North Bay Island

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About North Bay Island

One of the most popular destinations in the Andamans, North Bay Island is rightfully considered an ideal tropical hotspot. 

Situated to the north of Port Blair, this island has been welcoming many tourists to experience its rich coral reserves, crystal clear water and its most iconic lighthouse.

So iconic that it has been featured on the back of the old Rs. 20 currency note, it offers a spectacular view of the nearby Ross Island and the Port Blair skyline.

What to expect from the Island?

North Bay Beach is not just a place for relaxation but is also a water sports paradise which includes glass boat rides, sea walking and snorkeling to connect with the underwater marine life. 

A visit to North Bay Island can consume about half of your day. It is advisable to carry something to munch on, though snacks (a few run-of-the-mill Chinese dishes, and pakoras) and beverages (tea and coffee) are available on the beach.

Things to do in North Bay Island

Sea Walking

A unique opportunity to walk underwater and explore the colorful sea life of the island with a specially designed helmet that helps in breathing.

 

Glass Bottom Boat Ride

The glass boat rides allow the visitors to enjoy the beauty of corals and sea creatures without even stepping into the water. For those who do not wish to take a plunge into the sea can opt for this adventure.

 

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

To really make the most of the island experience, snorkeling or scuba diving are the ultimate ways to take your sea voyages to another level. For those who aren’t adept in swimming or diving, snorkeling is a good choice as it doesn’t require too much equipment or training. Several companies offer dives at North Bay (duration of around 40 minutes each) with complimentary underwater photographs as souvenirs. 

 

Parasailing

An aerial adventure that lets you get a bird’s eye view of the entire island. Parasailing should be on your list if you want to soak in the beauty of the sea from up above. 

How to reach North Bay Island?

Located about 4kms via the sea route from Port Blair, North Bay is just a short (45 minute) boat ride away from Aberdeen jetty. This jetty is situated on the east coast of Port Blair, inside the water Sports Complex and one can easily get here by hiring a taxi, auto-rickshaw or 2-wheeler. 

When there, you can purchase a ticket either for a ‘two island tour’ (7 hours) which includes Ross Island and North Bay, or just ‘North Bay tour’ (About 4 hours in total)

The boat that takes you there, waits and brings you back.

G2A Tips

The island is famed for its underwater adventures so do give sea walking and scuba diving a try as it’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Since it gets crowded during season time, it is advisable to do pre- booking for the water activities, which can help you skip the long waiting period and let you start your adventure as soon as you get there.

Visitors Information

Entry Cost

Free

Timings

9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Ferry Charges

INR 450

Extra Cost

N/A

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair

Closed on

Open on All Days

FAQs About North Bay Island

  • What is North Bay Island famous for?

    North Bay Island is a haven for water sports, a variety of corals and a serene beach vibe.

  • Is there an entrance fee for visiting North Bay Island?

    No, the entry to the island is free but to get to the island, there are ferry charges ranging from 100-150 per person.

  • Is it mandatory to know swimming to try out the water sports?

    No, you don’t really need to know swimming to enjoy any of the water sports. You will be assisted by an instructor at all times.

  • What is the best time to visit the Island?

    Although the Island can be visited all year round, going between November and May is highly recommended so that you can avoid the monsoons and enjoy all the water sports without any inconvenience.

  • Are there accommodations on the island to stay overnight?

    No, there are no accommodations on the island. You will find small shacks and restaurants to eat but you cannot stay on the island overnight.

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