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Surprising Details About Barren Island - The Only Active Volcano in India

Surprising Details About Barren Island – The Only Active Volcano in India

A trip to Andaman can never ever be complete unless you’ve paid your visit to the only active volcano in South Asia. A must visit place for every Andaman Goer. Here are some of the surprising details that you probably don’t know about Barren Island. The Barren Island is located about 86 miles north-east to Port Blair, the volcano last erupted on 23rd January 2017 leaving ash laden clouds drifting through sky and red pungent lava moving downhills though it was barely a 2 on the scale. Abhay Mudholkar and B. Nagender Nath from the NIO saw the episode from a mile away and observed the frequent eruptions every 5 to 10 minutes. However, 1991 eruption had an unsolicited obnoxious impact on the flaura and flora population. Aftermath the dreadful eruption, only 6 out of 16 species of birds were noticed and only one species of rat remained. An active lava is believed to erupt at least once in every 10,000 years. The dauntingly Delphic volcano lies on the Indian and Burmese tectonic plates and the island is stretched over 3 km. You might be wondering why it’s called “Barren Island”. Well, the name justifies the fact that it has zero vegetation and is bleak with its only residents as hardy goats, birds, bats and rats who’ve braved all the anomalies and morbid conditions. The mysterious part about it is how the goats got into this island. Barren Island is renowned for its scuba diving around the world for the abundant marine life and corals. It’s difficult to take your eyes off the underwater marvels. Bet you’ll make indelible memories as you swim with school of fishes in the clear profound turquoise water. What makes this island more gorgeous is the purple-black toned bedrock. It’s distinct and one of a kind. HOW TO GET THERE? Ships from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair leave for Barren island thrice a week. The fare and schedule vary as per the number of passenger and weather. Or you can take a seaplane from Port Blair to get the picturesque view from up.
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Water Sports in Andaman

