15 Best Islands in Andaman

Blessed with the best of nature in the form of virgin beaches bordering the turquoise sea, Islands in Andaman are the proof of God's vivid imagination. The white and golden sands of the beaches meet the blue waters of the sea and the green shades of the tropical forests to create stunning scenery all across the archipelago.The islands of Andaman and Nicobar are located in the east of the Indian mainland geographically. 

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Besides the scenic beauty, these islands also have in store plenty of experiences which make Andaman an ideal holiday destination for vacationers who also happen to be culture enthusiasts and adventure junkies. Every kind of traveller must explore Andaman at least once in their lifetime as it encompasses a variety of islands that are both exciting and calm at the same time.

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If you are after picture perfect sceneries with lesser people around, Mayabunder Island and Cinque Island are amazing. To experience a happening atmosphere with good infrastructure and accommodation options, Havelock Island and Neil Island come highly recommended. Also, these islands are best known for their coral reefs and shallow waters providing unmatched opportunities for water sports and sea exploration. While Barren Island houses the only active volcano of Southeast Asia, Parrot Island is known for housing flocks of parrots.

Here are some of the best Islands in Andaman:

01

Havelock Island

Havelock Island

If you are in Andaman Havelock Island is just the name for you. Havelock Island is a piece of Ritchie's Archipelago, and is a standout amongst the most acclaimed islands in the Andaman. Havelock is a perfect heaven with lovely white sandy shorelines, rich coral reefs and lavish green jungles. 

This island has been calling travelers from far a wide to explore it to its core. With wonderful gesturing shorelines, twinkling blue-green shallows and a portion of the best making a plunge South Asia, Havelock is definitely the travelers own piece of paradise. Soak in the natural beauty of the region while you head out for a dive at the beaches here.

Highlights: The Island is very good for scuba diving tours in Andaman, snorkeling, and swimming. People head out in flocks to enjoy some of these activities here.

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

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Jolly Buoy Island

Jolly Buoy Island

Sprightly Bouy Island is another place for a tour of Andaman Islands. Contorted, dry tree trunks are scattered on the long white sandy shoreline. Jolly Bouy island is exceptionally popular for submerged corals and the immaculate clear beach. This place is one hour travel from Wandoor beach. Snorkeling and scuba jumping are the absolute most well-known activities here. 

With a scene which fit in mangrove swamps, tropical rainforests, unblemished white sandy shorelines, and coral reefs this island is another coaxing island in the Andaman which attracts a lot of tourists. JollyBuoy Islands is connected by boats to the mainland. This island is also known as a non-plastic zone and people are not allowed to carry any kind of plastic there.

Highlights: The Island is very famous for snorkeling and scuba diving.

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

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03

Neil Island

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Neil Island

Although its shoreline is not as rich as its more popular island neighbor, Havelock, Neil has its own particular special appeal. With its exceptionally casual vibe and since quite a while ago, betrayed shorelines Neil Island is another imperative shoreline in the Andaman. Neill Island was uninhabited until the landing of pilgrims in the late 1960s. 

With a lot of marine life, Neil Island abides with desire green surroundings of paddy fields, banana manors, and tropical trees. The stunning perspective of the ocean and the craving greeneries in the island is truly reviving and agreeable for excited explorers. Head out to this beach and enjoy some time losing yourself in nature.

Highlights:  While visiting this island one can indulge in a number of activities like snorkeling and Scuba diving. Another activity is Glass bottom ride which is very famous here due to its rich marine life.

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

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04

Ross Island

Ross Island

For those of you who are searching for some other island in the Andaman then this is the perfect place for you. This island makes you nostalgic and takes you back in time when this was a managerial settlement for the Britishers. Named after the marine surveyor Sir Daniel Ross, the island has been pulling in a considerable measure of visitor around the globe. 

One can discover a ton of historical ruins in the island. Some of them are Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool, Troop Barracks, Ballroom and Chief Commissioner's House, Govt. House. One can also discover a great number of birds like the peacocks, deer and ducks at the Island. Endow some energy with nature while you visit this exceptional island in the Andaman so sightseeing lovers must include this place inAndaman complete tour package 

Highlights:  If you want to spend some time with nature then this is the perfect place for you. Relax and sit back while you enjoy the distant sea.

