About 29 Kms. west of Port Blair is the famous Wandoor beach known for scenic beauty and is very popular amongst tourists. The range of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is just across Wandoor Beach. To visit the Marine National Park, boats are available from Wandoor Jetty. Just at the entrance of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, one can visit the state of art world class Marine Interpretation Centre. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor is at a distance of 29 Kms from Port Blair and covers an area of 281.5 Sqr. Kms. This Marine Park comprises of open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands, which is one of the best found anywhere in the world. Viewing of rare corals and underwater marine life through glass boom boats, scuba diving and snorkeling are a life me experience. One needs to take permit, issued by the Forest Department and the boat ticket from the boat operators which are available at the Reception Counter of Directorate of Tourism from a Single Window before proceeding to Wandoor. Tourists are allowed to spend two and half hours in Jolly Buoy Island or Red Skin Island as a part of conducted tours. Generally, from December to May tourists are taken to Jolly Buoy Island and from May to November to Red Skin Island. It is advised to take packed lunch and water fillings before proceeding to the Marine National Park.
- 1. Wandoor
- 1.1 Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
- 1.2 Jollybuoy Island
- 1.3 Red Skin Island
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park was created in 1983 to protect the precious flora and fauna of the islands. There are two main island areas in the park, the Labyrinth islands and the Twin islands. Jolly Buoy and Red Skin islands are a part of the National Park.
Jollybuoy island is very famous for under water corals and the pristine clear beach. This place is one hour journey from Wandoor beach. Snorkeling and scuba diving are available here.
To reach Jollybuoy island people have to come to Mahatma Gandhi National Park, Wandoor. The normal me leaving to Jolly buoy island at Wandoor beach is 9.00am. Make sure to reach Wandoor beach before 9.00am. All the ships leave at the same me and come back together.Jolly buoy is a No Plastic zone. Before leaving to Jolly buoy Island, people have to submit the list of all plastic items at Wandoor beach. They have to deposit a security amount of INR 100 against each plastic item. They will get the amount back after returning against producing the same items. Additional amount is also to be paid for each still and video camera.
Red Skin Island
It is the exotic locale of the Red Skin Island at Andaman and Nicobar Islands that attracts visitors from all across the globe due to its unique and enigmatic beauty that will surely captivate you in a state of trance. Being positioned inside the premises of the Marine National Park, the Red Skin Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is bequeathed with a varied range of natural marvels which truly dazzles the on-lookers. One can experience the thrill of snorkeling here. Basically, snorkeling is the name dowered to the gliding over the surface of the water while being half-submerged. It is absolutely essential to have a diving mask on so that you do not miss viewing the marine fauna and flora that exists beneath the surface of the water. You can also have swim fins on to facilitate you to in swimming.