9 Most Thrilling Water Sports in Andaman

The Andaman Archipelago being one of the most stunning places you can go to for a Vacation has acquired such fame because of the thrilling activities, especially water sports, you can be a part of during your visit to this place. And guess what, you don’t need to know swimming for getting indulged into these sports! So, if you’re a non-swimmer than this proves to be a cherry on the cake for you. Doesn’t it? So, now instead of just gawking at your friends while they’re enjoying these fun-filled sports, you can enjoy these along with them. Here’s a list of 11 of the most thrilling water sports that you can explore while in the Andaman, even if you don’t know swimming. 1.Snorkeling Snorkelling—An adventure once experienced lasts with you as a memory of a lifetime. This is something you’ve got to try if you love the reefs or want to explore them even if you don’t know swimming because it is just as safe an experience for non-swimmers as it is for swimmers, the presence of a guide or instructor at all times of the experience being one of the reasons behind it. The North Bay Island and the Havelock Island are two of the best places to indulge in this beautiful experience and discover the beauty of the marine wildlife of the Andaman waters. Book Snorkeling now 2. Jet Skiing Now comes Jet Skiing. But wait, because while most of the other activities are an absolutely safe thing, when Jet Skiing is concerned, you will need to make sure that you are not going for it in extreme weather conditions like heavy rainfall or stormy conditions as that can be an invitation to danger. However, if things be in your favour and the climatic conditions be perfectly alright on your visit to the Andamans, giving this activity a try would be totally worth it. 3. Angling or Sport Fishing Another one of the thrilling water sports you can give a try to, that too without having to go inside the waters, is sport fishing also known as Angling. This is going to be one of the most adventurous things you can try doing in the Andamans. So, go catch your own fish. And yeah, you can have that as your meal too! 4. Scuba Diving If you think that the knowledge of the skills of swimming is one of the necessary assets to get to experience the beauty of scuba diving, then it’s time to bring the truth upfront. No, you do not need to be well versed with the concept of swimming to explore this activity which is a part of almost everyone’s bucket lists. It can be enjoyed by people who have minimum or even no knowledge of swimming with the company of a guide who will be their while you are going for it. But, if you want to go for advanced courses, prior experience of swimming along with certificates will be a necessary requirement. Certificates of PADI will be another necessary thing that you’ll need to get issued by the Government of Andaman to indulge in this activity. The PADI certificates are again, issued to both beginners and professionals, so you don’t need to know swimming for this. 5. Parasailing Parasailing—an experience which is an amalgam of both, water and air type adventures. Being so, it will just double the amount of fun you have while you are tied behind a motor boat from one side of the setup and with a parachute from the other to help you sail in air while you have that humongous water body right under your feet. Sounds thrilling! Doesn’t it? And again, you don’t need to be a swimmer for this. 6. Speed Boating If you’re scared to try the jet ski, don’t worry because we have something as interesting and speedy for you. That’s right. It is the speed boat that we are talking about. Now you can enjoy that speedy ride without having to let the waters touch you, in this safe and secure speed boat. 7. Banana Boat Rides Banana Boat Ride—A ride that enables six people to explore the thrilling experience of rushing through the waters of the sea while sitting on a boat built in the shape of a banana. This is made to rush through the waters by being tied to a boat that pulls it through this offbeat riding experience. And there’s no need to worry for those who haven’t tried this before because it is a totally safe ride and one that is worth it. Your safety is ensured not only by you being provided with a life jacket but a guide/instructor is also sent along with each group willing to take the ride, on the ride. So, you can now enjoy a fun filled ride without having to worry! 8. Undersea Walking sports in Andaman is Undersea Walking. Trust us—this is an experience you won’t want to miss! 9. Glass Bottom Boat Riding A ride in the Andaman Dolphin Glass Boat in Port Blair would be the perfect thing for those who are scared of other water activities or are willing to avoid them because of some health issues. This boat is made with a central Glass Bottom. It is the perfect way to explore the Coral Reefs without having to go underwater. Other than Port Blair you can ride this boat from Water Sports Complex to North Bay Coral Island. Caution: People with back problems would need to avoid this due to the high speed at which this boat runs. So, these were some of the best and the most adventurous water sports you can enjoy in the Andamans. Hope you will! Now, water activities aren’t restricted to just swimming, scuba diving or boating. There’s a lot more you can do in the waters especially when you visit the North Bay Island, Port Blair or the Elephant Beach, Havelock Island to explore its beautiful waters inside out. Enjoy the unspoiled and untouched marine wildlife through sea walking under the waters of these beautiful places. And once again, you don’t need to know swimming or scuba diving for this because you’ll be given a proper suit with a helmet to give to constant supply of oxygen along with assistance to explore the water.
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Looking for Adventure in Andaman ? Top 10 Trips For You

