How To Reach Long Island From Port Blair, Havelock, Rangat and Neil Island?
In this article, we will explain what are the various ways to reach this unexplored destination. Long island is a gem of a place and should be added to the itinerary if you are coming for a long duration trip.
How to Reach Long Island from Rangat?
Bus From Port Blair to Rangat to Reach Long Island
The first and the most economical option to reach Long Island from Port Blair is to first reach Rangat and from there take a Government ferry to Long Island. You can reach Rangat by Government operated Bus from Port Blair at 4:30 AM. It takes around 8 hours to reach Rangat from Port Blair. This bus will pass through Andaman Grand Trunk Road to reach Yeratta Jetty at Rangat.
From Yeratta Jetty you will board a Government operated boat to Long Island. It usually takes one hour from Rangat to Reach Long Island in a boat. The point to note here is that the sailing of the ferry from Rangat to Long Island is not daily it operates on alternative days usually Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday at 09:00 AM & 04:00 PM.
However, this schedule can change anytime without any prior notice. Also, there is no booking of a ticket that can be done. The ferry sailing from Yerrata jetty is subject to weather conditions and sailing schedules.
By Private Cab From Port Blair To Rangat and Then To Long Island
The second way is to reach Rangat in a Personal vehicle from Port Blair and the driver will help you get the ticket for Government Ferry based upon the availability. As an alternative to the government ferry that goes from Rangat to Long Island, we have recently discovered a Chartered speed boat service to move from Rangat to Long Island.
You need to contact a local person for making the arrangements to visit Long Island because the online suggestions or bookings won’t work at all for Long Island as it is still not completely wireless. Ahead in this article, we’ll throw more light on what to expect from Long Island-based on our own experiences of the very recently conducted visits and surveys done by our core team.
How to Reach Long Island from Port Blair?
The first way to reach Long Island from Port Blair is to hire a private chartered boat to Long Island from Port Blair. This could be fun, however, a little expensive. In case you are a group of around 8-10 people then the tour will be fun and the cost will get divided as well. You could consider this option and sail through the archipelago of the islands before reaching Long Island. For fishing enthusiasts, you can consider game fishing during the trip as well. If you are interested in game fishing, then make sure you inform your vendor in advance so that they get the boat equipped with fishing gear for making your journey more adventurous.
The second way is to take Government Ferry to move directly from Port Blair to Long Island.
This voyage, however, will be an entire day-long journey. The ferry follows the following route: Port Blair - Neil Island - Havelock Island - Rangat - Long Island. There’s a catch here that the sailing is not done every day and the ticket opens only on the day of departure. Which means, for those who come on an extended vacation to Andaman, can consider this option. However, visiting Long Island could be difficult for travelers who are planning to visit Andaman for around 4 - 10 days. Considering, there are so many things to do in Andamans. However, those who are repeat visitors to the Andamans and have seen everything else can take this as an option.
How to reach Long Island from Havelock and Neil Island?
From Havelock Island, you will have to take a Government Ferry to Long Island. This ferry is operational on alternate days. This is the same ferry that sails from Port Blair to Long Island and it takes a pit stop at Neil Island, Havelock Island and Rangat before moving to Long Island.
The same applies to visiting Long Island from Neil Island. The government ferry which we have discussed above also takes a pit stop at Neil, so from Neil Island also you need to take the same boat to Long Island.