Location: Ross Island is located at around 2kms from Port Blair and is one of the best places to visit in port blair island

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North Bay Island

North Bay Island

Another island which is a must see for you in the Andaman is the North Bay Island which will definitely make your summer special.  The corals at North Bay are majestic and are spread over the extensive region. Get a chance to spot many fish, a lobster, or even shellfishes on the coral reef. Appreciate the beauty of the whole region while you are on this island. 

North Bay Island offers individuals with lovely coral reefs appealing to guests who are going by this goal surprisingly. The ocean has talented this island with all the wonder to pull in any ocean cherishing human. The Coral reefs are perfectly finished by nature to stagger the guest. For the adventure seekers, this island is a paradise. Spend some time enjoying the sights of nature while basking under the sun.

Highlights:  One can indulge in activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking etc.

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

06

Ross and Smith Island

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Ross and Smith Island
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Known as the twin island in the Andaman Ross and Smith Island and connected as one to make one single group of Island. Offering some of the best sights o the surroundings these islands attracts a lot of tourist around the world to explore its beauty. One interesting fact about the islands are that they are connected by a sandbar which make it look remarkable. 

One can walk from one island to another while they head out for exploring. Click some amazing pictures at the island as the island is known for the majestic sunset. The white sleek sandbar which is found in the island subsides down during the time of high tide and then surfaces up again. This island is also home to Olive ridley turtles.

Highlights: The island  very famous with the tourist for sun basking and other activity like swimming and snorkelling.

Location: Ross and Smith Island is located at Diglipur remotest island of Andaman and Nicobar.

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Cinque Island

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Cinque Island

Although a bit hidden from the other island of the Andaman, Cinque Island is another beautiful island in the Andaman. This island is inhabited by people but the soothing beauty is unfathomably replenishing. White sand shorelines, charming coral reefs, and immense feral ocean could be a fantasy of numerous while they visit this island.

The coral reefs and bird populaces here are essentially untouched by man. Cinque Island is a piece of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The island is partitioned as north and south Cinque, through a sand bar. There are charted boats that take you to the island.

Highlights: One can find a number of sea weeds, starfish, salt water crocodiles, many other types of fish and important flora are found. Swimming, diving, and snorkeling are the favorite here.

Location: The Island is located at a distance of 38.9 km's from Port Blair.

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Baratang Island

Baratang Island

While you are visiting the Andaman you might have definitely heard about the famous Baratang Island. This is another of the best island in the Andaman which is a must visit for you. This island was once considered as the most dangerous zone here because of the tribe which inhabited the island. 

It is said that this tribe has attacked a lot of people who have come to visit this island. But with its endless beauty and hidden jewels, this island is slowly gaining a lot of attraction. People visit this island to spend some time with nature and also explore the famous Limestone cave and Mud volcanoes.

Highlights: Trekking, mangrove boat ride, tropical forest rides are few of the activities which are famous here.

Location: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.

09

Red Skin Island

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Red Skin Island

Another island which is a must visit for you in the Andaman is the Red Skin Island. This island had been creating a lot of sensation among the tourist across the world. Laze of on the beach while you stare at the disatant sea and enjoy the scenic views. This island is famous for the red corals which are found here.  

Red Skin Island is situated in the Marine National Park which makes it a lot more popular then the other islands in the Andaman.  Don’t miss your chance to discover the rich corals and the endangered life here. One can see a variety of birds and other animals here. If you are lucky then you may spot dolphins on this island.

Highlights: There are a lot of activities which people can enjoy in this island like snorkelling, scuba diving etc. One can head out for swimming in the beach or just take a sunbath you will have the while beach for you.

Location: The boat from Jolly bay takes you to the Red Skin Island.

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Barren Island

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Barren Island

Known as the only active volcano in South East Asia is identified in Barren Island is another famous in Andaman Islands. It is said that the first recorded volcano dates back to 1787 and afterward, there were around ten eruptions of volcanoes. The most recent one took place in 2017. This is one of the best place to go to honeymoon. Check here the best offers on honeymoon tour packages of Andaman.

As the name goes, the island is devoid of human settlements and any vegetation. Some rare species of flora and fauna are the only inhabitants on the island. Head out for a helicopter tour and watch the whole island from a bird’s eye view.

