Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a trove of adventurous water sports and activities. The beautiful beaches with pristine turquoise seawater make for a wonderful destination for water indulging in water sports.
The long list of water sports activities in the Archipelago makes it convenient for even a non-swimmer to experience the exotic underwater marine life and coral reef structure.
All you need to have is a little courage to wear your life jackets and get in the water for a mesmerizing underwater experience.
Given below are some of the 16 Adventurous activities and water sports one can try in Andaman :
1. Banana Boat Rides
A Banana boat ride is like regular boating except for the fact that the boats are shaped like bananas and are tied with speed boats from the front. The speed boats provide momentum to the banana boats. Hence, the boats move at a very high speed, which is quite a thrilling experience for the riders.
At a single time, a total of 6 people can ride on these boats. An instructor and guide will be present on the boat for assistance. You need to put on life jackets for the same and there is nothing to worry about.
Best Places : The best place for banana boat rides is Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and Havelock Island.
Cost : The cost is around Rs. 250 per person, which is very nominal.
Snorkeling is the best water sport to experience the exotic marine life and under water coral reef. It is a popular mode of under water swimming wherein the swimmer is equipped with a diving mask, breathing tube, swim fins, and underwater goggles.
Snorkeling helps the diver to stay underwater for a longer period of time without any difficulty in breathing. It does not require specialized training and just basic guidance is sufficient. Due to fewer complications involved, it appeals to people all age groups. Children could engage in it as well.
Best Places : Havelock, North Bay, Jolly Buoy, Neil Island, Red Skin Island are the best places for snorkeling.
Cost : The cost could vary from something between Rs. 500 to Rs. 4000.
3. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is another great way to witness the enthralling marine life. Andaman is a favorite place of scuba divers from different regions of the world.
To indulge in scuba diving, you need to get your certificate from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) from any of the scuba diving centers in Andaman.
Scuba diving is done based on your training level. For beginner level diving, you don’t need to be an expert in swimming. However, for tougher levels, little expertise in swimming is beneficial. In scuba diving, the diver uses an underwater breathing apparatus. Scuba diving can be undertaken by anyone above the age of 10 years.
Best Places : The best place for scuba diving in Andaman is Havelock Island, North Bay Island, Neil Island, Port Blair.
Cost : The cost per person ranges from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 6500.
This is an adventurous water sport for non-swimmers. In this, the rider is towed behind a boat and attached to a canopy wing in the form of a parachute. The parachute shaped thing is known as “parasail wing”. As the boat sails around and speeds up, the rider flies behind it.
It provides the rider with both the experience of riding in the water as well as flying in the air. While in the air you can have the most amazing view of the Island. The thrilling experience of parasailing is hard to beat! People often confuse it with paragliding, while both are completely different.
Best Places :The ideal places are elephant beach in Havelock and North Bay and Corbyn’s Cove beach in Port Blair.
Cost : It costs around Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000 per person.
5. Undersea Walking
Yet another great adventure sport for all non-swimmers to enjoy the underwater life. Undersea walking enables you to walk on the smooth and clean sand of the seafloor. You do not have to handle any complicated equipment except wearing a helmet. The helmet provides a hassle free close up view of the underwater species.
You just have to keep walking on the seafloor gazing at the wonderful marine life and coral reefs. It is perfectly safe for kids as an instructor is present with you throughout.
Best Places : The best place to indulge in undersea walking in Andaman is Elephant beach in Havelock Island.
Cost : The cost is around Rs. 350 per person.
6. Jet Skiing
Jet skiing is a high-speed water sport performed on a small-sized vehicle shaped like a bike. It requires special training and experience to indulge in jet skiing and not recommended for children. This sport is sure to give you an exhilarating experience.
However, it is highly advised to indulge in jet skiing only during good weather conditions and avoid the same during monsoon or rainy seasons. Otherwise, it could get highly dangerous.
Best Places : Visit the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Andaman to indulge in jet skiing activity.
Cost : The cost per person is around Rs. 600 per person.
7. Speed Boating
One of the coolest water sport activities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that does not require you to get underwater is speed boating. The speed boat splashes through the water at the fastest speed giving you a never before thrilling experience to cherish forever.
It is a sought after sport among the adrenaline junkies for the super fast speed that makes your hearts pump faster. This is surely not for the weak-hearted ones!
Best Places : Head to Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex for enrolling in speed boating at a cost of just around Rs.
2300 per person.
8. Sport Fishing Or Angling
Angling is a method of fishing with the help of a fish hook, which is attached to a fishing line and a fishing rod. The tropical paradise a great destination for indulging in sport fishing.
Though commercial fishing is banned in the archipelago, sport fishing is allowed at the payment of a requisite fee as charges and after acquiring the requisite permits. There are various companies in Andaman, which could arrange for a sport fishing tour for you and your friends!
