Snorkelling is a water activity which basically allows one to swim into the water bodies with the aid of a device called snorkel or in a lay man’s language fins. It helps one to breathe underwater without any problem. It is a much loved recreational activity and generally happens in a tropical island. It is the best way to experience underwater lives. One gets to swim with the fishes and see them with naked eyes and feel like a part of them. People who aren’t comfortable with scuba diving or have some health issues. It is popular among all age groups because of almost no efforts required to live the experience. Snorkelling does not require swimming skills. Moreover, it doesn’t require any high end equipment or any intensive training to experience the sea life.
Snorkelling is done all throughout the main islands of Andaman. Some of them are:
Havelock Island- Havelock Islands is one of the most sought after places in Andaman for snorkelling. There are many beaches on the island which offer snorkelling. Among the several beaches, Elephant beach is the favourite among the tourists. Apart from offering snorkelling, Elephant beach gives pleasure of riding young elephants too. The water here is shallow and is best for beginners. The corals near this island are almost in their natural habitat untouched giving the experience of lifetime.
North Bay Island- North Bay Island is the closest island to Port Blair where one gets to experience Snorkelling. Since it likes closest to the Capital, it is the most convenient beach to experience the sport. A ferry takes people across the Aberdeen Jetty and brings them back. The corals of this island are spread over a very large area and one gets to have a very close and intimate view of the marine life.
Neil Islands- Neil Islands lying away from the main city of Port Blair has less crowd than rest of the islands. Snorkelling in Neil Islands provides altogether a different experience than the other islands. Bharatpur Beach is the most favourite beach of the island for water sports. The beaches of the island have a different atmosphere than the others. The white sandy beaches and somewhat lesser crowds draw people to this island for snorkelling.