When is the Best Time to Visit Andaman?
If you want to decide the perfect time to visit Andaman, you need to know what different weather conditions look like, what you can and can’t do, and more, before you choose the weather you prefer.
There is a generic opinion about the most ideal months to visit Andaman, which is between October to May, the dry season. But would that accommodate all kinds of travelers? We at Go2Andaman don’t think so. The perfect time for you to travel depends on what type of trip you want to take, the type of weather you prefer, and your budget.
Our guide will take you through a weather forecast for different aspects and types of travel.
Andaman Weather Forecast
Andaman is the “it” place for many travelers from different corners of the world. Throughout the year, the temperature stays somewhere between mid-20s and high-30s, with different levels of humidity and rain.
Best Time to Visit Andaman for Good Weather
Located in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman experiences two kinds of weather, rainy season (monsoons) and the dry season (aka summer or mild winter). According to us, the best season to visit Andaman would be the dry season, between October to May! You’ll find yourself in winter and summer months here.
During these months, you wouldn’t want to miss out on water sports, adventure sports, and outdoor activities. The off-season in Andaman lasts from June to September, so we wouldn’t recommend any travel then. The reason for that is, that during this time, there’s plenty of heavy rainfall which means you might not get the chance to do your activities, spend time at the beach or take a ferry due to unforeseeable climate. Many visits and activities have often been canceled due to cyclonic weather or strong winds. Although ferries and cruises are functional in May and June, whether they will work or not actually depends on the kind of weather Andaman is facing. So, choose your travel time wisely!
Best Time to Plan a Trip/Book Hotels and Ferries for Andaman
Coming back to the peak season for your visit to Andaman, you truly wouldn’t want to miss it. But since this is the most popular season, you must be wondering about the surge in ticket prices, good hotels running out of spaces, and other problems. This is why we recommend that you book your travel related details at least 2 months in advance. This extremely popular time frame is ideal for the Andamanese too as its time for festivals and winter breaks from school. So book your flights, hotels and ferries at the earliest. You can book your ferries here.
Best Time to Plan a Diving Trip to Andaman
If you love diving and other water sports, you should definitely continue reading. The most ideal time for you adventure lovers would be the months where these activities are bound to be functional, that is October to May. You do however need to remember that the weather can sometimes be unpredictable and change anytime, which could lead to cancellation of these activities. There’s no guarantee of course, but these months so far are the safest for water sports.
For your satisfaction, you can contact the instructors you’ve listed down for your activities to ask them about weather conditions.
However, if you’re planning on a short and fun diving season, any time of the year should work for you!
Best time for Water sports in Andaman
The beautiful, blue and shimmery waters of Andaman will fill your senses with joy. What better way to enjoy the sea by going for water sport activities. Again, October to May is the ideal time frame during which you can experience these activities.
To enjoy the underwater and all that it has to offer, visibility is important,, which these months provide. Clear weather conditions will help you go for these activities without a fear in the world! You’ll find all rides functional during this time too.
Best Time for Discounts in Andaman
For those who are planning a budget trip, reading this should be fun for you. You’ll get the most discounts during May to September, as an off-season. Now you must be wondering why anyone would want to go during this season. You can expect discounts as high as half off in June and July on hotels, activities, and flight tickets. Ferry costs will stay the same.
If you feel like these offers would be too good to pass over, you should plan a trip that’s flexible and prepare yourself for unexpected weather changes! If you don’t mind the rain, this will go even better for you.
Best Time for a Destination Wedding in Andaman
Andaman may not be the first thing you think of when you think about romantic getaways, but it does make for an unusual destination for weddings that you may end up loving. February and March may be the best time for a wedding at Andaman. The summers will be dry, with little to no chance of rainfall, and hotel rooms available in bulk. You’ll also find lesser crowd as the peak season rush starts clearing out at this point.
Weddings at Andaman can be an expensive affair. We recommend you make bookings for this in advance too so as to save up on your expenses!
