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  • Kayaking in Andaman

    Kayaking in Andaman is a gorgeous experience where you get to not only get a unique view of the islands but also paddle around in the calm waters of the various beaches, bays and the gorgeous mangroves. You get to explore the gorgeous flora and fauna around the islands and the blue sea while being away from the crowds. If you’re heading to the Andaman Islands, you might also like our blog on the Best Adventures in Andamans.

    Night Kayaking in Andaman

    Apart from this, there are also various night kayaking sessions which lets you explore the islands in an off-beat way, away from the crowds, under the starry skies. During night kayaking in Andaman, you also get to see the bioluminescence in the water that is caused by phytoplankton. You also take the less kayaked path through the mangroves in the dark while kayaking in the night.

    The Andaman Islands form an archipelago between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The islands are famous for their pristine white beaches, considered some of the best in the world, along with the emerald waters of the sea around them. The islands are also home to dense mangrove forests, and a rich ecosystem of vivid fish species and coral reefs along the shore.

    One of the best ways of exploring the gorgeous shorelines of the Andaman Islands is kayaking. Havelock Island is the most popular spot for kayaking in Andamans, but Port Blair is also gaining popularity in recent years. It is indeed one of the best watersports to experience in Andamans.

    There are various kayaking packages that you can choose from, consisting of both day as well as night kayaking trips. These packages range from INR 3000 to INR 4500, depending on the time and location. These kayaking in Andaman packages include the cost of kayaks, paddles, life jackets along with an experienced instructor.

    Itinerary

    For kayaking in Andaman, you first report at the jetty/beach at the given time, and meet your team and instructor. From there, you collect your gear and prepare for kayaking. But before you head out in the sea, the instructor gives you a short briefing session along with safety guidelines that you need to follow. You then head out for a 2-2.5 hours kayaking ride in the gorgeous Andaman sea. After your kayaking session, you return to the jetty/beach and return your gear before heading out for your next adventure.

    Best time to go

    The best time to go kayaking in Andaman is during the months of summer and winter. During the summer season, the days are warm and the waters are calm, providing perfect conditions for kayaking. Similarly, in winter, the days are moderately warm and the cool, calm waters make kayaking a great experience. However, kayaking in monsoon is usually inaccessible due to heavy rains and high tides that the island faces.

    Safety

    Kayaking is a very safe activity and it can be done by people of all age groups as long as they possess basic fitness levels. Additionally, you're also given a life jacket for your kayaking session to help you float if your kayak capsizes or tips over. However, capsizing or tipping over of kayaks rarely happen and only when it is hit by a big wave or when the kayaker is not being careful.

    Apart from this, the tour operators hold safety as their first priority and do not compromise on it. Hence, they will only begin the kayaking session when the weather conditions are right for it. If they think the sea is rough or has high tide, or if it looks like it's going to rain heavily, they will either wait for the tide to recede or cancel the trip. This is the same reason why kayaking does not happen in the monsoon season.

    Did you know that even beginners and non-swimmers can experience scuba diving in the Andaman Islands? Check out our blog on Scuba Diving in the Andamans for Beginners.

    Getting there

    Andaman is an isolated cluster of islands that can only be reached by flights or cruises. Of the two, flying is more convenient, as there are regular flights from major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, etc. to the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair, Andaman.

    If you have a few days to spare, then you can even take a cruise from Kolkata, Vizag or Chennai to Port Blair; these cruise trips take around 60-70 hours to reach Port Blair.

    Getting around in Andaman:

    In Port Blair and Havelock, you can either hire taxis or autos to reach other parts of the island. You can even rent a car with a driver for roughly INR 550 per 35 km, or a motorcycle for around INR 300-400 per day. These prices are subjective. Apart from these, there are bus services connecting Port Blair to Wandoor in the south and Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur in the north.

    To go from one island to the other, you can either board government run ferries or catamaran ferries. Of the two, catamaran are the faster ones. Pawan Hans also runs 8-seater Cessna seaplanes between Port Blair and Havelock, but these flights are sporadic and depend greatly on the tides.

