How to plan your Andaman Trip?
Andaman Trip can sometimes get daunting because of so many things happening across Andaman Tours. Hundreds of people offer Andaman Tour Packages. How will you know what is best during your trip? Well, do cheapest tours to Andaman actually means its cheapest? Well, trust us this page has it all and this page will give you an overview as how to plan your Andaman Trip. To begin with, we recommend you to
Identify 3 Most Important Things for your Trip:
Before we land into the top 3 points. We recommend you to check the flight tickets. Flight tickets usually gets expensive as the date of travel approaches near. Book your flight tickets as early as possible. Suggested time is 72-90 Days in advance. If you are not finding cheap tickets during your travel date then put an alert in skyscanner.com. This website will give you regular updates about the price for your travel dates. The second option is to consult local travel companies in Andaman who does group flight bookings. These companies have better deals on the flight tickets as they purchase some tickets in advance for a group. Now lets begin.
Things you need to identify
Now, considering all these factors this is what we at Experience Andamans try to achieve. Irrespective of what your budget is, what your preferences are, what your feedback for a particular destination is or what your inner self feel is correct. An unbiased review about a particular hotel, resort, activity or restaurant is what we recommend to travellers to help plan their trip in a better way.
Where do most people visit?
Most of the travellers who visit Andaman Islands, visit Port Blair (The Capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Havelock Island(Known for its beach resorts and amazing water activities) and Neil Island (Scenic Island with very little crowd and lots of open space). Now, those who come for longer duration visit Middle Andaman, this includes Baratang Island and Rangat, and North Andaman, known for its turtle nesting grounds and twin island Ross and Smith. Seen below is the map of the Andaman Islands that will give you an idea about the islands.
Which Hotel or Resorts to select at the Andaman Islands?
Budget/Standard Category Hotels in Andaman Islands
Port Blair - Hotel Velocity, Andaman Residency, Hotel Marine View, Hotel London, Hotel Adarsh, Vedant Residency, Hotel Anbu etc.
Some even cheaper lodges are Phoenix, Hotel ASM, Hotel Paradise, Raj Niwas, Aashina Hotel and many more ... These might not have any websites, however has a good following for people looking for budgeted trips.
Havelock Island - V Knot residency and El Dorado. The cheapest rooms in any known resort are the NON AC Rooms, Eco Rooms or huts in Havelock Island.
Neil Island - Pearl Park resort and Tango Resort NON AC Room are the best options currently available. Coconhuts beach resort, Blue stone Lodge, Hotel Kingfisher is dead cheap but the room quality is not very good.
Can we stay in NON AC Rooms or ECO Huts in the Andaman Islands, are these hotels safe?
Yes, its fine to stay in an Eco Huts (Available in Havelock and Neil Island.) or NON AC Rooms(Available in Port Blair). Specifically, if you are planning for a PADI certified course,which are expensive you do not want to spend a lot on your room cost. People who are avid travellers and who doesn't care much about their accommodation or room quality can stay in such rooms. Just to make it clear, these rooms are clean, its just that these are very basic. Is it safe? Yes, indeed at the Andaman Islands people understand that their main source of revenue is tourism and the hotel and resorts make sure that the travellers are not affected by any kind of nuisance around their locality irrespective of what their gender or age is. Each person at the Andaman Islands unknowingly by his/her behaviour contribute to Andaman Tourism and help people around them.
Deluxe Category hotels in the Andaman Islands
Port Blair - Sea Shell, Hotel Shompen, Hotel Rhishab, Hotel NK Internation, Hotel J, Hotel Haywizz, De Marina (Sea Facing Hotel), Silver Spring, Aparupa, Sun Sea, Blue Sea, Megapode Nest etc.
Havelock Island - Symphony Palms, Sea Shell, Holiday Inn Beach Resort, Blue Bird Beach Resort, Wild Orchid, Dolphin Resort, Cross Bill and Havelock Island Beach Resort
Luxury Category Hotels/ Resorts in Andaman Islands
Port Blair - Sea Princess beach resort, Sinclairs bay View, Peerless Sarovar, Fortune Resort Bay Island and Rose Valley Resort.
Havelock Island - Silver Sand Beach Resort, Munjoh Ocean Resort and Barefoot, Coral Reef resort.
Neil Island - At Neil these are the best options you can consider. Though Sea Shell at Neil Island, Pearl Park Beach Resort, TSG Neil, Silver Sand Resort at Neil, Sands Marina and Tango - Lagoon Room could be an option.
Must Visit Attraction at the Andaman Islands
Jolly Bouy Island - Opened only for 6 months in a year. Closed on Mondays
Baratang Island - Closed on Mondays
Chidia Tapu - Always Open
Ross Island - Closed on Wednesdays
North Bay Island - Always Open
Elephant Beach for Snorkeling - Can be reached by boat or by trekking for upto 40 Minutes from Havelock Jetty or can be reached via trekking.
