How To Reach Little Andaman From Havelock, Port Blair & Neil Island
The Little Andamans is a separate piece of Island and hence sea-route is the only option to enter this place. The gateway to enter Little Andamans is the Hut Bay harbor. As in February 2020, you can reach Little Andamans (Hutbay) only through Government-operated ferries/ships from Port Blair.
There are big ferries (having a seating capacity of 250 and above) that sails from Haddo wharf at Port Blair for Hutbay.
Duration of the Trip to Little Andaman
Duration of this voyage from Port Blair to Hutbay is of about 8-10 hours (Depending upon a few factors like the size of the vessel, day of the week, and of course the Sea condition). While we took up this trip, we left Port Blair (boarded the ferry) at 10:00 am and we reached the Hutbay Jetty at around 05:30 pm on the evening of the same day.
Schedule: These ferries are not available every day, but they operate 4-5 times a week. Sailing timings and schedules for these ferries are published in the local administrative Newspapers- the Daily Telegrams and Dweep Samachar.
Ticket Issuance: The tickets are issued 2-3 days before the sailing. So if you are looking for a trip to this island, you have to start checking the schedule at least 6-7 days before your travel date to Little Andamans
MV Coral Queen & MV Campbell Bay are the two ferries/ ships operating currently for the sector of Port Blair to Little Andaman and vice-versa.
The tickets for these sailings are issued from the STARS ticket counter and few authorized Common Service Centres (CSCs).
To travel and commute within Little Andaman
How To Commute after reaching Little Andaman also known as Hutbay?
The buses operated by the State Transport Services (STS) can be availed with nominal fares between 20-40 INR for getting transferred from the harbor to different villages. However, these buses won’t go up to the beaches or tourist attractions.
Privately operated Jeeps, auto-rikshaws are also available to be hired from the harbor area to assist you in commuting within the island. These Jeeps are the mode of transport for all sightseeings also as there are too few or no commercial tourist vehicles available on this island. Some departmental registered vehicles like Maruti Sedans, Scorpio, Tata Sumo are available and those too are deputed in the service of Government officials or VIPs coming into the island.
If you are comfortable riding a two-wheeler, then you can hire one from the main market areas of Little Andaman like –Hut Bay Indira Bazar, Netaji Nagar Market, or RK Pur market. All you have to do is to hire a Jeep/ rickshaw or get on to an STS bus, to reach any of these market areas and hire a Two-wheeler for rest of the journey.