About 80km from Port Blair, Long Island is one of the most pristine amongst the plethora of islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Though it has a tiny geographical area of about 20 square kilometres, this is the perfect island for a holiday by yourself if all you want is unadulterated tranquil beach atmosphere.
In addition, there’s lush green forests, gorgeous beaches and rocky terrains that afford the most stunning views of the place. Though it’s not as crowded, it’s better to arrange for accommodation prior to arrival for a better stay experience.
From among the things you can do here, swimming in the inviting waters of Lalaji Bay Beach is a must. Also, for the thrill of adventure sports, go to Marg Bay for the likes of snorkelling and scuba diving while exploring the beautiful corals underwater.
For those who’re into photography, this is a great place for some amazing shots. Other activities to indulge in are nature walks; since there is a lot of unmapped forest area within the island perfect for exploring on foot. You can also go camping on the beaches but with prior permission. Trekking around the rocky, mountainous terrain of Moorys Dare too is a must for all the adventure enthusiasts.
For some authentic cuisine, eat at Laxmi Hotel, Blue Planet or Local Square. If you’re spending a few days in Long Island, nearby attractions worth a visit are Guitar Island, Cutbert Bay, Amkunj Bay, Panchvati Hills and Merk Bay Beach.
Since, this place experiences a tropical climate all year long, it can be visited in both the summer and winter months. The main mode of transportation is either by foot or by ferries. There are no cabs or auto rickshaws because it’s a roadless island. Long Island can be reached from Port Blair about four times per week.