The thing about Andaman is that its beauty cannot be put in words. It is not just a place, it is a feeling. You can’t just land in there, touch all the attractions and get back saying ‘you’ve travelled the paradise’. You have to stand there, watch the clouds float in the sky, breathe in the fresh air, walk through waters and then only will you understand what the place can do. Andaman is magic! Here’s a partial trail into my trip to this wonderland.
Water sports are a must if you are anywhere around the sea. While Neil Island scores a plus one when it comes to experiencing all sorts of adventure activities, North Bay gives it enough competition. We left at around eight in the morning from the Aberdeen Jetty to reach this spectacular place. It takes not more than an hour, or even less. While on the way, we happened to come across a wonderful instructor who had a whole lot of stories to tell about the different islands. If you’re lucky, you might just meet him when you go there.
Following are the activities that you can expect here to experience the coral life:
Through the Glass Boat
It is the cheapest way to watch life under sea. One ferry includes around 15 people and charges range somewhere around 300 INR per person. The boat is covered and there begins magic. You can get acquainted with thousands of species of marine life in a single ride under the sea. Get to see all you only heard in the past.
While Scuba diving may not be a safe everyone, snorkelling is something that people of any age can try out regardless of any health problem or phobia. A snorkel and a mask is all you need to watch the absolutely stupendous kinds of fish and corals. Expect being charged close to 1500 each for this. Carry extra pair of clothes with you.
Perhaps the most exciting sport, Scuba Diving attracts maximum number of travellers. Andaman offers a huge range of coral life exploration that it is hard to let go off the chance. Diving duration includes anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes and charges start from 3500, but of course you have to bargain hard to make them come down to 2000. Reservations start taking place while on the way. Wait for some time. You’ll find a lot of diving associations when you reach the island.
What happened in Mauritius is now happening in India. So why not experience it here itself? This is amongst the new activities that have started to trend in North Bay and the whole of Andaman for that matter. You are given a helmet connect with a transparent visor and you’re ready to sail through the sea. Walking on the ocean floor is an experience in itself so don’t miss it. Life Guards are present to assist you. People with health problems like asthma or heart diseases are not allowed to indulge in this activity.
For all those who don’t like indulging in water sports, simply sit and relax. There’s nothing better than watching the sea.
On our way back, we came to know that before the Tsunami hit the Andamans, North Bay was connected by road from Port Blair. Unfortunately, sea was the only way left now.
After a fun-filled session, it was time to go back into history. A short ferry ride will take you to one of the most beautiful islands in Andamans. While the place is no more habituated by locals, it holds historical significance as the British administrative headquarters. When the Tsunami hit the islands in 1941, the British shifted their head quarters to Port Blair. The church ruins along with magnificent gardens and ballrooms are sure to steal your heart away. My sister and I simply loved spotting deer in this amazing island. Presently it is managed by Indian Navy.
It is said that Ross Island is blessed by Rain Gods and while it may or may not rain in rest of Andaman, Ross Island will always witness monsoon at its best. While returning, we experienced the same and I have to admit that in the recent times, I haven’t loved rains as much as I did here.
You must be wondering why I haven’t talked about Havelock yet. Well, that comes in my next post. Stay tuned!