Best Time for Booking Flight Tickets
Your flight to Andaman won’t come cheap to you. During the peak season, your flight ticket prices will soar. This is why, we recommend you book at least 1-4 months in advance if you’re traveling between October to February.
Flight tickets can get as low as 3000 Rs. per ticket! You should also book 6 weeks in advance if you’re taking a vacation around major festivals.
Best Time to Visit Andaman for Bird Watching
Did you know that Andaman has the most number of endemic species in India?
Andaman is full of nature, including a wide variety of the most beautiful birds. With over 350 species of birds, including migratory and endemic birds. If you’re a nature enthusiast, the best time for you to go bird watching should be somewhere between February to May. You can go to Mount Harriet, Sippighat Wetland, Chidiyatapu and Shoal Bay. These are the best places to go birdwatching! You can book your bird watching tour in Andaman!
Best time to Visit Andaman for Backpackers/Adventure Seekers
The ideal time for backpackers, adventure-seekers and thrill buffs is to go to Andaman between September and/early October. Another great time would be from April end to May end. You’ll find pleasant weather, plenty of great deals and a lot more, making it the best time to enjoy your trip to Andaman. You’ll also be able to get better opportunities at usually crowded places since there won’t be a lot of people.
Planning a Trip to Andaman and Best Time to Visit Andaman
1. Port Blair
Port Blair is the gateway to the rest of the Andaman. Located in the South Andaman Island, the best time to visit this would be between October and May. Sightseeing will be a lot more convenient when the monsoon season is over! Port Blair is home to many important historic monuments and places of similar significance. Watch out for the light and sound show! It’ll truly blow your mind.
A trip to Andaman is not complete without a trip to Havelock Island. It is known for its dive spots and beaches with coral reefs, perfect for the adventurer in every traveler. Scuba diving and snorkeling are the highlights at Havelock. The ideal time to visit Havelock is October to May. You can visit during the monsoon if you’re not planning to do any water sport activity as you will end up getting much better deals at hotels and crowd free beaches too! You also might not be able to go for treks and hikes, due to heavy rain, slippery slopes and leeches.
3. Neil Island
Neil Island is the hidden gem of Andaman, perfect for those who just love a little solitude. You can reach this island from both Port Blair and Havelock. The ideal time frame to visit Neil would be between October and May. Monsoons can become a little hard as most water sport activities would be closed here too, so plan accordingly!
Best Season for Visit to Andaman – Month Wise
- January: Januaries in Andaman are the start of the dry season, with a maximum temperature of 29 °C and a minimum degree of 23 °C.
- February: The month of February has the highest temperature of 30 °C, and a minimum of 23 °C.
- March: The month of March in Andaman experiences a maximum of 32 °C, and a minimum of 23 °C. Look out for Shivratri and Holi festivities!
- April: April is the hottest time of the year, where the maximum temperature can go till 33 °C, and the minimum temperature is 25 °C.
- May: The rainy season in Andaman begins typically from May. The island experiences frequent showers, and a maximum temperature of 31°C, and a minimum of 25°C.
- June: In June, you are likely to experience heavy rainfall, and strong winds. The temperature in June reaches a maximum of 30°C and a minimum of 24 °C. June has the most rainfall.
- July: The maximum temperature in July is 29 °C, and the minimum temperature is 24°C.
- August: The month of August in Andaman experiences a maximum of 29 °C, and a minimum of 24 °C. In this month, 15th August is celebrated as Independence Day.
- September: Similar to the previous two months, September too experiences a maximum of 29 °C and a minimum of 24 °C. Temperatures during the monsoons can fluctuate based on weather conditions.
- October: The peak season in Andaman commences in October, with a pleasant temperature of 30°C maximum and 24 °C minimum. The festivals of Durga Puja, Dussehra and Diwali are celebrated in October.
- November: By November, the monsoons recede completely, and the temperature will hit a maximum of 30 °C, and a minimum of 24 °C.
- December: December in Andaman witnesses a maximum of 29°C and a minimum of 24 °C. Christmas and New Year Celebrations are held in Andaman in December.
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