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Visiting Long Island in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 2019

Long island in Andaman is one of the most offbeat locations in the archipelago. This destination is not yet discovered by many who know about the Andaman Islands. Fairly because of many reasons. The foremost reason that we see is the remote locality of Long Island and poor connectivity of this destination. In addition, limited accommodation facilities are available on Long Island. Until 2019 this destination has decent popularity among foreign nationals. However, many Indian travelers don't plan Long island in their itinerary as a visit to Long island will require 10 or more days visit to Andaman.
Long Island can also be considered as the gateway to many hidden and unexplored beaches like the Lalaji Bay Beach, The Guitar island and the Merk Bay Beach at North Passage Island. The exotic and untouched virgin beaches, the Lush green tropical forests makes it a perfect combo for natural rejuvenation and it is a golden feather in the crown of Andamans. It can also be considered a paradise for bird lovers if visited during the right season and has unique marine eco-system too. We are glad that you are here, where we’ll let you know how you can plan a visit to this island.


What to Expect while visiting Long Island?

This island is a small rural settlement which is not connected by any road network to any of the islands. There is no black top road in the island. Only a concrete footpath connects different parts of the area. The roads leading towards the wood is still a kachha road (mud road). The Casuarina trees (popularly known as the Jhau tree or she-oak) alongside the footpaths make it an adoring natural walkway. These trees also act as wind breaks for the island as it is amidst the open sea. Here in Long Island, all movements are by foot. There is no vehicle available which makes this island the best example of eco-tourism. One should not be expecting any luxury while entering this island. There are eco stay options which we will discuss in our accommodation segment ahead.

Things to Do at Long Island?

You can spend your time experiencing the beauty and serenity of Long Island. Pass your time Swimming, Lazing around in the beaches, Island hoping in private chartered boat, taking nature walks, trekking, Viewing a Sunset from the island, indulging in Nature photography, and much more to soak in the essence of being so near to the nature.

experience andamands team at long Island

How to Reach Long Island from Rangat?

By Bus - 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 on daily basis it operates on alternative days usually Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday at 09:00 AM & at 04:00 PM. However, this schedule can change anytime without any prior notice. In addition, there is no advance booking of the ticket that can be done. The ferry sailing from Yerrata jetty is subject to weather conditions and sailing schedule.

Long island Ferry Andaman Islands

By Private Cab - 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 – on the basis of our live 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 enthusiast, 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 gears 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 a 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 the 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 a repeated visitor 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. Basically, 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 pit stop at Neil, so from Neil Island also you need to take the same boat to Long Island.

Private boat to long island

Where are the Accomodation Options in Long Island?

In Long Island, you have a Government accommodation Surmai Resort and a private property named Blue Planet. In any out of these properties, you can spend your night. Just for detailing, Surmai resort is more amenitized and it is therefore recommended for Indian travelers going to this island or for any traveler who plans this trip as a family holiday. The other one, Blue Planet is more of an eco hut of thatched roofing and walls and having only low lying mattresses and mosquito nets as their major amenities which should okay for back packers.

You will need assistance for locally based companies to get your accommodation booked as online things won’t work properly for Long Island. The accommodation facilities are very basic and kind of eco-stays so make sure that you are not expecting for any luxurious or contemporary accommodation when in Long Island.

Accomodation in long island

Attractions in and around Long Island

Lalaji Bay A beautiful beach around long island. Read more about visiting lalaji bay in Andaman
Guitar Island A very popular island near Long Island Read more about visiting Guitar Island in Andaman
Merk Bay beach One of the remotest beaches around Long Island Read more about visiting Merk bay beach in Andaman

guitar island Andaman

How to Plan a visit to Long Island?

Tour Plan 1
For those looking into a compact package to reach Long Island, here is one of the itineraries that will come handy and recommended for people traveling to Andaman for less number of days and are planning to visit Long Island as well.

