Andaman Travel Tips and Hazards
Andaman Islands are politically stable with extremely low crime rate. These Islands are however covered with 86% reserved forests and hence it's important to be aware of environmental hazards. You'll need to be thoroughly prepared for outback journeys, hikes and take sensible precaution in regards to snakes, crocodiles and poisonous animals. We hope you safely enjoy these stunning Islands.
Trekking in wilderness / Overnight camping
When planning a trek, check the length and difficulty of the walk and consider using a local guide for long or challenging walks. If walking without a guide, tell someone where you're going and when you expect to return. Wear protective footwear, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent and take wet weather gear, a topographic map and plenty of water. When walking, read maps and signs, stay on the track, behind safety barriers and away from edges. Don’t feed or play with native animals, as you might get scratched or bitten. Plan walking in summer months carefully and avoid challenging hikes when the sun is too intense.
When walking or hiking, you can avoid snake bites by wearing protective footwear and using your common sense. If bitten, seek immediate medical attention. Deaths from snake bites are extremely rare and there have been no recorded tourist deaths because of the same. While walking at night always carry a torch and watch your steps. Do note that since there is scarcity of anti venom the best thing is prevention!
Sharks and crocodiles
Shark attacks in Andaman are not heard of, however may be fatal. Avoid swimming alone and at night. Crocodiles live in creeks in South Andaman and certain Islands around Havelock, often changing habitat via sea. When travelling near crocodile habitats, observe safety signs and don’t swim in rivers, estuaries or mangrove shores. Also seek expert advice about crocodiles before camping, fishing or boating. There has been a fatal incident involving a tourist in the near past at Havelock. We request guest to exercise caution and vigilance while entering waters in Andaman Islands.
Andamans beautiful beaches can hold hidden dangers in the form of strong currents called rips. Never swim alone, at night, under the influence of alcohol or directly after a meal. Always check water depth before diving in and never run and dive into the water from the beach.
Andamans are generally a safe destination with tourists enjoying unhindered travel experiences in terms of their personal safety and security. However, as with all travel at home or away, you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions.
Andaman & Nicobar islands have many sandy beaches and coral reefs. But only some of these beaches are supervised for safe swimming, snorkelling and diving. Though Andaman water is generally safe for swimming and looks inviting, it also has some potentially dangerous marine animals, which may come in conflict due to mistaken identity such as prey or to defend their territory. Though such incidences are extremely rare, visitors are advised to observe the following precautions for a safe and enriching swimming experience:
Find out safe swimming or Diving area from your tour co-ordinator.
Do not swim in protected areas
Look for safety signboards. They help you to identify potential dangers.
Seek advice from the life guard on duty on swimming conditions like local currents, tides, visibility and the presence of dangerous marine creatures etc. Swimming conditions can change quickly, so seek prior permission from the life guard before swimming in an unpatrolled area.
Get a friend to swim with you so you can look out for each other’s safety and get help if required. Children should always be supervised by an adult.
Avoid swimming in the dark.
Raise your hand up for help if you get into trouble in the water. Stay calm and waive your hand for help.
Do not dangle your arms or legs in the water during boat rides.
Do not swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Shiny jewellery or bright coloured clothes resemble the fins of small fishes and may attract predatory fishes, Avoid such accessory during swimming.
If you have an open wound, please avoid swimming. Many predatory fish are attracted to blood odour.