About :- Neil Island is located to the south of Andaman brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil Island is known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andaman.The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana (Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, Ramnagar etc.) The island, with its very relaxed vibes and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the “bustle” of Havelock.The widest part of the island is about 5 km in length. You can walk the whole island in about two hours.
Attractions & Activities
One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.
Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.
How to reach in Neil Island
From Port Blair Phoenix Bay jetty, regular speed boats operated by Government and Private Boat operators are available. Time taken is approx. one hour and 45 minutes.
Auto rickshaws, taxis, cycles and motor bikes are available for transport within the island |
Best time to visit
October to February: October has a very pleasant climate and the overall weather is quite comfortable for sightseeing and water sports. This month marks the onset of the tourist season in Neil Island. Though not cold, winters in Neil Island are quite enjoyable and starts from November to February. Average temperature during this season can vary from 30 degree Celsius to 14 degree Celsius. Also, this is when the 10-day Island Tourism Festival is celebrated. This is the best time to visit the place as it is ideal for all tourist activities.
March to May: These months constitute the summer season in Neil Island. Summers here are not that hot. The overall weather is warm with some humidity (that can sometimes reach up till 80 per cent). Average temperature during summers can go up till 34 degree Celsius but cool breezes keep the evenings pleasant and fun for tourists.
June to September: These months constitute the monsoon season in Neil Island. The place often receives moderate to heavy rainfall. Although sightseeing and water sports cannot be enjoyed during this time but nature lovers would love to see the lush-green landscape of Neil Island.