Long Island is a great place for water sports such as diving and snorkelling, as the water here is calm and clear. You can rent a mask for as little as ₹200 a day and head out to snorkel for as long as you like. There are also plenty of dive sites around the island, and you can ask around and bargain on the spot for equipment. Usually a single dive costs around ₹2,500.
Head to the other small island nearby
Rent a boat to other islands nearby, such as Merk’s Bay, Button Islands and Guitar Island, which is particularly fascinating because you will be the only one here on its beautiful white beach. In case you were wondering, it is called so because it looks like a guitar from the top.
Cuisine on offer
Being such a tiny place that is so far away from the mainland, there is no “cuisine” per se on the island. You will, however, not go hungry. Blue Planet has your usual Indian fare, including delicious and fresh seafood, along with coffee, tea and a selection of fresh juices. For lovers of south Indian food, there is the Laxmi Hotel, which also serves north Indian snacks. While this information is not confirmed, Corner Bar sells a “special mix” in soda bottles. If alcohol is your poison, check at a roadside booth.
When to go
Andaman Island sees its best weather, which is bright sunshine, from December to February. And so naturally, this is also when it see the highest influx of tourists. The weather improves on Long Island post mid-October. Before then, however, from June onwards, the island sees heavy rain and the weather is super humid.
You can reach Long Island from Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar.
By air: There are several flights to Port Blair from all major Indian cities. The cheapest one is from Chennai at ₹11,000 onwards.
By ferry: From Chennai and Kolkata, you can also take a ferry to Port Blair. Find all information on tickets and schedule.
From Port Blair to Long Island:
By ferry: A ferry will take you to Long Island at 6.15am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, on a journey that takes around five hours. Buy the tickets a day in advance, as they run out soon. A single ticket will cost you ₹190.
By road: In Port Blair, head to the State Transport Bus Stand, and a bus to Rangat. It'll cost you ₹200 and take anywhere between six to eight hours. From Rangat, take another 30-minute bus ride to Yerrata Jetty for ₹10. At the jetty, catch a ferry to Long Island (one leaves at 9am, the other at 4pm) for ₹9 per person. It takes around an hour to its destination.
Long Island is tiny with no motor vehicles. So the best way to explore it is on foot.
There are only two places to stay on Long Island.