Highlights:  The Island is reputed as one of the famous scuba diving destinations in the world. Hundreds of divers come here to explore the unseen pictures of Bay of Bengal’s marine collection.

Location: The island lies around 138 kilometers north east of Port Blair

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Inglis Island

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Inglis Island

Inglis Island is one among the many splendid islands in Andaman. It is situated approximately 57 kilometers from Port Blair and is known for its vast diversity of coral reefs and wildlife. It has vast stretch of treasure of green waters that are mesmerizingly beautiful. 

Highlights: The Island is absolutely isolated and has picture perfect sand beaches and deep jungle. On your visit to this island, you will notice a strange sounds and smells. It is a place for couples who would definitely find this place perfect for memorable holidays. The best time to visit this island is during the period of October to March.

Location: Located at few kms away from Havelock, you can procure a small boat to reach up to Inglis Island. It is advisable to carry enough cash in hand while visiting this place.

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Little Andaman Island

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Little Andaman Island

Hut Bay in Little Andaman is the entry and exit point and also the island headquarter. This island offers a perfect mix of white sandy beaches bewitching waterfalls, boating through the creeks, exciting elephant safari, elephant lumbering, elephant calves training, surfing and much more. 

Here, all of the major places of tourist attraction are approachable by the road. This leads northwards from the Hut bay Jetty. The highlight of this island is the evergreen rain forest which paves way for a very rich biodiversity. 

Highlights: Little Andaman is also considered to be the best surfing destination and has great exposure. Surfing here, particularly on this island is gaining popularity the activity option with small resorts renting out surfboards and arranging for surf camps near Butler Bay beach.

Location: Located at a distance of 120 kilometer by sea from Port Blair. You can also choose to explore Andaman Islands on a cruise

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Parrot Island

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Parrot Island

Parrot Island is certainly a must-see place for the nature lovers, bird watchers and enthusiasts. Here, the parakeets make a cacophony and come and leave the island during sunsets which is the highlight of the island. 

Highlights: This paradise is considered as one of the most beautiful islands in Andaman and Nicobar. This island is naturally inhabited by thousands of parrots and offers a magnificent view of the vast sea while taking a boat ride. This island is secluded and is surely a visual treat for nature lovers.

Location: You first have to arrive at Baratang Jetty which is at a distance of 30 kilometers. The small Dinghy boat ride to the parrot paradise takes about 30 fun minutes.
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Mayabunder Island

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Mayabunder Island

Perched on a long promontory, right at the top of the island and surrounded by mangrove swamps, Mayabunder Island is home to a large minority of former Burmese Karen tribes. This group of tribes were originally brought here as cheap logging labour by the British. 

It is a low-key destination with lesser tourist spots if compared to other neighboring islands. The highlight here is the cultural eccentricity due to the presence of Bangladesh and east Pakistani settlers, ex-convicts and a Burmese hill tribe called Karen. 

Highlights: These tribes were relocated here during the British colonial period. It is a small town with almost no tourist infrastructure where communication can be a barrier as locals do not readily speak English. They rather speak Hindi or Bengali.

The shore at this island is fringed with mangroves and the beaches here are not as popular as others. Moreover, there are a few secluded islands nearby that are worth a visit as they offer some jungle experiences and amazing snorkeling opportunities.

Location: After reaching the main airport of Andaman which is Port Blair, travelers can take ferries to reach the town. It takes around 3 to 4 hours for reaching Mayabunder via ferries. Ferries are available from Port Blair to reach the different attractions like Mayabunder
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Diglipur Island

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Diglipur Island
Diglipur Island is one of the islands in Andaman that is located 325 kilometers by road from Port Blair, the capital of the union territory. It is situated in North Andaman Island and provides a rare experience for eco-friendly tourism.

It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life that are purest and best in its own way. Saddle
peak, the highest point in the islands is located nearby. A very interesting part about this island is the Kalpong River which is the only river that flows in Andaman. Moreover, the only Hydro-electric project of the islands is on this river.  

Highlights: You can feel the innocent beauty of village life everywhere in Diglipur. This island is your ideal choice if you wish to spend some time away from the city noise and pollution.

Location:
You can reach here by road, sea or air. There are helicopters, the seats are limited and one must book at least a day in advance.
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