Radhanagar Beach - Always Open except after sunset.
DiglipurRoss and Smith Island, Saddle Peak and Turtle nesting from December-March.
Must Do Activities at the Andaman Islands
Scuba Diving at Havelock Island.
Sea Walk at North Bay Island.
Snorkelling at Jolly Bouy and Elephant Beach
Trekking to Limestone Caves - Baratang Island
Fishing Trips to Cinque Island, if you have the budget.
Now, we think you have an overview of what your Andaman tour package should contain.
How cheap is the Andaman Tour Package?
If you come in a group of 20 people or above you will get the best deals. No matter where you stay and what you prefer because you will be travelling in your group and will distribute the total costing which will end up each person spending less amount than for travellers in less number. The discount can go upto 40%.
If you come in a group of 10 people the cost reduces. This can go upto 40% again but now you will just have to consider where you wish to stay as the cost can significantly vary depending upon the room cost per night.
For couples, your total cost depends upon the category of hotels, and the places you prefer to visit. Please don't just go with the initial package cost you see. Ask the vendor, how have you charged me? Can you provide the breakup? Business who can provide the break ups are the real ones because they know the best prices in the market and are ready to share the breakup. Those who are not take different ways. We at Experience Andamans share breakup of the total tour cost so that you know what you are paying for. Thus bringing transparency in your trip to Andaman Islands.
The package price varies depending upon what you do and where you stay and yes the number of days as well. Some packages can go less than 5000 per person. Yes, off course this is the starting range where people travel for only 3 Nights or less to Andaman Islands. We at Experience Andamans, personally do not recommend such a less amount of days to Andaman Islands. But, be careful that you just don't get anything which is not even worth the price you are paying for. On an average a package for 4 Nights and above can cost you Rupees 9000 to Rupees 50000 per person based on the things you will be doing in Andaman Islands.
Resorts / Hotels Suggested for Andaman and Nicobar Honeymoon Package?
PORT BLAIR - De Marina - Sea Facing Rooms, Hotel J, Hotel Shompen, Hotel Haywizz, Sinclairs, Megapode Nest,
Sea Princess, Rose Valley and Peerless Sarovar.
HAVELOCK - Sea Shell, Symphony Palms, Silver Sand, Holiday Inn beach Resort, Cross Bill Resort, Munjoh, Coral Reef and Barefoot.
NEIL - Pearl Park Beach Resort and Sea Shell.
What you need to check while selecting a travel package from any travel company?
Here are the budget package suggestions
So what is Experience Andamans?
Lets make it clear, we are the experts of the Andaman Islands and we work only for Andaman Islands. If you are looking for genuine inputs about the islands then do reach us. Tours with us can be customized in the best possible way, we can suggest you things that not many knowns about it. We expertize in Honeymoon, family and adventure tours. And the prices off course, we work on net rates only, which means the best prices available in the local market. We have our own vehicles, guides, representatives and its all home made, and we are proud about that :) For almost every hotels we provide UPTO 10.51% OFF or even more except from December 10 - January 20 as this is the peak season when surcharge is applicable to almost every hotel and resorts. We are the best agency in the Andaman Islands where you are planning to visit. Every agency based in the mainland or so called travel giants requires a local agent whom they outsource their customers. So even if you pick up any mainland based agency to operate your tour you will end up being handled by a local agent at the Andaman Islands. Doesn't look like a smart decision, does it? Anyways its your call.
Do I need a travel Package to the Andaman Islands?
In the Andaman Islands anything can happen at the last moment. Sometimes heavy rainfall out of nowhere,
resulting in cancellation of many boats, sometimes an attraction is CLOSED and you never know it until last moments or sometimes minor accidents takes place,
resulting in the cancellation of the boat. There are so many dependency such as ferry tickets to various islands, attraction closed on specific days of a week,
cancellation of ferry and sea plane, timings when the convoy opens, boat timings to various day trip activities and many more.
The list goes on and we have been trying to make the guest updated with whatever changes are taking place during/before their trip.
If you are well equipped to handle such situations or you do not have any fixed dates to return back then you may not take a tour package.
We are certain that you will manage the Andaman Trip well. These above mentioned points should be taken into consideration while planning your trip.
Whoever is not certain in such scenarios or whoever does not want to take an overhead we recommend a tour package.
We encounter many situations on weekly basis that guests reach Andamans doing all by themselves, ending up not visiting many of the attraction as planned before the trip began. This is purely to blame them for not taking into account many scenarios as mentioned above. We try what we can best do in such situation for guests who have not planned appropriately.
For genuine Island insights reach our local Island expert, and we are sure that we will be able to guide you like no one else.
WE STRONGLY BELIEVE EVERY TRAVELLER IS DIFFERENT AND SO ARE THEIR EXPERIENCES.