Traveling by water ways was a new thing for me, and exciting. I was by myself now, traveling solo, talking to the locals and foreigners who dominated the tour.I waited in the queue to board the little cruise which was also used as local transport means by the people there.Once inside it felt like I was in a chair car train. It was very comfortable and fast. I reached Neil Island in 2 hours time. As I had done my hotel and cab bookings in advance(still not quite ahead), I had the head of the tour agency waiting for me with the cab. Mind you, I traveled in March and the sun was very generous! I reached at 2 pm in the sweltering heat, but thanks to the extra caring tour head, he was ready with full AC cab which was relief in the heat.
Another plus point and a tip for all the solo women travelers, I found the tours and travels agencies to be very concerned and cautious for my safety. They made sure I had the best and safest arrangements possible. So please do not hesitate if you want to travel solo. My hotel was not the usual hotel that you have in mind but it was a small 1 bedroom cottage. It felt like a farmhouse , and believe me the line of cottages were too beautiful to be true. It had the proper country-side feels. The arrangement was superb, the cottages were as pretty as you can imagine. I immediately got ready, and left for the beach by 4 pm. Remember, Andamans are more towards the east of mainlands of India so the sun rises and sets earlier.
The Neil Islands are famous for the pristine white sands and the clearest blue waters. The beach is neat and clean, which it even more dreamy. The sunset at Neil Islands is very famous, for which top photographers from the world sit and wait to capture it forever. I made it in time to see the beautiful sunset and oh my it was one hell of a sunset!