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Ross and Smith Island (North Andaman)

Ross and Smith Island

Imagine stepping onto a landscape so untouched and pristine that it feels like a piece of paradise plucked from a dream. Ross and Smith Island, nestled in the tranquil waters of the Andaman Sea, offer exactly that and more.

These twin islands, connected by a natural sandbar, are a captivating masterpiece of nature, tucked away in the northern reaches of the Andaman archipelago. Here, the azure waters meet powdery white sands, and lush tropical forests embrace secluded beaches.

Where is Ross and Smith Island Located?

Ross and Smith Island is located in the northern part of the Andaman Islands group, in the Bay of Bengal. They are accessible from the town of Diglipur on North Andaman Island.

How to Reach Ross and Smith Island?

Ross and Smith Island is easily accessible from the town of Diglipur in the North & Middle Andaman district. You can reach Diglipur either by road or by ship from Port Blair. On reaching Diglipur you will have to take a fibre boat from Aerial Bay Jetty to Ross and Smith Island.

By Road:

  • Arrive in Port Blair: Follow our guide on how to reach Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • From Port Blair: Begin your journey from Port Blair. It is best to begin your journey early in the morning. The distance between Port Blair and Aerial Bay Jetty is around 310 kilometers and will take around 10-12 hours depending on the weather and road conditions.
    • Take a private car or a private bus to Diglipur. If you’re on a budget, you can opt for a government bus from Port Blair.
      • If you have booked a tour package from a travel agent then he will provide you with a chauffer driven cab.
        • It is best to travel by a cab to Diglipur for comfort and flexibility.
      • To book a government bus you will have to visit the STS Main Bus Stand.
  • Note: Keep in mind that two-wheelers are not allowed on the Andaman Trunk Road.

By Ship:

  • Arrive in Port Blair: All ships to Diglipur leave from Port Blair. Follow our guide on how to reach Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Book Ship Tickets: You can book the ship tickets from the DSS e-ticketing portal.
  • From Port Blair: Begin your journey from Port Blair. Ship journey to Diglipur is more comfortable and convenient.
    • Note: Ship Sailing is subjective to weather conditions.
  • Reach Diglipur: After you reach Diglipur, check-in to a hotel and head over to Aerial Bay.
  • Reach Aerial Bay: At Aerial Bay, you will have to hire a boat provided by the Boat Owners Association. A round trip on a fiber boat will cost you around INR 6000. You will have to hire the complete boat even if you are travelling alone.
    • It will take around 20 minutes to reach Ross and Smith Island. The boat owner will accompany you and wait 3-4 hours before taking you back

Ross and Smith Island entry fee:

There is no entry fee. You will just have to bear the boat costs.

Options to Stay:

There are no options to stay at Ross and Smith Island. You will have to go back the same day. You can stay at Diglipur.

Things to do:

  • Unique Natural Sandbar: The natural sandbar that connects Ross and Smith Islands is a rare and captivating phenomenon. Walking across it during low tide is a surreal experience, and it’s one of the few places in the world where you can traverse from one island to another on foot.
  • Underwater Beauty: The surrounding waters are a paradise for snorkelers.
  • Turtle Nesting: If you visit during the nesting season, you might witness Olive Ridley turtles nesting on the shores, a rare and heartwarming sight.
  • Photographer’s Paradise: The stunning landscapes, ever-changing sandbar, and vibrant marine life make Ross and Smith Islands a haven for photographers and nature enthusiasts.

Other Places of Interest:

  • Mud Volcano
  • Kalpong Dam

Facilities available:

At Ross and Smith Island you will find many facilities like:

  • Tourist shed
  • Toilet complex and Changing Rooms

Is Ross and Smith Island worth visiting?

While the journey to reach Ross and Smith Island may involve some effort, the untouched beauty, unique natural features, and the opportunity to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature make it an absolutely worthwhile destination. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, nature lover, or simply in search of a peaceful and picturesque escape, Ross and Smith Island promises a travel experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

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