Little Andaman

Little Andaman

This large island lies 120 km south of Port Blair across the Duncan Passage, six hours on a boat. The main village,
Hut Bay
to the southeast, is 1 km away from the jetty. Heavily deforested during the 1960s and 1970s, much of the island is dominated by betel, red palm and banana plantations which are scenic enough. There were two resorts, both were razed during the tsunami, which pretty much destroyed tourism on Little Andaman for a few years. Now, a small string of guesthouses has grown up 500 m away from the jetty in Hut Bay although they are not on foreign tourists' agenda. The attraction, particularly for surfers, is the large and beautiful beach at
Butler Bay
, around 20 km from the jetty, where it is possible (although not officially permitted) to camp or put up hammocks. If you do make the trip, take plenty of water; food is available in the village a half hour's walk away. Bicycles, but not motorbikes, are available for touring the island to visit an attractive waterfall. There are no facilities for hiring snorkelling equipment, so bring your own. Be aware that the area is notorious for mosquitoes and sandflies and malaria is a real problem.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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