Port Blair is the largest city and the capital of the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The city gets its name from Lieutenant Archibald Blair, who is said to have established a colony at its site in the year 1789. Notably, this town is home to the famous Cellular Jail National Memorial, which was formerly a jail where many freedom fighters were incarcerated at the time of Indian Independence Movement.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrive In Port Blair - Cellular Jail And Light & Sound Show
Fly in to Port Blair Airport. Our representative will meet and assist you at the Veer Savarkar Airport. Board the waiting vehicles, drive to your hotel / resort and check in.
First half of the day is at leisure. Later in the afternoon visit Cellular jail followed by light and sound show.
The Cellular Jail has a pride of place in India's freedom struggle. Many a stalwart were imprisoned here. Declared a national memorial, this three storey prison constructed by Britishers in 1906, is a pilgrimage destination for freedom fighters. This colossal edifice has mutely witnessed the most treacherous of inhumane atrocities borne by the convicts, who were mostly freedom fighters. The day draws to a gentle close with the Sound and Light Show at the historic Cellular Jail which gives you a vivid experience of its strong association with the freedom fighters and their struggle for independence. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Light and Sound Show at 1800 hrs or 1900 Hrs, depending on ticket availability (English version is only on alternate days). Cellular Jail is closed on Monday and Govt Holidays.
The Light and Sound Show can get cancelled if it rains with amount being non-refundable.
For Light and Sound show, please carry photo ID proof (PAN card not accepted) or you will not be allowed entry.
Day 2: Ross Island And North Bay Island (Coral Island) Tour
Today after breakfast, embark on a half day trip to two Island cruise. It covers a panorama of seven harbors that includes North Bay and Ross Island which will leave a lasting impression.
Ross Island - Once the administrative headquarters of the British and capital of these Islands, the island is now under the Indian Navy. It stands now as a ruin of the bygone days with the old structures almost in debris. There is a small museum named Smritika, it holds photographs and the other antiques of the Britishers relevant to these Islands. The Island is famous for friendly flocks of Deer and lush green walking trails.
North Bay - The water lovers may enjoy Snorkeling or Glass bottom boat ride (Optional) in its shallow waters with a chance to see corals up close and also has mesmerizing picnic spots with natural picturesque environment. Return to the hotel by evening for overnight stay.
Ross Island is closed on Wednesday.
Ferry for Ross Island leaves at fixed timings and request you to ensure at WSC at the given time.
The boats (6 seater) to the islands are limited in number and seat in boat is subject to availability. Tour is subject to weather conditions.
Glass bottom boat ride, snorkelling, water sports are at an extra cost at North Bay. (Approx Cost for Snorkelling is Rs 800/- PP & Glass Bottom Ride is 500/- PP on sharing basis. Cost may change subject to availability).
Diving and Sea Walk can be done at an extra cost at North Bay. (Approx cost for Sea Walk is Rs 3500/- PP & Jet Ski is Rs 1000/- PP. Cost may change subject to availability)
Please carry change of clothes, towel, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen and wear comfort clothing for this trip.
Day 3: Port Blair To Havelock Island And Radhanagar Beach
Today after breakfast you will transfer to Jetty to board ferry/cruise to Havelock Island. Havelock, about 54 kilometres northeast of Port Blair, the Island is a hidden jewel.
Havelock is a serene tropical island encompassing about 86 square kilometres. Its clear waters are rated among the best in the world for Snorkeling and scuba diving. Close to 1000 different species of marine life inhabit the waters of the Andaman Islands. Scuba divers can see nudi branches, sea slugs and snails, varieties of ghost pipe fish, jaw fish and a number of different crustaceans of all shapes and sizes. With its serene beaches, 40 meters visibility underwater, colourful coral reefs and ‘far from the maddening crowd’ appeal. Havelock Island has emerged as a dream destination among discerning travellers. Arrive at Havelock Jetty, you are met and assisted by our representative.
Board the waiting vehicles and drive to the hotel. After check-in, relax a little. In the evening, proceed to Radhanagar Beach. Stay until sunset and return to hotel for overnight stay at Havelock.
Carry valid Photo id proof (PAN Card not accepted) as the same is checked before boarding ferry to Havelock Island on board.
Travel from Port Blair to Havelock-Island
Ferry from Port Blair to Havelock Island
Day 4: Excursion To Elephant Beach And Transfer To Port Blair
After Breakfast, check-out from the hotel and we proceed for a visit to Elephant beach. Elephant Beach is a small pristine beach, rather remotely located; it can be reached by boat. The beach is also an extremely good place for Snorkeling with an easily accessible house reef, which boasts of beautiful corals and other marine life. The beach has also emerged as Havelock’s favourite spot for scuba diving. It is tailor made to be a beginner's dive site. One can just walk straight from the beach and on to the spot where divers practice.
Just 40 min by boat, this beach offers snorkelers calm blue shallow waters and is the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers. The boat goes right up to the beach and it's so easy to slip on your gear and just start snorkelling. It's also a great place to just spend the day lying on the beach and relaxing.
In the afternoon, take the ferry/cruise back to Port Blair. On arrival at Port Blair, meet our representative and get transfer to the hotel to check-in.
Do note that all hotels on Havelock have an early morning check out time and late checkout is provided at the discretion of the hotel management. Luggage to be kept in reception post check out.
Elephant beach excursion is subject to weather conditions. In case it is closed, an alternate option for sightseeing will be provided by the tour co-ordinator.
The boats to Elephant Beach are managed by a boat association who need individual guest to fill a consent form (please carry photo ID proof) after which boats are allotted based on rotation and sharing basis.
Due to limited boats, guest may have to wait until their boat is allotted and we have no control over the wait time.
Follow the timing instructions of local trip co-ordinators. If not followed, we are not responsible for tour cancellation.
Please carry change of clothes, towel, cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen and wear comfort clothing for this trip.
Travel from Havelock-Island to Port Blair
Ferry from Havelock Island to Port Blair
Day 5: Jolly Bouy Or Red Skin Excursion
After breakfast, proceed for full day trip to Jolly Buoy or Red Skin (only one is operational at a time) - part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It offers spectacular view of corals, fishes and marine life. Depart by 8:30 am for Wandoor to enter the Mahatma Gandhi National Park (29 kms from Port Blair, it is a 281 sq kms national park with 15 small and large Islands) followed up by 45 minutes boat ride through stunning uninhabited Islands. It is advisable to carry water and packed lunch.
To preserve the coral reefs and sea life forest department, regulates the tourist visits by keeping only one open to tourists for the time period. Renowned for its corals in crystal clear water, both islands offer serene beaches. For those with a yen for snorkelling and scuba diving, this is a must. Snorkelling is relatively easy and can be attempted by any swimmer while scuba diving requires specialized expertise. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
The road to Wandoor passes through reserve forest area. The road may sometime be blocked because of tree fall or animals on the road. This may lead to some delay in reaching Wandoor.
Boat tickets for the island are issued 3 days in advance. Due to limited seats, the tickets are subject to availability.
Please carry photo ID proof (PAN card not accepted)
Day 6: Departure From Port Blair
Drop to Airport with memories of an ultimate holiday at Andaman Islands.