Ferry Services in Andamans
Geographically, Andaman Islands are a group of islands separated by water. This rules out road transportation for most islands (apart from North & Middle Andaman). Thus ferry services are the lifeline of the Andaman Islands and the backbone of tourism here. Ferry services in Andaman can be categorized into two type:
- Government Operated Ferry
- Private Ferry
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Government Ferry in Andaman
Govt Ferry in Andaman Islands are operated by Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS); who run these ferries between Port Blair, Havelock Island, Neil Island & many other islands which aren’t as popular such as Hut Bay (Little Andaman), Long Island, Mayabunder, Rangat, Strait Island, Campbell Bay, and more. The department primarily operates for conveniences of local islanders and they sell highly subsidized tickets to them; since for the islanders this is the only way to commute. There is no way to book these tickets online; since the department allows to book these tickets only by queuing up at their counters. Tourists can get tickets to Government Ferries by contacting their local travel agents, or by physically queuing up at the counters.
Note: Govt Ferry – between Port Blair, Havelock & Neil Islands
We would like to specifically point out the ferry situation for the popular islands in Andaman. Getting yourself a ferry ticket can be incredibly difficult & painful (so for your travel agent) during the peak season (Oct – Jan). The authorities aren’t most cooperative around this time; since there is way too much demand than the supply.
Govt Ferry – for Little Andaman
For traveling from Port Blair to Little Andaman; there are government ferries available that sail everyday. The schedules can change from time to time, thus it is advisable to check for updated sailing schedule on the official website. It is fairly easy to get tickets to Hut Bay (Little Andaman) since the demand isn’t that high. Ticket Price: Rs 65 (~$1)
Govt Ferry – for Other Islands
As in case of Little Andaman, Govt Ferry tickets for other islands where tourists are permitted to travel can be arranged relatively with ease as compared to situation in Havelock & Neil Island. Please check the official website for more details on sailing schedule. The DSS keeps changing schedule based on supply of ships and demand on sectors.