Andaman Islands

Jolly buoy Island

Jolly buoy island is very famous for under water corals and the pristine clear beach. This place is one hour journey from Wandoor beach. Surrounding the Jolly buoy island there are other islands with thick forests.

Tourist Spots in Jolly Buoy Island offers an amazing view of underwater coral and marine life. Glass bottom boats help to take a closer look at the coral colonies. Jolly Buoy Island is located about 50 km from Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (also Wandoor Marine National Park). Jolly Buoy has a golden shining beach with a canopy of hanging branches of dense bushes. The underwater marine life is fantastic and indicates a sharp reflection of the corals and sea weeds in the beautiful designs of plants and flowers. Jolly Buoy Island is an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling. It is accessible by boats from Wandoor, which is about 30 km by road from Port Blair. A unique magic of water is displayed here and it offers world's most spectacular coral reefs. The most enchanting part of Cruise vacation here are glass bottom boats that help you view the sea in close quarters. People have to carry swim suits or other wears suitable for Snorkeling and scuba diving. Jolly buoy is a no man's land motor boats (port charter boats) along with small boats (for coral view) brought all the visitors and everything returned back. 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. They have to deposit a security amount against each plastic item. They will get the amount back after returning against producing the same items. Additional amount is also to be paid for each still and video camera. People can enjoy the running sea view between these islands.

Cinque Island

Cinque Island could be regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the Andamans. It is one of the best dive destinations in the island, it has clear emerald water with a visibility of upto 80 feet. Cinque Island has a surrounding of pristine coral reefs and some extraordinary beaches. It also gives you to have a close look at the underwater coral gardens. The shallow seas around the Cinque island are rich in corals and there are some fine, unspoiled beaches. If you are lucky, you could be greeted by frolicking dolphins. A day at each of these islands will suffice to quench the appetite of most for the sea. However, the experience always leaves the visitors with a restless feeling to long for the more and more of the same. The deep dive offers a terrific variety of marine life, including black coral, sightings of sharks and is ideal for the experienced diver. To reach this beautiful Cinque Island, Andamans permission from the Forest Department is necessitated. Permission for night visit to this island is rarely granted. It takes 2 and a half hours from Chirya Tapu to reach here by boat. And,from Wandoor it takes three and a half hour to reach. Besides, ferries between Phoenix Bay and the island run only once a week. Andaman Travels offers you interesting information on Cinque Island in Andamans.

Red Skin Island

Red SkinRed Skin Island is another island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park that has a nice beach and offers spectacular view of Corals and marine life. It is the exotic locale of the Red Skin Island at Andaman and Nicobar Islands that attracts visitors from all across the globe due to its unique and enigmatic beauty that will surely captivate you in a state of trance. The diverse species of corals can be observed in their natural ambiance. If you happen to be an adrenaline freak and enticed by water sports, the Red Skin Island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands will surely live up to your expectations as there is plenty of scope for snorkeling. Basically, snorkeling is the name dowered to the gliding over the surface of the water while being half-submerged. It is absolutely essential to have a diving mask on so that you do not miss viewing the marine fauna and flora that exists beneath the surface of the water. You can also have swim fins on to facilitate you to in swimming. While, snorkeling keep in mind that a wet suit is compulsory if the temperature of the water is low.

Havelock

Havelock IslandHavelock is 55km northeast of Port Blair. It is a 100 sq km island that has great white-sand beaches and clear water, which is perfect for snorkeling. There are interesting coral formations and large fish-dolphins and turtle, which make snorkeling very interesting. This is one of the few islands at which foreigners are permitted to stay overnight. An Island located in South Andaman group to reach the island it takes 4 to 5 hours by a motor boat. Havelock is a most ideal place for tent camping. At Havelock, the Tourism Department has accommodation. An Island located in South Andaman group to reach the island it takes 4 to 5 hours by a motor boat. Havelock is also famous for its golden sand beach and bluish green sea water. Sea journey from Port Blair to Havelock is just few hours. Only one ship travels to and fro between Port Blair and Havelock. Travellers prefer to stay in this island as the colour of the beaches varies from early morning Sun light to evening dusk. Scuba diving and Snorkeling are available in these beaches. There are divers clubs available and people from these clubs will escort if people are interested in scuba diving. Very good tender coconut and all varieties of meals available. People travelling through package trips, will get their lunch served in the ship itself. After getting down from the ship, the beach is 15-20 minutes journey by vehicle. This island is included in the standard package of Andaman trip. For one day package, visitors will get approximately 2 hours to enjoy in the beach. Near the beach, small tents and plastic chairs are available for rent to sit and enjoy. The water in the sea is bluish and the sand is shiny with reflections. The beach is very safe to play. Nearer to the beach, there is facility to change the dress. Fruits and snacks available at small shops. After getting down from the ship at Havelock, 30minutes journey has to be performed to reach the beach. Havelock Island , an independent Island with a vide Beach (Radha Nagar Beach) recorded the seventh best beach in Asia.

