Friday, October 7, 2016

Small islands on Andaman

One of the places to visit in the Andamans is the Munda Pahar. The beach is shallow and good for kids to play. They have earmarked some safe zone where you can venture out into the water. 



I liked the way they have carved out the fallen trees into some lovely sit-outs. 



We did some horsing around clicking some pictures. Setting the camera on timer and rushing back to hold the pose in 10 seconds is really a challenge. 



Earlier we had been to the Red Skin Island (from Wandoor Jetty) Before landing on the island they give you a teaser of watching the coral and the sea bed from a glass bottom boat. Photographing the coral through the glass bottom is a difficult task. 



This is a good place for guys who love and study corals. I saw some guys snorkeling in the area. 


It seems the Red Skin and Jolly Buoy are opened alternately for six months. This is to preserve the ecological balance. The ride to all these islands by the ferry always gives you some good view of the tiny islands that Andaman is made of.  




There is a light house which adds to the old world charm. 


It is said that this lighthouse can be seen on the Indian 20 rupee note.
It kept alternating between clear weather and rain, hence the angry clouds.
One of the items that I have ticked off from my bucket list is scuba diving.


North Bay Island is a good place for scuba diving, something that I thought I will never be able to do. 



They give you training for about 15 minutes and assess your confidence level. If you are convinced that you can do it, they take you further out into the sea where you can dive to about 40 feet. 


It is a wonderful world down there and one should not miss a chance to see it. Here is a video on it.

A few things to note about scuba diving, it is not necessary for you to know swimming to dive. The lead weight belt that you wear takes you down and the buoyancy compensator takes you up by releasing a knob.
On the whole, a wonderful experience.    

31 comments:

Krishnamurthy Gopalan said...

Thanks Joe
I had been there to andaman but never tried for scuba. Should have tried.
Excellent in depth vision of the spots by due narrations. good. keep us all informed.we too get connected by vision.
joe connecting places and people PP
GK murthy

UPENDRA KULKARNI said...

Thanks Joe for sharing your wonderful and thrilling experience of scuba diving although I never tried it....
Your blog is very informative.
Keep sharing.

UG Kulkarni
@ San Francisco, USA

DUTA said...

I often use the self-timer in the camera. It gives you freedom, no dependance on others to take your picture.
So, no need to know swimming in order to scuba dive? That's good news for some people.
Thanks for the beautiful, interesting pictures.

magiceye said...

Lovely captures and information

Sandra said...

your family photos are beautiful, you did a great job with the timer and I can feel the fun you are having. love the table and stools and all the wood carvings.. that water is just gorgeous and perfect

Mary Kirkland said...

Wow, it's absolutely beautiful there. Loved all the pictures.

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos and impressions of your walk.
Best, Synnöve

Linda said...

What an amazing and beautiful place! I enjoyed all your photos, and the video is very nice, too. Lovely to see all the smiling faces! :)

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) My, what a good time you had with your family, your smiling faces says it all. Lovely shots of the beach and the seating area, and I love the hollowed out tree trunk, where you are all seated. I didn't know that to scuba dive you needn't know how to swim. Lovely video,...how wonderful to see all those fish, and swim among them.:)

Jeannette said...

The gate into the park is so inviting...the handwork details tell a story of welcome right away. Your water pictures make me want to go swimming. It is in the 90's in norther California today...

Bikram said...

wowowwo such a beautiful place.. beautiful pictures thanks for sharing ..

I must MUSTtttttttttt go there someday





Bikram's

padmaja said...

Some really great photos Joe, lovely to see your smiling family😃

KParthasarathi said...

I could get a glimpse, of the enchanting place that i have not visited, thanks to the beautiful pictures and crisp narration.Little wonder people throng to this place of interest.

Bijoux said...

That's awesome! I have never scuba dived, but tried snorkeling for the first time in March. It was really fun! Only took me 53 years@

Anilkumar Kurup said...

Saw the wonderful time you had there.
I came back from Andamans feeling sad about the lack of civic sense and the typical Indian habit of littering which the residents there have.
A still wonderful place though a less expensive than elsewhere.Isn't it?

tina said...

Lucky you to be able to scuba dive and knock that off the ole bucket list! I'd love to do it someday. You explained it well too. That beach is beautiful. And I love the fun pictures!! You all look like you are having fun and loving life.

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like you guys had a great time, and the beach looks awesome!

Vinodini said...

I've never been to Andaman, but I recently went to Mauritius where we went sea-walking underwater. That was also a beautiful experience. You've captured some great clicks with that timer.

Denise inVA said...

Looks like a great place. Always fun to get those self-timing photos, wonderful post!

Misha Gericke said...

The water is so clear there!

Rabbit said...


Hi,
Liked the shots, especially of the aquatic variety. The difference being that they did not pose!

Thank you for sharing your experience.
Sunny Rabbit

RGB said...

Lovely pictures! Been to Andaman a long time ago (over 15 years!), but the memories are still fresh. Missed scuba diving, but got to do a bit of snorkeling... Such beautiful islands, but love to go there again some day!

John's Island said...

Hi, Enjoyed the photos! Here in Seattle the autumn cool is on the way so it won't be long before I'll be wanting some warm, wonderful place like in your photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely to see all your photo's and read all about it.
I've never been scuba diving, looks good to me.

All the best Jan

Liz A. said...

Looks like a great place to visit.

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Cheri Savory Spoon said...

What a beautiful place, love the water. Good for you to scuba dive, I would be a little afraid.

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Insignia said...

Lovely pictures. Have heard Andaman offers very good scuba spots. The pictures confirm that.

A Lady's Life said...

I love scuba diving. However they always take you deeper than 30 feet
and the first 30 feet is the most interesting.