Best Places : The best place to go sport fishing is Havelock Island and Port Blair.
Cost : The cost starts from around Rs. 12000 for two hours for two persons.
9. Glass Bottom Boating
As the name itself suggests, this refers to the boat rides that are small in size and feature glass bottoms. You just need to sail through sitting at the comfort of your boats and catching a glimpse of the underwater lives through the glass surface.
There are no complications involved, no swimming experience required and is best for people of every age group.
Best Places : The best place to enjoy some glass boating rides in Andaman is Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and North Bay Island.
Cost : The cost is around Rs 2000 to Rs. 3000.
10. Seaplane Ride
Seaplanes are recently introduced in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Seaplane rides are very popular in western countries. Commercial seaplane rides were not performed anywhere in India.
But now you can enjoy the same in Andaman. Seaplanes are specially designed aircrafts capable of taking off and landing on water bodies. It can accommodate a total of 9 persons at a time. You don’t need to be an expert in swimming for getting on a seaplane.
Best Places : When in Andaman, you can get the opportunity of getting on a seaplane ride is in Port Blair. The plane flies from Port Blair to Havelock.
Cost : The cost per person is around Rs. 2500.
Swimming is a common water sport undertaken in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, in Andaman, you do not swim alone. In fact, you swim with elephants. There are many agencies in Andaman, which will arrange for a swimming session with swimming elephants.
Otherwise, for swimming in the pristine water of Andaman, you can head to the Radhangar beach. This beach has won many accolades for being one of the best beaches in the entire continent of Asia.
Kayaking is very popular in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The serene seawater and dense jungles of the Archipelago make it a top destination for kayaking. This does not involve much effort and complicated equipment. All you need to do is paddle a Kayak boat and keep sailing in the water streams.
Though suited for all age groups from the age of 13, Kayaking is mostly popular among the older generation. However, the best time for kayaking in Andaman is October.
Best Places : Havelock Island provides for the ideal kayaking location.
Cost : The cost is something around Rs. 2400 per person.
13. Mangrove Kayaking
For kayaking, there are different routes and tours available in Andaman. Mangrove Kayaking is specially designed amidst the water streams surrounded by the dense mangrove vegetation. This sport is suited for people over 13 years of age.
A guide accompanies the riders throughout the trip. However, this sport is seasonal and is undertaken only during October.
Best Places : Havelock Island in Andaman is popular for mangrove kayaking.
Cost : The cost is within the range of Rs. 2500 to Rs. 3000 per person.
14. Sea Walk
Yet another unique water sport is Sea Walk.It is a little similar to scuba diving except for the fact that you do not have to swim and dive constantly. You can walk on the bottom of the ocean without having to swim or maintain any balance.
While sea walking, you can enjoy the beautiful coral reef structure, fishes and the wide aquatic lives. You will first be given a tutorial of 10 minutes before the final sea walk experience. You will have a helmet fixed on your head, which will be connected to the breathing apparatus for easy breathing.
A team of sea walk guides will be there with you to guide you through the journey and to assure your safety. You can forget about all your worries and get lost in the moment. You will also be given footage of your sea walk journey to cherish a lifetime.
Best Places : The best places where you would be able to sea walk is Havelock Island and North Bay.
Cost : The cost is Rs. 4500 per person.
Semi submarine rides are done in submarine vessels, which are capable of underwater diving. But they cannot be entirely submerged in the water. It also goes by the name Coral Safari in Andaman, which takes you to the deep sea to have an enthralling experience of the rich coral structure.
The vessel can accommodate up to 100 persons at a time and people of all age groups can get inside it. The glasses of the Ac cabin of the vessel are inclined at an angle of 45 degrees, which gives a perfect view of the corals.
You also get the chance to spot some of the rare species of fishes. This underwater expedition is of around 1-2 hours duration.
Best Places : You can indulge in semi submarine rides in North Bay Island.
Cost : The cost for adults starts from around Rs. 1800 per person.
16. Sofa Ride
Sofa Ride is a casual water sport that requires no swimming experience. The ride is done on an inflatable floating platform shaped like a sofa and full of fun and thrill. The boat splashes in the water thus providing a refreshing feeling to the riders. A total of 5 persons can get onto the boat at the same time.
The boat maintains perfect balance and you are made to wear a life jacket, helmet, and a secure belt to maintain your position. The floating platform is then tied to a speedboat.
The speedboat provides speed to the sofa to sail around. Children and adults of all age groups can enjoy this wonderful ride. There are an instructor and an experienced rider to guide you throughout.
Best Places : Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and Elephant Beach are the places where you can avail the sofa rides.
Cost : The cost starts from around Rs. 700 per person.