How to visit Nicobar islands
Facts - One of Nicobar Islands is already open to tourism
More questions than answers about Nicobar Islands Tourism
- Is is already valid or is it just a good intention and it will come to force later? When?
- Will all the islands be open also for overnighting or some of them just for a day visit?
- How can I travel to Nicobar islands? (Here I try to help.)
- Are there any accommodations, hotels on Nicobar islands?
What do Nicobar islands look like and how can taste the Nicobar islands Tourism
OK so how to get to the Nicobar Islands?
How much is a ticket from Port Blair to Campbell Bay by Ships for non-Islanders
Deluxe (2 Pax) Rs. 2625/-
Semi Deluxe (2 Pax only in MV Coral Queen) Rs. 2415/-
Cabin First Class (4 Pax) Rs. 2205/-
Bunk (Dormitory) Rs. 1995/-
Nicobar Islands Tourism Tips:
- I would really suggest anyone heading south to Nicobar islands, to stop for a few days on a Little Andaman. That place is fantastic and it is quite well connected with the outside world. There is daily sailing from the Port Blair to Hut Bay.
- Avoid cockroaches infested MV Bharat Seema, take clean and well maintained MV Corral Queen.
Avoid Bharat Seema if you can
Sail on Coral Queen whenever possible
Accommodation in the Nicobar Islands
At the time of writing (June 2019), there is no private accommodation, no homestay, no resort in Great Andaman Island. There are three government Guest Houses in Campbell where you can theoretically stay.
APWD (Andaman Public Works Department) Guest House and ALHW (Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works) Guest House) have Air Conditioned rooms and provide the basic facilities for a comfortable stay. The third guest house, run by the Campbell Bay Panchayat, have Non-Ac private rooms with common toilets.
Let us be realistic here. Both APWD and ALHW guest houses will only accommodate you IF they have a vacancy. These guesthouses are intended for managers and visiting staff working for these government departments here. We tried to show up personally APWD guesthouses twice, in Mayabunder and Hut Bay and they were twice full. Book ahead if you can. (Contact me thru comment section below, or via Facebook, I will try to help.)
What to visit in the Great Nicobar Island
The Great Nicobar, surprisingly, has a few places to visit so even if you have to wait one week for next ship back to Port Blair, there is something to do.
The southernmost point of India – the Indira Point
For many, this will be "the reason" to endure such a long journey. Southernmost tip of the Great Nicobar is also the southernmost point of India. There used to be a road to reach the Indira Point from Campbell Bay, however, the road was washed away by the Boxing Day tsunami. While the road is being reconstructed, you have 2 options to reach Indira Point. Via 25 km long trek or by a fishing boat. Obviously, the boat is an easier option.
B Quarry Beach is beautiful and located just near Campbell Bay Bazaar. Many more beaches are reachable via the North – South road.
Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve
Part of the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve is open for visitors. You can receive a permit at the reserve’s gate. Climb watchtower inside the reserve to enjoy an aerial view of the Great Nicobar.
Galathea National Park
The place where the Galathea River meets the sea is Galathea National Park and you can reach it by car. There is a forest Camp there. Bring all the food and water with you.
Food and prices in the Nicobar Islands
While Campbell Bay only boost the population of 5-6000 inhabitants, the geopolitical importance of Great Andaman island for India is tremendous. Island is supplied regularly by boats from Port Blair. MRP, the maximum retail price, is observed here as anywhere in India, Thus packaged goods are sold at the same price as in the mainland, which is great.
There is "restaurant", bakery and small eateries around Campbell Bay. Same as elsewhere in Andaman and Nicobar islands, we recommend to visit the government-run guesthouses for lunch or dinner. Their hygiene standards are better than those of private operators. They have mostly been surprised when we did so, but we were never turned down. Also, it is wise to order your food well ahead, like ordering lunch in the morning and dinner at lunchtime.
Is there electricity, mobile signal and internet on the Nicobar Islands?
Indeed it is. All of those modern world things are available in Campbell Bay. Most of the inhabited areas of Great Nicobar have electricity supply 24/7 and BSNL Mobile signal for communication. BSNL 2G Internet is available here and there is even a Cyber Cafe in Campbel Bay. Expect poor speed and patchy connection. Good enough for checking email or text messages, though.
There is no way to avoid sailing while on Andamans, thus take motion sickness pills from home country or buy them in India. (Drugs are ten times cheaper in India then in Europe.) Me and my wife, we suffer from motion sickness easily and we can honestly say, that sailing in Andamans was quite bad, but we survived. When the ship begins to swing, assume horizontal position quickly.
Updates on Nicobar Islands
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