Ross Island, which is accessible from Aberdeen Jetty through a boat ride, is situated at the entry region of Port Blair harbor. Ross Island, once the administrative head quarters of British Colonial Rulers, still bears the ruins of a Church and cemetery. It was during the British rule that the island was developed to a perfect township. Many reminiscent of old British regime are still alive in this stunning Island.
Ross and Smith, the twin islands joined by a bewitching sand bar, is 30 minutes away from Aerial bay harbour or Kalipur water sports centre. One who prefers to be away from the hustle and humdrum of urban life must come here to enjoy unhurried holidays. Words are not enough to describe the beauty of this Island. It's a Must Visit Destination of the Island. This Island in itself is the evidence of the presence of Super Power. The specialty of these islands is that you can simply walk from one island to the other. The clean, peaceful, serene and spell binding beauty of the silky sand strip/sand bar and the crystal clear ocean water will definitely take your breath away. If you are lucky, there would be low tide and you can walk from one to the other island and if its high tide, you would be able to even see the bewitching sandbar that separates the twin islands.
Havelock Island among the best destination in India, is situated 57 Kms North East of Port Blair. This destination attracts people all across the globe. White sand beaches and turquoise waters surrounding the island is a treat to watch and experience. The best thing about this destination is that it suits every requirement, whether you are looking for a laid back vacation or a fun filled vacation, Havelock Island has everything to offer. Your vacation to the Andaman Islands is not complete until you have visited Havelock Island. Best Attractions at Havelock Island Radhanagar Beach – This beach has been consistently rated as one among the best beaches in Asia. The long stretch of vast open sea in front of you along with white powdery beach is a treat to watch and experience. Elephant Beach – Another major attraction at the Havelock Island is the Elephant Beach, accessible only through boat or trekking. Though this attraction is not famous for its beach, its among the best location for snorkelling. The reef here starts at 5 feet deep. You may either snorkel by yourself or may hire a guide to help you snorkel at the Elephant Beach. Activities to do at Havelock Island Scuba Diving – Visit Scuba Diving Andaman Islands Sea Walk – Sea walk can be availed near Elephant Beach. For more info visit Sea Walk Andaman Snorkelling- Havelock is best place to snorkelling. Trekking – Trekking to Elephant Beach Trekking Options in Andaman
Neil Island is situated 36 kms east of Port Blair. Lush green forest and sandy beaches provide an ideal holiday destination for tourists. The beaches are quite popular with campers. There is excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunity to see beautiful corals & exotic marine life. Reaching there: Regular Ferry Service is available from Port Blair to Neil Island. Sitapurbeach :Sitapur beach is a very popular tourist destination. Snorkeling here plus a small cave to check out.Lots of shells around if you are a shell collector. Bharathpur: Snorkelling is also very good around the jetty at Neil. Edges of the shallow reefs have some live corals, many different kinds of fish and lots of anemones with resident clown fish. Great variety of shells are available but are not supposed to be taken from the islands. Laxmanpur Beach: Scuba diving is probably the biggest activity on the island other than lying around and eating great seafood. The diving possibilities around the Andaman are vast and it feels that what has been discovered is only the beginning and even that is pretty great. Water sports complex These pristine islands offer some of fun loving unforgettable water sports activities. The facilities for these water sport activities are available in Port Blair and other islands. Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which is surrounded by rich coral reef eco system, offers unique life time diving experience. The Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex at Port Blair, offers Safe water sports activities and also Adventure water sports activities such as joy rides on speed boats, Jet Ski & Banana rides.
The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor is at a distance of 29 Kms. from Port Blair covering an area of 281.5 Sq.Kms. This Marine Park made-up of open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands, is one of the best found anywhere in the world. Viewing of rare corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats, Scuba Diving and Snorkelling are a lifetime experience for anyone here.