DAY 01 - PORT BLAIR TO RANGAT AND TRIP TO BARATANG ISLAND

Early in the morning, We begin from Port Blair to Baratang Island and visit Limestone Caves. Overnight we stay at Rangat in Middle Andaman. During this day you can cover some sightseeing in Rangat as well. Locations such as Ambkunj beach and Dhaninalah Mangrove Walkway can be covered on this day. Overnight stay in Rangat.

DAY 02 - RANGAT TO LONG ISLAND FOR DAY TRIP AND RETURN BACK TO RANGAT

We take a boat from Rangat to Long Island, the boat tickets has to be manually purchased which our team will get it done. You will get on a boat to Long island from Rangat (In case you are planning this trip on a day when the govt. ferry doesn’t operate, then you’ll have to hire a private chartered fiber boat to get to Long Island. Upon reaching Long Island you can spend some time in Long Island as a day tour. Post this, you return back to Rangat from Long Island in the afternoon. Note : A guide can accompany you during Long Island tour, however, that will be at an additional cost. Overnight stay in Rangat.

DAY 03 - RANGAT TO PORT BLAIR

Today, we return back to Port Blair from Rangat. Overnight in Port Blair.

Note : Please note that Long Island has very limited resources and travelers have to not overexpect this destination with all the luxury. This is a remote location and travelers have to be flexible during the tour program.

long island Andaman

Tour Plan 2
For travelers who are having more number of days in hand, can take out 3 nights and 4 days and plan a stay in Long Island. It's absolutely worth to stay in Long Island.

DAY 01 - PORT BLAIR TO RANGAT AND TRIP TO BARATANG ISLAND

Early in the morning, We begin from Port Blair to Baratang Island and visit Limestone Caves. Overnight we stay at Rangat in Middle Andaman. During this day you can cover some sightseeing in Rangat as well. Locations such as Ambkunj beach and Dhaninalah Mangrove Walkway can be covered on this day. Overnight stay in Rangat.

DAY 02 - RANGAT TO LONG ISLAND BY BOAT

We take a boat from Rangat to Long Island, the boat tickets has to be manually purchased which our team will get it done. You will get on a boat to Long island from Rangat. Upon reaching Long Island, proceed to respective accommodation (Pre booking of accommodation is required).
 Proceed to visit Lalaji Bay Beach, Guitar Island & Merk Bay Beach. Note: A guide can accompany you during Long Island tour, however, that will be at an additional cost. You need to charter a boat to visit all the 3 attraction in Long Island. Overnight stay in Long Island.

DAY 03 - RETURN FROM LONG ISLAND TO RANGAT & THEN TO PORT BLAIR

Today, we return back to Port Blair from Rangat. Overnight in Port Blair.

Note : Please note that Long Island has very limited resources and travelers have to not overexpect this destination with all the luxury. This is a remote location and travelers have to be flexible during the tour program.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) About Long Island

How many days are required to visit all 3 attractions from Long Island?

To visit all the three attractions from Long Island, i.e. Lalaji Bay Beach, Merk Bay Beach & the Guitar Island you will require 1 full day. You can hire a private charter from the Long Island Jetty to hop from one island to other and complete visiting all the 3 places.

Is Long Island a Must visit place?

People who are in search of remote and exotic destinations in its pure form should never miss Long Island. For Backpackers, Nature photographers, Certified Scuba Divers and offbeat travelers Long Island is the place to be touched once in a lifetime.

What can avoid Long Island?

Travelers who are visiting Andaman for the first time and are coming for fewer number of days to the islands can avoid Long Island. Travelers with Kids can avoid this island as well.

Is Long Island that unique an attraction?

Yes, Long island is a unique attraction in the Andaman. Consider a location where no one uses vehicle its a true example of an eco destination. Every where on the island you have to walk and go. You are back in time when on Long Island. It has NO internet facility and no proper mobile network. You might need a BSNL sim card to stay connected.

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