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SUMMARY
+ Virgin coral reefbreaks
+ Kumari point
+ Few boats, no crowds
+ Untouched paradise with wild tribes
- Onshore in swell season
- Short ideal season window
- expensive boat only option
- Oppresive humidity
Blue Tomato



Andaman Islands, India, INDIAN OCEAN


Kumari Point, John Callahan

Surf Spots

Corbyn's Bay
Jackson Creek - Andamans
Totem Reef
Muddy's
Kumari Point, Andamans
Jarawa Point - Andamans

The Surf

Dubbed “The land of the head-hunters” by Marco Polo, who was the first Western visitor to this chain of 572 islands, islets and rocks, now commonly referred to as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Geographic isolation, heavily restricted travel, mysterious Stone Age culture and totally uncharted waters characterise this zone. Whilst foreign tourists are permitted to visit the Andaman Islands, the Nicobars are only accessible to Indians and tribal areas are restricted. With only 36 of the 239 Andaman Islands inhabited, the dense tropical forests support an exotic, fragile ecosystem of unique flora and fauna, preserved and protected in 96 sanctuaries and nine national parks.

Of the 550 islands, only a handful of them have been surfed and there is undoubtedly more spots to be discovered, especially in the north of the chain where swell regularity is much lower. Plenty of problems revolve around access, which is heavily restricted to most indigenous tribal regions.

When to Go

These islands receive a combination of long range groundswells and shorter fetch monsoon swells, which both arrive from the SW. Unfortunately, most of the breaks are directly onshore in the SW winds, so therefore, the season is a short spell from Mid-March to Mid-May when N winds prevail. Rough seas with constant 15-25 knot winds, make navigation difficult in the heart of the swell season. Semi-diurnal tidal phases are small, but affect some spots heavily.

SURF STATISTICS
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
dominant swell S -SW S -SW S -SW S -SW S -SW S -SW
swell size (ft) 2 3-4 4-5 5 4-5 1-2
consistency (%) 40 70 10 10 20 30
dominant wind N -NE NW -NE SW -W SW -W SW -W NE -E
average force F3 F2-F3 F3-F4 F4-F5 F3-F4 F3-F4
consistency (%) 76 60 73 83 51 66
water temp (C) 27 28 29 28 27 27
wetsuit boardshorts boardshorts boardshorts boardshorts boardshorts boardshorts
Population
Anadaman & Nicobar Islands - 360,000

Coastline
2000km (1,250mi)

Timezone
GMT +5h30

Travel Information

Weather

During the SW monsoon from mid-May to October, heavy rains flush the islands, often bringing violent cyclones that leave the west coast beaches strewn with fallen trees. In November and December, less severe rains arrive with the NE monsoon. The driest period is between mid November and April, but humidity is high.

Nature

Home to stone-age tribes (Onge, Jarawa, Sentinelese) these reclusive aboriginal people live in impenetrable jungles, and still practise age old rituals. Little Andaman has elephant safaris through the rainforest. Trek to the White Surf and Whisper Wave waterfalls. World-class diving zone with large pelagics and amazing visibility. Great fishing.

Hazards

Any emergency would take days to repatriate; take a well-stocked first aid kit. Beach sand flies are bloodthirsty and unavoidable. Avoid sea crocs and potentially hostile tribes.

Hints

Take everything including reef boots and repair kit, plus snorkelling equipment for the many flat/windy days.