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Barren Island is situated approximately 140 Kms from the capital town of Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This volcanic island is a part of the volcanic belt between the Indian and Burmese tectonic plates. The other Volcano in this belt, Narcondam Island is also a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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 Barren Island in Andaman (The only active Volcano in Southeast Asia)

 

Barren Island in Andaman is the only active volcano in Southeast Asia. The volcano recorded its first eruption in the year 1787 and since then the volcano has erupted 8 more times. The last eruption was observed in the year 2017 and is continuing.

 

The height of the volcano is 354 meters (1,161 ft), but most of the volcano lies underwater up to 2250 meters below the surface. The 3 km long island is mostly covered by the volcano and its lava.

 

Where is the Barren Island?

Barren Island is situated approximately 140 Kms from the capital town of Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This volcanic island is a part of the volcanic belt between the Indian and Burmese tectonic plates. The other Volcano in this belt, Narcondam Island is also a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

 Is the volcano still active?

Barren Island in Andaman is the only active volcano in Southeast Asia. The volcano recorded its first eruption in the year 1787 and since then the volcano has erupted 8 more times. The last eruption was observed in the year 2017 and is continuing.

 

How high is the volcano and how big is the island?

The height of the volcano is 354 meters (1,161 ft), but most of the volcano lies underwater up to 2250 meters below the surface. The 3 km long island is mostly covered by the volcano and its lava.

 How to reach Barren Island?

 As there are no regular boat or ferry services to Barren Island, the only option to reach Barren Island is to charter a boat from Havelock or Port Blair. The duration of travel depends on the weather and sea conditions and type of boat. Presently only 01 company operates regular charters to Barren Island in high-speed Gulf Craft which reaches Barren Island from Havelock in 2 hours.

 Can I land on the volcano Island?

 No, landing on the island is not permitted due to safety and security reasons. However, we can take you very close to the island so that you can see the volcano clearly from our boat.

 How safe is the trip especially for children and senior citizens?

 The boat is equipped with all safety equipment including Distress alert transmitters, Area Information systems, VHF, GPS & life jackets. The boat has a seating cabin & first aid box. All our crew is trained for handling any type of emergency on board.

 Please note that due to open sea and waves some people may feel seasick. It is advised to take motion sickness pills 30 minutes before the trip.

 What are the timings and duration of the trip?

 The trip starts at 05.30 am from Havelock and usually ends at 3 pm. The total duration is 10-12 hours. The guests onboard get to see the sunrise from the mid-sea and also fishing is best in the early morning.

 What about breakfast & lunch?

 Packed breakfast, ready-to-eat lunch, and refreshments are provided on board. Bottled drinking water and cold drinks are also provided onboard.

 How big is the boat and how many people can travel together?

 The boat is 36 feet long and powered with two 250 HP engines. It has a maximum speed of 40 Knots. The capacity of the boat is 12. However, for a comfortable journey, we take a maximum of 08 people for the Barren Island trip.

 Is there a toilet in the boat?

 Yes, the boat has a toilet and freshwater supply.

 What type of fishing is done on the way?

 You can do popping & jigging in Barren Island and trolling on the way.

 Is the equipment for fishing included in the package?

 Yes, fishing equipment is included in the cost. However, since the equipment is very expensive, any damage caused to the equipment will be charged.

 What are the things to do on Barren Island?

Apart from an active volcano, the coral reefs around Barren Island are home to numerous colorful fishes and vibrant corals. The water is crystal clear and the reef is visible from the boat itself. Snorkeling and scuba diving (certified divers) can be done with prior permission from the authorities under the supervision of qualified instructors.

 Can we bring the fish that we catch during the trip & can you cook it for us?

The Sports fishing rules permit 02 fishes to be brought for their own consumption. We can make arrangements for the fish you caught to be served to you for dinner. However, you need to pay for the dinner except for the fish.

 What is the rescue option in case of a technical problem or any distress?

Our boat is equipped with a distress alert transmitter that can alert the coast guard in case of any distress. Also, we can request help through the VHF transmitter. The area information system enables tracking of our ship throughout the journey from the land. Thus, we have all provisions to seek help and rescue in case of an emergency.

What the permissions required to visit Barren Island?

Prior permissions are to be obtained from the Department of Fisheries, Police Marine Force, Port Management Board, and Indian Coast Guard for Barren Island. We do all the permissions for you, you just need to send us your photo id proof at least 02 working days before the trip.

 

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