile for an experience of Andaman history and natural beauty.
How to Reach/Location: Visitors can take governmental boats from Port Blair to this island. Central Port Blair is just 3 km away.
Things to Do: Visiting beaches, museums, and parks.
5. Mouth Harriet
One of the interesting activities tourists love taking part in is trekking. For that, one of the best places to visit in Andaman is Mount Harriet. The train stretches from Mount Harriet 16 km away to Madhuban. For fitness enthusiasts and tourists looking for some fun, this is an adventure worth going for.
More than the destination, tourists enjoy the journey even more. Indeed, the trek route is surrounded all around with beautiful natural scenery of exotic plants and flowers. Plus, the natural animal inhabitants live comfortably in their home-place and are visible to the trekkers.
One exciting option you can try here is the elephant safari to see the forest around Mount Harriet. Certainly, this is a fun way to sight-see the spot on your vacation.
How to Reach/Location: This is present in the Hope Town location in Port Blair.
Things to Do: Adventure sports, nature walks, elephant safari
6. Vijaynagar Beach
Another of the top locations in the Islands of Andaman is Vijaynagar Beach. In fact, it is rated as the fifth-best beach in the region. If you are looking to spend a quiet and peaceful time during your vacation, this serene landscape is worth visiting.
Of course, the scenic views are another draw of this mesmerizing spot. The beach is clean and comfortable to walk around on. Plus, the view of the beach from the coast is breathtaking, to say the least.
A lot of the visitors to this spot stick around for hours to see the sunset over the horizon. Also, the sun-rise view is calming and surreal as well. It is definitely a sight worth taking many pictures of. Not to mention, you can sit on the beach and sunbathing after a fun swim.
Water sports are not commonly organized at this seaside spot. But, you would still get to enjoy a lot of fun activities to engage in.
How to Reach/Location: Visitors to this spot can take a ferry ride from Port Blair to Havelock Island. This beach is present close by.
Things to Do: Beach hiking, bird-watching, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, wildlife photography
7. Barren Island
This site is home to one of the active volcanoes around the world and is the only one in Southeastern Asia. The area got its name 'barren' due to the lack of human settlements in the spot. The volcanic eruptions here make it hard for people to inhabit the land. However, that does not stop travelers from visiting the island for sightseeing.
While you would barely see any humans here, the animal life on the island is comfortably settled. In fact, you can see many varieties of animal species in the region.
For the tourists, there are particular activities to participate in as well. So, you would surely have a nice time when visiting this island.
How to Reach/Location: It is located 143 km away from Port Blair. The best way to reach the spot is via the sea route. The government makes provisions for the journey.
Things to Do: Sightseeing
8. North Bay Island
In terms of attractions to see and the best places to visit in Andaman, the North Bay Island deserves a mention. There are gorgeous corals visible in the bay region and extend across the overall coastline. Scuba divers especially would have a fun time diving into the water to catch sight of the stunning marine creatures.
Species like clownfish, stonefish, and lobsters are common in these waters. So, for both new divers and professional-level ones, this is a sight to behold. You can enjoy multiple fun activities here, like snorkeling, sea walking, and more other aquatic sports.
For those who want to spend leisure time, you can have a good time sunbathing at the seaside as well. Plus, there is a fun option available here for tourists to opt for, called a glass boat ride. Tourists enjoy the deep-sea semi-submarine ride to see the variety of creatures living deep in the waters.
All in all, this is an interesting experience that you must try if you go to the Andaman Islands.
How to Reach/Location: you can take a boat to this island from the Phoenix Jetty of the Port Blair region. Overall, the distance is not very far. It would take around 20 minutes to reach the island this way.
Things to Do: Snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea diving, sight-seeing, swimming
9. Jolly Buoy Island
When you planning a trip, many people would tell you this is one of the best places to visit in Andaman. Indeed, they are right. The sandy white beach is comfortable to walk around on and the scenic views are stunning as well. If you are looking for a laid-back experience for your trip, this spot is a must-visit.
Besides that, you can opt for exciting water-related activities as well. For example, the underwater corals are breathtaking to look at. So, you can try out snorkeling in the waters. Here, it is important to mention that Jolly Buoy Island is essentially a no-plastic zone. So, if have any such items with you would have to leave them all at Wandoor Beach.
How to Reach/Location: you can take a boat ride from Port Blair to this island. It is only 30 km away.
Things to Do: Sunbathing, Snorkeling, glass-bottom boat ride
10. Baratang Island
Last but not the least, one of the best places to visit in Andaman as per many travel enthusiasts is Baratang Island. You can go to the secluded beach that is available at this spot and see other unique and attractive sights. For example, there are many limestone caves, mud volcanoes, and mangrove creeks present here as well.
However, before you can go to the caves, you have to get express permission from the Andaman Forest Department.
If you are interested in seeing and learning about the tribal communities in Andaman, this is a good spot for that. This would add a sense of thrill to the trip since the tribal inhabitants still live there. Plus, you can go to the archipelago area of Baratang Island to see the natural exotic lifestyle of a different culture.
How to Reach/Location: It is just 150 km to the north of Port Blair and is accessible via ferry services.
Things to Do: Sightseeing, cave exploration, nature walls
All in all, visitors planning a trip to the islands of this infamous part of southeast Asia can enjoy a lot. You would get to see many stunning views of the land and take part in multiple fun activities. Many of these places are fun to visit throughout the year, although some areas are best for particular months.
However, whichever dates you choose for the visit, make sure that you follow the governmental rules well. The regulations are in place for tourist safety; so, research on what to expect beforehand. Overall, you would have a fun experience in Andaman, which location you choose.