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One of the most faraway destinations in India, you may not have heard of the Andaman Islands, or be aware of the vast landscapes and magnificent ocean which awaits you. But this archipelago in the Bay of Bengal is one destination which you don’t want to miss.

Located in the middle of Andaman Sea, these islands have much in common with such famous places as Maldives or Bali, but at quite a lower price. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites.

With roughly 300 islands known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests, it’s here that you can can swim with the elephants, get lost in the ancient jungles, explore the underwater world, and swim in the cleanest and the most transparent water in the world.

With many incredible Andaman tour packages, this archipelago offers quite literally thousands of things to do. The following are 3 reasons the Andaman Islands should be your next trip.

3 Reasons You Should Visit the Andaman Islands

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Secluded and Remote Beaches

If you’re looking for seclusion and total solitude, head to Rangat and Long Island. Crystal clear waters lap against the coastline, and you can truly leave the rest of the world behind, having found some of the archipelago’s most remote beaches.

When you start strolling in the cool waters of Rangat and Long Island, it’s as if you have escaped civilization. It’s quite a distance between your location and the other Andaman Islands, which makes this the perfect place for those seeking to leave behind the hustle and bustle of city life.

A Honeymooners’ Delight

With it’s idyllic setting, the Andaman Islands are the perfect honeymoon destination, and you’ll find a lot of hideaway hotels as well as beach cottages that are suitable for romantic escapades.

Other than strolling in the best panoramic oceans, why not indulge in a relaxing spa treatment in one of the many spas in the area. Seclusion and serenity are other synonyms of the Andaman Islands.

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Water Sports

There are a number of things to see and do in Andaman Islands, and this is a great place to learn new skills, and try an incredible range of watersports.

There are fabulous opportunities for activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing. At Port Blair and North Bay Beach, you can enjoy sea walking, which is an activity that is sure to mesmerize you.

Sea walking is a quite new concept which is becoming incredibly popular among non divers. A large glass dome is placed over your head and, as you descend, air is fed via a tube. This allows you to walk along the sea bed!

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    12 Comments

  1. The Andaman islands sound amazing! I’d never heard of them before but they definitely look like a lovely alternative to the Maldives. I love beautiful secluded beaches away from the crowds!

    • If you have the chance to visit at some stage we can highly recommend it! Seclusion is the biggest draw for me – nothing worse than sharing a beach with huge crowds!

  2. You’re right. I’d never heard of the Andaman Islands. How beautiful they are and how nice it must be to relax on the secluded beaches. I’d love to give sea walking a try, too!

    • Glad we could introduce you! Sea walking really intimidated me at first, the bottom of the helmet is usually open, and it was amazing at the engineering how water didn’t flow in! But after a bit of apprehension with the descent to the sea bed, it was incredible! Such a unique adventure!

  3. I have to admit, I just returned from India a few days ago, and I didn’t even know these islands were part of that country! They are gorgeous! I’m a certified diver and that crystal aqua water looks so inviting. Did you swim with elephants? I’ve heard of washing them, but not swimming with them. That would be amazing.

    • With so many incredible parts of India, the Andamans fly relatively under the radar. But they’re incredible in their own right, and as a diver you would love it here! I’ve personally not swum with elephants, though I heard about it and saw some incredible photos! Let me know if you do!

  4. We visited Phuket and headed inland toward Krabi. The diving was good, but not great. We always heard stories about how amazing it was if you head out into the Andaman Sea proper. Visiting the Andaman Islands and diving there would be a dream come true.

    • Sounds like you have a great excuse to head back to the region and visit the Andamans – sorry to hear that the diving in Krabi wasn’t great. Hopefully when you get to the Andaman Islands it will blow you away!

  5. I have heard a little bit about the Andaman Islands but I have no idea what it’s like. I enjoy reading about some less-known destinations and now I learn something new! Love the idyllic and secluded quality of the islands. I am looking for a great place for water sports and maybe I will put the Andaman Islands on my bucket list! @ knycx.journeying

    • Glad we could give you a bit more of an overview; if you’re looking for a great spot for watersports the Andaman Islands are definitely a destination to consider :)

  6. I definitely haven’t heard about the Andaman Islands before –
    but it sounds beautiful and even better if it can be enjoyed at much lower of a cost than a place like the Maldives! Sea walking sounds absolutely incredible (if I can get over my fear of descending into the deep blue!)

    • Glad we could introduce you! It’s definitely one of the most beautiful parts of India, and such a cheaper alternative to other paradise destinations which are more well known :)

      I’ll admit that even I was a bit intimidated by descending for sea walking, though you don’t descend to far, and can see the top, so it calmed me to know that I could swim to air pretty quickly if I had to :)

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