Kayaking in Andaman

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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 in Andaman 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 night kayaking in Andaman.

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.

Kayaking in Andaman: 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.

Kayaking in Andaman: 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.

Kayaking in Andaman: 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.

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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:

Day 1:

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.

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Night 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 enchanting views of the bioluminescent sea and the night views of Andaman

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

You have to report to the Havelock Jetty in the evening. There, you'll meet your guide and collect your kayaking gear. You'll then board the kayak and begin your night kayaking session. You'll get to paddle over the calm Andaman sea. You'll then return to the jetty and return your gear. The night kayaking in Andaman trip ends here.

Inclusions

You will have one 2-hr session of day kayaking and all equipment required for kayaking: one/two-person kayaks, life jackets, paddles etc. included in the package. Services of experienced kayaking guide will be provided. 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.

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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 are 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.

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 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 jewellery. 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.

FAQs about Kayaking in Havelock

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.

What equipment will be provided for kayaking in Andaman?

The kayaking package cost includes a kayak, life jacket and paddles. Depending on availability, you will either be given a single person kayak or a two person kayak.

What happens if my kayak capsizes or tips over?

Kayaks rarely capsize or tip over, and this happens only when it is hit with a big wave or if the kayaker is not being careful. So you don't need to worry about your kayak capsizing. However, if this does happen, then you'll be wearing a life jacket which will help you float and the instructor who is always near you will help you get back on your kayak.

What happens if my kayak overturns?

Kayaks rarely capsize or tip over, and they are very stable even in small waves. But even if it overturns, you will be wearing life jackets, and the instructor will always be close to you to help you get back on the kayak.

Do I need to know how to swim for kayaking in Andaman?

No, you do not need to know how to swim for kayaking in Andaman as you will not be entering the water. For the entire trip, you'll be on the kayak. Additionally, kayaks rarely capsize or tip over, and if this happens, you'll be wearing a life jacket which will help you float. As long as you're not scared of the water and darkness (for night kayaking in Andaman), then you can go kayaking.

Do I need prior experience or any kind of certification for Kayaking in Andaman?

Kayaking is an easy activity which does not require any kind of prior experience. Before you begin your kayaking session, you'll receive a short briefing on the basic techniques used for kayaking along with some safety guidelines. As long as you have basic fitness and no fear of water, you are eligible for kayaking in Andaman.

Do we go kayaking during high tides or rain?

Kayaking is inaccessible during the monsoon season due to heavy rain and rough seas. Along with this, kayaking greatly depends on the tides, so the tour operator will wait for the tides to recede before starting your kayaking session. Rest assured, your kayaking session will happen only when the waters are calm and the weather is stable.

What is the best season for kayaking in Andaman?

The best time to go kayaking in Andaman is in the months of summer and winter. During the winter months, the days a moderately warm and temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. And during the summer season, the days are warm with temperatures ranging between 24 to 37 degrees Celsius. During these two seasons, the sea around the islands is calm and stable, ensuring perfect kayaking conditions.

However, kayaking in monsoon is mostly inaccessible due to heavy rains and strong winds, paired with unstable water conditions. Hence, if you're going to Andaman for kayaking and other watersports, it is better to avoid the monsoon months.

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