The Chatham Sawmill is one of the oldest and largest mills in Asia. Built on a tiny island by the same name and connected to Port Blair by a bridge, the island has the second largest wharf here and also houses a Forest Museum in its premises. Owned by Forest department and dating back to 1836, it is a big store house for different varieties of wood including Marble, Padauk, Gurjan and Satin wood. The mill cuts massive wood into different sizes and shapes of timber and functions as the main source of timber at moderate prices for Government and private agencies. This mill processes many types of ornamental wood suitable for making furniture and handicrafts. This mill was bombed by the RAF during Japanese occupation. After the Supreme Court ruling banning commercial felling of trees in the Andaman Islands, activities have significantly reduced at the mill.
Red Skin Island is also located in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park has a nice beach and offers spectacular view of corals and marine life. Popular with snorkelers, this island is a great day trip from Port Blair for those looking for a fun day at the beach. Night stays are not permitted here.
Long Island is located 82 kms from Port Blair or 35kms north of Havelock. Connected by a ferry three times a week from Phoenix Bay Jetty in Port Blair, enchanting Long island is home to a lovely sandy beach at Lalaji Bay 6 kms north from Long island jetty. It also has beautiful forest cover and coconut plantations. Long island was uninhabited until the arrival of settlers in the 1970s. A plywood factory was established near the jetty but is now closed. A village exists near the jetty, the population of which is approximately 1500 people. The island is populated by settlers and factory workers from different parts of India.
Barren Island, one of the most easterly islands is the only active volcano in South Asia, lies 135 kms northeast of Port Blair and is 300 m above sea level. The first recorded eruption of the volcano dates back to 1787 and further eruptions were recorded in 1789, 1795, 1803–04, and 1852. After nearly one and half centuries of dormancy, the island had another eruption in 1991 that lasted six months and caused considerable damage. There were eruptions in 1994–95 and 2005–07. Since then, the volcano has erupted more than six times; most recently on 19 July 2009 and till date continues to spew smoke and ash.
One among the most popular excursion from Port Blair is to Jolly Bouy Island from WANDOOR, 30km southwest to Port Blair. The long white sand beach here is littered with the dry, twisted trunks of trees torn up and flung down by annual cyclones. It is fringed not with palms but by dense forest. You should only snorkel here at high tide, as the corals are easily damaged when the water is shallow. The route to Jollybouy is same for visiting Red Skin island also. Both Jolly buoy and Red skin are located at Mahatma Gandhi National park. The normal time leaving to Jolly buoy island at Wandoor beach is at 9.00am. Make sure to reach Wandoor beach before 9.00am. All the ships leave at the same time and come back together. Jolly buoy is a No Plastic zone. Before leaving to Jolly buoy island, people have to submit the list of all plastic items at Wandoor beach.
It is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 metres high). One can trek up to Madhuban through a nature trail and can find rare endemic birds, animals and butterflies. The scene of this peak is also printed on the backside of Rs.20. During British Raj, this highest peak was established as the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner. This place is an ideal for a nice and a fascinating over view of the outer islands and the sea.
Neil Island is an island in the Andaman Islands of India, located in Ritchie's Archipelago. It is apparently named after James George Smith Neill, a British soldier who had sternly dealt with the insurgents during the suppression of the 1857 Mutiny. It occupies an area of 18.9 square kilometres (7.3 sq mi). The island is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-east of Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Neil Island is a beautiful Island with Lush Green Forest and Sandy Beaches are the vegetable bowl of Andaman's. It provides an ideal holiday for eco-friendly tourist. One can feel the serenity of village life. The beaches at Lakshmanpur, Bharatpur&Sitapur and natural bridge formation on the sea shore are fascinating. Snorkeling and scuba diving are activity option. Lots of shells are around if you are a shell collector.
Cellular jail located in Port Blair, is a mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this jail. The Cellular jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name "CELLULAR" because it is entirely made up on individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners. The jail, now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has declared as a National Memorial. LIGHT & SOUND SHOW The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Sound & Light show. The show is conducted every evening in the premises of cellular jail which gives us a brief idea about the happenings in the jail prior to the independence.
