A mangrove safari is de rigueur in the Andamans. At the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, we take this adventure to the next level by opening up a scintillating new dimension to the mangroves by moonlight. Post-sunset, guests are driven to the jetty, where experienced local kayakers guide you into lifejackets and row in pairs towards the unique aquatic ecosystem of tangled roots half submerged in the water. While providing a barrier against storms and large waves, the mangroves are a breeding ground for many species, including brightly-coloured fiddler crabs, shy mud skippers, blue-eyed Andaman bulbuls, parakeets, kingfishers, white bellied sea eagles, night jars and blood clams. The most fascinating aspect of night kayaking is the phenomenon of bioluminescence. As you plunge your paddle into the water or run your hand through it, hundreds of tiny, glowing, star-like phytoplankton - aquatic organisms that provide food for whales – light up the calm, dark water. With our expert guides leading you into the narrow channels and hidden nooks in the mangroves, this delightful experience tops any itinerary on the island.