North Bay Island:
North Bay is a beach on an island just north of Port Blair. The beach and the snorkelling opportunities in its fringing coral reef (a coral formation directly attached to the shore) are the closest you will find to Port Blair. The corals at North Bay are good and spread over a large area. The sea life here has been fascinating divers from quite long and continue to do so. This is a perfect getaway for the adventure seekers.
This island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain-fed forests beckons everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun at the azure sea. Vijay Nagar beach, 5 Kms away from the Jetty on the eastern side and elephant beach, 10 Kms from the Jetty, including trekking through the forest on the north western part of the island are other breathtaking beaches. The Tourism Department organises Island Camping, with tented accommodation, during the tourist season at Radha Nagar beach. One can enjoy the stay right on the seashore by listening to lulls of the solacing sea in this camp.
Havelock is connected by daily speed boat and cruise services from Port Blair. The main attraction of Havelock, Radha Nagar Beach lies on the south coast of Havelock Island. It is about 12 kilometers from the Islands ferry pier. Radha Nagar is a Grade A beach of outstanding quality. This beach is also rated as the best beach in Asia by TIME Magazine. It has an overall length of two kilometers and an average width of 30 to 40 meters. The sand is white and very fine in grain. The beach has a gentle gradient of around 1:20 and continues out into the sea as a sandy bottom for over 100 meters.
Kalapathar Beach, Havelock, is a long stretch of sand on the east coast of the Island, punctuated occasionally by rock section. Most of the beach is lined by mahua trees, whose trunks grow along the ground for many feet before they begin to climb vertically. These trees have lent a distinct character to the sea front and provide shade, close to the water. Kalapathar Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea.
This beach is another ideal site for snorkeling. It has a rich coral reef formation and amazing underwater marine life. One can reach Elephant beach by small cruise boat from Havelock Jetty in about 40 minutes. By road one can go up to the Forest Camp which is 8 Kms from the Jetty towards Radhanagar side and from there by walk to the Elephant beach which will take another 40 minutes. Private ferry operators organize tours to Elephant beach from Havelock.
Neil is a tiny but beautiful island located 37 kms to the south of the Andaman Islands, With unexplored coral reef, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans. Neil and Havelock islands are part of Ritchie’s Archipelago. Connected by speedboat from Port Blair daily, it provides an ideal holiday destination for eco-friendly tourists who appreciate its natural setting. The sea encircling the island it also shallow and full of colorful coral formations.
Neil Island is popularly known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andaman’s, as on this island vegetables are cultivated and supplied to other islands. The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana (Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, Ramnagar etc.). The beaches are popular for their shady trees and exciting sunrises and sunsets.
Neil, with its very relaxed vibes and long deserted beaches, is a place to chill out after the “bustle” of Havelock. The widest part of the island is about 5 kms in length. You can walk the whole island in about two hours.
Unlike most of the islands in the Andaman Group, Neil has a flat terrain. The island is also comparatively small, with an area of 19 square kilometers and a population of 2868 people according to 2001 census. One can feel the serenity of village life here.
Long Island (102 Kms. by sea from Port Blair):
Connected with Port Blair by boat four times a week, this island offers an exquisite sandy beach at Lalaji Bay with unpolluted environment and evergreen forests. The sea around the island is frequented by Dolphins.
Lalaji Bay beach six kilometers away from the Jetty is accessible by 15 minutes journey by engine dinghies. One can also trek through the dense forests. To reach Long Island by boat one has options from Rangat / Yeratta Jetty / Uttara Jetty near Baratang Island.
Baratang island through Jarawa reserve and Limestone caves. Early morning departure from Port Blair for Baratang - about 100 kms by road from Port Blair. Baratang provides an ideal place for the eco-friendly tourist seeking the solitude of virgin nature. The land route from Port Blair (4.5 hours drive by Car) involves crossing of creeks and dense tropical rain forests. Visit the exotic Limestone Caves & ride the speed boat through the dense mangrove forests.
The journey to Baratang is through Jarawa reserve. Do not take their photographs or stop the vehicle in between to interact with the jarawas as doing so is a punishable offence. Guests violating the tribal reserve rules are liable to be prosecuted.
Rangat (170 Kms. by road and 90 Kms by sea from Port Blair) One is exposed to the quiet village life at Rangat, Middle Andaman Island. You can also breathe unpolluted air, a rare availability for the city dweller. Amkunj Beach, 15 Kms. away from Rangat Bazar/ jetty towards Mayabunder and Curtbert Bay beach, 20 Kms. away from the Rangat Bazar jetty towards Mayabunder are the beaches near Rangat. Curtbert Bay is a Turtle- Nesting ground. One can view the nesting of turtle during December-February period.
