Some tips for a smooth visit to the Andamans!
- If you have any official doubts, contact the Tourist Information Center in the islands.
- It is advisable that you keep your official documents on you at all times. This also applies to all the required permits. This will be checked by the jetty police officers.
- Swim in safe areas and contact the lifeguard for any support.
- To enjoy the natural aspects of the Island, do some research on marine life, flora and fauna. This will enhance your experience and help you understand the islands more authentically.
- Permits for visiting National Parks and other restricted areas are going to have to be obtained separately.
- Tribal areas or disturbance to them of any kind is prohibited and punishable. They wish no interaction, please respect that.
- Public notices and information boards are your best guide during your travel.
- Your ideal scuba diving experience will come with training from instructors that are certified by international organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI.
- Andaman is super-safe for travelers. However, if you suspect any unsafe or suspicious activity, feel free to contact the local authorities.
- Coral life on the Andamans, like most of the world, is very sensitive. During scuba diving or snorkeling, be sure to not touch or step on them.
- Smoking on the islands is strongly discouraged as it can disrupt the environment and cause damage to nature. It is also unpleasant to some travelers.
- Plastic bags are banned in the Andaman Islands. A fine of Rs. 1,00,000 or 6 months of imprisonment can apply, and in some cases, both.
- Travelers shouldn’t be hunting on the island. This is for preservation and conservation purposes.
- Staying on the beaches overnight is banned. You should return to your hotel or resort after sunset.
- No bonfires on beaches or in forests are allowed as this is a fire hazard. This is strictly banned.
- You can’t touch or collect any kind of dead coral or shells. In case you want them, you can buy these shells from local businesses. Remember to keep your receipts with you.
- You are not allowed to take any photographs or videos of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman. This is punishable by law.
- We strongly discourage you from swimming while intoxicated. Avoid swimming during monsoon season too. Nudity is banned from the beaches. You are also not allowed to stay on the island past your permit time.
- Take all road safety measures such as wearing a helmet while riding a 2-wheeler. Violation can result in a penalty or fine. Follow all traffic rules and keep to the left side of the road.
- Maintaining cleanliness on the beaches is expected of all travelers. Lack of that will lead to a bad experience for you and other travelers.
Please remember to visit the official government website for the latest updates and changes.
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