For the first time ever, Pandaw will be offering an expedition running the length of Andaman archipelago. Until now, such an expedition into this sensitive no go area would have been unimaginable.
- A rare opportunity to explore an area of 800 remote islands, rich in scenic, ethnographic and marine interest
- Travel on board the stylish motor yacht, MY Andaman Explorer with her twelve comfortable suites
- Visit a region of India which has ethnographically-distinct aboriginal people, geographically closer neighbours to Myanmar than India
Currently only the East coast of the Andaman Islands are open to us, but these are rich with life. On the east coast there are various ethnic groups including Indians and Karens who will provide a warm welcome to intrepid explorers. There are numerous beaches and uninhabited islands with coral reefs and a healthy marine species. The forests on the main islands have not been logged and there is a terrific biodiversity of plant life and tropical forest.
No vessel could be more suitable for this than the historic Andaman Explorer, built in 1963 as a Norwegian coast guard vessel and later converted into the plaything of an Italian plutocrat. Lovingly refitted by Pandaw, with her twelve sumptuous staterooms, the Explorer is ready for longer deeper expedition cruising, going deeper into these remote regions than any vessel before.
This sea expedition represents a very unique opportunity and considerable interest in this cruise is anticipated so early booking is essential.
Please note: This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. Launching and boarding inflatable and rigid tenders can be challenging. Please be aware that the Andaman Explorer has a steep gangway and a good level of fitness is essential to ensure guest safety. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility. Launching and excursions are dependent on safe weather conditions as deemed by the Master of the Andaman Explorer and sea conditions.
Pre/post cruise experience
Complement an ocean cruise with a pre-tour of Chennai and the French influenced enclave of Pondicherry, before flying to Port Blair, the gateway to the Andaman Islands and where you join the MY Andaman Explorer.
Unique experiences on board and off the ship
There are plenty of onshore excursions and activities from walking through rainforests, visiting local communities and snorkelling in pristine waters. On board, however comfortable and roomy the staterooms are, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike most other cruise ships, every window on board (expect for the portholes on the lower deck) can be opened and closed to suit your comfort.
The Pandaw cabins combine colonial-era character with exquisite contempory design. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are a spacious 168 square feet (15.6 sqm), with the exception of the Zawgyi Pandaw which is 150 square feet (14 sqm). As the space is much loved by all passengers, Pandaw have ensured that with each ship they build, the stateroom remains essentially the same. Be advised: cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV's, internet access or telephones. Passengers tend to choose Pandaw in order to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.
Many passengers have described life on board a Pandaw as more like being a guest on a private motor yacht, than a passenger on a conventional cruise ship. For a start, the itineraries and their quest for the most spectacular sights and experiences is far more intrepid than conventional cruises. And when passengers return to the ship after experiencing the wonders of life onshore, they are coming back to a floating oasis of low-key luxury, caring service and all the good things of life.
All cabins are the same size and all contain Pandaw's signature amenities. Passengers can choose from the Main Deck or Upper Deck. Our ship Kalay features a bigger suite on the upper deck.
- Fruit and flowers on arrival
- Kimonos and slippers
- Spa-branded amenities
- Unlimited mineral water
- Free use of mini DVD player on request and selection of DVDs from our library (subject to availability)
Accessing by any other means isn’t possible.
What is given back?
The Pandaw Charity (www.pandawcharity.com) are looking to establish a programme in the Archipelago.
Sustainable best practice
Pandaw have eliminated plastic water bottle usage on board its boats.
Guides and specialists
All the naturalists and guides are trained in-house with years of experience and knowledge and are passionate about their home region.
Steppes’ value adds
Freeflow drinks package (excluding wine)
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