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Andaman Islands Endemic Birding Tour
Andaman Islands Endemic Birding Tour
Andaman Islands Endemic Birding Tour (KBG - 03)
Region : Andaman Islands
5
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

US$ 1290

per person based on 2 persons travelling

Tour Overview

The Andaman & Nicobar are a group of picturesque Islands, big and small, inhabited and uninhabited, a total of 572 islands, islets and rocks lying in the South Eastern Part of the Bay of Bengal. They lie along an arc in long and narrow broken chain, approximately North-South over a distance nearly 800 kms. The isolation has helped evolve a large number of endemic birds on these islands. On the Andaman Islands Endemic Birding Tour, we will be visiting the Andaman Island in search of these birds especially the endemics - total of 20 in number. But since five occur only on the Nicobars (currently off-limits to foreigners), only 17 would be sighted. The notable areas visited during the Andaman Endemic Birding Tour are Mount Harriet, Sippi Ghat, Chidia Tapu, Farar Ganj & Havelock. The endemics include four owls and other species such as Andaman Woodpecker, Andaman Crake and Andaman Serpent Eagle.



Andaman Islands Endemic Birding Tour

Day 1: Port Blair - Andaman Islands
Arrive  Port Blair by the early morning flight to start the Andaman Endemic Birding Tour. After a brief delay at the airport for receiving the Restricted Area Permit for the Islands, you will be met by your guide and driven to the resort. At the earliest opportunity, we will bird around Mount Harriet National Park, a tropical moist evergreen forest. Should sight Andaman Woodpecker, Andaman Wood Pigeon, Andaman Cuckoo Dove , Andaman Crake, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Dollarbird, Collared Kingfisher, Brown Coucal, Alexandrine Parakeet, Red-breasted Parakeet, Red-breasted Parakeet, Pintail Snipe, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Andaman Treepie , Black-naped Oriole Andaman Drongo, Orange-headed Thrush, Olive backed Sunbird, White-headed Starling. Evenings/ nights would be spent looking for owls and night jars. The endemics to be looking out for are: Andaman Teal Andaman Crake Andaman Serpent Eagle Andaman Cuckoo-Dove Andaman Wood Pigeon Andaman Coucal Andaman Scops Owl Andaman Hawk-Owl Andaman Nightjar Andaman Woodpecker Andaman Cuckooshrike Andaman Bulbul Andaman Shama Andaman Drongo Andaman Treepie Andamans White-headed Starling Andaman Flowerpecker Plus three others yet to be “officially” split  
Day 2: Port Blair - Andaman Islands
Very early morning drive towards Sippighat, located to the South of Port Blair. The area is a marshy wetland and good for sightings of water birds & waders. Should sight the Andaman Scops Owl , Andaman Hawk Owl, Sunda Teal, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Brown Coucal, Red-breasted Parakeet, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Hawk Owl, Edible nest Swiftlet, Common Snipe, Black-naped Tern, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Black-naped Oriole, Andaman Drongo , Orange-headed Thrush, Olive backed Sunbird. Thereafter proceed back to Mount Harriet to pick up those missed earlier. Return by evening.  
Day 3: Port Blair - Andaman Islands
Early morning trip to Chidiya Tapu, a patch of moist evergreen forest located to the South of Port Blair and excellent for birding. The track for birding starts 4 km before Chidiya Tapu and 2 km along the seashore forest. Should sight the Andaman Woodpecker, Andaman Crake, Andaman Treepie, Andaman Serpent Eagle, Black-naped Oriole, Andaman Drongo, Olive backed Sunbird, White-headed Starling, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Brown Coucal, Alexandrine Parakeet and  Red-breasted Parakeet.   
Day 4: Port Blair - Andaman Islands
Birding at Farar Ganj & in the afternoon visit other areas for Andaman endemics missed out during earlier trips. 
Day 5: Departure Flight
Early morning birding if time permits. Flight back to mainland. The Andamans Endemic Birding Tour ends.  

