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Samudrika Marine Museum is located at Delanipur near Port Blair. It is managed by the Indian Navy. The purpose was to create awareness about the natural resources and aquatic life in the Andaman Islands. Along with this, the museum gives a glance of the social and tribal life in the region. There are five sections that have been created over the years which include geographical information, archaeology, people information, history of Andaman Islands and marine life. Various miniature models of the different islands, the lifestyle of tribes and their pictures depicting their daily life and unknown facts, are displayed in the relevant sections. There are also the rarest of corals, shells and fish that are found in the water and beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In the Marine Museum there are large tanks which have been simulated with the natural sea water and house a lot of coral reefs and aquatic marine plant life, where some rare corals and animals could be found. Take it from the multitude of tourists who visit this spot each day- a walk down Marina Park is not to be missed. For the health freaks who fancy a morning jog, the jogging track made on the untouched pristine shore is a pure joy. The water sports complex is perfect for adventure seekers too. Infact, what is remarkable about Marina Park, is that it has something for everyone. The Childrens Traffic Park here is an impressive concept where the park is designed to replicate a real busy junction with traffic signals and roads. Small tricycles, baby motors and practice bicycles are available on hire for children to drive around in. The Marine Aquarium which is located nearby is maintained by the Fisheries Department is a small museum-cum-aquarium which showcases the marine life found in the islands For those looking for a seaside dining experience, Ocean Blue Restaurant, overlooking the sea, is a good place to spend a few hours. Owing to fast service, it also serves well if one just wants to grab a bite on the way to the jetty. The Water Sports Complex is a good place to try out water sports for beginners, and is one of the two water sports facilities in Port Blair. They offer an array of sporting activities conducted and supervised by trained professionals. Rides for other islands leave from Aberdeen Jetty here in Marina Park. If chalked out in advance, one can plan their travel smartly by clubbing ones visit to Marina Park with a visit to these nearby locations.      Book Now



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Chidiya Tapu, also known as the bird island, is located 25kms from Port Blair in the southernmost tip of South Andaman. Chidiya Tapu is a small village with lush green mangroves, tranquil islands, and forest bestowed with numerous chirping birds, making it an ideal picnic spot. Chidiya Tapu, well known for its rich collection of birds, white spotted deer and orchids, draws many visitors, and is a perfect place for nature lovers. The sky of Chidiya Tapu is filled with around 46 species of birds namely, drongos, hanging parrot, scarlet minivet, emerald dove, long-tailed and red-breasted parakeets, white-bellied sea eagles and grey-fronted and imperial green pigeons to name a few. Chidiya Tapu is well known for its green landscape, enthralling beaches, variety of corals, vivid butterflies and most significantly, the exquisite view of the setting sun in the horizon. The main attractions here include the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, Chidiya Tapu Beach, the Sylvan Sands and the Munda Pahar beaches. There is a forest guest house located atop the hillock that offers a panoramic view of the entire village as well as islands beyond. The water in this region is alive with bright corals which makes it an excellent site for snorkelling. Incidentally, Chidiya Tapu Beach offers a variety of sea shells which makes shell craft a prime industry of the Chidiya Tapu. Some of the shell products which are sold here are table lamps, ashtrays, bangles, decorative boxes and show pieces. Keeping in mind the moderate and tropical monsoon climate of Port Blair, ideally the best time to visit Chidiya Tapu and Port Blair is between the months of October and April. Rest of the year the weather remains unbearable as the summers are hot and humid and winters experience strong winds. Chidiya Tapu is located 25 km from Port Blair and is a tiny village in the southernmost tip of South Andaman. It is also known as the bird island. The region has a number of green mangroves and a lush forest cover. Birds are the major attraction here. There is a forest guest house at the top of the hillock that provides sunset views as well as views of the islands beyond Chidiya Tapu. The water in this area is full of colorful corals which makes it suitable for snorkeling.      Book Now



Chidiya Tapu

Jolly buoy island is very famous for underwater corals and the pristine clear beach. This place is one hour journey from Wandoor beach. Snorkeling and scuba diving are available here. To reach Jolly buoy island people have to come to Wandoor beach. This is located in Mahatma Gandhi National Park. Wandoor beach is 30 Kms from Port Blair by road. This route is same for visiting Red Skin island also. Both Jolly buoy and Red skin are located at Mahatma Gandhi National park. The normal time 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 time 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. In Jolly buoy island nothing is available. Visitors are supposed to carry all items required for them like, food, water etc... At Wandoor beach tender coconuts are available. People visiting this place through travel agents will get everything packed and will be accompanied by one of the person. People have to carry swim suits or other wears suitable for Snorkeling and scuba diving. Jolly buoy is a no man      Book Now



Jolly Buoy Island

Andaman and Nicobar group consists of about 572 islands out of which only about 36 are inhabited. Few of the 536 uninhabited islands are very popular as tourist spots. Red Skin island, North Bay, Jolly Buoy, Ross Island, Ross and Smith Islands are some of the very famous islands that are also open for tourists. Red Skin island and Jolly Buoy Island lie next to each other and boast of rich under water marine life. Usually, tourists go to Jolly Buoy in the peak season but as rainy season approaches, the weather makes the commute difficult as Jolly Buoy falls in open sea area and then the tourists are taken to Red Skin island. I happened to go to Red Skin during one of such times when the weather was not good for going to Jolly Buoy so our operator took us to Red Skin instead. Yes, even though I live here, I also travel by tour agents just to have a taste of our tourism department works here. And like many of the tourists who spend thousands to have a vacation here, I was disappointed too. The pictures will tell you why. As we approached Red Skin, I could see a small island, very small island with a very narrow beach. on that narrow yet white sandy beach, I could see hundreds of tourists standing on the beach and hundreds playing in the sea. My heart thumped at the sight. I did not step out of my boat as I could see that there was barely some space on the beach to stand! Finally, I got down and as expected, since there was no space on the beach, I too spent most of my time in the water. The island per se is beautiful, like the rest of the Andamans, but if you go there with a crowd, it is a place to be missed. I DO NOT recommend visiting it during tourist season as with just less than a hundred of people around, the island seems to have no space left to accommodate an extra person. The corals are abundant and pretty, ofcourse! So, if at all you go there, that should be the only reason. Since the beach is very small, boat wallahs park their boats near the beach so while you are swimming in the water, you would often hear a boat rider to scream for you to get aside and that is one more pain. Second, the boats come and leave at a particular time. So, you arrive at Red Skin at 10 or 11 am and you canít leave before 1 or 2 pm.My suggestion is that you speak to your tour operator well in advance and tell him that if Jolly Buoy is cancelled, then he should refund the money back instead of taking you to Red Skin or else, you should first try to know the number of passengers going to Red Skin that particular morning. With lesser no. of people, it would be a memorable experience for sure.      Book Now



Red-Skin-Island-Port-Blair

A replacement for Jolly Buoy island. We were supposed to go to Jolly Buoy but because of rains it was closed and we ended up here in Red Skin. We were lucky as we had a local with us who had given us his snorkeling mask, which proved out to be a blessing in disguise as my father and me were able to do snorkeling on our known at leisure instead of waiting for the person to take us along with him in a tube. The marine life is a different thing all together and one can only know its true beauty once he sees it with his own eyes. The corals are well protected as this island comes under the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Andaman and Nicobar group consists of about 572 islands out of which only about 36 are inhabited. Few of the 536 uninhabited islands are very popular as tourist spots. Red Skin island, North Bay, Jolly Buoy, Ross Island, Ross and Smith Islands are some of the very famous islands that are also open for tourists. Red Skin island and Jolly Buoy Island lie next to each other and boast of rich under water marine life. Usually, tourists go to Jolly Buoy in the peak season but as rainy season approaches, the weather makes the commute difficult as Jolly Buoy falls in open sea area and then the tourists are taken to Red Skin island.      Book Now


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