Islands in Andaman and Nicobar

Group of  Islands in Andaman And Nicobar

The Nicobar group of Islands is out of bounds for Tourism activities. i.e., only the Andaman group of Islands are open for Tourism. This is because the majority of people living in Nicobar Islands are Tribals.
The Nicobar group of Islands is out of bounds for Tourism activities. i.e., only the Andaman group of Islands are open for Tourism. This is because the majority of people living in Nicobar Islands are Tribals.
The sandy beaches of Islands in Andaman & Nicobar are fringed with coconut-palms. The sea around the islands offer excellent scope for water sports. Adventure tourism like trekking, Camping, snorkeling, scuba diving etc. are the real attractions.
A visit to the Islands in Andaman & Nicobar is a memorable lifetime experience.
The Indian Government is trying to develop the Andaman Islands into a low volume, high yield tourist zone. To promote eco-friendly tourism, the Andaman and Nicobar Administration is developing 36 beach sites on the islands. India’s first ever marina is to be developed in A&N islands.

Ross Island In Andaman and Nicobar

The Ross Island is really a tiny. 0.6 km area 20-minute watercraft trip from Aberdeen Jetty in Port Blair. Previously it was the house of the indigenous Great Andamanese Before Port Blair, Ross Island was basically the capital of Andaman & Nicobar islands during the British era.

Ross island is open for the travelers to explore during day time as the boat services are offered through the Phoenix Bay jetty at 8.30 AM, 10.30 AM, and 12.30 PM.
Entry Fee: Rs 20

North Bay Beach

From Ross island, the journey by ferry to North Bay is 40 minutes travel. North Bay which is a creek plus beach, one can see different kinds of corals of different shapes i.e. big and small of different colours for which it is known. The lashing waves of the sea thick bluish in color in the beginning and darker blue (black) in the middle of the sea and the sea water sprinkling over sends chills in the spine. In North Bay snorkeling i.e. with oxygen mask and wearing safety belts with the help of a diver one can see the beauty of corals of small and big size which is very delightful to see and one wonders the nature’s gift to the human being.

Viper Island

Viper Island is located near Port Blair. The tiny, serene, beautiful island of Viper witnessed the untold sufferings the freedom fighters had to undergo. There is no record of prisoners and details as it has been lost and no human living is possible in this island and it has become a place of historical importance. The way the ill treatment meted out to prisoners sends shivers and our eyes became moist and nobody could control their emotions.
It is located 9 kms from Port Blair and connected by sea.
Viper Island is accessible by harbour cruise originating from Phoenix Bay Jetty in Port Blair, provides a panoramic view of different points around the harbour and includes a trip to Viper Island.

Havelock Island

Havelock Island is definitely the largest of the Andaman and Nicobar islands . Along with stunning soft sand seashores. Havelock is located 57 km North East of Capital City Port Blair. Approximately 2.5 hours (54 kms) away from Port Blair, it provides the ideal diving and snorkelling sites & unfaltered sandy beaches.The island is named after Henry Havelock, a British general active in India. The island’s current population consists of Bengali settlers.

Havelock is connected by daily speed boat services from Port Blair.

Beaches in Havelock Island

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach (Beach #7) is the most beautiful on the island and was rated as the best in Asia by Time in 2004. Gorgeous, silky white sand backed by a forest that provides welcome shade looks out over turquoise water, some stretches with a sandy bottom good for swimming and some with excellent coral reefs that are great for snorkeling – a great combination indeed. Sunsets here are often spectacular

Vijay Nagar Beach

Vijaynagar beach is 5 kms away from the jetty on the eastern cot of the island. Most of the beach is lined by large mahua trees . Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea.

Elephant Beach

Elephant Beach is 10 kms from the Jetty and is popular with Indian tourists. The shoreline here was largely swept away by the 2004 tsunami and the beach is a fraction of what it used to be; however, the coral here is probably the best on the island, making this an excellent spot for snorkeling. It’s reachable on foot from Beach #7 or by fishing boat from the east side of the island. A path to the beach starts from the road to Radhanagar. The walk is about 30 minutes at an easy pace with dry weather. Since the tsunami, the path ends in an expanse of un-inviting looking swampy water.

Snorkeling and Scuba diving is probably the biggest activity on Havelock island.

Havelock is connected by daily speed boat services from Port Blair. (Phoenix Bay jetty) The private boat operator is M/s. Mac logistics . MV Makruzz, a luxury catamaran, ply daily between Port Blair and Havelock Island.

Booking for speed boat can be done on all working days during office hours except Sunday and Govt. holidays.

Dive Sites Around Havelock Island 

Mac Point has mostly hard corals .

Aquarium. Usually clear visibility and has mainly hard corals.

Barracuda City is basically suitable for inexperienced divers

Turtle Bay has a pleasant dive site and is easy diving here not exceeding 14 meters.

Seduction Point is a huge rock with a variety of aquatic life.

Lighthouse is a larger dive site has a huge variety of soft and hard corals.

The Wall is a gigantic submerged rock..

