The capital has several hotel resorts, which provide accommodation for tourists. There are a number of government guest houses, two tourist homes, and a circuit house. Besides, there are a number of resorts, cottages, and hotels run by private sector- and, the expenditure will definitely not burn a hole in any pocket. Metered taxis are available and regular ferry services connect Port Blair to other inhabited islands. Port Blair offers a variety of delicious sea food, besides Indian, Chinese, Continental, and Burmese cuisine.
Andamans is not really a place to go shopping. Here one
comes to relax. Clear gentle water of sea, pollution free environment
every thing is for a perfect retirement from the hectic city life. Here
one forgets about the shopping sprees; one cares more about swimming in
the sea and observing marine flora fauna in their natural environment.
Nevertheless, Port Blair is fast becoming like any other Indian city with some good markets. Here mostly products made from corals and seashells can be seen. The islands offer a wide variety of handicrafts made of wood, sea shells and pearls in the form of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. there are Coconut Shell Lamp Shades, Ashtrays, Nicobari Mats Apart from Wood Items like Walking Sticks, Trays, Bowls, Tables and Chairs. These items are available at Sagarika, Cottage Industries Emporium at Port Blair and Rangat, Khadi and Village Industries Show Room at Middle Point, Port Blair and several private show rooms in different parts of the town.
(For Foreign Exchange/Travellers Cheques/Credit Cards)
State Bank of India
TIPS FOR TOURISTS
Ensure to and fro confirmed air tickets and accommodation before proceeding to the Andaman Islands.
Foreign nationals should obtain the required permit from the immigration authorities soon after landing on the islands
Visit only the permitted areas in the islands
Make use of the service of authorized tourist guides.
While driving, follow the traffic rules, keep left. Carry legal documents like driving license, permit, passport, etc.
Consult Life Guards before entering the sea.
Swim in safe areas only.
Keep the beaches and the environment clean.
Dispose off the garbage and plastics at proper places/dustbins.
Observe decency and decorum in dress.
Avail the service of Scuba Dive Instructors having certification of international professional organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI for safe Diving experience.
Approach Tourist Police personnel for any assistance required.
Foreign Nationals should not enter the islands without required permit.
Don not enter into restricted/tribal areas.
Do not take video, film or photographs inside tribal reserve areas or of the indigenous tribes.
Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from the fisheries department.
Do not stay on the beaches or the forest areas during nights by putting up own tents/hammocks.
Do not light fire in forest areas.
Nudity on beaches and public places is forbidden.
Do not collect, destroy or remove any living or dead animal/plant
Do not collect dead coral or touch/break live coral.
Do not stand on the coral reef while snorkeling/Scuba diving.
Do not hunt birds/animals
Do not take video or film without permit, whereever such permits are required.
Do not throw garbage and plastics in public places beaches and into the sea.
Do not swim after consuming liquor
Do not swim in unsafe waters during monsoon.
Do not venture into diving with unqualified/unregistered dive operator for the same may be dangerous to your life.
Person who commits breach of any of the conditions of the wildlife protections shall be punishable as per law.
Conducted tours available from Andaman Teal House for Mount Harriet, Chidiyatapu, Wandoor Beach, Corbyn's Cove Beach, City Sight Seeing, etc.
Package tours to Middle and North Andamans- organised by ANIIDCO.
Package tour to Little Andaman organized by ANIFPDCL at Haddo, Port Blair.
Boat tickets for island destinations like Neil, Havelock etc have to be obtained on the previous day of the journey from the Directorate of Shipping Services, Phoneix Bay between 9.00 am and 11.00 am.
Boat tickets for tourists availing package tour to little Andaman through ANIFPDCL will be ensured by ANIFPDCL.
Ship tickets for mainland bound vessels are available from the tourist quota Desirous persons may contact Directorate Of Tourism with documents such as Passport/Onward Journey Tickets.
CONTACT OFFICES IN MAINLAND
12, Chankyapuri, (Near Chanakya Cinema),
New Delhi - 110021
North Main Road Extention,
Anna Nagar West Extention, Chennai- 600 101
Office Of Deputy Resident Commissioner,
A & N Administration
3-A Auckland place, Kolkata-700017
INFORMATION CENTRES AT PORT BLAIR
Directorate Of Tourism
A&N Administration, Port Blair
Tourist Information Centre,
Air Port, Port Blair,
Tourist Information Centre
Andaman Teal House, Delanipur,
Govt Of India Tourist Office,