    What else to do in Andamans

    When you're not kayaking in Andaman, there are plenty of things to do in Andaman. You can go explore the white sandy beaches of the islands, or go for short treks through the forests of Andaman, or you can go snorkelling at various dive sites or explore the exotic marine life of the Andaman Sea.

    If you want to further explore the emerald waters of Andaman and the marine life that thrives under the surface, then you can sign up for the many scuba diving trips and courses around Andaman. There are one day discover scuba diving/try diving trips in Andamans for those who want to experience scuba diving, and then there are PADI/SSI certified scuba diving courses too in Andamans. Check out more options on scuba diving in Andamans.

    Kayaking in Andaman Summary

    • State: Andaman and Nicobar
    • Nearest city: Port Blair
    • Total days: 1 days
    • Grade: Easy
    • Season: Summer and winter
    • Avg temperature: 20 to 37 degrees Celsius
  • Kayaking in Andaman

    Sketch itinerary:

    Day 1: Go kayaking in Andaman

    • Kayak type: 1-2 person kayak
    • Kayaking duration: 2 hours
    • Meet-up point: Havelock jetty
    • Enjoy pretty views of the Andaman island
    Detailed itinerary:

    Today, you have to report to the Havelock jetty in the morning. There, you'll meet the instructor and the rest of the team and collect your kayaking gear. You will then begin your kayaking session. The session will last 2 hours and you will get to explore the gorgeous shores of the Andaman islands. You'll then return to the jetty and return your gear. The kayaking trip ends here.

    Inclusions

    The packages will include one 2-hr session of day kayaking. All equipment required for kayaking: one/two-person kayaks, life jackets, paddles etc. will be provided. Services of experienced kayaking guide are included to enjoy a safe experience. All applicable taxes are inclusive.

    Exclusions

    Travel arrangements between home city and Havelock Jetty and any accommodation or meals at Havelock Island are not included. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc. will be additional. Personal expenses such as meals or beverages etc. are not included. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.

    Night kayaking in Andaman

  • Best time to go/Weather

    For kayaking in Andaman, the best time is either during the months of summer or winter. During the summer season, the days are warm and the sea around the islands is calm and stable. The temperatures range from 24-37 degrees Celsius.

    During the winter season, the days are relatively warm but pleasant, and the cool water is also stable. The temperatures during winter range between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius.

    Kayaking in monsoon does not take place as most watersports are inaccessible during this season due to heavy rainfall and strong winds paired with rough waters.

  • Kayaking in Andaman - Route Map / Altitude Map

    • Map of Andamans with all adventure activities

  • Kayaking in Andaman - Frequently Asked Questions

    Is kayaking in Andaman safe?

    Yes, it is safe to go kayaking in Andaman. During your session, you will be accompanied by an experienced instructor the entire time. Apart from this, kayaking only happens when the water is calm and the tide low. You'll also be given a life jacket in case the kayak overturns.

     

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  • Reviews

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      Thanks to The Great Next team for organizing a fabulous group trip to the Rock Hill Adventure Resort in Kolad. We had a great time at this beautiful place and enjoyed amazing Adventure Sports. Looking forward to more such associations with The Great Next in future!

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'We went to Rock Hill Resort. All in one, it was an amazing experience. Starting from Staff to cleanliness, food and rafting. Would recommend everyone if you are looking out for a weekend gateway in the lush green scenic beauty place. Cheers!'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'i booked a basic kayaking course with them. the experience was wonderful. kayaking is an extreme water sport and it sure will give the adrenaline rush. u need to be really water friendly to do it!!! all arrangements done by the great next were great. highly recommended �'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      Brilliant experience! The sales team at The Great Next was very patient, professional, prompt and honest. They helped us decide where to go and booked a camp site and rafting at a really good property in Kolad. The service at the camp site was top noch and the guides and equipment for river rafting was of top quality. All in all it was a great and a seamless experience and I look forward to booking with you guys again!

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      Brilliant experience! The sales team at The Great Next was very patient, professional, prompt and honest. They helped us decide where to go and booked a camp site and rafting at a really good property in Kolad. The service at the camp site was top noch and the guides and equipment for river rafting was of top quality. All in all it was a great and a seamless experience and I look forward to booking with you guys again!

