About North Bay Island
One of the most popular destinations in the Andamans, North Bay Island is rightfully considered an Andaman hotspot.
Situated to the north of Port Blair, North Bay 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 also 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 hub for water sports. It includes glass boat rides, sea walking, snorkeling and scuba diving that help you experience 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
A unique opportunity to walk underwater and explore the colorful sea life at North Bay, sea-walking is done with a specially-designed helmet that helps you breathe underwater.
Glass Bottom Boat Ride
Glass boat rides allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the corals and marine animals without even stepping into the water. If you don’t wish to take a plunge in the sea, you can instead opt for this adventure on North Bay.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving are activities that can help you make the most of your island experience at North Bay.
Several companies offer dives at North Bay (duration of around 20-25 minutes each) with complimentary underwater photographs as souvenirs.
An aerial, adrenalin-boosting adventure that lets you get a bird’s eye view of North Bay. 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 sea from Port Blair, North Bay is a short (45 minute) boat ride 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 to North Bay, waits for you and brings you back.
North Bay is famed for its underwater adventures, so do give sea-walking and scuba diving a try. They’re unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Since it gets crowded during the season, it is advisable to pre-book the water activities. This can help you skip the long waiting period and let you start your adventure as soon as you get there.
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair
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.
- Book Guided Tours of North Bay Island
- Book Sightseeing Tour of Port Blair