How to visit Nicobar islands.
Facts - One of Nicobar Islands is already open to tourism
More questions than answers
- 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 I travel to Nicobar islands
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/-
- 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 on the way to Little Andaman
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.)
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
The topic of Nicobar Islands opening is so new, that we can all expects frequent updates and more information coming in.
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