- Group package tour: Some people love to travel in the comfort of a guided group tour. You have someone to take care of every aspect of the group, a lovely group of individuals to travel with, and a planned fun experience. You can approach a tour agency in your city to do this.
- A regular package tour: This can be a package customized for your family, friends, and colleagues. You can approach a local tour operator for this. Ideally, everyone comes with the best local knowledge and is well aware of every trip nuance.
- Self-planned trip: With all information now available online, it is easy to book your trip the way you want. You can get quotes from multiple tour operators from aggregator websites and choose the package you wish for the best price.
If you choose a, you’ll probably already have your entire itinerary planned for you. If you choose b or c, you have lots of room for customization. Here’s what to do next for How To Plan A Trip To Andaman
1. Book your flight tickets
Flight tickets are quite a cost component in an Andaman trip. Booking one as soon as possible, especially if there is a sale/discount, can let you save much money. Here’s all the info you need on Flights to Andaman
2. Plan your number of days of stay
If you are a first-timer, we recommend spending five days on the island. Give another two days for travel, and that makes it a week of vacation. This is good for a regular and a honeymoon package.
3. Plan your budget
Google cheap Andaman packages, and you’ll find one for as low as Rs. 5000 per person and others for more than a lakh and a half. It depends on the level of service, type of stay, and choice of activities. We generally recommend that “cheap” not be a guiding factor as you may end up with a less-than-good experience.
4. Now comes the best part – your actual Andaman itinerary
Andaman has many beaches, with popular ones featuring in most itineraries and the quiet ones tucked away from sight. Ideally, everyone wants the best of both. Similarly, you want to see the famous sites and want some alone time, relaxing and enjoying. You want a bit of adventure with a scuba or snorkel but also want to explore the natural magnificence of the limestone caves and a slice of history at the cellular jail. And of course, no vacation can be complete without some souvenir shopping. Here’s how to plan it all in your Andaman itinerary.
- A day at Port Blair
The main attraction in the city is the Cellular Jail and its sound and light show. You can plan your trip in such a way that you can visit the jail during the day, spend some time out shopping and around Corbyn’s Cove (It is a regular beach), and then catch the sound and light show in the evening.
- Spend a day around Neil Island
Neil has some beautiful beaches like Sitapur, Bharatpur, and Laxmanpur. It has the famous Howrah bridge and can offer a day of relaxation and a fantastic sunset. Stay at Neil island and soak in a beautiful Andaman experience.
- A day at Havelock
Havelock has beach No. 7 or Radhanagar beach, voted the best beach in Asia and 8th best globally. Considering its popularity, you may find it a tad crowded, but it is a must-visit. On day 2 or 3, you can choose to snorkel or a glass-bottom boat ride.
- Scuba diving day
A Try Dive is great for anyone who wants a slice of adventure (even if you don’t know how to swim). Done in half a day with a short theory followed by an actual dive with an instructor, it will be everything you dreamed of. Return to Port Blair for the night
- Limestone caves / Mud volcano day trip
The trip requires that you leave your hotel around 3 AM, navigate through the dense Andaman forests, and canoe through the mangroves to catch two amazing natural wonders. You’ll return the same day by 5 PM to spend the night at Port Blair.
While this is an excellent standard itinerary that covers a bit of everything, you can stay an extra day to either explore some of the other beaches for a day of relaxation or do another day of scuba diving.