Islands in the Sun : Andaman Explorer

Islands in the Sun : Andaman Explorer

 

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Islands in the Sun : Andaman Explorer ( December 22nd to 29th' 2013 )

 

 

Overview


The Andaman Islands is located in the Bay of Bengal and is part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India. Andaman Islands is a tropical island paradise, with the capital at Port Blair. Altogether there are some 572 islands, tiny islets and rocks - some inhabited and some not - all with rolling terrain, with ridges and spurs all over with subterranean inlets and creeks due to underwater gorges.

We start our journey in Port Blair visiting the Corbyn's Cove Beach and the Cellular Jail on the 1st day. On the second day we visit the three important islands around Port Blair namely Ross, Viper and North Bay. Corbyns Cove Beach, one of the most picturesque, coconut palm fringed beach, followed by under- water marine life and rarest varieties of corals by glass bottom boat in the North Bay. Harbour through a steamer in a Harbour Cruise which includes a trip to tiny, serene, beautiful island called Viper Island where the gallows is a sight to watch. One can also visit the anthrapological and forest museum at Viper Island and enjoy watersports at Ross Island. 

 

Day three we leave for Havelock island, the most beautiful destination in our journey. From day three to five we stay at beautiful island paradise that is Havelock beach snorkelling, learning the basics of scuba diving and going on a dive, kayaking through the mangroves and lagoons and visiting some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. 

We come back to Port Blair on the sixth day and on the seventh we visit Mount Harriet and Chidiya Tapu Beach.

 

 

 


ITINERARY


Day 1 :  Dec 22nd - Port Blair

 

Arrive at Port Blair and transfer to Hotel. After Lunch, Visit the Corbyn's Cove Beach - a Coconut Palm Fringed Beach, Ideal for Swimming, Sun-basking & Bathing. in the Evening, Attend the Enthralling Sound and Light Show At Cellular Jail - Where the Heroic Saga of the Indian Freedom Struggle is brought Alive. Overnight at Port Blair.

 


Day 2 : Dec 23rd -  Port Blair ( Ross Island, Viper Island & North Bay )

 

 

After breakfast visit the three important islands around Port Blair - Ross, Viper and North Bay . North Bay (Coral Island) - to see coral reefs, exotic varieties of beautiful fishes and other marine life. The glass bottom boat ride helps one to take a closer look at the vast coral colonies. Optional Activities - Snorkeling, Swimming. Then proceed for a leisurely cruise (Harbour Cruise) in a steamer along the Port Blair Harbour - which takes one to Viper Island. The gallows atop a hillock here is sight to watch.Overnight at Port Blair.

 

 

Day 3 : Dec 24th - Port Blair to Havelock


Early morning departure by inter-island ferry to Havelock Island (57 kms by sea from Port Blair). Post lunch we explore Radhanagar Beach and Elephant Beach ( the two most beautiful beaches in the Andaman Islands ). Overnight at Havelock Island. 

 

Day 4 : Dec 25th - Havelock Island

 

Day for half day Discover Scuba program which introduces you to diving with one dive. In this program, one of our dive instructors goes over the basic theory of diving with you in a short pre-dive briefing. Then, in shallow water, you don your scuba gear and become familiar with how it works. When you are ready, your instructor takes you for a dive. He or she will handle all the equipment, etc - all you have to do is relax and take in the amazing underwater world. Overnight 
at Havelock Island.

 

 

Day 5 : Dec 26th -  Havelock Island


After breakfast we go for a Kayaking and Snorkelling trip through the mangroves and lagoon. .Later in the Overnight at Havelock Island.

 

Day 6 : Dec 27th - Havelock to Port Blair


After breakfast transfer to Port Blair. Evening free to explore Port Blair. Overnight at Port Blair.

 

Day 7: Dec 28th -  Port Blair ( Mount Harriet & Chidiya Tapu )

After Breakfast, visit Mount Harriet- the 2nd highest peaks (365 mts high) in the Andaman, which offers a magnificent bird’s eye view of Port Blair’s adjoining islands. Afternoon, proceed for Chidiya Tapu- where lush greeny merges with the beautiful beach. Spend the evening staring at the sea from a wooden long chair, under the canopy of tall evergreen trees, with only the noise of cool breeze. See the sunset from Chidiya Tapu and later back to Port Blair. Overnight at Port Blair. 

 

 Day 8: Dec 29th - Port Blair

 

After breakfast drop to airport.

