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Best islands in Andaman
Written by Rhea Alex on June 22, 2020 Share on

Experience Andaman like never before: Top islands to visit

Tourists from across the globe are seen flooding the Andaman islands in the hope to soak in the beauty and sheer magnificence of the place. The region is filled with lush greenery, stunningly clear water and some of the most exquisite wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a leisure vacation, adventure, the perfect mix of both or anything else, the island has it in store for you. The turquoise water of the island makes it the perfect place to enjoy some snorkelling and water sports as well. The white and gold sand on the long stretches of beaches is truly a paradise for any beach lover out there. This archipelago is found located towards the Eastern side of the Indian mainland.

The Andaman islands are also home to a large number of smaller islands that make for some great trips and visits. Some of them being:

  • Havelock Island, Jolly Buoy Island
  • Neil Island, Ross Island
  • North Bay Island
  • Ross and Smith Island
  • Cinque Island, Baratang Island
  • Red Skin Island
  • Barren Island
  • Inglis Island
  • Parrot Island
  • Mayabunder Island
  • Diglipur Island and so much more. 

If you’re heading towards the islands solely because of the beauty of the place, you’re most definitely mistaken. The island has a whole lot more to offer that’s going to take you by surprise. Andaman also happens to be one of the most sought after holiday destinations for tourists who are either adventure lovers or culture enthusiasts. If you haven’t been to the island, we most definitely recommend you head over and experience the serenity, calm, adventure and encapsulating stellar beauty of the island.

For all you first time travellers to the Andaman island, we’ve jotted down a list of islands for you to head over in order for you to experience Andaman like never before.

Also read: The top 10 must-do experiences on your first visit to the Andaman

Havelock Island

Havelock Island
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Popularly known to be a piece of Ritchie’s Archipelago, the ‘Havelock Island,’ is just the place you should be heading towards if this is your very first visit to the island. The ‘Havelock Island,’ is undoubtedly the best of all the islands and has been referred to by many as the ‘safe haven,’ of the island archipelago. The most acclaimed of all islands, travellers are seen from far and wide exploring and experiencing the scenic beauty of the island. Be it the extensive shorelines, blue-green shallows or even just the smaller gems on the island – a comprehensive tour of the island will leave you speechless. This is easily one of the best places for tourists to soak in the beauty of this paradise.

Location: Havelock Island is located at a distance of 41 km from Port Blair.

Jolly Buoy Island

Jolly Buoy Island
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Filled with dry tree trunks, long stretches of white sandy shorelines, contorted and much more the ‘Jolly Buoy Island,’ has drawn the attention of most local and international tourists for its submerged corals that are a true testament to the underwater life of the island. Tourists witness bright colours that offer the perfect contrast to the turquoise water in the region.

Tourists looking to head over to the island would have to travel about an hour or so from the well known Wandoor beach. Whether its snorkelling, scuba diving or any other water sport activity – you name it and you’ve got it right here on the island.

Location:  Jolly Buoy Island is located at a distance of 30 kilometres southwest of Port Blair.

Neil Island

Neil Island
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The ‘Neil Island,’ isn’t exactly the most popular or sought after island amongst the lot but has its own specific appeal and charm to it. Tourists who make their way to the island are taken aback by the surprisingly casual vibe the island has to offer. Another sight at the island would be the betrayed shorelines that form one of the most imperative and essential shorelines in the whole of the Andaman region. It was only after the 1960s, with the inhibition of the pilgrims that Neil Island saw the existence of the human race on the island.

Tourists can witness a wide stretch of paddy fields, tropical forests, lush green island, splendid marine life and so much more. So if you’re on the island, make sure to head over to the beach and have the time of your life.

Location: Neil Island is located at Ritchie’s Archipelago in the Andaman and Nicobar Island.

Ross Island

Ross Island
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If you’re someone who’s looking for something out of the ordinary, then the ‘Ross Island,’ is the perfect and most suited destination for you. The island was once a managerial settlement for the Britishers and even today takes tourists back to the charm of the British way of life. It’s the nostalgia that surrounds the island that accounts for its beauty and charm. The island has been named in remembrance of the great ‘Sir Daniel Ross,’ a marine surveyor and thus has attracted a wide number of visitors from across the globe. 

Tourists can explore the historical ruins that lay on the island – Chief Commissioner’s House, Hospital, Bakery, Press,  Troop Barracks and so on. For all you wildlife enthusiasts, the island has a great variety of amazing wildlife that you’re sure to love. The island is also home to some endangered species of birds and deers and hence makes for an exceptional sight itself. 

Location: Ross Island is located at around 2kms from Port Blair.

North Bay Island

North Bay Island
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For those of you looking for a summer special island, the ‘North Bay Island,’ is a definite must-see for you. The coral reefs and underwater sea life in this region is a stellar sight to view and take in. Tourists can appreciate the beauty of the island and soak in the majestic Northern Bay for themselves. If you’re travelling with family, this is one of the hidden islands that the kids are sure to love and take back loads of memories from, during the course of your journey. 

Location:  North Bay Island is located near Phoenix jetty in Port Blair.

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