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Andaman Islands Elephant The Andamans, a chain of Islands in the Bay of Bengal, remained in a charmed Cocoon from explorers for centuries, as the tempestuous waters and dense forest blocked all entrances.

As a result, today the islands are unspoiled treasure trove of exotic flora. The midst of a lapis lazule sea, 650 different tropical plants (540 indigenous to the island) grow in all their lush greenery. Where nature has not woken up to the rest of the world.

A tropical Shangrila, verdant and lush, these isles are India's answer to the best of Hawaii - and what is more they are untouched and pristine beyond imagination.

Just picture this scenario golden white beaches, as clean and uncluttered as on the day this earth was created. No tins, no cans or plastic bags. No orange peels or slicks - just the call of a cockatoo and your footprints on the sand.

Fringing these marvelous beaches on one side are some of the cleanest waters under the shimmering turquoise and transparent as glass beneath these, the fabulous coral reefs of the great Indian Ocean invite you to marvel at their mysteries.

An unbelievable mere 15 meters away on the other side of this sandy strip is a thick, dense rain forest with birds of paradise and exotic blooms within arms reach.

Topographically the island are hilly in places, covered with tropical jungle and inter-spread with flat stretches of crescent shaped marvelous mix of natures most precious delights the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one in a lifetime holiday experience.

The call of the wild lure of the islands is backed by an efficient tourist support network that caters every possible comfort. There are categories, island taxis ferries, boats and of course the entire sea adventure are full of opportunities and equipment for swimming, scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkeling or lazing on the beach - corbyn's cove, sippighat water sports complex, wandoor beach, jolly bouy island and the cinque islands are some adventure spots.

Take a walk in the moonlight. When the sea and sand come alive with a magical phosphore scenes. When the bright yellow night Hibiscus has begun to bloom, when the Padauk tree with its richly hued bark shines in shades varying from light Cinnamon to rich crimson.

Here one can hide away on an Island. A boat comes with supplies once a week. So you can go back to nature in peace and discover a whole new relationship together.

Eden Revisited
Tribal Dance The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are veritable garden of Eden and a naturalists haven. The tropical rain forest and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are the habitat of a vast collection of plant, animal and marine life.

The canopied forests themselves have an amazing variety of timber, foliage and blooms. The Andaman paddock, the yellow hibiscus, the white lily, the pandanus, the exotic array of orchids, mangrove forest, palms & evergreen creepers are to name but a few of the 650 species of plant life found here.

Special Interest Tours
Scuba Diving: There is no greater adventure than diving! Whether you are taking you first look at diving, or whether you have been diving for 20 years. There is always something new, fascinating or challenging about venturing into the underwater world.

You mind may be mesmerized by clouds of colorful fish, your curiosity raised by the mysterious remains of sunken ships or your creativity awakened by the art of underwater photography. Your diving interests may range from a casual pastime pursued on vacation, to a constant passion - even a career. Diving offers something for everyone.

Padi system of diver education: For more than 25 years, PADI - the Professional Association of Diving Instructors - has set the standard for quality, fun and excellence in diver education. In fact, more divers worldwide participate in PADI programs than any other, making PADI diver credentials the most recognized and respected in the world.

The PADI System of diver education has been developed by instructional and subject matter experts, and consists of the only diver courses to successfully quality for college credit recommendations from the American Council on Education.

Get what you want out of diving: The PADI System of diver education addresses your interests. After learning the basics in your entry level course, you choose from more than a dozen enjoyable courses and activities, each aimed at helping you get the most fun and enjoyment possible our of diving.

Padi Open Water Diver Andaman Padi Open Water Diver: The fun of diving starts as soon as you enter the PADI Open water Diver course, which teaches the basics of enjoyable, sage diving through pool and class sessions, plus exciting dives at a popular dive site under the guidance of your PADI instructor. It is the world's most popular beginning diver course!

Padi advanced open water program: This program gives you a chance to sample some of diving's most popular specialties and expand your diving skills at the same time: underwater navigation, night diving, boat diving, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel diving, search and recovery diving, underwater naturalism, underwater photography and wreck diving.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Program actually consists of two courses to choose from, depending upon interests and schedule: The PADI consists of five dives and can be completed in as little as one weekend, and the PADI Advanced Plus course, which includes nine dives and is perfect for sampling a wider variety of diving experiences.

Padi Rescue Diver: The PADI Rescue Diver course teaches you to focus on other divers as well as yourself, showing you how to recognize and prevent potential diving accidents before they occur, and how to handle them if they do. Although the subject is serious, most divers find the PADI rescue diver program to be both rewarding and enjoyable.

Padi Divemaster: If your love of diving interests you in full or part-time diving career, the PADI Divemaster course is your first step toward that career, This course develops your diving leadership abilities by expanding your diving theory knowledge to a professional level, and by training you to supervise diving activities and to assist with divers in training.

Padi Assistant Instructor: A highly desirable and rewarding internship, the PADI Assistant Instructor is your next step toward instructor. Becoming a PADI Assistant Instructor provides valuable hands-on teaching experience with PADI Open water diver, Advanced Open water diver, and Rescue diver students, all under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor.

Padi Open Water Scuba Instructor: The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor enjoys the distinction of being the world's most sought after dive professional with career opportunities virtually all over the world. As a PADI Dive master / Assistant Instructor, you earn this rating by successfully completing the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) AND Instructor Examination (IE).

Attaining the PADI the industry's highest instructor standards and have joined the ranks of the industry's most successful instructors.

Besides these diver courses, other programs are available through PADI. These include: The Discover Scuba, Medical First Aid etc.

Scuba Diving in Andaman Andaman & Nicobar Scuba Diving Society: The Andaman and Nicobar groups of Islands form two distinct island group constituting a continuous N-S chain in the Eastern part of the Bay of Bengal. The coastal waters surrounding these islands are the abode of India's richest coral reef ecosystem comparable to any coral reef ecosystem in productivity and diversity.

As the coral reefs are largely undamaged by human activity they are mainly in better condition than found anywhere else in the world. The fish population is huge and diverse. The A & N islands combine as unique destinations where nature has been preserved.

The A & N Scuba diving society now offers full range of PADI courses. Whether you are an absolute beginner or already certified the courses are available and PADI instructors are qualified to train divers.

Access
By air - Indian airlines connects Port Blair with Calcutta, Madras.
By sea - There are ships sailing from Madras & Calcutta ports. The journey takes 3 days.

Entry Formalities
While domestic tourist can visit any part of Andaman and Nicobar except restricted areas, foreigners are allowed to visit only the following areas with prior permission obtainable from :
Indian Mission outside India. Foreigners Regional registration offices at Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta.

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