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Essential information

At a glance

Jan-Dec
Best time to go
Year round
area code
03192
population
380,580

Visas

When to go and weather

Getting to Andaman Islands

Bad weather can play havoc with your itinerary, with ferry and flight services cancelled if conditions are too rough. It's wise to build in a few days’ buffer to avoid being marooned or missing your flight. These days, most travellers fly (rather than sail) to/from Port Blair.

Getting around Andaman Islands

Health and safety

Insurance

  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.

Dangers and annoyances

Crocodiles are part of life in many parts of the Andamans, particularly Little Andaman, Wandoor, Corbyn's Cove, Baratang and North Andaman. An American tourist was killed by a saltwater crocodile while snorkelling off Havelock (at Neil's Cove) in 2010, as...

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