Baratang Island Day Tour
private car + boat ticket + permissions included
Baratang Island is a hidden gem of Andaman, floating between the South and the Middle Andaman. The island is blessed with dense mangrove forests, diversified fauna and local tribes. A paradise for nature and photography enthusiasts, it is one of the best places to visit in Andaman. If you wish to add some adventure to your relaxing trip to Andamans, then Baratang Island is just the right choice for you! Here are some of the best travel tips when you are planning a trip to Baratang Island.
Offering food items to tribal people is strictly prohibited, as it is fatal to their health.Interacting or taking pictures of the tribes is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.
Places You Will Visit
- Limestone Caves
- Mud Volcano (optional)
Hotel Pickup: Hop on the designated car and start your day trip.
After a one hour drive, reach Jirkatang Check Post for you Breakfast and Hot Beverages.
Drive through a breathtaking Dense Tropical Forest towards Middle Strait Jetty.
Reach Middle Strait Jetty and take a boat ride to the Baratang Jetty.
Hop on to your designated speed boat to reach the lime stone caves.
A short trek towards the limestone caves
Take a jeep to the Mud Volcano.
Short walk to reach the Mud volcano
Back to your Hotel.
These Limestone caves can be reached only after travelling for 4-5 hours from Port Blair on a Car? Bus and then a Speed Boat. The Car? Bus takes you through the Jarawa Reserved Forest Area where you can see the native Jarawa people if you are lucky. We managed to see 4 males (all walking alone) at different spots while we were returning to Port Blair the evening. The Speed Boat ride is a bit thrilling as it takes you through Mangroves. The Limestone Caves are neither very big and they take you to just 100 mts or so at ground level itself.
We started to Baratang around 3:30 in the morning as it takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach. You will be asked for id proofs at a check post, so keep it handy. The vehicles move one after the other slowly so that we do not disturb the Jarawa forest/ecosystem. On the way to Baratang Island, you will stop some 2 or 3 times for refreshments. Small eateries and clean toilets are available. However, we recommend packing food from the hotel you stay in.
As you travel through the forest, you will reach a ferry point where you have to take the ferry (This ferry takes both passengers and vehicles. This ride to the speedboat jetty is also awesome. You can either sit inside the ferry or go to the upper deck and enjoy the island views) to reach a speed boat point (Jetty). From there you take the speed boat which travels through the mangrove forest to reach the limestone caves. The speed boat journey through the mangrove forest is mesmerizing and on the way, you get to see the huts of Jarawa tribes, and if you are lucky you can spot them too from your speed boat.
Once you reach the starting point of the limestone caves, you get down from the speed boat and start to walk for about 1.5 to 2 km to reach the limestone caves. One of the guides who accompany you in the speed boat will also walk along with you to the limestone caves. Wear comfortable shoes as the walkway is not proper all the time.
Once you reach the limestone caves, you will see all kinds of stunning limestone formations. The area inside the caves is pitching dark so make sure to turn on the flashlight. Take some good pictures and walk back to the speed boat which will bring you back to the ferry point.
Visit limestone caves as early as possible so that you will be the first person to go and take some undisturbed pictures. The area of caves that are open to the public is very small hence you feel overcrowded if few more people arrive. When we went, we were the first people to reach the limestone caves.
You can also visit Mud Volcano from there. Board a cab at Baratang Jetty and it takes around 10 to 15 mins to reach the spot from there again you need to walk a little while to view the mud volcano.
You can also visit Parrot Island from here. Just inquire with your cab driver. Once all done, take the ferry back to the point from where you arrived and ride back to your hotel in your cab.
What is Included?
- Air-Conditioned Car Included (point to point only)
- All Entry Fee
- Boat Tickets
What is Excluded?
- Snacks/Meals are not included
- No Car Diversions allowed
- Extra charges are applicable if large diversions are made from the Itinerary.
What Happens After the Booking?
- You will receive a call/e-mail in case if any extra info needed.
- You will receive the confirmation voucher on your e-mail ID.
- You will have to show the confirmation voucher to the driver on the day of your activity.
- Any kind of interaction with Jarawa including taking their pictures is illegal. If ignored, the same can lead to imprisonment.
- It is compulsory to carry Id cards/Passports while visiting the Reserve area.
- The tour involves a long road journey, the convoy through the Jarawa reserve lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour, during which the car is not allowed to stop.
- This tour is available on all days.
- Anybody under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
- Snacks and Meals are not included.
The trip can be canceled upto 24 hours before starting time of the trip. Small 5% retention will apply on such cancellations.
Unfortunately, trips may not be canceled within 24 hours since entry tickets are acquired.
- Price for a 4-seater AC car with driver- INR 6500 and
- Ticket charges for 1 person- INR 950
About the Provider
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Can I visit Baratang by bike or moped?
No, it’s not allowed to enter the forest road going to Baratang as per the order of the Andaman Administration. This is done to ensure passenger safety through the tribal areas nearby. Only fully covered cabs and buses are allowed to go past the forest check-post, so it’s not possible to visit there via a two-wheeler.
How do we interact with the tribals?
The tribal groups mostly keep to themselves, not interacting much with the mainstream populations. Some portions of the Nicobarese live in the urban area and are employed in a variety of government sectors. However, tourists are not allowed to interact with them. In order to interact with tribes who are not assimilated into mainstream society for research purposes, a Tribal Permit needs to be acquired from the Tribal Council.