Travel Tips for Andaman - the Do’s and Don’ts

Symphony Samudra Port Blair - People running towards the beach

Andaman is an Indian island embedded in the Bay of Bengal. It has a unique jurisdiction, which allows for laws unfamiliar to the rest of the nation. The legal framework of Andaman ensures that the indigenous islanders, flora and fauna of the land are respected and protected from any possible harm or interference from outsiders. There are some things to keep in mind to ensure your actions do not knowingly or unknowingly offend the public sensibilities of Andaman. Following these tips will help you with a positive and wholesome experience on the islands. Here are the do’s and don’ts in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Things to do in Andaman

Wear a helmet while riding two-wheelers. Those found not wearing helmets will be penalised. This rule is made for the rider’s benefit. You might be dying to get here, but we prefer you reach without injuries.

Consult a lifeguard before entering the sea. It is recommended to ensure that the sea is safe for swimming before you step into the water. Some beaches contain high tides that make it arduous to wade the water, which might result in drowning. Please do not try to be rebellious. Clownfish are abundant in the sea, and we need not add more.

If you are a foreign national, make sure you carry your Restricted Area Permit (RAP) wherever you go. This applies to all the islands in this archipelago. Our jetty police officers would check your permit before allowing you to enter the ferry. Carry the RAP or it’s a wrap.

Obtain a permit for taking photos and videos of places. Tourist attractions often contain notices regarding permission for photography and video filming. It also goes without saying that you should not take pictures of other people. It is considered disrespectful to do so. Terrible manners and unflattering angles are a bad combo.

Say no to litter. Now you know that you look silly talking to garbage. All you have to do is dispose of waste in the designated garbage receptacles and you have immensely helped us in our goal. Andaman is a clean, well-preserved territory, and we actively try to maintain it as such.

Symphony Samudra Port Blair - A rider wearing a helmet
Symphony Samudra Port Blair - Bottle discarded on the beach

Things not to do in Andaman

Do not smoke in public areas. The people in Andaman are far too happy with our palm-infringed beaches and excellent air quality to want to die early. Smoking ruins the air and the immaculate island vibes.

Do not use plastic bags. They are banned in the Andaman Islands. People caught using them will have to pay a hefty fine of Rs. 100,000 or be imprisoned for six months. As beautiful as the Andaman is, it is not a Barbie dreamhouse… life in plastic is not fantastic.

Do not interact with the indigenous islanders. Their privacy must be respected at all times. Any attempts at engaging with them are punishable by law. Andaman is “da man” for protecting our natives.

Do not hunt. Andaman is home to several species of birds and animals, and we exist in harmony with our fellow beings who inhabit the island. Slay your outfit of the day, not the creatures.

Do not light campfires on beaches or forests. Campfires may spread into the surrounding vegetation and lead to bushfires. This can start an avalanche that could lead to death or injury. Not to mention, the embarrassment of causing possible manslaughter just because you wanted to roast marshmallows by the fire.

These islands have a thriving ecosystem untouched by the environmental damage that comes with modernisation. As strict as some of these rules might sound, one can see that this is the reason the land is flourishing. We hope you find the travel tips for Andaman beneficial. Each of the aforementioned pointers is serious advice sprinkled with humour. We can afford to throw shade as we have plenty of them on our island.

Andaman is undoubtedly a paradise for nature lovers. Stay with us at Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort and Spa for a fabulous island experience. We offer five varieties of villas and suites for a restful luxurious stay. We proffer a range of jaw-dropping experiences in Port Blair which include nature walks, scuba diving, trekking and a candlelight dinner. You could also check out our resorts in Havelock and Neil Island. Keep these tips in mind and indulge in a magical stay at our resort in Port Blair.