Andaman Islands Travel Guide: Complete guide book to the last and disappearing paradise, covering 13 islands of the archipelago.
Learn about best places to snorkel, where to see turtles laying eggs and how to experience turtle hatching and see turtle babies running to the sea. Read where the most scenic and easily accessible Andaman jungles and waterfalls are. Our guidebook will help you to avoid the tourist hell, crowded with Indian day-trippers and let you enjoy even tourist Havelock peacefully. Practical information about Andaman accommodation, and best value for money tips for on each island. First hand advice on transport and getting around the archipelago, by ships and buses. Detailed descriptions of 8 Andaman islands and tips for a few more. Custom maps with key places marked for your better orientation.
Saving this guidebook offline in your phone, will help you out massively when on the ground (there in no reasonable internet connection on Andamans)
Why we wrote Andaman Islands Guide Book
When planning our 10 week India adventure, we found surprisingly little information about Andaman Islands. To be honest, we found either none or outdated information and nothing practical for real traveler. Arriving to the archipelago, we were thrown into those pleasant time of nineteen nineties, when internet and mobile phones did not exist and travel information was gained by talking to locals on the ground, occasional fellow traveler, exploring yourself or using printed guide book. However, even as of 2018, none such guidebook existed for Andaman Islands. So we wrote this one and we honestly believe this is the most detailed and comprehensive book about the Archipelago.
Whenever we learn about relevant changes, we will post an update here in this post, thus keeping our offline travel guide up to date. https://eagleflyfree.com/en/tips-and-recommendations/andaman-guide-updates/
Travel guide book content
How to plan a trip to Andaman Islands and what highlights not to miss? Beaches, turtles, waterfalls, marine life. You are asking yourself: how can I manage to see everything and how much time do I need? The answers are included.
Getting there and around Andaman Islands. Ships, buses, jeep, tuk-tuks (auto rickshaws) and helicopters are available on the archipelago. Ships will ferry you between the islands, buses will transport you along the Andaman Trunk Road from South, via Middle and all the way to North Andaman. The most attractive option is flying a helicopter.
Huts, hotels and resorts at Andaman Islands. Your sleeping options range from bamboo huts with a mattress on the floor to luxury rooms and cottages. Prices start from 6-7 € per night for bamboo hut to over 100 € per night for luxury rooms. Read more and avoid overpriced tourist traps on Havelock and Neil islands.
Useful guide to Port Blair. I keep general info to the minimum and focus on info real individual traveler’s needs. Banks, busses, ferries, special permits... Many people just pass thru on the way to Havelock. However, Port Blair does have one spectacular sight, worth budgeting an extra day. And it is not the jail. What is it?
Is Havelock heaven or hell of the archipelago? Both! This guide, is probably the only place, where you can read about negative things. We do not need to sell any tours or services to you, so we can afford to be always open, straightforward and if needed be, critical. Read on, we will advise you how to minimize hell and maximize paradise :) Havelock is beautiful.
Neil Island, together with its bigger neighbor Havelock are two most visited Andaman islands and thus two most touristy ones. Visitors mostly tend to think of Neil island as being more quiet alternative to Havelock. Having visited 13 Andaman islands, our opinion is different ...
The real beauty and the best area of the whole Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, is in the north. Still, not many people make their way this far. Good for you! When you take this little extra effort, you can enjoy the area with little to no tourist in sight. North Andaman with its jungles, turtles and little islands is the most attractive destination within the archipelago.
has that sensational feel of the end of the world. Kilometers of beaches are completely free of any humans, jungle waterfalls and water reservoirs wait just for you. Enjoy a motorbike ride and feel the complete freedom to discover the beauty of this island. And it is surprisingly inexpensive!
Island's highlights are its turtle nesting beaches and two mangrove walkways. Check transport and accommodation at Middle Andaman and explore its exotically named places: Dhani Nallah, Moricedera and Yeratta ...
You may consider visiting Long Island for its beautiful Lalaji Bay beach and nice jungle walk heading from the inhabited south of the island to the Lalaji bay.
Wandoor and MG Marine national park
Wonderful sea journey thru narrow stretch of the sea, between South Andaman and Alexandra island, surrounded by dense jungle on both sides. And then the Indian bureaucracy ruins your paradise ...
About the author
Dear Reader. I started travelling after Berlin Wall felt and us, people of countries in central Europe, gained freedom to travel. There was freedom, but no cash. In the middle of nineties, the average monthly salary in my home country was a bit more than 100$ a month. Return flight ticket to Africa or Asia costed as much as half year salary. So we went on hitchhiking and backpacking with 10$ a day budget. Those times were beautiful.
The travel winds took me to hitchhike and travel by local transport thru Africa, Asia and South America. My first visit to India happened in 1995 and the journey, from Europe, involved crossing Turkey, Iran and Pakistan overland.
20 years later the world is closer than ever, thanks to low cost airlines. And
so I continue traveling, with my wife and kids. My wife Viktoria, she fell in love with India. We returned to the country 4 or 5 times. I stopped counting...
Andaman Islands we always my dream, however idea of a 4 day ship journey with cockroaches and rats, did not ring my bell. Thanks to fair competition of Indian low cost airlines, the dream became a reality, reachable within a few hour of flying.
Andaman islands exceeded my expectations :)
Explore this disappearing paradise with good help of our guidebook before mass tourism hits the place!