Barren Island

Barren islandBarren Island is located in the Andaman Sea, one of the most easterly of the Andaman Islands. It is the only confirmed active volcano in South Asia. The island, along with the rest of the Andamans, is part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and lies some 135 km northeast of the territory's capital, Port Blair. The first recorded eruptions of the volcano date back to 1787. Since then, the volcano has erupted more than six times, most recently on 2 May 2006. This is a barren region uninhabited by the people and a natural habitat for wild goats which live here by drinking the salt water. This is a unique feature of this island. The Barren Land can be approached by board vessels and one can view the island from the vessel. There is no permission to get down in the island. The travel to this Island is a breathtaking adventurous experience.

Ross Island

Ross IslandROSS ISLAND was the administrative headquarters of A & N Island during the British period. Ever since Dr. James Pattison Walker arrived in Port Blair aboard the East India Company's steam frigate 'Senuramis' on 10th March 1858, this island remained under British occupation till 1942. From 1942 to 1945, the island was under the occupation of Japanese. However, the allies reoccupied the island in 1945 and later abandoned it. Though in ruins now it still reminds us of the pomp and glory of the bye gone years. On their visit one can reminisce the life style of the inhabitants by the facilities like Church, bakery, hospital , bath rooms, swimming pool , tennis ground etc, that existed. A small museum of Indian Navy, Smritika, has a good collection of old records. Deer roam the islands today, peering from behind the thick bushes, and sometimes mustering up courage to eat biscuits out of your hand. A graveyard has headstones of army officers who died young, and that of an infant who lived for just 22 hours. It is an eerie place, now owned by the navy. Some parts are off limits for visitors. A small museum displays pictures of its old grandeur. Ross Island, a few km from Aberdeen jetty at Port Blair. To any onlooker it may give the impression that it has no "life" - in the sense that there is no human habitation. Ross island is open to public on all days except for Wednesday. There are boat facilities from the Phoenix Bay jetty to Rose Island many times a day.

Viper Island

Viper IslandThe island derives its name from the vessel 'Viper' in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to the islands in 1768 with the purpose of establishing a Penal Settlement. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and its wreckage was abandoned near the island. The Britishers used to harbour convicts here. The first jail was constructed here which was abandoned after the construction of Cellular Jail. The jail at Viper, where prisoners deported from the mainland were confined, was built by the British under the supervision of Major Fort. Work on the prison was started in 1867. Owing to the working conditions, the jail earned the notorious name Viper Chain Gang Jail. It has a gallows atop a hillock, where condemned prisoners were hanged. Sher Ali, who killed Lord Mayo, the Viceroy of India in 1872, was also hanged here. Before the Cellular Jail was constructed prisoners under the penal settlement were kept on this islands. The scenic beauty of the islands is marvelous with plenty of coconut plantations . The gallows on top of a hill, where the women prisoners were hanged is now a great tourist attraction . Freedom fighters like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas, who had resorted to hunger strike at the Cellular Jail, were imprisoned at Viper Island. Viper Island is a serene beautiful tourist destination and can be approached by harbor cruise originating from Phoenix Bay Jetty in Port Blair. The Harbour cruise, available daily from Phoenix Bay Jetty, provides a panoramic view of different points around the harbour and includes a trip to Viper Island.

Chatham Island

Chatham Island, at the north tip of Port Blair, houses Asias largest saw mill. The year 1789 saw the establishment of the first British settlement on Chatham Island, near Port Blair during the Governor Generalship of Lord Cornwallis. The British founded the first penal settlement in 1858, with 200 prisoners, mostly rebels from the Indian Army who militated against the British suzerainty during the first war of Independence. The island is 5 km northwest of Aberdeen Bazaar and is connected to Port Blair through a tiny land strip, with the sea lapping on both sides. The British built the Chatham Sawmill here and it is one of the oldest and largest timber processing plants in India. Dating back to 1836, the enormous workshops are built in the durable (and expensive) padauk wood. Since the 1970s, logging on the islands has been banned and most of the wood now comes by ship from Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. A guide will take you through the entire process of the logs being unloaded, sorted, cut, planed and finally stored in vast godowns to be shipped off to the mainland. Huge saws, with 200 to 300 teeth, grind their way for two to three hours before their teeth need to be sharpened again. The centre of activity of the Forest Department is Chatham Island. It has perhaps the biggest Saw Mill of its kind in Asia. Burma Nallah is about 17kms from Port Blair. Here logs are extracted with the help of elephants. The forest here is a feast to the eyes with most colourful and rare varieties of orchards and beauty of other flora and fauna. Sadly, photography is prohibited here.