Jolly Buoy Island is located in the South Andaman district of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India.
Jolly Buoy is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It is one of the two islands open for tourists along with Red Skin Island. The island is famous for its amazing marine life and Snorkeling.
It is better to take permission one day in advance from the IP&T Department building, Port Blair or through any local tour operator in Port Blair. The permit, along with boat ticket will cost INR 850 per person.
To reach Jolly Buoy Island, one has to first reach Wandoor by road. Wandoor is 30 kms from Port Blair and the best mode of transport is the government bus. Regular bus service is available from Aberdeen Bazaar bus stand at Port Blair. It is best to catch the 7.30 am bus, which reaches Wandoor Jetty by 8.30. The bus fare is INR 18 per person and unlike other Indian cities, the government buses over here are clean, uncrowded and most importantly, punctual. Alternatively, one can rent a return taxi from Port Blair, which will cost approximately INR 2400.
From Wandoor Jetty, one has to catch the jetty to reach Jolly Buoy Island, which takes about 45 min. The first Jetty leaves at 9.15 am and the last one at 10.15 am. It is allowed for the tourists to access the open upper deck of the jetty and this makes the journey quiet enjoyable. Just before reaching the island, you will be transferred to glass bottom boats (inclusive in the jetty ticket) for a 2 min. ride to the island.
You have to catch the return ferry by 2.30 pm and after this, no tourist is allowed to stay on the island.
The island is very small, so there is nowhere to go around. The Tourism Department has built changing rooms and toilets. There are also some thatched shades made on the beach to relax.
The location is quiet scenic. There is no pollution, no plastic and no construction on the island. The beach is small but beautiful with extremely clear water. There are flowers growing along the beach and the thatched shades blend in nicely with the surroundings. The whole picture is one of tropical paradise.
1. Snorkeling - Due to the clarity of water and the rich marine life, both corals as well as fishes, this island is THE BEST place for snorkeling in the entire Andaman Islands. The guides are knowledgeable and polite. The cost of Snorkeling is INR 500 for shorter trip(~15 min) and INR 1000 for the longer one (for 25 min). Anyone who wishes to experience the underwater world must do snorkeling here and it surpasses all expectations. 2. Glass Bottom Rides - Those afraid to go underwater can try the glass bottom boats to view the marine life sitting atop these boats through a glass at the center of the boat. The cost for this is INR 300 for half ride and INR 500 for full ride. Although not as enjoyable as snorkeling, those not snorkeling can give this a try.
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No kind of construction, whether temporary or permanent, is allowed on the Island. So, you won't find anything to buy, eat or during on the Island. There are no shops or restaurants and so, tourists must bring their Lunch/food items with them. Thatched shades have been built where one can sit and eat. Everyone has to vacate the island by 2 pm. and no one is allowed to spend the night on the island.
Wandoor Beach - After returning to Wandoor, one can go to the Wandoor Beach, which is about 1 km. from the jetty. Museum - A small exhibition/museum displaying the marine life of the National Park has been built near the Jetty.