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Andaman and Maldives both are among the few travel destinations that occupy everyone’s bucket list. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a union territory of India located in the Bay of Bengal. This archipelago has about 572 islands of which 36 are inhabited. Maldives is an island country with 26 island corals and 1190 islands out of which around 200 are inhabited. Both places are rich in sand beaches, marine life, water sports and natural beauty making it difficult for everyone to choose one over the other. Still, we think Andaman is a good choice than the Maldives and here are 10 reasons why we think so. Scroll down to know more!
Both Andaman and Maldives have water sports and cool activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and parasailing. But the difference is, all these activities are quite cheaper in Andaman as compared to the Maldives particularly scuba diving and snorkeling. The activities are designed for beginners as well, unlike the Maldives where professional divers go on dive-vacations. So, now you know where to head for your next adventure vacation.
Andaman is equally beautiful as the Maldives with exotic sunny sand beaches, turquoise waters, underwater life, scenic landscapes, and greeneries.
Maldives has mostly single resort islands and these islands are located quite far away from each other. This very fact makes the transport less feasible and more expensive in this place. While in Andaman, public transport such as buses, auto-rickshaws, taxis, and minibusses are easily available. Plus you can also rent two-wheelers or bicycles in some islands.
As mentioned, Maldives has single resort islands which are quite expensive and you do not have other stay options there. Whereas in Andaman you can opt for beach resorts or cozy room stay for budget options.
Andaman has in addition volcano diving in Narcondam, a small island. However, you have to pre-book in order to get there. Andaman also has dense forests hence you can also enjoy jungle trekking here. There are deep-sea ‘catch and release’ fishing here. Why wouldn’t someone miss these?
While we agree to the fact that both these places are extremely peaceful, a simple fact that Andaman is untouched by pollution and commercialization makes it even more intriguing. Yes! Andaman, although a union territory of India runs mostly by itself and isolated from all other means.
There is a lot about Andaman that holds its culture and history. One main historical attraction here is the Cellular Jail also known as ‘Kala Pani’. It is located in the capital, Port Blair. This jail was constructed by British rulers during their colonial rule. This is a national memorial monument that reminds the sacrifices of martyrs.
As regards to connectivity with the rest of the world, Andaman is the best place to cut off and enjoy the vacation uninterruptedly. Most parts of the island do not have a signal so you are forced to head out and get involved in activities that we think is the best part of this place. In the era of social media, how often does anyone get this opportunity?
Andaman has an amazing collection of gifts, souvenirs and home decors you can collect for yourselves or take home for your dearest ones. Pearls, fishbone home decors, shells, handicrafts, coconut handicrafts, and bamboo cane items are quite famous here. You can also find several spices here and for really cheap prices.
Heading to our last but most concerned point, expense. Maldives is not definitely a budget-friendly place. It’s a good place if you just want to laze around without doing much. While Andaman, though less fancy, is a budget-friendly place with all the amenities as its counterpart. Simply, a trip to the Maldives costs about 2-3 times the trip to Andaman.
Whether you want your next tropical getaway to be in Malddives or the Andaman, depends on your personal trip preferences more than anything else. However, the avobe listed factors are surely going to help you out with finalizing what destination you pick, as each of them definitely has a charm, that is albeit similar yet unique. In case you do pick the Andaman islands over Maldives for your upcoming holiday, make sure to check our the government's Andaman tourism website when planning your trip.