Some facts that might turn out to be handy:
1. Buy tickets for the Cellular Jail Lights and Sound show beforehand.
2. When you head for Baratang,please be on time.
The journey is in two phases - Port Blair to Jirkatang and then Jirkatang to Baratang (No overtake zone through Jarwa Reserve Forest). From Nilambur Jetty at middle strait ferry services are available for Baratang Island. Ferry takes about 15 minutes to reach Baratang from Nilambur Jetty. ( Total - 3 hours approx)
All vehicles(buses/cabs) have to leave in convoys. There are 4 convoys throughout the day from Jirkatang (6 am, 9 am, 12 pm, 2.30 pm). You cannot cross the forest unless you are in one of the convoys.
And please dont try to click photos/record videos while you are travelling through the Jarwa reserve forest.
3. Even for the Cruise/Ship that ferries to Neil and Havelock, reach prior to the departure time.They don't tolerate any kind of delay and might leave without you.I nearly missed it.
Cruises (Macruzz and Greenline) provide luxury and comfort but the government ships would give you the old school ship voyage kind of a feel.
Make sure you have the tickets to any of them even before the trip starts.
4. For Water Sports, I would recommend Neil Island and Havelock Island.
North Bay is a little crowded as compared to the other two but you get the Submarine ride over there.
5.There's not much available at Andaman to buy and make your luggages go over-weight.But for some souvenirs you can try the Govt Emporium - Sagarika and Khadi at Portblair.
6.Andaman can be visited all throughout the year because of its non-fluctuating climate.However people prefer the months of December and January.
7.If possible include Ross and Smith Island and Jollybuoy Island in your itinerary.
So start planning, make all reservations and find yourselves amidst blue waters and white sands.
Have a safe and amazing Andaman Trip!!!
Signing off until next time.
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