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in high end hotel at Port Blair on Full Board
  • Expert birding guide
  • All transfers from airport pick up till drop by SUV
  • Forest entry fees
  • All relevant taxes

Holiday Feedback

Just finally got down to sending you an email to thank you for a wonderful trip. The trip was immaculately organised and Vikram was a great guy and knowledgeable guide. Thanks for making it all possible and I hope we will be in touch again in the future.   Stavros Christodoulos 2015-02-22

Route Maps

FAQs

Q: Do I need a Visa to enter India?
Yes. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html

Q: Do I need Restricted Area Permit for the Andamans?
Yes, it is given on arrival at the Port Blair Airport. You would have to fill out a Form. The full procedure should not take more than 15 minutes.

Q: What kind of climate should I expect?
Andamans is a tropical island and hence would be hot and humid most of the year. Monsoons are from late April till November.

Q: Are tour dates flexible?
Yes.

Q: What are the accommodations like?
Accommodation used is high end resort.

Q: Can you provide me with the name of the hotel we will be staying at?
It would be sent along with the detailed itinerary we send to you.

Q: Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour ?
Yes, we can arrange pre and post night extensions.

Q: Do you cater to dietary requirements?
Yes we do but we would require adequate advance notice.

Q: What is the Indian currency?
Indian Rupee. The higher denomination notes are 100, 500 and 2000 rupees.

Q: Are foreign currencies accepted locally?
The USD, GBP and EURO are easily accepted at all places.

Q: Are there ATMs available?
Yes. Banking services and  ATMs available at Port Blair

Q: Are credit and charge cards widely accepted ?
Yes,the hotel  & most shops accept credit cards

Q: Should I purchase travel insurance before travelling ?
Yes, it is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance before travelling to India, covering any medical situation, hospitalisation, cancellation and loss of your baggage. We cover your causality evacuation to the nearest hospital which is included in the cost. However, this does not cover the cost of medical treatment at the hospital.

Q: What vaccinations will I require?
Please check with your doctor. The Andamans fall within malaria-affected areas.

Q: Air airport transfers included?
Yes. Pick up from the airport and drop to the airport are included as mentioned in the itinerary.

Q: What kind of electrical travel adaptor will I need?
India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have either grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C). The two pin plug is also called the Europlug. It has two round 4 mm (0.157 in) pins. It can be inserted in either way into the socket. Hence there is no fixed live (hot) and neutral (cold) terminals. The three pin plug is rated at 6A / 250V. It has three round pins in a triangular pattern. The earth terminal is slightly larger than the live and neutral terminals. For Higher current, there is a 15 Amp version of the same 3 Pin plug, usually called the Power Plug or the M Plug. Live and neutral are 1 inch (25.4 mm) apart. Earth terminal is 1+1⁄8 in (28.58 mm) away from live and neutral terminals. Typically, refrigerators, heaters and other high power devices are connected to this 15 Amp socket.

Q: Will a standard European electric plug (2 round pins) fit into a power point in India?
Yes. To insert the 2 pin plug into a Type D 3 Pin socket which in some cases may be closed by default, push a pen into the Ground/Earth terminal. This opens up the protected 2 Pin terminals and you can insert the 2 Pin plug.

Q: Will a standard American electric plug fit into a power point in India?
No. But any electrical store will sell you an adapter for around 50 cents or less.

Q: What is included in my tour?
Accommodation with allmeals, all transfers, all birding walks, birding guide.

Q: What is not included in the tour?
Tips, personal expenses, beverages and liquor.

Q: How much should I tip?
Tipping is the customary way of saying thank you for a good trip. Any amount is welcome and is certain to augment the income of the bird guide and driver. Please remember that this is their only means of livelihood.

Q: Tell me more about the birding guides?
Our birding guides are knowledgeable. For single or two guests we sometimes provide a car with a driver who is also an accomplished birding guide.

Q: Is there any restrictions on drinking liquor or smoking?
There are no restrictions on drinking liquor but consumption of liquor in public is not permitted. Please check with your guide or driver if the hotel has a liquor license. You can pick up liquor from liquor vends on the island. Smoking in public is also not permitted.

Q: What will the meals be like on my tour?
Meals are usually ethnic Indian fare, both vegetarian and non vegetarian. Some hotels may provide Continental food.

Q: Is there a 24 hours hotline for me to call during an emergency?
Yes. The number will be provided to you before you start the tour

Q: What is the Internet access like?
All places have internet, not necessarily in the rooms but near the reception.
 

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