Beaches in Port Blair
Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and aptly the life of the party. Its seafront Cellular Jail, completed in 1906, hints at it’s past as a British penal colony and is now a memorial to Indian independence activists. Port Blair is known for mostly its monuments over the beaches and has a long and interesting history that is told through its structures.
Here’s a list of beaches you can visit while in Port Blair-
#1 Corbyn’s Cove Beach
A mere 8 km from the City center, Corbyn’s Cove is the closest beach to Port Blair. The drive to the beach is a stunning visual treat. You will get quite a view of the Marina Park, the pristine blue sea lining along the entire route. This beach is very popular among tourists. Why? The entertainment. Zip across the ocean in a jet ski or a motor scooter or enjoy a ride on the sea cart, which is a new recreational activity – like go-karting, but in the water!
You can enjoy a relaxing drink with your friends at the beach facing restaurant. This is the perfect place to also try out some local delicacies and street food. The wooden and blue benches lining the area make for an aesthetic seat to enjoy the view. You will also find clean and well-maintained bathrooms and changing rooms at your convenience.
#2 Jolly Buoy
Of the 15 islands in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, this is one of the two that is open to tourists. The landscape is saturated with color here, with brightly hued corals dotting the serene waters. Regarded as one of the best places for spotting coral, a trip to this island will never disappoint you. Glide peacefully on a glass boat with the beautiful corals and marine life right beneath you. Or, bring out your adventurous side by indulging in snorkeling as you revel among the corals and the abundant marine life. For those of you that don’t like getting wet, the sand on the beach is perfect to make sandcastles. The island is a no-plastic zone which means that unlike other beaches, you will find Jolly buoy litter-free.
The island is preserved in its pristine form with just a limited number of tourists allowed on it which means that you will be introduced to a private beach-like atmosphere. So splash, swim, or just sit quietly on the sand as the gentle waves tickle your toes, soaking in the ubiquitous beauty and serenity.
#3 Wandoor Beach
The only entry point to the Mahatma Gandhi National Park, Wandoor Beach is 25 Km from the Airport and is one of the major attractions in Port Blair. The beach itself is located at a remote place, which has to be reached by driving through lone roads that take you through the forests. The trip to the beach is amazing because you are occasionally greeted by a sudden jump of wide blue sea, visible from between the forest canopy. You can find a number of open wooden huts with proper benches and tables near the shoreline where you can sit back and enjoy the wonderful view.
An important thing to keep in mind is that, there have been several sightings of crocodiles near the forests of the Wandoor beach. Although they have been relocated far away from the place, the government has built a net around the starting of the beach and we advise you stay on the safe side of this net.
#4 Munda Pahar Beach
About 40 minutes away from Port Blair lies a beautiful sunset beach located in Chidiya Tapu. This being a highly picturesque area, with fallen trees, is a popular spot among photographers. Since its huge growth in popularity, Munda Pahar has been remodelled and the infrastructure here has improved a lot with many tourist friendly amenities being added. From here, you can trek through the jungle to the southernmost tip of Andaman, where you will be greeted by an unparalleled view of the limitless ocean. Munda Pahar is perfect for adventurers, and exudes the authentic Andaman vibe.
A few things to keep in mind:
The government takes special measures to protect the natural environment and growth of corals in these beaches, hence there’s a limited number to the number of people who can visit these destinations daily. Special permits are required and boat fees are also charged to reach some of these destinations. Some places have plastic restrictions as well. Also, not all islands are open year-round. To preserve and not over-expose these islands & beaches, these places take terms to be open and closed.