Scuba Diving, snorkeling and big game or sports fishing. The accommodation couldn't be more different, with the Andaman Islands offering a more eco lodge experience with the most amazing beaches and the Maldives offer five star luxury lodges and resorts. The scuba diving and snorkeling in both regions is superb.
The Andaman Islands, among the most remote islands in the world, are a relaxed tropical island outpost belonging to India. In sharp contrast to the otherwise crowded Indian destinations, the Andaman Islands are a serene paradise for travelers. One of India’s most fascinating water bodies, the archipelago comprises 572 virgin tropical islands with unique wildlife & lush forests; and with the Andaman Sea to the east between the islands and the coast of Burma, stretching across 6,400 sq. km.
Stunning, near-deserted beaches, remote volcanoes, gorgeous corals and marine life, an intriguing colonial past and the remnants of a Stone Age culture lure travelers to these mysterious islands in the warm, tropical waters. After a 50 year period of virtual isolation from the outside world the Indian government has made a decision to allow limited, environmentally conscious tourism development in the islands while committing it-self to protecting the island's aboriginal population and its natural environment.
Visiting the Andaman Islands really is a special adventure. These islands are among the last places in the world with a minimum human footprint - only 26 of these 572 islands are inhabited. Until the beginnings of colonial rule, the islands were populated mainly by indigenous peoples. Today, the majority of population are mainland settlers who live in and around Port Blair.
Come see varied secrets of unspoiled natural islands… Diving around the Andaman Islands of India, one of the last unexplored diving frontiers in the world; in a luxury live-aboard is an experience no diver should miss!
Until recently, the Andaman Islands were completely isolated and the new tourism development has been environmentally conscious, resulting in abundant and diverse marine life in surrounding waters for divers to explore. With fringing reefs, steeply sloping walls, coral pinnacles and wrecks to explore, there is something for every diver. Some of our favourite diving sites are Barren Island, the southern islands of North Cinque and Sisters & Passage that are all simply gorgeous with some beautiful diving and divine beaches and Ritchie's Archipelago a cluster of smaller islands that lie some 25–30 km east of Great Andaman.
Until recently the best place to stay was Barefoot resort. This pared-down eco-hideaway, tucked behind 2km ofun-trodden white sands and 100ft-high mahua trees, is the place to see them. Its 19 beautifully designed cottages and villas are hidden among 7 acres of grounds, their hardwood walls and conical thatch roofs blending into the tropical foliage. You get basic comforts, a restaurant/bar and an exhilarating closeness to nature.
A very exciting new property is about to open its doors in the very near future. Jalakara is an architecturally stunning “villa-hotel” set in lush rainforest with spectacular views and abundant nature - the concept is to have the individuality, privacy and exclusivity of a private villa with the services of a hotel. The rooms are all uniquely designed and decorated with generous living space both inside and out. All rooms have Air conditioning.
The common spaces include a guest kitchen and dining room, 16m ozone infinity pool, massage suite, dining area, lounge bar, yoga deck, badminton court, forest bird trail, jungle cinema and hammock garden on site. The beaches are either a 15 minute walk and they can arrange scuba diving, deep sea fishing, island hopping boat trips, kayaking, surfing, jungle treks, tailoring, yoga, tree climbing, cooking lessons. Basically lots to do if you want to be busy!
Last but certainly not the least for the more serious divers we can arrange a live aboard cruise as well. The Infiniti is a brand new, beautiful live aboard was specially constructed in Thailand for the purpose of live aboard diving in India’s remote Andaman & Lakshadweep islands.
Constructed under full survey of RINA, the Infiniti is built to the highest standards of safety and comfort requirements. The huge 40m boat with only eight cabins will keep the number of divers limited, in order to offer an intimate and special experience. The Infiniti offers 4- 9 night cruising options. They offer fixed departures which works well for single travelers or for someone looking for exclusivity we can charter her too.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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