Aamkunj Beach is situated in Rangat, a small town in middle Andaman. The beach is barely 100 mts from the Andaman Trunk Road. The forest department has transformed the sea beach into an eco park which is now the main recreation area for the locals and visitors. This beach that once managed to see the faces of merely tens of people in a day now gets hundreds of visitors. The park is now a popular tourist’s destination and a hit among the children. Kudos to the forest authorities for the initiative. What makes this park unique is the fact that everything is made up of woods and particularly the wood logs that were lying around the beach. So, in a way this initiative not only built a green family park but also made the best possible use of the wooden logs that otherwise occupied the sea beach.These logs that were lying at the sea shore were dragged with the help of elephants and brought to the location of the park. Admirably, not a single tree was cut while developing this place! At this place there is natural fresh water waterfall which is a heavenly experience for travelers and truck drivers who otherwise do not easily find fresh water for drinking. And this is the reason for choosing this place as a park.
Mayabunder (240 Kms by road from Port Blair):
Situated in the Northern part of Middle Andaman Islands, Mayabunder offers excellent scenic beauty, mangrove creeks and beautiful beaches. Beaches at Avis Island (30 minutes boat journey from Mayabunder), and Karmatang (13 Kms) are fascinating. Beaches near Mayabunde Karmatang Beach and Rampur Beach Rampur beach is on the outskirts of Mayabunder town. Karmatang beach is before reaching Mayabunder and is hidden from the road going past it by a rock outcrop and coconut plantations. The place is quite enchanting. The water is clean. The waves are not too rough and sand soft under the feet. Rampur Beach is smaller of the two and with less shade. It is right next to the road. Close to the beach, you can also see a portion of mangrove forest.
Diglipur (325 Kms. by road from Port Blair):
Situated in North Andaman Island, Diglipur provides rare experience for eco-friendly tourists. The place is famous for its oranges, rice, forest wealth and marine life. Saddle Peak (732 Mtrs) is the highest point in the Andaman Islands. Kalpong the only river in Andamans flows from here. The only Hydro-electric project of the islands is on this river. Trekking to Saddle Peak through the evergreen forest, Kalipur, Lamiya Bay and Ram Nagar beaches and the sandbar joining Ross and Smith islands are a fascinating experience. Ram Nagar Beach, Kalipur and the Sandbar joining Ross and Smith islands are famous for Turtle Nesting during December-February season. One can enjoy unhurried holidays here. Turtle Resort run by the Directorate of Tourism at Kalipur provides comfortable accommodation. There are few private resorts as well. The Craggy Island across Kalipur beach is a little island known for fishes and corals. Ross & Smith Islands are twin islands bridged by pristine white sandy beach that has a swimming pool lagoon on one side and a snorkeling paradise on the other. A chain of mud volcanoes could be witnessed in the green jungle of Shyamnagar at Diglipur. A trek through the primary jungle leads to Alfred caves-a cluster of amazing 41 caves. It is a den for swiftlets and fruit eating bats.
Ross And Smith Islands:
These beautiful islands are in North Andaman, few nautical miles from Diglipur Jetty. What makes these islands truly beautiful and sets them apart from the rest of the islands is that these two islands are joined by a natural, sand bar. Its like if you face both the islands, you see a road kinda thing which is actually a sand bar linking both the islands. And thus, while walking on the bar one can move from one island to the other. This white, silky sand bar goes inside the sea at times of high tide and surfaces up again during high tide.The islands also have a bit of corals under the water but they are not much known and are present in deep sea so in a way coral life is not to be experienced here. During high tide, the sand bar disappears leaving a trail of water between the two islands and during low tide the sand bar appears again making the islands look majestic! Water is crystal clear and gem green in color. Sun bathing in Ross and Smith Islands is a wonderful experience that can be had only after visiting them.
Jolly Buoy island/Red skin Island:
Throw in the shimmering white sands and the tranquil blue waters that spread for as far as you can see, and you are in a poet's paradise. Let the fresh sea breeze ruffle your hair as you explore the wonders of Jolly Buoy island. Jolly bouy is a part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor, which encompasses 281 sq km including 15 uninhabited islands and the surrounding sea. It was created in 1983 to preserve the tropical ecosystem here, which is under threat all over the globe. Only two islands — Jolly Buoy and Red Skin - are open to visitors, alternatively for six months each.
Barren Island (139 Kms by sea from Port Blair):
The only active volcano in India is located in Barren Island. The volcano erupted once in 1991 and again in 1994-95, after remaining dormant for about 177 years. This island is about three kilometers in diameter and has a big crater of the volcano, about half a kilometer away from the shore. The island can be visited by chartering boats/seaplane and with the permission of Forest Department. Foreign nationals are restricted to be on board the vessel only and landing ashore is not allowed.
Cinque Island (26 Kms by sea from port Blair):
A sanctuary with rare corals and under-water marine life, Cinque Island has fine sandy-beach and sand–bar connecting North and South Cinque Islands and tropical rain-forest. There is no scheduled ferry service to Cinque Island. Chartered boats of permitted category are allowed from Port Blair and Wandoor. To visit, one may contact private boat operators in Port Blair to hire a boat with due permission from the Forest Department. There is no regular ferry to Cinque island. One has to hire a boat to go to cinque, cost approx Rs.25000.