 

 

Inclusions

  1. 4 Nights accommodation in Hotel at Port Blair( Twin/Double sharing with breakfast )

  2.  3 Nights accommodation in Deluxe Beach Huts at Havelock Island ( Twin/Double sharing with breakfast )

  3.  Half Day Discover Scuba Diving Program with One Dive

  4.  One Private Beach Dinner for Group

  5.  Full day Kayaking and Snorkelling Trip

  6.  Ferry Tickets from Port Blair to Havelock and back

  7.  Harbour Cruise in Steamer

  8. Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

  9. All Transfers and Sightseeing in Andaman by SUV

  10. Entry permits, entry tickets, ferry tickets and forest area permits wherever applicable.

  11. Service charges and Taxes

 

 

 

Food Inclusions

  1.  Breakfasts on all days 

  2. One Private Beach Dinner for Group

Note :

SSI or PADI Scuba Diver certification course can be done at an additional cost of Rs 5000/- ( total 2 dives )

 

 

Dose not Include:

  1.  Flight Charges

  2.  Any other than mentioned

 

 

FLIGHT (EXTRA ) :

All Bangalore to Port Blair Flights Have a stopover in Chennai 

 

 

Please book your flights soon to get the best rates on the flights. Due to the December holiday season flight rates are high and might increase.

 

Duration : 7 nights / 8 days 

 

Places Covered : Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu, Mount Harriet, Corbyn's Cove, North Bay, Viper Island, Ross Island, Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach

 

Activities : Excursions, Sightseeing, Historical Trails, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Boat Cruises. 

Accommodation Options: Hotel, Deluxe Beach Cottages. 


Transportation : Transportation will be in SUV ( Xylo / Scorpio )


Personal Costs : Laundry, Tips, Mineral Water, Food ( other than mentioned )

 

What to Bring : Cotton Clothes, Suimsuits / Swimming Trunks, Sport Shoes / Boots, Floaters, Casual Shirts / T-shirts, Sunscreen, Torch, Personal Medication.

 

Destinations and Activities

 

Andaman Islands 

The Andaman Islands is located in the Bay of Bengal and is part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India. Andaman Islands is a tropical island paradise, with the capital at Port Blair. Altogether there are some 572 islands, tiny islets and rocks - some inhabited and some not - all with rolling terrain, with ridges and spurs all over with subterranean inlets and creeks due to underwater gorges.

 

 

Port Blair 

Port Blair is the largest town and the capital of the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands. Port Blair is also famous for the historic Cellular Jail and other small islands which were once home to British colonists.There are many small islands close to Port Blair of tourist importance mainly Ross Island, Viper Island and North Bay. 

 

 

Havelock Island 

With one of the Andaman’s most dazzling beaches and plenty of good bamboo-hut accommodation, Havelock is the island of choice for travellers wanting to kick back and enjoy the slow pace of island life. It’s easily accessible from Port Blair, and offers excellent snorkelling, kayaking and scuba-diving opportunities. Although Havelock is the most developed of the islands, it’s still very low-key and simple – a world away from the beach resorts of mainland India or Southeast Asia.

Inhabited mostyly by Bengali settlers since the 1950s, Havelock is about 54km northeast of Port Blair and covers 100 sq km. Only the northern third of the island is settled, and each village is referred to by a number. Boats dock at the jetty at No 1 Village; the main bazaar is 2km south at No 3 Village; and most of the accommodation is strung along the east coast between villages No 2 and No 5. The beaches of havelock mainly Radhanagar Beach and Elephant Beach are some the most scenic beaches in India.

 

 

Chidiya Tapu

Chidiya Tapu, also known as "Sunset Point" and "Bird Island," is one of the best places to see the sunset in Port Blair, the main hub of the Andaman Islands.Situated at the southernmost tip of the Andaman Island, this tiny fishing village is 25 km away from Port Blair City. With its green mangroves and peaceful forest, the place is well known for its rich collections of birds, white spotted deer and seasonal orchids. Besides, a perfect place of nature lovers. Also, named as Bird Island, the place is accessible through roadways from Port Blair within 30 mins.The main attractions here include Biological Park, Chidiya Tapu Beach and the Sylvan Sands & Munda Pahar beaches. Forest guesthouse, set on the top of the hillock also provides an amazing view of the whole village.

 

Ross Island

The Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island presently houses the ruins of old buildings like Ballroom, Chief Commissioner's House, Govt. House, Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition, reminiscent of the old British regime.

 

North Bay Island

Near to Phoenix Jetty of Port Blair, this island is famous for breathtaking view for under water Corrals and Marine Life as well as spectacular Natural Beauty. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are also available for enjoying sea Corrals. The crowd is more in North Bay Island because of the facilities are available for enjoying. In the island huts and shelters are available for resting or for the tourists who don’t want to enjoy the sea or beach.
Water in this island is very clean. Due to the transparency of the sea water Corals can be seen distinctly along with Sea Lives like Tortoise, Parrol Fishes, Small Sharks etc. Glass Boats are also available here, which help to enjoy seeing Corals and Sea Lives for those tourists who are not willing for Scuba Diving or Snorkeling.

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