Pilot Reef near Havelock is a high block of pristine hard corals.

Neil Island (36 kms. from Port Blair)

Neil – the small, lovely island situated south of Andaman Islands on the East Coast of India ,is probably the perfect vacationer spots in Andaman. Around 36 Kms. from Port Blair, A fabulous Island with lots of marine life, Neil Island is an excellent place for eco-tourism. Neil Island is additionally referred as vegetable bowl of Andamans. Linked by speedboat from Port Blair daily, The island is also comparatively small having an area of 19 sq.kms, it is also popular for snorkeling.

By Helicopter /Seaplane

The Andaman and Nicobar Administration, in association with the Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited operate weekly Helicopter services from Port Blair to Neil subject to availability of passengers. It flies a 10-seater Dauphin 365 N Helicopter on Mondays to Neil Island.

Activities in Neil Island

Activity choices in Neil consist of Snorkeling, Scuba diving,Game fishing, trekking. Cycling, Sun bathing, swimming, bird watching etc.

Beaches In Neil Island

Bharatpur Beach

 Half a kilometer from the jetty, Bharatpur is one of the best beaches known for swimming & coral watching with vast sandy stretch..The Sea around the Jetty area is full of corals.

Lakshmanpur- I  Beach

Lakshmanpur Beach, lies 2 km north of Neil jetty.The beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water offering good snorkeling. Sun basking & swimming are other options. One can view spectacular sun set from this beach.

Sitapur Beach

This beach is exposed to the open sea and thus prone to higher tides. It is 5 km south and at the tip of the island

Lakshmanpur- I I Beach

This rocky beach about two kilometers from the jetty with lots of coral formation.

Natural Rock Formation

Natural Rock formations in Laxmanpur beach is locally known as Howrah Bridge. Visit the place during low tides as the retreating sea leaves behind many a secret from its treasure trove.

Sir Hugh Ross Island

This tiny island located at the southern tip of Neil Island, is locally known as Chota Neil (Small Neil). This island is declared as wild life sanctuary. One has to obtain special permission from the forest officials (Dy Range Officer –Neil Island) to visit this island. Only day visits are permitted. This island is a turtle nesting ground.

Rangat  (170 kms. by road and 90 kms. by sea)

You can take pleasure in the calm village life and solitude of virgin nature here. It is possible to inhale uncontaminated air, an exceptional commodity for the city dweller. Cutbert Bay beach (20 kms. far from Rangat bazar/jetty) is a turtle nesting ground. It’s possible to view the nesting of turtles during December – February period. Panchavati waterfall and Amkunj beach are on the way to Cutbert bay. It’s possible to go to Mayabunder and Diglipur from this point.

Mayabunder  (242 kms. by road/136 kms. by sea)

Situated in the northern part of Middle Andaman, Mayabunder offers excellent scenic beauty and beautiful beaches. Inhabited by the settlers from Burma, East Pakistan and ex-convicts, Mayabunder has a distinct culture. Beach at Avis Island (30 minutes boat journey from Mayabunder), Karmatang beach (13 kms.) and mangrove lined creeks are the attractions. Karmatang beach is also a turtle nesting ground. One can view nesting of turtles during December-February season. Swiftlet Nest guest house of the Directorate of Tourism (Tel: 73495) is very near to the Karmatang beach. One can go to Kalighat (for Diglipur) by boat from here.

Diglipur (290 kms by road/180 kms. by sea)

Situated friendly tourists. It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak, 732 metres, the highest point in the islands is nearby. Kalpong, the only river of Andaman flows from here. The first hydroelectric project of the islands is coming upon this river. One who comes by road from Port Blair has to take a boat from Mayabunder to Kalighat and from there journey by road to Diglipur (25 kms.), and from there to Kalipur (18 kms.) for viewing, Kalipur and Lamiya bay beaches. Directorate of Tourism provides comfortable accommodation at Turtle Resort, Kalipur. The Water Sports Centre is near by. Those who want to go for trekking to Saddle Peak can collect trekking equipments on hire from Turtle Resort and start trekking from Kalipur. Ram Nagar beach (15 kms. away from Kalighat) is famous for Turtle nesting during December – February season. One who comes by boat from Port Blair will reach Aerial bay jetty, which is very near to places like Diglipur and Kalipur.

Little Andaman Ialand (120 kms. by sea)

This island has a beautiful beach at Butler Bay, a waterfall and plantation of oil palms. Apart from this there are several sandy beaches all along the coastline of the island. The break water at Hut Bay offers an excellent view to the tourists. Little Andaman is the vegetable bowl for the Nicobar group of islands. The Onge tribals live in this island, so do Nicobarese apart from settlers from erstwhile East Pakistan and other places. However entry to tribal areas is restricted. Journey 8 hrs. by sea from Port Blair towards south.

