Aug 18

Andaman Islands For Less Than $25 A Day

by in India, Under $25

The Andaman Islands are the most remote and the cheapest place we’ve ever been too. They are the true embodiment of famous ‘bounty beach’ pictures with bright blue waters and shining white sand. Apparently it’s not that hard to get to these beautiful spots of land in the Indian Ocean and spend there the most incredible time of your life for just $25 per day.

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Andaman Islands are situated in the Eastern Indian Ocean and are de jure part of India, but de facto are much closer to Myanmar and Thailand.

After India became independent, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands became the part of it, just because they were occupied by the British Empire for pretty long period of time. Before that they were inhabited by various tribes mostly of African origin. Later the Indian government offered a wide range of subsidies and rewards for moving to the Andaman Islands, so right now they are 100% Indian.

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Transport

The only airport is situated on the biggest island in Port Blair, which is far from best beach spots. Thus, it’s worth taking an auto-rickshaw to the jetty point (approximately 70 Rs.=$1.2) and then choose your destination. We highly recommend Havelock Island, since it is the most developed (they have extremely slow Internet and really poor telephone coverage, yay!) among all islands.
It takes 2 hours to get there by ferry (around 385 Rs. = $6.4 for government boat).

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We recommend to go directly from jetty point to Beach #7 (also known as Radhanagar Beach), since it is the most beautiful one, is deep enough to swim (all other beaches are good, but the water is too shallow to swim), offers the best accommodation and restaurants, surrounded by coral reefs with tropical fishes, as well as grants you with an opportunity to meet elephants every day.
The bus on Havelock costs 10 Rs. = $0.16.

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Accommodation

There is a huge variety of accommodation offers, from chicken huts to luxury hotels. We recommend sleeping in the guesthouse.
Clean and nice non a/c guest house room costs 1000 Rs. = $ 16, but actually the prices for beach huts start from 500 Rs. = $8.

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Restaurants

Resort restaurants are just great! The food is delicious and portions are big. You can buy Halli for just 100 Rs. = $1.6 and ask for extra rice and dahl for up to 5 times absolutely for free.

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When we wanted to feel like VIP, we went to luxury hotels’ restaurants, where we had dinners for two for just 800 Rs. = $13.

Activities

Snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and every activity that can be held in the transparent waters of coral reefs are at your service.
Even though travel companies offer many expensive snorkeling tours, we dived absolutely for free in the lagoon nearby our guesthouse.
Hiking in the tropical woods and bargaining at the market might also be quite an exotic entertainment.

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Fun facts

• Since officially Andaman Islands are situated in the wrong time zone (2 hours later than then they actually are), the morning starts there at 4 am. At 6 am everyone is working. At 8 am it feels like a half of the day has already passed.

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• Queues in front of the ferry ticket office are separated by gender: for men and for women. Those for ladies are much shorter, so make sure you choose the one for women.

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• On arrival you get an official permit to stay on Andaman Islands, be sure not to lose or damage it (our permits tore apart after “swimming” in the sea waves and were glued together afterwards).

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• While bicycling, watch out for dogs, they might bite your leg.

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• Elephants wandering around might be dangerous. Not because they are aggressive, but just because they don’t notice you. Watch out!

Have you already added Andaman Islands to your bucket list?

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Illia and Nastia are passionate about each other, traveling around the world and sharing their experiences at crazzzytravel.com, a blog where you can find plenty of budget travel tips as well as practical information about numerous destinations. They have already been to 33 countries on 4 continents and ain’t no stopping. Visit their website to learn more about India or check their latest story about Top 10 undiscovered places every couple should visit.

 

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40 Responses to “Andaman Islands For Less Than $25 A Day”

  1. From Kristin Waugh:

    Another place that’s on my bucket list. 7 Continents & 85 countries down and still so many amazing spots to see!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Happy, Safe Travels!:-)

    K. Waugh
    Happytobehomeless.com

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm #
  2. From Kristin Waugh:

    It looks like we will have to splurge on a better underwater camera beforehand. Or at least remember the casings to the GoPro!

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm #
  3. From Rachel@safari254:

    Bright blue waters, white sands, snorkeling,scuba diving, hiking in tropical woodlands … Andaman Islands looks like one amazing place.

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:10 am #
  4. From shachar:

    This place in heaven on earth..

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:19 am #
  5. From Silvia:

    I wish I could go right now! It’s really funny that it’s in the wrong time zone. It sort of sounds like summertime in Norway, when the sun rises in the middle of the night and workers will start their days at ridiculous times.

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:28 am #
    • From Illia from CrazzzyTravel.com:

      Yes, or Russia during white nights. I wondered how nobody ever fixes those time zone issues!

      Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:57 am #
  6. From Rachel Jones:

    perfect- I’m hoping to go this year!

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:20 am #
  7. From Andrew:

    wow! I always imagined it would be really expensive there! great post!

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:34 am #
  8. From 2 tickets to Wonderland:

    It looks perfect! And that cheap! We’re putting it on our bucket list asap :)

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm #
    • From Illia from CrazzzyTravel.com:

      Please do, and let us know how it goes!

      Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:56 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Great to hear that guys!

      Posted on August 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm #
  9. From RealGunners:

    Basically just need to get there and lie on the beach whole day, nice and relaxing and free of charge!

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm #
  10. From Leanne:

    Beautiful! I thought an island like that would be more expensive, I guess not!

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm #
    • From Illia from CrazzzyTravel.com:

      It’s very untouched now, hope it is in 10-100-1000 years too! That’s why it’s so cheap. Hope it doesn’t become another Bali.

      Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:55 am #
  11. From Renuka:

    Andaman islands are not really on my bucket-list, but I guess, I should go there sometime soon! Thanks for this lovely guide!

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm #
  12. From KarolinaPatryk travelling couple:

    Andaman Islands seems to be fantastic! It’s good to know that this country is so cheap. Luxury dinner only for $13? Haha :)

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm #
  13. From Franca:

    I cannot believe how cheap food and accommodation are, and you could refill your plate with rice and dahl unlimited times, awesome!

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm #
    • From Illia from CrazzzyTravel.com:

      Yessss! We were eating rice every day. And there’s a place called Welcome Restaurant which makes awesome pasta, I’m sure you will love it Franca!

      Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:54 am #
  14. From Tim | UrbanDuniya:

    The Andaman Islands have been on my list since I lived in India a couple of years ago. I never made it there, but I will one day!! Great guide :)

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm #
  15. From Traveling Ted:

    I am sold on the Andaman Islands despite the bicyle biting dogs and the elephants that need glasses. Beautiful pictures show how awesome this place is. Can’t wait to see them myself.

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm #
  16. From Illia from CrazzzyTravel.com:

    Thanks for publishing our post! Looks great on here :)

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:43 am #
  17. From Heather:

    How did I miss these gorgeous islands when I was living in Asia?? I just might have to escape there when the Latvian winter gets to cold :-)

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:48 am #
  18. From Dale:

    Is that elephant wearing a chain around it’s next, or are they bells to notify people that they’re roaming free nearby?

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:20 am #
    • From yara coelho:

      The elephants are always chained, I’m amazed this one wasn’t for a moment Some of them have scars on their paws because of the chains. I have a few sad photos of the elephants rocking back and forth, chained and separated from each other.

      Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm #
  19. From yara coelho:

    The Andaman are my favorite place in the whole world :) I’ve spent an amazing month there, just snorkeling and having fun with all the people I’ve met.

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm #
  20. From Freya:

    Can you believe I have never heard of the Andaman Islands before, wow what a miss that is. It looks absolutely stunning, a real paradise. That photo with the sunset is amazing.

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Me either, but now I’ve added them to my bucket list

      Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm #
  21. From D Haldar:

    Aaah…So near yet so far….been staying in Kolkata for last 3 yrs but yet to visit this paradise….& yeah the Islands are 100% Indian, no doubt about that.

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm #
  22. From Escape Hunter:

    That’s another rare destination we almost never hear about.
    In fact, yours is the first travel blog entry I ever came across about these islands…

    Haven’t been, but I’ve flown above them two times – when on route to Singapore.
    Our jet was wildly shaken by turbulence and it felt terrible – 20-30 minutes of torture.

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 8:41 am #
  23. From Laura:

    Absolutely stunning. I have never heard of this place, thanks for sharing your tips! I’ll definitely be adding this stop to my list!

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:12 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      I’m glad you found it useful!

      Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:31 am #
  24. From Katie Featherstone:

    Wow, that’s amazing. Tropical islands on a backpacker budget can be difficult to find. The Caribbean is so expensive, but this sounds incredible. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:14 pm #
  25. From Lauren:

    What an awesome looking place – and CHEAP! I’ve never heard of this place before, but adding it to my growing list of places to go… :)

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 12:35 am #
  26. From Will Hatton:

    Great article! I spent 14 months in India but never made it to the Andaman islands… I’m thinking I might have to head back and give it a whirl! :)

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Maybe next time Will!

      Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm #
  27. From Steve baumanis:

    I’m going next month October looking forward to it

    Posted on September 20, 2014 at 1:44 am #
    • From Agness Walewinder:

      Great to hear that! Have fun! :)

      Posted on September 20, 2014 at 8:02 am #

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