How To Reach Mayabunder From Port Blair, Havelock & Neil Island
Just as we have mentioned in our entire destination guides (especially of North & Middle Andamans), that to visit any island in Andamans, you have to enter through Port Blair (Veer Savarkar International Airport). So to reach Mayabunder we will consider Port Blair as the starting point and then move to Havelock and Neil Island as how one can reach Mayabunder from other islands as well.
Reaching Mayabunder By Bus From Port Blair
The first and the most economical option to reach Mayabunder from Port Blair are by Buses.
Government operated Buses From Port Blair To Mayabunder
There are direct buses from Port Blair to Mayabunder every day. You can take a Government operated Bus that departs from Port Blair at different timings. The preferred one is around 4:30 AM. It takes around 10 hours to reach Mayabunder from Port Blair. This bus will pass through Andaman Grand Trunk Road to reach the Public Bus stand at Mayabunder junction. From there you’ll have to hire public transport to reach your accommodation place and to do the sightseeing.
These buses are not Air-conditioned. The tickets for these buses can be purchased from the government Bus depot, Port Blair. Due to the cheap cost, there is a huge demand for government bus tickets because most of the local public use this mode of transport as their lifeline to stay connected between Mayabunder & Port Blair. The boarding point of these buses is at the Aberdeen Bus Depot. It has multiple other pick-up points on the ATR. However, you need to enquire at the ticket counter for your nearest pick-up point.
If you have reached Mayabunder by the government buses then the return ticket for Port Blair or for going further to Diglipur has to be booked from Mayabunder only.
Private Buses from Port Blair to Mayabunder
Private buses are operating directly from Port Blair. These Buses depart from Port Blair and reach Mayabunder. These buses ply between the origin and destination at different timings. The preferred/ suggested slot of departure from Port Blair is around 4:30 AM or the earlier possible so that one gets most of his/her time there in the destinations once they reach. It takes about 10 hours to reach by these buses as well. These buses are available as Air-conditioned and NON-Air Conditioned both.
The AC ones are costlier but worthy of a long road journey like this. Non AC ones are cheaper than the AC ones. As compared to the rate of government bus tickets, the NON AC Private bus is expensive because they provide more comfort and ease for the journey. The tickets for these buses are available from their respective reservation offices across the Port Blair town. Online bookings are not made available by them. The boarding point of these buses is mostly near the Aberdeen Bust Depot. It has multiple other pick up points on the ATR. However, you need to enquire at the ticket counter for your nearest pick-up point.
If you have traveled by the private buses for your onward journey, then the return ticket can also be booked from Port Blair when you start or else you can book the ticket for returning to Port Blair or going further to Diglipur at Mayabunder Bus terminus as well having said that, pre-booking is always the best choice.
Government Ferry Option From Port Blair
Direct ferry from Port Blair
The direct government ferry from Port Blair to Mayabunder shows up only once in a week via Diglipur, which makes it difficult to plan a visit to Mayabunder based on these ferries. But if you are on a long vacation, and have a lot of time to wait for this schedule to show up and avail of this option of travel, then these government ferries can be an option for you.
Combination of Ferry & Bus To Reach Mayabunder
Another way that we found out to be available, for reaching Mayabunder from Port Blair is – to take Government Ferry to move from Port Blair to Rangat. This voyage will be 5-6 hours long. (NOTE: The voyage time might change considering the number of passengers boarding and getting down at each stop)
This ferry starts from Port Blair goes to Neil Island then to Havelock Island and finally reaches Rangat.
On reaching Rangat, you can take a bus to proceed towards Mayabunder and hire a local jeep for sightseeing at Mayabunder.
This option cannot be taken as a definite one. The reason behind is that the sailing of the ferry considered here, is not available every day and the schedule and ticketing for these ferries open only 1-2 days before the departure. The tickets are issued from the STAR ticket counters in Port Blair and the return ticket has to be booked from Rangat itself. The Harbor for Rangat is the Yerrata Jetty. Just like the previous option, those who come on an extended vacation to Andaman can consider the government ferry as an option for their conveyance. This mode could be unpredictable and may not work for travelers who are planning to visit Andaman on a fixed duration of about 4 - 10 days. Considering, there are so many things to do in Andamans and the other schedules will get affected if in case this option of reaching Rangat doesn’t work.
Private Cab From Port Blair To Mayabunder
The third and a definite way to reach Mayabunder from Port Blair is in a Privately hired vehicle from Port Blair. In this case, the driver –who is a local person and know the destination well, will be traveling with you from Port Blair. Neither you need to look for a return option, nor would you have to hire any other public transport for going around and seeing the places of attraction that are accessible by the road. By choosing this mode of reaching Mayabunder, you can be assured of time management which is not possible to be done by you while exploring a place.
The private Cab option is the best choice for those who have a fixed date schedule and a fixed number of days to explore the Andamans to its fullest. These types of travelers need pre-booking and proper planning in every destination and activity. The best part of this option is that you can book this service online before starting your travel and the cab will be there on-time, almost at your doorstep, to pick you and drop you back to your respective accommodation after completion of the entire trip.
Traveling From Havelock and Neil Island To Mayabunder
So to travel from Havelock & Neil To Mayabunder, you need to take a Government ferry that will first reach Rangat. Upon reaching Rangat you need to hire a vehicle to reach Mayabunder. Now, you need to be cautious in terms of timings as sailing timing and days change often. Upon reaching Havelock and Neil Island speak at the ticket counters to know the real-time details about ferry timings from Havelock Or Neil Island To Rangat. Upon reaching Rangat you can then take a cab to Mayabunder.