“Woke up in the morning to some serious excitement and credible evidence that we’re in fact living in the middle of a jungle. There was a small snake – an Andaman Keel back – in the empty water tank right next to the breakfast table. Read more
The first time I ever snorkelled was a bit more adventurous than snorkelling normally is. Usually, it’s a pretty sedate activity that I’d recommend to everyone, and it’s something even non-swimmers can try. I even wrote about that here. Read more
The next day was very energetic.
“Whoever thinks adventure is about a white bikini, a sailboat, sea spray and some breeze, should never come to the Andamans. Adventure here is about getting nastily scratched by pointy coral and sweating so much that beads of it slide down your face and drip off the point of your nose, but you still can’t lift a finger to wipe them because you need your hands to grab onto a branch or grasp the edge of a rock as you leap from one to another. Read more
“Two tiny dots of islands and a crescent of golden sand, that’s my first glimpse of the Andamans from the planes. After that there’s only green, forest-covered island after island, separated by stretches of turquoise blue water – a colour that turns a little more solid and bubblegummy where there is reef underneath.” Read more