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How To Reach Northbay Island

How to reach Northbay Island 

North Bay Island, a jewel in the crown of the Andaman Islands, beckons travelers with its pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and exciting water sports. To set foot on this idyllic island paradise, here’s a comprehensive guide that outlines everything you need to know, from choosing the right route and travel mode to essential tips for a smooth and unforgettable experience.

Understanding Your Starting Point

Reaching North Bay Island primarily involves reaching Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Here’s how to get to Port Blair:


Veer Savarkar International Airport (Port Blair) is the well-connected gateway to the Andamans. Several domestic airlines operate flights from major cities in India.


If you enjoy a leisurely journey, consider taking a ferry from mainland India to Port Blair. Government-operated ferries depart from Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam.

Reaching North Bay Island: The Final Leg

North Bay Island lies approximately 4-5 kilometers off the coast of Port Blair.  The only way to reach the island is by ferry. Here are your options:

From Andaman Water Sports Complex: 

This complex, situated on the east coast of Port Blair, is the most popular departure point for ferries to North Bay Island.

  • Distance: 4-5 kilometers
  • Travel Time: 30-45 minutes
  • Large ferries with capacities of around 100-200 passengers. These offer a budget-friendly option and often combine a visit to Ross Island with North Bay Island in a single trip (total trip duration: 4-5 hours)
  • Medium-sized ferries with capacities of around 20 passengers. These provide a more comfortable experience and may offer a slightly faster journey.
  • Private speedboats with capacities of around 10 passengers. These offer the fastest travel time and the most personalized experience, but come at a premium cost.

From Junglighat Jetty: 

This jetty, located in the heart of Port Blair city, also offers occasional ferry services to North Bay Island. However, the Andaman Water Sports Complex is the more preferred departure point due to the higher frequency of ferries.

Booking Your Ferry Tickets

  • Advance booking, especially during peak season (October to March), is highly recommended.
  • Tickets can be booked online through government websites or travel portals.
  • Booking counters are also available at the jetties.

Travel Tips for a Smooth Journey:

  • Plan your trip: Decide on the type of ferry (large, medium, or private) based on your budget and preference for speed and privacy.
  • Carry essentials: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, comfortable clothing, and a refillable water bottle.
  • Motion sickness: If prone to seasickness, consider taking medication beforehand.
  • Carry cash: While some ferries may accept online payments, it’s always wise to have cash handy for any onboard purchases or local transportation upon arrival.
  • Respect the environment: North Bay Island is a pristine ecosystem. Be responsible by avoiding plastic, not littering, and respecting the coral reefs.

Exploring North Bay Island: What Awaits You


Bask in the sun on the island’s immaculate beaches with powdery white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Popular beaches include Coral Beach and North Bay Beach.

Water Sports: 

North Bay Island is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. From thrilling jet ski rides and parasailing to snorkeling and sea walking, there’s something for every adrenaline junkie.

Glass Bottom Boat Rides: Embark on a unique underwater adventure by exploring the vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life.

Scuba Diving: 

For certified divers, the underwater world around North Bay Island offers a mesmerizing experience.


Simply unwind on the beach, soak up the sun, and listen to the gentle sounds

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