Andaman and Nicobar have much more to discover apart from the pristine beaches. It offers and great educational trip for students and anyone interested in learning about nature and history.
The various activities to include in your educational trip are:
- Certified Worksop with ANET (Andaman Nicobar Environment Team (ANET)
ANET is a research hub, environmental conservation, and education center in the Andaman Islands that aims to discuss issues of present significance to the islands and promote effective conservation strategies based on a sound understanding of the islands’ diverse social-ecological systems.
- Symbiotic Environmental Consciousness
One can learn about the various aspects of Climatic change, Geographical and Geophysical profiles of the islands. Mission on Sustaining Island Ecosystems, which is highly relevant to the fragile and complex island ecosystems of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, gathered several meetings including Solar Mission and Enhanced Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Habitat, Water Emission, and Green India.
- Understanding Island Ecology
The Andaman Island forests hold a mix of components from the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia, identified as a definite eco-region in the WWF global list with 37 endemic or near-endemic terrestrial fauna species in the Islands. Other sources list 85 flora species as rare, endangered, and threatened.14 More than 6,500 species of fauna, 2,210 terrestrial and 4,250 marine species, have been reported from the archipelago.
- Historical & Colonial Explorations
The Andaman Islands contain more than 572 islands and out of which 38 are inhabited. Before Independence, Port Blair was used as a penal colony for criminal convicts and Indians who protested against the Britishers. Ross Island was the former British headquarter for most of the Andaman Islands from 1858. In 1941, the Japanese converted the site into a POW camp and built war installations, remains of which can still be noticed.
- Certified Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to highly diverse marine ecosystems, with a variety of habitats ranging from sandy beaches and some of the most intact coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.
One can do a certified course in Snorkelling and Scuba Diving.
Currently, two schools provide the certificate for professional divers in the Andaman Islands; PADI (The Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and SSI (Scuba Schools International). You begin by doing a Basic Open Water Course and go on to the Advance course. Following that will be diving up to 30 meters depth and then you become an Emergency Responder, and further trains will allow you to become a certified PADI Rescue Diver and then finally, a Dive Master.