Looking for Adventure in Andaman ? Top 10 Trips For You

The Andaman Islands or the Andaman Archipelago has some of the most adventurous trips you’d want to take if you’re looking for Adventure in Andaman! Well, you might have heard that about most of the adventurous places that vouch to be a perfect location for a vacay. But here’s what! We have not only listed the most amazing and exotic places in Andaman, here but the ones that will prove to be the most adventurous ones you must visit, making your trip the most unforgettably amazing one. Here’s the list of top trips for a perfect Adventure in Andaman : – Try Scuba Diving in the Havelock Islands Heard about the amazing experience of Scuba Diving in books or in movies? …If you’ve ever thought of doing it yourself in real life, we have just the right place for you to make this wish of yours get ticked off the bucket list! Sounds thrilling! Doesn’t it? What’s more thrilling is the actual experience of it. While the Andamans have a good number of coral reefs in the clean waters, the best that we can think of to make this experience of yours all the more adventurous are the ones in the Havelock Islands. Well, as it is one of the adventures one shouldn’t miss out on if you visit the Andamans, some people have some misconceptions regarding the same. If you think that a previous experience of having done this activity, or for that matter, swimming skills are something that is required to explore this adventure, then it’s purely a myth. We say so because this is an activity that can be explored by anyone, even those who don’t know swimming under the supervision of a guide. It is only for taking advanced courses that you’ll need to have had a prior experience of this activity and you also might need to carry the certificates of your prior experiences. However, for those having some health issues, it is advisable to first consult a doctor whether you can perform this activity or not. Sea Walk in Andaman Now, water activities aren’t restricted to just swimming, scuba diving or boating. There’s a lot more you can do in the waters. Sea walking is the thing we’re talking about. Yes, you read that right! You can now walk underwater without having to know swimming because you’ll be given a proper suit with a helmet to give you a constant supply of oxygen along with assistance to explore the waters. And this will become an unforgettable experience when you try it by exploring the rich marine wildlife of the waters in North Bay Island, Port Blair or the Elephant Beach, Havelock Island. Watch the Turtles Nest at the Diglipur Islands Diglipur Islands are visited by turtles for the process of hatching, during the month range of December-March. So, if your visit to the Andamans is about a 6 Day long one or maybe more, anytime during the months of December, January, February or March, you can try to visit this place to watch the turtles nesting. And trust us! It’ll be an experience of a lifetime. Visit the Only Active Volcano in India, Barren Island The only Active Volcano in India, Barren Island is worth a visit if you’re looking for an adventure in the Andamans. But again, it needs some mettle to visit the destination, because of course, a Volcano it is! Well, we think all that will be worth it because of the offbeat experience you’ll get by visiting an actual active volcano. If you do visit this place you’ll have to do so by hiring a private charter boat from Havelock Island or Port Blair to Barren Island to visit the Volcano. You cannot land on this place due to laws passed by the Government in regard with the safety concerns. No night stays are allowed at the Barren Islands, so you will have to make a visit only during the day time. Ride the Seaplane and the Helicopter Seaplanes have been an amazing thing which helped people gather an aerial view of the water bodies and islands in the Andaman archipelago. However, their operation has been put to close since a year, by the Government of Andaman. Well, that having been said we’ll now open the good news block for you. While the operationality of the Seaplanes has now been ceased, Helicopters are something that are still operational in the Andamans. Think about how thrilling would be the experience of seeing the beautiful islands from such a great height while you’re in a helicopter. And we hope you find a booking for one when you go to the islands because there are only a limited number of seats (six seats) available for each ride and there are no pre-bookings available. The booking opens on the day of the ride itself. So, you’ll be really lucky if you get the chance of experiencing this adventurous ride. Explore Kayaking at the Havelock Island Ever heard of a Kayak or about Kayaking? Don’t worry if you haven’t because this being one of the activities that have recently acquired fame in the Andaman Islands is the one for which you need to have had no prior experience of it. The Havelock Island is a great place to give yourself a chance to explore the same. Its operation is only seasonally available, can also be affected by weather conditions. Otherwise, it is operational at all times during the year except for the months of July, August, and September. Hope you enjoy it! Try Snorkeling in the Turquoise waters of Jolly Bouy Island, Port Blair Snorkeling in Andaman is another adventure you cannot afford to miss out on. It is again, a water sport performed under complete guidance, keeping in mind your safety underwater. This place is really clean and safe but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind before you visit this place. These are that since this place comes under the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, it is a no-plastic zone. Secondly, whether or not snorkeling is your motive to visit this place, do keep an extra pair of clothes because we are telling you well in advance that the waters there are way too tempting! The last and the utmost important thing is the time that you plan to visit that place at. Since this place has beautiful coral reefs, it stays shut for six moths (and is thus only enabled to be visited during the months of October to April) to protect this natural treasure. And you’re not allowed to stay here at night so if you have to visit this place, you’ll have to plan one in the daytime. And then you’re good to go! Trek to the Elephant Beach, Havelock Island Elephant Beach is a very beautiful beach in the Havelock Island. And to visit this beauty many people prefer taking a boat ride. While that may sound cool to many, what’s more adventurous and thrilling is Trekking to this place. And we particularly suggest to try to trek to this place through the marshlands, forests and mangrove lands to make it an all the more offbeat and thrilling experience. Explore Fishing in the Havelock Island and take a Trip to the Inglis Island in Black Marlin Fishing is an adventure that needs no introduction. After all it has been known for the thrill of it since centuries that have passed. So, why to miss out on it while in the Andamans! And we have got a way to make it all the more interesting a game for you. The Black Marlin is a boat made especially for the purpose of fishing. It is a fishing boat which is anchored around the Havelock Island and can also be used for the purpose of exploring the beautiful islands around Havelock, if not for the purpose of fishing. If you trying to go with the latter option so these are the places you can try to explore while taking a ride in the Black Marlin: Inglis Island, the South Button Island, Wilson Island and Peel Island. Take a Trip to one of the Remotest Places in Andaman—The Virgin Island Cinque Now, when we talk of adventure and thrill, how can the drill of travelling to the remotest of places be left out. The Virgin Island Cinque, in the Southwest part of the Southern Andamans, is just that kind of a place. The Sea Horse is a boat which has been exclusively customized to help you reach this destination from Chidiatapu. This one will be the perfect way to make your adventure trip one that is worth being called one. These are some of the most adventurous things you can do on your trip to the Andaman Archipelago. So, go ahead and plan your trip.
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Snorkeling in andaman

