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Andaman Beaches

The Andaman Islands has some of the best tropical beaches in the world. Its deep sea coral reefs are full of colour and beauty. Andaman has pretty green beaches lined with coconut palms and offers serenity with pleasure. Various sports facilities like snorkeling, boat rides and deep sea diving are available for the tourist.

Among the best sites to visit are Corbyn's Cove near Port Blair, Snake Island and Chiriya Tapu a tiny fishing village with beautiful beaches and mangroves. Other tourist sites to travel to are Cinque Island that is rich in corals with unspoilt beaches where one can go for snorkeling. Havelock Island on the other hand offers white sand beaches, turquoise waters and good snorkeling where one can see stunning coral reefs with colorful marine life including dolphins, turtles and many fishes.

One can also take day excursion trips from Wandur head for the exotic islands of Grub, Red Skin and Jolly Buoy through mangrove creeks. One can observe the marine life and amazing corals, hire glass bottom boats and snorkeling equipment or laze around on these unspoilt beaches. A fragile nature of the ecosystem here has prompted the government to declare this area as a Marine National Park encompassing 15 major islands and several islets.

The Andaman Islands offer some excellent diving sites at Cinque Island, North Passage Island, Wandoor, Rutland Island and Snake Island. The greatest range of options is on Havelock Island where sites include Mac Point, Aquarium, Barracuda city, Turtle Bay, Seduction Point, Pilot Reef and Minerva Lodge. Snorkeling is popular with tourists and is therefore snorkeling gear is available at most hotels.

To travel to Andaman and Nicobar Islands and its beaches one needs a special permit from Government of India. These permits allow day trips to Jolly Buoy, South Cinque, Red Skin, Ross and some other islands. There are daily flights from Chennai to Port Blair. One can also travel by sea from and to Port Blair and Chennai or Kolkatta.

Accommodation and travel on the Andamans is no problem with availability of good hotels and transport systems ranging from bicycles, motorcycles and scooters and also ferries.

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