Barren Island: Trip to India’s Only Active Volcano

Have you heard about Barren Island? Because if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. 

The chain of volcanoes that strings from Sumatra to Myanmar, has dropped in our backyard a lovely little geographical wonder that’s just magnifique

Barren Island india is a wild spot in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.. As the name suggests it is an uninhabited Island and also prohibited from setting foot on, for pretty valid safety reasons – active volcano, hot lava and all that jazz. 

If you are wondering about the barren Island located in which part of Andaman, it’s about 140 km northeast of Port Blair.

How to Reach Barren Island?

Barren island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Unlike the majority of islands in the Andamans, which are conveniently clustered, Barren Island india poses a more remote challenge, requiring approximately 4-5 hours of travel from Port Blair. 

As a result, passenger ferries don’t reach Barren Island. However, the only option to visit Barren Island is chartering a boat, with departures available not only from Port Blair but also exclusively from Havelock Island, which is closer to the volcanic site and shortens the travel time to approximately 2-3 hours. These charter boats typically accommodate up to 8 people, making it an ideal option for group travel with friends and family.

The cost of traveling to Barren Island volcano by boat is around INR 25,000 per person inclusive of taxes, which includes the price of all activities like fishing and snorkeling that you’ll be doing around Barren Island. Your meals are also included in the package.

Please note that shared trips to Barren Island are scheduled every Tuesday from Havelock Island. The charges are Rs.25000 per person. The trip starts at 5.30 am from Havelock jetty.

Best Time to Visit: October to March
Duration: Full-day Trip
Cost: Full Trip- INR 150000 + taxes (8 persons max)
            Shared Trip: INR 25000/- per person.

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Reasons to Visit Barren Island

Barren Island India is where unique biodiversity meets a volcanic landscape, attracting both seasoned adventurers and curious travelers. It’s a day trip that ignites curiosity and promises an extraordinary experience. Here are a few reasons why a trip to Barren Island is worth a try.

1. Flora and Fauna of Barren Island

Can You imagine living on an Island with an active Volcano? It’s not possible right! Believe me, there are groups of goats, birds, flying foxes, and bats. Few hardy plant species manage to live on these volcanic terrains which are the only food source for these animals.

2. Game Fishing

Barren Island india is the best spot for Game Fishing enthusiasts with some of the best fish worldwide. Like Yellow Fin Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo, and the classic Sail Fish. Game Fishing is a top pick, highly recommended, and a super popular activity in the Andamans. 

3. Active Volcano

Get a rare and thrilling encounter with the fury of nature at Barren Island, India’s only active volcano. Barren Island last eruption took place on 2017 . 

4. Unspoiled Beauty

Barren Island india might sound empty, but it’s a hidden beauty with rough, untouched land that meets crystal clear blue seas, creating a unique view you won’t find anywhere. The absence of human habitation allows one to feel nature’s untouched beauty.

5. Marine Life

Barren Island india is isolated from the busy world which offers a unique sense of peacefulness. The waters around Barren Island and its nutrient-rich volcanic soil are the reason for the wonderful marine life. Snorkeling and diving with special permission here reveal a vibrant underwater world, with colorful corals, exotic fish, and even the chance to spot giant manta rays and sharks!

6. Geological Wonder

For geology scientists or anyone fascinated by the Earth’s vigorous processes, Barren Island is a must-visit. You can witness the island’s volcanic rocks, craters, and ever-evolving landscape, gaining a perception of the interesting world of geological formations.

G2A Tips

  1. Plan and book your trip well in advance as this island is remote and has limited accessibility.
  2. Pack essentials such as sunscreen, hats, water and snacks.
  3. It’s advised to take a motion sickness tablet 30 minutes before boat travel in case you are prone to it.
  4. Follow the guidelines provided by the boat operator.
  5. Wear a life jacket throughout the trip if you are a non-swimmer.

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