Snorkeling in Andaman – A Complete Adventure Guide

Are you an adventure freak and constantly seek adrenaline rush while traveling? Then Andaman has the best adventure for you- Snorkelling in Andaman . Snorkeling is, swimming inside a water body or swimming on the surface using a designed tube namely snorkel. A well-known water diving activity, the snorkel is popular in tropical locations. The exciting corals and various other underwater organisms can be seen while one snorkel. Snorkel is the instrument that lets you breathe while you’re cherishing the underwater experience. Best part is that you don’t even have to be a swimmer in order to snorkel. The 30 cm J-shaped cylinder acts as your breathing tube. Snorkel consists of a mask and fins. You shouldn’t be missing out on this fun-filled adventure if you are in Andaman. The enthralling view and life inside the sea is astonishingly exuberant. Lovely rendezvous with sharks as you swim through the azure water will create indelible memories for sure! Here are Top 3 locations for Snorkeling in Andaman. SNORKELING AT THE ELEPHANT BEACH-HAVELOCK ISLAND A boat from Havelock Island Dock takes you to the Elephant Beach. You may opt for a kayak that takes you through the mangroves on the way. The beach is about 20 minutes away from the Havelock island dock. The calm beach will brim your heart with tranquillity and mind with peace. The mesmerizing white sand beach is extremely clean and untouched since littering is not allowed. You’ll witness aligned trees on the beach and coral reefs too. The amazing marine life including crocodiles, octopuses, fishes. Adorn your trip to Elephant island by trying out an adventure sport like snorkeling. You just can’t get enough of the underwater world! SNORKELING AT NORTH BAY ISLAND-PORT BLAIR The island is veiled with corals extending to a large area. With a maximum depth of 15-25 feet deep, swimmers and non-swimmers both get to experience it escorted by professional local guides. School of fish, lobsters and coral reef will pave your way to the underwater world. In case you are a bit skeptic about your safety, let me fetch a sigh of relief by telling you that you’ll be provided with life rings and jackets during the whole process. SNORKELING AT JOLLYBOUY ISLAND-PORT BLAIR Situated in south Andaman, this island is close to Wandoor and is a part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Jolly buoy island is a treat to the eyes! This island is one of the virgin islands in Andaman. The main attraction is zebra fish that you get to see within the water. Another neighboring island is Red Skin Island. Both the islands are open alternatively every 6 months, that is, November-April for Jolly Buoy and May to October assigned to Red Skin Island. The snorkeling is a must if you’re planning to be there. The 15 minutes of snorkeling experience is going to last forever in your memory! Photo ID proof is pre-requisite to booking tickets. FEW SNORKELLING TIPS: Here are some little tips for you if you’re a beginner in snorkeling – 1. FOCUS: Being cautious while snorkeling is important because you don’t want to risk your life amidst the vast ocean. 2. GOOD EQUIPMENT: Even though your guide will provide you with the equipment but it’s important to make sure that it’s in good conditions and also you must wear the mask and fins properly. 3. DELICATE MARINE LIFE: Remember that marine life are better left untouched, witness their beautiful from a safe distance and have a good time!
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