Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, commonly known as just "Water Sports Complex" is one of the most easily accessible tourist attraction in Port Blair, loved by both tourists and locals alike. Yes, locals love this place too.
Similar to most of the attractions in Andaman the complex now serves a memorial for the battle between the Andamanese and the British in 1859, popularly known as the Battle of Aberdeen.
Spanning around an area of 2 Kms, this complex was built as a park for walking and relaxation and can be easily reached by taking the stairs down from the Cellular Jail.
The whole complex consists of long walking area, directly above the sea that connects the front gate to the jetty on one side that is used to take boat to North Bay and Ross Island and the Marina Park on the other, which has now become a complete part of the complex.
As the name suggests the complex was build as a center for water sports in the islands and offers a wide variety of water adventures mainly focused towards families.
The best thing about the area is that the scenery from the complex is wonderful and has a lot of benches and chairs where you can relax and take a break from the day. The open sea area brings a lot of fresh air breeze that refreshes your mind and body.
People who love taking walks can take a right from the complex to reach the sea side park, filled with trees, benches and a play area, and spend some quality time with their family.
The deep blue waters allows for some great candid photographs, hard to find anywhere else in Andaman.
Overall a decent place to visit. We recommend coming here after 4 P.M, because the ambiance is great and the breeze is energetic.
Food and Drinks:
You can also find a cafeteria called "Marina De-Cafe" at the middle of the complex, by taking a right from near the gate or following the long walking area.
The small shop includes a variety of snacks and drinks including both Indian and European menu, so you can eat till your heart's content.
For people who'd rather visit small shops, there are a few shops outside the complex, where you can find decent snacks and beverages.
Available activities at the Water Sports Complex:
The are a lot of places for adventure sports in Andaman, but the water sports complex features a list of activities that you can't find anywhere else in the isles.
Although, you can't do scuba, sea-walk or snorkeling here, tickets to the North Bay Island can be easily purchased, where you can find every activity.
No worries, as I said earlier, the complex is best suited for families and has activities better suited for them.
Here's the list of activities you can do here:
Jet Ski Ride
Glass Bottom Boat
Boats are also available from Port Blair to North Bay
Entry Fees and Water Sports Pricing:
There is no entry fees to enter and explore the complex, you only need to pay if you are going for any activity.
Morning 5:30 AM, to 9:00 PM at night, after this the park closes and everyone is requested to come tomorrow.
Prices for Water Sports:
For the activities the pricing, timings and rates are given below: