Budget-Friendly Andaman Trip for Couples: Exploring the Islands on a Shoestring

Budget-Friendly Andaman Trip for Couples: Exploring the Islands on a Shoestring


For decades, the Andaman Nicobar Islands have offered enthralling experiences that have drawn tourists worldwide. You could see backpackers flocking to Havelock Island with their camping tents. You could find global cuisines and local delicacies existing together merrily in lodges and resorts (they still do). You could find couples taking a stroll along the beaches, basking in the morning sun, or enjoying quiet candlelit dinners by the beachside.
The Andaman Islands still offer all the above activities to cater to different categories of tourists, especially couples. The only difference is that the infrastructure in the last decade or so has grown manifolds, and so have the number of activities, which has helped draw in more tourists. You can now go paragliding, snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing, explore hidden gems with experienced tour guides, and enjoy various cultural activities on your Andaman adventure.
If you are a couple looking to explore the mesmerizing beauty of the Andaman Islands but think it is way out of your budget, think again. You can explore the breathtaking landscapes and experience the serene ambiance of these heavenly islands on all kinds of budgets. All you need to do is follow a few expert tips, and you are all set. In this guide, we will take you through a few tips on planning a budget-friendly couple trip to the Andaman Islands, including tips on accommodation, transportation, activities, and dining.

Tips to Help Couples Explore Andaman on a Shoestring Budget

  1. Define Your Budget
    Before embarking on your Andaman tour, you must carefully plan every aspect of your journey. Start by asking yourself how much the budget is for your trip, considering flights, accommodation, activities, food, and miscellaneous costs. Different types of travelers have different tastes and budgets, and Andaman has much to offer for travelers of all pocket sizes. Just one word of caution, though, ensure you carry an extra amount to safeguard yourself against unexpected and unforeseen emergencies.
  2. Travel Dates
    There are three crucial things to take care of here. Firstly, flight prices vary significantly depending on when you travel. If you visit Andaman during the peak season between October and April, you will pay a lot more for flight tickets and accommodation due to the high demand. We recommend you plan your trip during the off-season as the flight and accommodation charges will be low due to less demand. You may experience some rain and uncertainty in plans during the off-season but trust us; it is worth the money you save. Secondly, remember the closer you book your trip to your travel dates, the more expensive your package will be. We recommend you plan your trip and book your tickets in advance to avoid last-minute inconvenience. You can browse various travel websites to avail the best deals on airfare. Lastly, remember that flying during the weekends can cost you more as more people look to vacation. Therefore, we recommend you fly during the weekdays to avoid paying more.
  3. Decide Where to Go and What to Do?
    The Andaman Islands offer a treasure trove of natural beauty and outdoor activities you might find hard to resist. The problem is exploring some of the islands and activities is more expensive than others, making them detrimental to your budget. For example, exploring Neil Island and islands north of Andaman, like Mayabunder, Rangat, and Diglipur, is less expensive than exploring Port Blair and Havelock Island. If you are keen on water sports, like scuba diving, snorkeling, or kayaking, we recommend researching and comparing package prices from different operators. Many Andaman tour operators offer packages including multiple activities and are more economical. Remember to carry your snorkeling gear, as many beaches allow you to explore Andaman’s rich marine life without paying for guided tours. Similarly, to experience Andaman’s rich cultural heritage and attend cultural performances, visit places like the Cellular Jail in Port Blair, which provides budget-friendly and valuable insights. If you want to shop for local handicrafts and jewelry and collect souvenirs, we recommend you avoid markets with a high tourist footfall and bargain for the best deals when shopping.
  4. Inter-Island Transportation
    What good is visiting Andaman if you do not experience the fun of island-hopping? You can find government-run or private ferries to transport you between islands. Private ferries are quicker and more comfortable. However, they are also expensive. If you are on a shoestring budget, we recommend you opt for government-run ferries that, although slower, offer an affordable travel option. Although island-hopping is a must when visiting the Andaman Islands, we suggest you keep it to a minimum to allow more time for sightseeing.
  5. Intra-Island Transportation
    Remember, private transportation in Andaman is costly. Public buses and shared jeeps offer an economical way to travel on an island. If you want to explore an island at your pace, you can rent bicycles and two-wheelers for as low as INR 150 and INR 500, depending on the model, demand, and location.
  6. Accommodation
    Andaman offers various accommodation options for travelers, from eco-friendly bamboo huts to budget-friendly guesthouses and homestays to luxurious resorts. Besides being budget-friendly, local guesthouses and homestays offer the added advantage of you getting to experience local hospitality and delicacies. In Andaman, eco huts made of bamboo and wood cost anywhere between INR 700 – INR 1,500/day. Concrete huts without AC cost between INR 1,500 – INR 2,500/day. Large rooms with AC cost between INR 2,500 – INR 5,000/day. Rooms at luxurious resorts usually cost more than INR 5,000/day. As previously stated, accommodation on Neil Island and islands north of Andaman is less expensive than Port Blair and Havelock Island. However, Port Blair and Havelock Island also do offer some inexpensive options. Let’s quickly explore these options. a. Port Blair
    Although, overall, Port Blair is expensive in every aspect, some establishments do charge reasonably. A decent room should cost around INR 2,500, which is quite reasonable. b. Havelock Island
    While Havelock Island is renowned for its royal magnificence, some places also cater to budget travelers. The Classic hostel, with shared beds and a shared bathroom, offers packages starting from as low as INR 800/day. Similarly, many eco stays offer packages from INR 700/day for shared beds with shared bedrooms to INR 2,000/day for a separately attached concrete bathroom.
  7. Food
    Food is an integral part of our lives. Savoring local cuisines is an excellent way to achieve a fulfilling and enriching experience on any trip, especially when on a budget. Instead of indulging in delicacies at upmarket restaurants, especially in Port Blair and Havelock Island, where food is expensive, we recommend you explore local markets and street stalls for authentic Andaman cuisine at reasonable and affordable prices. Enjoying local delicacies such as fresh seafood, tropical fruits, coconut-based curries, and Bengali or South Indian thalis is an excellent way to satisfy your food cravings while ensuring you save money. Some budget accommodations also serve or let you prepare your meals, saving you considerable money.


When planning your budget trip to Andaman, we recommend you book online accommodations that offer complementary or paid breakfast services. Buying fruits from local markets will cost you less than buying them from supermarkets. Also, if you want to buy liquor, we suggest you buy it from ANIIDCO shops instead of expensive bars and hotels, where the rates are higher.
The Heavenly Andaman Islands are a perfect destination for couples seeking a romantic and unforgettable vacation. Start planning your trip today and experience the magic of these paradisiacal islands without draining your bank balance. Maharaja Travels is a leading tour operator with years of experience in offering customized and budget Andaman tour packages for couples looking to transform their romantic excursion into the journey of a lifetime.
Budget-Friendly Andaman Trip for Couples: Exploring the Islands on a Shoestring