Little Andaman is an island in the Andaman Islands. Of the islands open to tourism it's one of the largest, yet it's remote location makes it the least visited. Those that do make the journey will stumble across pristine beaches, waterfalls, astonishingly cheap food, alcohol and accommodation, locals so friendly they feel like family, oil palm plantations and good surf.
While most of the Andaman Islands escaped major damage from the 2004 tsunami, Little Andaman wasn't quite so lucky. Almost the entire island was ravaged, though it has since bounced back, and a few small hotel / resorts built.
Dugong Creek in the North and the South Bay area are tribal reserves for the Onge tribe and are off limits to tourists.
Flora and fauna
Ferries arrive daily at Hut Bay from Port Blair.
There are 2 types of ferries (as of February 2011):
- Slow/big ferry - takes about 8.5 hours - costs 55 RS (more comfy and does the trip even if the weather is bad) - "Speedboat" - takes about 6 hours - costs 25 RS (plastic seats, ferry might not go if the weather is bad)
Get your tickets a day before you want to leave in Port Blair.
You can travel here with the basic permit that you received on arrival in Port Blair.
Local fishing boats can take you to other parts of the island from Hut Bay, otherwise, your feet are your best friends.
You can rent motorbikes for 300 RS (fixed price) and bicycles. Check the bike (e.g. the breaks!) before you accept it. Most of the bikes are far from a perfect condition.
Buses, Rickshaws and Jeeps get you around the island. Almost anyone will pick you up and give you a lift for little-to-no money.
Things to see/do: - Waterfalls - Lighthouse - Beaches
Food in Hut Bay before heading to any other part of the island.
Basic food is available in Hut Bay - outside of this you will need to bring your own food and something to cook it on.
A couple of hotels / resorts exist in the Hut Bay vicinity.
Blue View is the be all and end all of accommodation on Little Andaman, and the best place I stayed in the whole of India. Run by the charming, friendly and accomodating "Baba", this charming row of three huts is cheap and the service excellent. Baba will sit and chat and join in with the frivolities of his guests and enter into interesting conversation, making him feel more like a host than just a hotel owner. Look out for Baloo and Bagheera, the cats he adopted while we were staying there. Close to a deserted beach.
Jina Resort in little Andamans is the truly best place to stay on the island. Despite its lack of web presence. It has professional service and a clean hygienic environment that makes one feel at home. The small huts are neatly built in a circle that enhance the cozy atmosphere. There is no other place like this one on the entire island. The food that is served brings the best of the west and east of India together. No other place compares to this one on the entire island. No other place on the island has such a welcoming atmosphere to all without discrimination. There are bikes to be rented and the best steam fish wrapped in banana leaf to be eaten. Do not miss this opportunity of staying with locals who know how to treat tourists - Western and Indian alike.
Sandflies can be a problem on the island.
Don't swim at the waterfalls. We have been told that crocodiles can be a problem. (Apparently 1-2 persons each year get a little too close to crocodiles while swimming in the sea.)
The sea can be rough and the rip-tides strong. Don't enter the water having consumed alcohol and keep a constant eye on the shoreline. Turn away for too long and you may find yourself much further from the shore than you imagined.