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What to Do in Port Blair?

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

Sea Walking

While Port Blair city has limited activities to offer, Scuba Diving and Sea Walk are both possible in Chidiyatapu and North Bay Island respectively. The Munda Pahad trek in Chidiya Tapu is highly recommended. For more serious trekking, Mount Harriet is a must-go. A relaxing evening in Marina Park is recommended for families. Snorkeling, diving, and Sea Walk are all possible in North Bay. The Ross Island Sound and Light Show is also recommended for the evening. Jolly Buoy/ Red Skin in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor is great for a day trip. Snorkeling and rides on glass-bottom boats are available here.

Top Activities in Port Blair

  • Andaman Dolphin – Glass Bottom Boat
  • Bird Photography Tour
  • Candle Light Dinner
  • Sea Walking

#1 Andaman Dolphin – Glass Bottom Boat

Andaman dolphin is a premium glass bottom boat with a  capacity of 25 people in one ride. While the boat speeds through the ocean, one can see corals and marine life on the ocean floor. You can also try spotting Port Blair’s famous landmarks while on the cruise.  

#2 Bird Photography Tour

This photo tour is not only for expert photographers but also aimed towards beginners and amateurs who aim to enter the field of wildlife photography. Beginners will be given a brief introduction on the skills & set needed to help them improvise and get the perfect bird photograph. 

This activity has maximum slots per tour, so every individual can take time to get the shots they want. This activity aims at you making photographs you can cherish instead of mindless snapshots.

#3 Candlelight Dinner

A romatic candlelight dinner at the terrace close to the seashore. Hear the waves crashing against the rocks and feel the sea breeze in your face. Enjoy a 4-course meal with 1 starter, soup, 4 veg dishes, rice, Indian bread, and dessert. The restaurant opens at 7.30 and closes at 10.30 so guests can sit for as long as they want. 

#4 Sea Walking

Sea Walking is an activity for all ages and one that can be enjoyed, especially if you want to avoid taking the risks of diving. Swimming is not a necessary skill for a sea walk experience and so, is very popular among non-swimmers. Try it for a one-off experience and if you want to indulge in water activities. They also offer the discover scuba diving experience, but the sea walk is more recommended than the DSD.

What to See in Port Blair?

Although a transit stop for many who visit the islands, Port Blair with its rich history and varied museums has its own charm that attracts visitors to the island. Here’s what the capital has to offer:

#1 Cellular Jail

It has been an important historical part of Port Blair. Notable freedom fighters such as Veer Savarkar, Yogendra Shukla, Batukeshwar Dutt, and Babarao Savarkar were some of the inmates here. Don’t miss the light and sound show(Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) when you visit Cellular jail.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs 30, Photo Camera: Rs 25, Video Camera: Rs 100
  • Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4 PM
  • Light and sound show: Rs 50
  • Timings: 5.15 PM, 6.20 PM, 7.25 PM AND 8.30 PM.

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#2 Anthropological Museum

Get a glimpse into the life of the islanders as you tour the Anthropological Museum and discover facts about the life and times of the tribes that call these islands their home. The Andaman Islands are home to six native tribes that maintain close to no contact with the rest of the world. As visitors are allowed inside tribal areas only with special permission, the museum is one of the few windows of opportunity that helps you get insights into tribal life.

#3 Samudrika Naval Marine Museum

This museum is a perfect blend of historical and modern Andaman. A massive blue whale, in its skeletal form, of course, greets you as you enter the museum. There is also an aquarium with fish of all shapes and sizes, from a parrotfish to the rare and venomous species of stonefish and corals. Do stop by the gift shop on your way back to get some souvenirs back home for your loved ones.

#4 Corbyn’s Cove

Surrounded by lush green palms, this happens to be one of the busier beaches in the Andamans. It’s located right outside of Port Blair about 8 km. The drive there itself is a scenic treat to the eyes. Many entertainment options like jetski and other water activities make it a popular destination amongst tourists. Enjoy a relaxing drink with your friends at the beach facing the cafe when you are here. The blue benches lining the area make for a great seat to enjoy the view. You will also find clean and well-maintained bathrooms and changing rooms at your convenience.

#5 Chatham Island

Chatham Island is home to Asia’s oldest as well as the largest sawmill; the Chatham Government Saw Mill and is connected to Port Blair by a 100-meter long bridge. See the intricacies of wood making right from when the woods are being brought in on boats till they are being transformed into final wooden planks to be sent out to various destinations. The island also has a World War II Bomb Pit that bears witness to the darker day of World War II where the island fell victim to British bombs.

While you’re here, don’t forget to stop by the Forest Museum maintained by the Forest Department. It is known to displays a wide variety of artifacts made from oak, gurjan, timbre, satinwood, and padauk that showcase the rich flora found on the island. Read more.

Nearby Islands

#1 Ross Island

What once used to be the capital of the islands during the British region, Ross Island today is home to enchanting ruins from a bygone era. Maintained by the navy, the island is also home to a small museum and hosts a sound and light show that tells tales of the rich history of the islands. Read more…

#2 Jolly Buoy Island

A part of the 15 islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, the plastic-free Jolly Buoy Island is known for its azure waters and immaculate white-sand beaches. Spend your time coral spotting in its crystal clear water while you are gliding on a glass-bottom boat or give your adventurous soul a little treat as you snorkel in the tropical waters of the island. Read more…

#3 Viper Island

Named after the vessel in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Viper Island is home to some of the most intriguing ruins in the archipelago. The history, the culture, and tales of the British colonial rule on the islands can still be seen in the ruins, but only as a distant cry. Read more…

#4 North Bay Island

Famous for housing the lighthouse featured on the reverse of the Rs. 20 note, the North Bay rewards anyone who braves the tough climb up with a spectacular view of the nearby islands of Ross and Port Blair in the expanse of brilliantly sparkling waters.

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