The Adaman Islands. Floating in splendid isolation some 450 nautical miles northwest from Phuket in the Andaman Sea is this archipelago of over 500 islands, islets, rocks and reefs. They stretch out over a length of 430 miles and are an unparalleled destination for nature lovers and adventurers. Geologically speaking the islands were once part of a mountain range stretching roughly from what is now Burma to Sumatra . Tectonic movements caused the larger part of these mountains to sink below sea level.
The aboriginal peoples on the Andaman and Nicobar islands are of Negroid and Mongoloid stocks. The main tribes are the Onge, Andamanese, Shompen,Nicobarese and Jarawa Sentinelese. Languages spoken are Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, tribal languages and English.
The number of tribes is sadly dwindling fast, although the Indian government makes an admirable effort to protect the environment and culture of The Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Kayaks used for our guided trips are "Phuket Pelican 3.9 meter kayaks". They are a fully equipped ocean touring kayaks with adjustable foot rests, knee pads, cushioned seat with fixed cushioned backrest, two watertight bulkheads with storages hatches for and aft with added storage behind the cockpit seat, forward towing ring / carrying strap, aft carrying strap, elastic cord tied downs on deck and a neoprene spray skirt. They are custom designed for storage aboard our catamarans.
Day 1 - Jan 13th
Board the yacht in Phuket and take care of Immigration checkout requirements. You'll enjoy an easy paddle in the afternoon. In the evening there will be a departure party ashore with buffet and drinks included.
Days 2, 3 & 4 - Jan 14th/15th/16th
Let the adventure begin! We'll depart for Port Blair. Upon arrival at Port Blair, we'll get to go through more immigration formalities. Having successfully endured the immigration formalities, we'll throw another party on the evening of the 8th.
Day 5 - Jan 17th
We'll sail to Havelock Island stopping at Beach Number Seven. This beach is approximately 26 miles from Port Blair. The beach is seven miles long and is embraced by lush tropical jungle that reaches all the way down to the pure white sand beach. Dugongs (sea cows) have been spotted in this area. There is wonderful snorkeling in this area as well. At a beach not too far away, elephants sometimes come down to have a swim accompanied by the Mahouts. Of course once we arrive, we'll go for a paddle along western shores. Stopping from time to time, we'll admire the wonderful hardwood jungle. We'll have dinner either aboard our yacht or at one of the local restaurants.
Day 6 - Jan 18th
We'll explore Havelock's north western shores and work our way to the main township at Beach Number One. Here, we'll have a chance to see elephants working with their Mahouts, rolling logs into the water. And of course, we'll get to explore the area by kayak.
Day 7 - Jan 19th
We'll depart for Homfray Strait. This is certainly one of the big treats on this journey. Primitive villages line both shores. The strait is over five miles long, the perfect ingredients for a lovely day's paddling. Don't worry if this seems too long to paddle. We'll have the option of anchoring part way for the night in the strait. Few people have had the pleasure of spending the night in such a stunning area.
Day 8 - Jan 20th
We'll continue along the strait to the western exit. There is a very good possibility of seeing primitive Jawawa tribes people on the shores. The Jawawa are a pygmy race thought to have come from Africa. No one is actually sure. They are protected and contact is forbidden. Landing on the northern shore is also forbidden as it is a reserve. The Jawawa are hunter gatherers and do not use fire and have no cooking utensils.
Day 9 - Jan 21st
We'll head north on the western shores of Middle Andaman Island navigating amongst shoals and reefs to Flat Island and surrounds. We'll do some exploring ashore. Following that, we'll journey onwards to Interview Island for the evening anchorage.
Day 10 - Jan 22nd
We'll continue further north to Reef Island and exploring the pristine shores with rain forest down to the beaches edge. You can go snorkeling over untouched coral. We'll anchor here for the night. Perhaps some of us might want to go for a night snorkel. Please note that whilst on the western shores of the Andamans it will be most unlikely to see anyone for all the time spent there. Very few (if any) boats visit the area. Interview Island is the only inhabited island having a Navy security outpost there with radio equipment.
Day 11 - Jan 23rd
This day will be spent transverse Euston Strait to the town of Mayabunda on the Eastern side of The Andamans. Then, we'll do an overnight sail back to Port Blair in order to be there by the 16th for shopping and afternoon checkout by customs and immigration.
Day 12 - Jan 24th
You can do some shopping around Port Blair Harbor and/or paddle around a bit. Then, it's time to clear Customs and Immigration. We'll throw another bit party ashore in the evening.
Day 13 - Jan 25th
Depart Port Blair at 10.00 AM and start the return journey to Phuket. You can do some fishing along the way if you wish. There is a good chance of catching tuna or mackerel along the way.
Days 14 - Jan 26/27th/28th
We'll sail back to Phuket. On arrival, we'll clear immigration and customs.
Day 16 - Jan 29th
Recovery day and a paddle around local area. Presentation party with drinks and Buffet at the Kata Beach Resort. Stay aboard Chameleon for the evening.
Day 17 - Jan 30th
Depart for airport or hotel.
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