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      We recently did the night kayaking trip with Tanaz in Havelock and I have no words to describe the experience.. Happened to randomly click a link which led me to the Great Next and boy am I glad it did! I was always obsessed with watching bioluminscent plankton and had done lots of research on it before going to Maldives but people said it was too rare a phenomenon to be confirmed. However, here maybe thanks to the mangroves or Tanaz's love for the bioluminescence, we found them here in abundance.. I was so skeptical at first when they said you will most definitely see it coz I had heard such opposite feedback from other places in the past, but they are absolutely right.. We saw the bioluminescence throughout our kayaking trip and it was definitely one of our best experiences in life! Please trust the Great Next and Tanaz blindly in organising this trip for you and I assure you you will not be disappointed.. Tanaz only plans this trip during specific time periods to make sure everyone sees this magical phenomenon so be sure to trust her dates and just go with it!

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'Got to about TGN through Google, when I was looking for a professional tour operator to arrange a river rafting experience for a corporate group of ~100 pax, at Kolad. I got contacted by Mr. Venkat and his approach to handle the customer was way different than that of others with whom I was interacting at that point in time (Sept 2017). He seemed to be genuinely interested to provide the best experience rather than just doing the business and close the deal. He offered me couple of options ranging from mid-range to lux; and provided enough details that can be passed on to the group. He was prompt in handling & answering queries and one thing that really impressed me is the backup person he has arranged to answer queries, if he isn't available; even before the deal was closed. I chose him because of all these reasons... let me reiterate, I chose TGN because of the thorough pro Venkat has been with me. Besides lodging & boarding, I booked the rafts and guide, and the transportation from Pune to Kolad... so it was a package deal, and as any one can think, with a group of that size some changes are bound to happen - starting with transport ... he showed immense flexibility to split the transportation in just one day notice... which does got accolades from my team. Even at the rafting point, the group size changed from what we committed and just a phone call to him early morning was good enough for the rafting operator to arrange a brand new raft (which got unpacked and inflated right infront of us) to accommodate 8 members. Food and other arrangement at the resort: Food was pretty good... the resort provided piping hot chapatis, and food was lip smacking! Activities at the resort too was amazing despite heavy rains the resort arranged zip line for the group... One feedback: quality of buses could have been better. Overall a very satisfactory arrangement. Would recommend it anytime!!'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

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    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

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    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      Let's go again. The place was so awesome that I am planning to come again to spend a weekend at RockHill Adventurers and Resort. Everything deserves 5 star there :)

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      More than value for money. We visited Rock Hill Adventures and Resorts in Kolad. Everything was taken care for. Definitely recommend it to everyone. The tents and the facilities are totally kickass. You don’t need to worry about anything

  • Getting There

    To reach Andaman, you can either take a flight or a cruise. Flying to Andaman is the most convenient way. There is an airport in Port Blair called the Veer Savarkar International Airport and it is connected to most major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, etc. via regular flights.

    You can take a cruise from Kolkata, Vizag or Chennai if you have a few days to spare as they can take 60-70 hours to reach Port Blair from the Indian mainland.

    If you're going kayaking in Havelock, then you can take a government-run ferry or a catamaran ferry from Port Blair. Do not that government-run ferries take 2.5 hours to reach Havelock and catamaran ferries take 90 minutes.

    What To Wear

    For kayaking in Andaman, you only need to wear basic clothes like t-shirts and shorts/pants. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing like denim jeans, expensive watches, and jewelry. Apart from this, also wear sunglasses and sun-cap to protect yourself from the sun.

    It is also a good idea to carry an extra pair of clothes in case the clothes you're wearing get wet.

    What To Carry

    The tour operator will provide all the equipment required for kayaking, including kayaks, paddles and life jackets. What you need to carry is a daypack with all personal essentials including a towel, extra pair of clothes, spare cash, sunscreen, etc.

    Preparation/Fitness

    For kayaking in Andaman, you need basic fitness as you'll be paddling your own kayak. Apart from this, as long as you're not scared of water or darkness, you'll fit to go kayaking.