Swim Through Solitude And Enrich Your Soul With Open-Sea Kayaking in Havelock at The Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Kayaking is not only a way to peaceful relaxation and serene rejuvenation, but also for a nurturing and soulful experience among-st nature. And, what can beat the moments of breeze in your hair, the sun shining bright, surrounded by sandy islands, the lush green mangroves, the chirping of the birds and the infinite silence; all while paddling on an open sea, where the vast body of water stretches indefinitely, in front of you. The sea turtles swimming along with your paddles and the gentle lapping of the water, the high of the tides and the lows of the waves, the elephants at their beach walks and the egrets flying to their homes; the whole affair is too surreal to ignore. It really is the most lovely and ethereal occurrence, in its whole entirety.
If you don’t want to miss your chance to witness this event, then you must make your way to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, that are 572 in number, but only 36 of them are inhabited! These islands are also famous for comprising 1/5th of India’s total mangrove population. Spread across the expansive Bay Of Bengal, these islands are celebrated for their exquisite beauty, flora and fauna. The rich diversity plays a very important role in the upkeep of a healthy ecosystem.
The Havelock Island, which is the only island out of the two, named after an officer of the East India Company, is the most popular and #1 Indian destination for open-sea kayaking, which takes place on the Tanaz Sea. Tanaz Noble is the company responsible for all kayaking and canoeing services. After purchasing the tickets at the Jetty, which are a mere Rs 2500 per person, the visitors receive basic training by a certified instructor. From the Jetty at the Havelock Island, the 3 hour tour begins which is inclusive of all equipment’s, safety gears, life jackets and refreshments.
One can kayak across the sea to a beautiful and shallow reef and spend the day recharging their batteries, by observing and absorbing the enchanting coral and marine life. One can sit back and float across the transparent water, exploring the baffling and enigmatic marine territories of these islands which are home to a spectacular range of flora and fauna – egrets, woodpecker, kingfisher, sea turtles.
If this is not enough to entice you, then you must try the night tours, where the magnificent bio-luminescence (bacteria algae) secrete a blue-green glow –in-the-dark substance that lights up the water with every stroke of your paddle.
Points To Remember-
- Port Blair is the nearest airport.
- Government ferries to Havelock from Port Blair – Rs500 per person.
- Private ferries to Havelock from Port Blair – Rs 1000 per person.
- All ferries to Havelock are available for once a day. It is only a few kms away from Port Blair.
- Maximum 10 Seats allowed per day (for kayaking).
- November and December are the best months to visit.