Thursday, March 7, 2013

Undiscovered Paradise in Andaman Islands

Neil Island
After a long hiatus, it is finally time to make a new beginning. I had resolved to make one in early 2011 but that one petered out in the afterglow of India’s World Cup win, hopefully this one will last for longer.

I had the opportunity to travel to Andaman Islands and came away spell bound. Beautiful turquoise water, soft silvery sand with the certainty of finding your own little piece of paradise for those so inclined. When one talks of Andaman as a tourist destination, Port Blair with its Cellular Jail (Kaala-Paani) and Havelock for its picture perfect beaches comes to mind instantly. My discovery for the trip was Neil Island. Accessible by government ferry from Port Blair and Havelock, Neil Island is your undiscovered piece of paradise.

Easily accessible corals
Fringed by corals with exciting diving and snorkeling opportunities, there is even a PADI certified Dive Center based at Neil, the waters lapping on Neil’s silvery sand during the low tide are calm to the point of giving the impression of being in a pool. There is typically not a soul in sight at its beaches even during the high season when I visited. Bicycles for hire are easily available letting you explore the island at your own pace. Just imagine the possibility of finding your own patch of the perfect beach over and over again for everyday of your holiday, which is the essence of Neil Island. If an entire holiday of seclusion doesn’t sound too appetizing, Neil Island can be visited as a 1 night trip or even as a day trip from Havelock, which is something that we ended up doing.
Probably the reason for Neil Island’s obscurity is the fact that there are only a few basic hotels and guest houses available, quite a few of which are booked solid with international backpackers spending months at Neil. That changed this year with the setting up of Sea Shell’s premium A/C tented accommodation at very affordable rates at Neil.

Bharatpur Beach seen on the way to the jetty

Fishing Boats at Bharatpur Beach

With the team on the landing jetty
My other discovery on this trip was the sea plane connecting Port Blair to Havelock. The flights depart from a corner of the airport at Port Blair twice a day and make the journey to Havelock in 20 odd minutes. The landing at Havelock is in the sea and the passengers disembark on a small jetty in the middle of the bay from which they are then transferred to the main island jetty by a small boat. The journey gives you an aerial view of coral fringed beaches and the view of Havelock’s famous Radha Nagar beach is especially fetching.
Radha Nagar beach at Havelock seen from the sea plane
The one-way flight costs Rs. 4100 for tourists but tickets are not bookable online and can either be bought at the airport or from a local travel agent. The sea plane is a government provided service and tickets for locals cost a subsidized amount of Rs 600. It is mostly possible to buy the tickets a day prior to travel but do keep in mind that the sea plane is a 9 seater limiting the number of available seats to 18 daily. The experience of landing at sea and the bird’s eye view of the beaches fringed by corals makes this an experience worth its price. 


  1. Oh yes it’s a brilliant place and last time we traveled was though, they are offering all 3 destinations in super cheap package!

    1. Yes I took that package too. It was fantastic. We are now planning Ladakh!

  2. Interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you
    Andaman Tour Package from Chennai

  3. Great blog nice n useful information , it is very helpful for me , I realy appreciate thanks for sharing. I would like to read more information thanks.Sea diving in Island

  4. Hi....................
    Great post! This post clearly confirms the fact that it is important you know how to implement the right strategy of link building.

    Hotel Booking in Andaman

  5. Barefoot Scuba at Havelock Island is the highest rated PADI dive resort in the Dream, discover and explore the hidden treasures of the Andaman Sea with us. Choose from an array of dive packages, dive sites and special excursions etc.

    B-4, R.M Towers
    108, Chamiers Road
    Chennai 600018
    Andaman tour package

  6. Hello, Great post! This post clearly confirms the fact that it is important you know how to implement the right strategy of link building.
    Accommodations at Havelock Island

  7. Hello, Great info. I like all your post. I will keep visiting this blog very often. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and your clarity on this important subject can be easily observed.
    Havelock Island Accommodations

  8. I really glad to read your blog. Find your best customized Andaman Tour Packages to explore the swaying palms, white sands & sparkling waters.

  9. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. You can check best budget Andaman Tour Packages

  10. Excellent Travel Blog very nice pics.. Thanks for all your effort marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back from now on. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice day.If you are interested, here is some for my information too open it Travel Agents in delhi

  11. Good job dear I like your way to present your post. I also like your blog its very attractive.
    Thank you so much, for your all post.
    Andaman and Nicobar islands are a good place for the traveler in India, and I would like to share some useful information for travelers.

    Andaman Best Group Package
    Cheapest Way To Reach Andaman
    Best Travel Agent In Port Blair
    Honeymoon Tour Packages In Port Blair
    Group Tour Operators In Port Blair
    Andaman Family Vacation Tour Package

  12. You can Book cheapest Andaman Tour Packages, Tour operators in Andaman, top travel agent in andaman, Andaman family tour, Andaman Honeymoon Tour, Andaman Beach Tour, Andaman Holiday Tour Packages, Travel Tourister.


    Andaman Tour Packages

    Port Blair Tour Packages

    Havelock Tour Packages

  13. We are top travel company and best travel agent in assam. Book assam tour package, top travel agent in assam, tour operators in assam. Assam Tour Packages

  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

  15. You can Book cheapest sikkim tour packages, top tour operators in sikkim and best travel agent in sikkim.

    VIEW MORE :- Sikkim Tour Packages

  16. Havlock is the most mainstream and created island. Perfect for Family trip, Nature darlings, Water sports, Honeymoon couples, Hangout, Camping.
    Tour Packages
    Adventures activitis

  17. Travel Agent in Kerala, The Kerala Travel Agents work in close contact with their clients which in turn guarantee optimum client satisfaction.If you are in love with the beaches and wish to embark on a beach vacation in Kerala,it is advisable that you approach a Kerala Travel Guide who guided by their skill and experience will suggest a tour package that would ideally suit your requirement.Kerala tour packages Beaches of Kerala have captivated attention in terms of their untarnished beauty, unpolluted waters and miles of clean sand.
    Travel Agent in Kerala

  18. We provide best and cheapest kerala tour packages and best kerala tour operator, Get Complete Information about Kerala including family tour in kerala travel guide and Kerala Tour Operators.View More:-Travel Agent in Kerala

  19. is one of the leading travel portal since 2004 providing affordable and cheap Andaman Islands Tour Packages, reliable travel agents plan your Andaman Trip Packages according to your requirement and budget. If you are planning for andaman vacation this is the right place to find Holiday Packages For Andaman and Nicobar Islands.