Baratang

This island is 120 kilometers away from Port Blair and it is between South & Middle Andaman towards Kolkatta.( 5-hour journey from Port Blair to Baratang by road.) At Jaratang which is 50-60 kilometers from Port Blair, their all the vehicles going to Baratang got assembled. From Jaratang to Baratank it is another 60-70 klometers followed by a short ferry ride from Middle Strait to Baratang (Nilambur Jetty). Andaman Trunk Road to Rangit and Mayabunder goes through this Island.
( From Jaratang convoy is escorted a police convoy as these hills are occupied by Jarwa Tribes who are unknown to this world a century back and to this day they hunt animals with poisonous arrows and bows in spite of Government taking lot of steps to improve their conditions, who have dwindled in numbers, still move in semi-clad clothes or nude. )
Active mud volcano situated just 9 kms away from Baratang. During ancient times, this place had been an active volcano .Now hot air is bubbling from the mud volcano and this place seems to be like a volcanic mountain with mud strewn all the places from the eruptions.

Mud Valcanoes In Baratang

These mud volcanoes have erupted sporadically, with recent eruptions in 2005 believed to have been associated with the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The previous major eruption recorded was on 18 February 2003. The locals call this mud volcano jalki. The Barren Island volcano which is the only active volcano in South Asia and the Narcondum volcano which is considered to be a potentially active
Only Govt. vehicles are allowed to return from Baratang on the same day. Private vehicles require special permission from Superintendent of Police (SA) to return from Baratang on the same day.

Lime Stone Caves in Baratang

Limestone Caves which is 14 kilometers from Baratang (Nilambur Jetty) and from there another half-an-hour ride on a speedboat. As the speedboat knifes its way through the waters of the Baratang Creek, tiny islands and stretches of massive, tropical forests view on either side.
As the boat is eased into a tiny temporary wooden jetty at Nayadera Creek climbing a few steps to the landing, a Board greets the visitors- “Mangrove Canopy Walk”. The “walk” is a 240 meters long narrow bridge
After getting off the bridge, one has to walk down one and a half kilometer through dense tropical forests.. While passing through this forest, one can see only the faint ray of sunlight filtering through the dense leaves. The “cave” comes into view after the walk through forest.
There are more than 300 big and small deposits of limestone, out of which only one in the form of a cave is opened for the tourists. In the cave, massive limestone formations are dangled from the ceiling, glowed from the sides and sprouted from the ground. There is a narrow walkway of the cave inside and constant dripping of water from the ceiling.
Keep packed food and drinking water while visiting Baratang Island.

Long Island

Long Island is 82 kms. from Port Blair. Long Island is connected by boat from Port Blair, either directly or “island hopping” via Neil Island and Havelock. Long Island offers an excellent sandy beach at Lalaji Bay with unpolluted environment and evergreen forests. Lalaji bay Beach is 6 kms. away from the boat jetty , is accessible by 15 minutes journey throughthe forest. One can reach by boat lfrom Rangat/Yeratta Jetty/Uttara Jetty near Baratang Island.
Long Island is approximately 10km from North to South, 5km from East to West, much of it forested. You can also visit nearby uninhabited islands from Long Island. There are no motor cars on the island, and no roads: free of traffic or crime, the island is a perfect destination for families. Generally, people walk or use bicycles.

Chidiyatapu Beach

Located at the southern most tip of South Andamans, 30 kms from Port Blair, Chidiyatapu is a lush mangrove forest with large number of birds. A very beautiful beaches named Sylvan Sands and Munda pahar make it an ideal picnic site. The forest guesthouse at Chidiyatapu provides a fabulous view of the isolated islands & breath-taking sunset.
Mini Zoo is being shifted here.

Corbyn’s Cove

The Corbyn’s Cove, is a serene and unspoiled soft sandy beach, set in picturesque background of lush green coconut palms and pleasant blue sea it is ideal for sea bathing and sun-basking.. The main attractions of this beach are the inviting water sports activities like surfing, scuba diving and boating. The Corbyn’s Cove beach, situated 8 kms from the City centre is the closest Beach from the city. This coconut- palm fringed beach, is ideal for swimming, surfing and sun bathing.

Jolly Buoy (12 km from Wandoor.)

An island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, it offers a breath taking underwater view of coral and marine life. It is an ideal place for snorkeling , sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach.
Upto Wandoor by Road land from Wandoor to Joly Buoy by Boat.

Cinque Island (15Km from Chidiyatapu. by Boat)

The Cinque Island is located 54 kms from Port Blair (2 hours by boat from Chidiyatapu). Cinque Island is one of the Super place for SCUBA diving, swimming, fishing and Camping. in Andaman & Nicobar Islands & has clear water with visibility levels of up to 80 feet. It is the best place to view a large variety of marine life and black corals. Nobody is allowed to stay overnight in Cinque Island. The lure of underwater coral gardens and unspoiled beaches specially a sand bar joining two islands are irresistible.

Barren Island

India’s only active volcano is situated in Barren Island. It is just 120 kms away from port Blair. This tiny, circular island covers an area of 8 sq. kms Tourists are allowed to visit this island only on board vessels. Landing on this island is not permitted.

There are some more Islands In Andaman And Nicobar which were destroyed in Tsunami.

Islands in Andaman and Nicobar

Islands in Andaman and Nicobar