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North Bay and Netaji Subhas Bose (Ross) Island

North Bay and Ross Island is a full-day tour by boat from Port Blair. While North Bay is famous for its underwater corals and colorful fishes, Ross Island is more of a historic place as it was the residential area for the Britishers before independence.

North Bay and Netaji Subhas Bose (Ross) Island

A short 45 minutes boat ride from the Aberdeen Jetty (in Port Blair) will reach you to the North Bay Beach. Though the beach is constantly under the pressure of heavy tourist footfalls, yet it is one of the cleanest beaches in Andaman. There is also a tall Lighthouse overlooking the beach. This island is famous for diving sites near the beach, which are blessed with rich coral reef structure and amazing underwater marine life.

Ross the island was the administrative headquarters of British rule in Andaman till 1941 when an earthquake destroyed the island. Again during the 2nd world war, The Japanese army took control over Ross Island and made it their camp.

The first thing you will notice on reaching the island is the Japanese bunkers used during the world war. This island was a typical British colony during the early 19th century. The paved roads with beautifully built Victorian buildings on both sides, British bungalows, grocery shops, bakery, church, hospital, cemetery, swimming pool, offices, etc.

How to reach North Bay and Netaji Subhas Bose (Ross) Island?

You need to reach the water sports complex to board your boat for North Bay and Ross Island. Some boats go to Ross Island first and some to North Bay. Either way, you will be able to visit both the islands.

Entry fee for North Bay and Netaji Subhas Bose (Ross) Island?

There is an entry fee of Rs.20 in both Ross and North Bay Island which is collected for upkeeping of these islands.

What to see at North Bay and Netaji Subhas Bose (Ross) Island?

Ross Island has a lot of remains of the historical buildings of the British era. North Bay has a lighthouse on the island. The other things to do in North Bay are water sports activities.

What to do at North Bay and Netaji Subhas Bose (Ross) Island?

There are many water sports activities in North Bay like Scuba Diving, Sea Walk, Submarine ride, Glass bottom boat ride, and snorkeling.

What to eat at North Bay and Netaji Subhas Bose (Ross) Island?

There are basic eateries in North Bay where you can have your lunch.

What you should not miss in North Bay and Netaji Subhas Bose (Ross) Island?

Do not miss the Smritika museum in Ross Island which showcases the history of the island. When in North Bay do at least any of the water activities to get a glimpse of the rich underwater marine life.

What you can skip?

You can skip the basic glass-bottom boat rides as they do not have much visibility most of the times and sea walk, Scuba diving, or semi-submarine ride is obviously a better option.

Ideal for Families and sea lovers.

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