Best Things To Do in Port Blair
Explore these top things to do in Port Blair. Here we have covered both the things that one can do during the day as well as post-sunset. Make sure you read till the end to get a fair understanding of the various things one can do when in Port Blair. Port Blair is the capital of Andaman Islands and has much more attractions than any other islands in Andaman.
Visit Netaji Subhash Chandra bose island in Port Blair
Ross Island was the first administrative settlement of the British in the Andaman Islands, the ruins of which is currently present for a visit. You can spot the Japanese bunkers and cannons during their occupancy, also birds and deer can be found roaming around the islands. This island offers scenic views to its visitors. It is a great place for nature photography. There is a light and sound show that will be displayed in the evenings for the tourists depicting the history and struggles of the island during the pre-independent era. The boat leaves from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex to reach Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Island, both the entry tickets and the boat tickets to the island are to be booked in advance. Boat timings are from 08:30 AM to 10:00 AM and the island is closed on Wednesdays.
Visit North Bay Island
North Bay Island is known for the amazing water activities that it offers. The boat to North Bay should be boarded at the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. Normally the boats cover Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Island and North Bay Island together as a full-day trip. But chartered boats are available for visiting these islands individually.
North Bay Island has a variety of food joints available for snacks and lunch for the tourists also have proper facilities for changing and washrooms. This island offers the coral safari in a semi-submarine which is one of a kind and which is available only here. The ferry tickets and the entry tickets should be pre-purchased. Boat timings are from 08:30 AM to 10:00 AM and the island is closed on Wednesdays. Activities the island offers are Scuba Diving, Sea Walking, Snorkeling, Glass bottom boat rides, Andaman Dolphin Glass bottom boat, Semi Submarine Ride, etc.
Corbyn's Cove Beach
Corbyn’s Cove is the closest beach to the city. The crescent-shaped coconut palm-fringed beach is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing. Activities such as Jet Ski and speed boat rides can be done here. There is a small hotel where refreshments are available, you can grab some snacks here and relax by the beach. The beach is open on all days and no entry tickets are required. It is just 8 KM from the center of the city and can be reached via road.
The Chidiyatapu Beach at Port Blair is about 32kms away from the city and can be reached via road by hiring a cab. This is a perfect spot for bird watching, trekking, and a perfect sunset viewpoint. You can trek to the Mundapahad for some adventure and it is a great place for photography of the birds or the amazing landscape. This place is open on all days but is closed after sunset and entry tickets are not required.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
This park is a cluster of about 15 islands. The famous Jolly Buoy and the Red Skin Island are a part of this cluster. Located at Wandoor, 27 km from Port Blair, this park speaks volumes of the marine life at these islands. These islands are untouched and undisturbed which makes it one of the most pristine islands in Andamans. The corals in this region are attractive and beautiful; the famous glass-bottom boat rides can be availed to have a look at the amazing corals and the rich marine life. The ferries to Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin island leaves from the jetty at this Park. The Jolly Buoy & Red Skin Islands are kept open for tourist visits alternatively for six months each for the restoration of the corals. Entry tickets, ferry tickets & permits are needed to be booked in advance. The islands are closed on Mondays and the island opens from 6 AM to 2 PM. To reach the island you need to go to the Wandoor Jetty via road and take a 30 minutes ferry from there to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.
Gandhi Park, Joggers Park and Marina Park 3 good parks for a walk and to spend some time at Port Blair.
Things to Do Post Sunset in Port Blair
Cellular Jail Light and Sound Show:
The Cellular Jail Light and Sound Show is arranged at the Cellular Jail premises. This show shows the struggles that the freedom fighters underwent during the pre-independent times with colorful lights and music. Tickets can be booked online on Government Websites or can be booked at the counter near the gate after arriving. (Tickets are subjected to availability) The show timings are as follows 05:15 PM, 06:20 PM, and 07:25 PM. And it is available in Hindi on all days & in English versions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subash Chandra Bose (Ross) Island:
A Light and Sound Show can be witnessed in Ross Island as well. Online tickets for the light and sound show at Ross Island can be booked at Government Website for ticket booking. However, tickets for Light & Sound Show does not include boat tickets to reach the island. The boat tickets have to be purchased offline from Aberdeen Jetty. Hard copy or soft copy of the light and sound show tickets are required while purchasing the boat tickets. The boat timings for the evening are at 3 PM from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. The show commences at 5.30 PM and it is available in Hindi and English.
TSG Bella Bay and Semi Submarine – The Dinner Cruises:
Dinner cruises are now sailing in Andaman Islands. Two types of dinner cruise exists in Andaman. One with an attached Semisubmarine and other without a semi submarine. These dinner cruises in Andaman provide delicious food while enjoying the live music of local bands and sailing around the open sea of Port Blair. After completing the day tours tourists can opt for this fancy cruise for dinner. The cruise timings are 07:00 pm from Junglighat. The duration of this dinner cruise will take up to 2.5 hours.
More Adventurous Things to Do in Port Blair
- Scuba Diving at North Bay Island - More Info
- Snorkeling at North Bay Island - More Info
- Coral Safari Semi Submarine at North Bay Island - More Info
- Andaman Dolphin Glass-bottom Boat ride at North Bay Island - More Info
- Jet Ski Ride at North Bay Island & Corbyn’s Cove Beach
- Parasailing at Corbyn’s Cove Beach - More Info
- Glass Bottom Boat ride at North Bay and Jolly Buoy Island - More Info
- Trekking at Mundapahad & Mt. Harriet - More Info
- Bird Watching at Chidiyatapu - More Info
- Game Fishing at nearby Islands from Port Blair - More Info
- Sea Walking at North Bay Island - More Info
- Sea Kart at Carbyns Cove Beach - More Info