Baratang Island is a gateway to North & Middle Andaman District of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This District is quite unexplored from the tourism point of view. This is one of best part of your trip to Andaman Islands because of its virgin beauty and natural wonders. In Baratang Island you can see Mud Volcano, mangrove and tropical forests, Limestone Caves, Parrot Island and one nice deserted beach at Baludera. Other offbeat beaches are also accessible from Baratang such as Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island, Lalaji Bay Beach etc. Lime Stone Cave can be explored with the permission of Forest Department (from Baratang) and proper local guidance. There is no scope to have a stay in this Island as Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has declared Baratang Island as Buffer Zone. Keep packed food and drinking water while visiting the limestone caves.
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. Covered under Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Parks. (heavy damaged caused to the islands coral life due to tsunami during Dec.,2004).
Another island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is Red Skin Island. It has a beautiful beach offering spectacular views of corals and marine life. It is an ideal place for snorkeling , sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach.
The Anthropological museum in Port Blair started in the year 1975-76, is an ethnographic museum. It showcases the four Negrito Tribes of the Andaman viz. the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges and two Mongoloid Tribes of the Nicobar viz. the Nicobarese and the Shompens. This museum is closed on Thursdays and Govt. Holidays.
Chidiyatappu- the southernmost tip of South Andaman Island situated at a distance of 28 Kms from Port Blair. It is famous for bird watching, sunset view, panoramic scenic beauties, and many colours of oceanic view. Swimming can be done at Chidiyatappu. Safety places boards are erected in Chidiyatappu. But beware of crocodiles. The biological park at Chidiyatappu is the added attraction. There is a Forest Guest House run and maintained by Forest Department. Eco-friendly beach facilities including changing room are maintained by forest department. It is one of the most sought after picnic destination in South Andaman. There is a beautiful trek route of around 1.5 kms passing the green canopy forest, breathetakingparanomic view of neighbouring islands with a surprise amazing view of Cinque island at the rear end of the trek. This of one of the most recommended treks in South Andaman.
This unique complex offers all possible aqua-sport facilities like Water-skiing, Sail boats, Windsurfing, Speed Boats etc., and safe water sports like Paddle Boats, Row Boats etc. There is a sea water swimming pool and a change room. There is also a Memorial for the Battle of Aberdeen fought between Britishers and Andamanee aboriginals in 1859. Nearby is an Amusement Park with Rollercoaster, Pleasure rides etc. and a children Traffic Park is adjacent to it.
Corbyn's Cove beach- the coconut-palm fringed beach, six kilometers away from Port Blair town is ideal for swimming and sun-basking. Facilities like hotel, restaurant, bar, changing room, adventure water-sports are available here. Historical remains like Japanese Bunkers can be seen on the way to this beach. The Snake Island situated just across the beach is popular for scuba diving. The Waves Restaurant & Beer Bar run by Tourism department provides delightful cuisine at reasonable rates in a soothing ambience.
North Bay Island is about an hour ferry ride away from Port Blair jetty (speed boat takes much less time) and is a lovely place to go for a day’s trip. What makes it even more tempting to visit is the wide array of water activities that one can enjoy.North Bay Island looks colourful with these boats and touristsSea walk has already been introduced and has been going on for over a year now. Along with sea walk, you can do jet ski, speed water boat ride, snorkelling and other such activities at the beautiful North Bay IslandSea Walk Boat at North Bay IslandI went to North Bay Island on a morning in the month of April and I have been wanting to go there again sometime. I liked it so much.Tourists enjoying at North Bay IslandWhile the main attraction of the place are its water sports and sea walk, the island is very serene in itself and gives you ample space to have some time of yourself on its small beach.
The Samudrika is a museum run by the navy. The museum displays history and geography of the Andaman & Nicobar islands. It is divided into five sections: history of the islands, their geography, people, marine life and archaeology. It houses an impressive display of coral and shells, and a large relief map of the islands topography.