The Andaman and Nicobar islands are rather far off and closed off locations to the rest of the country. With over 300 different islands, the archipelago is mostly closed off to tourists to retain the peace of the native residents. However, a lot of it is open for exploration so worry not! You can still explore and feel the white sandy beaches, the clear blue skies, the exotic coral reefs, and a wide range of other activities.
Of course, a trip is only made worthwhile and feel good with the presence of good company, and we are not talking about your tour guide. If you are looking for romantic opportunities in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, worry not! For there are aplenty of those to be found throughout the archipelago. And, since it is impossible to experience everything in a day, we recommend checking out couple friendly hotels in advance to make your stay more convenient.
Below is a list of five different ways you can experience the magic of the islands with your significant other!
1. Trying Under water Activities
First on our list is definitely something most people have never tried before – activities under water. Since Andaman and Nicobar islands offer so many of these, it is only obvious to try these out first.
Scuba diving is one of the most sought after activities here. It is an excellent opportunity to explore the deep water, and relish in the beauty of the different sea creatures and coral reefs. Doing so with you significant other is a truly otherworldly experience altogether.
If you do not want to go as deep, snorkeling is another option. It is much like scuba diving and offers a great view of the marine life.
A rather unique and great activity that is also offered in the Andaman and nicobar islands is under water Walking. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like. You and your partner can walk hand in hand over the sea floor and experience the marine wonders as close as humanely possible.
2. Trying Over water activities
Along with under water activities, you can also try your hand at these! Or if you or your partner happen to dislike the thought of diving deep into the ocean, this is a perfectly viable option as well.
First of all you should definitely give dolphin watching a try. It is a unique opportunity to see these fascinating creatures in person. They are available on the Lalaji beach on long island and also on Havelock island. There are custom sea vessels with sea through floors too that give you an amazing glimpse into the underwater world without even having to wet your toes. Such a sight with your partner will be very romantic
Activities such as canoeing and kayaking are also very popular here and a must try. If you and your partner are the adventurous kind you will definitely love it here.
If you want to go a step further, some cruises and even a helicopter tour is offered on some of the islands.
3. Enjoying the Beaches
Evidently, if you have made it to the Andaman and Nicobar islands, it is only necessary to do beach hopping. There is a vast number of beaches open to the public and all of them have something or the other to offer.
The Elephant beach is popular for its coral reefs and marine life, and also provides activities like snorkelling, kayaking and jet skiing. The Radhanagar beach is a highly ranked beach with splendid blue waters and golden sands. The Vijaynagar beach is regarded as the most picturesque of all, with the best sunsets in all of Andaman. The jolly buoy island is known for its dolphin watching. The ross island is home to many ruins and is perfect to go exploring with a partner.
Other beaches that you should look out for are the Lakshmanpur beach, Bharatpur beach, Wandoor beach, Kala Pathar beach, Corbyn's Cove Beach, and Aamkunj beach.
4. Going Trekking
Now the Andaman and Nicobar islands are not some fancy-snowy hill stations, but that doesn’t mean that they do not offer trekking opportunities. In fact, most of the trekking trails in Andaman and Nicobar islands are quite unique and offer refreshing experiences.
One of them is the trail starting at Mount Harriet and ends at Madhuban. It is quite a difficult pick so be wary and be prepared. It will offer you great scenic view and endemic species of plants and animals. Be sure to sneak a peak of the sunset while on high ground for a romantic evening!
Chidiya Tapu is an island popular among tourists for bird watching. But it also features the black mountain to which people trek for again, a spectacular view of the sunset. Baratang island is known for its limestone caves and lush greens.
A lesser known offbeat but easily one of the most interesting place is the Diglipur Island. It offers a whopping 22 caves that are sparsely visited, known as the Alfred caves. The saddle peak here is also a good birdwatching spot.
5. Exploring the Volcanoes and National Parks
Ending the list with a bang, we bring to you volcanoes (pun intended) and a national park, both of which are pretty unique and interesting to be found on a small archipelago.
The first volcano is located on Barren Island, which is, not surprisingly, barren due to the volcanic explosions. It is the only active volcano of not only India but also south Asia and is therefore very popular among tourists.
The other volcano is a dormant one, located on Narcondam island. It is classified as a wildlife sanctuary and is home to many unique species of wildlife. There are also a fed mud volcanoes in Baratang island and Diglipur island.
Andaman is also home to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, near Wandoor. It comprises of two major island groups: the Labyrinth Islands and the Twin Islands. It is home to many unique species such as sea turtles and pretty coral reefs.
And that brings us to the end of our list. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are definitely some of the most romantic tropical islands. We suggest you to not let go of any opportunity of exploring them with your partner.