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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
Long Island has very little infrastructure. There is one small village, and only 1 government resthouse that must be booked through [[Port Blair]].
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Long Island has very little infrastructure. There is one small village, and only 1 government rest house that must be booked through [[Port Blair]]. However, there is a wonderful hotel (eco huts) run by very hospitable people called the Blue Planet.  The rates for the eco-huts are reasonable and the food is quite good.  They can also make arrangements for visit to nearby islands through dongis (small motorised catamarans)
  
 
===History===
 
===History===
  
 
===Landscape===
 
===Landscape===
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The village is spread out on the western side of the island within a good walking distance of the boat jetty, and you have to walk: there are no cars or rickshaws, only narrow concreted paths if you are lucky. Much of the island is forested and unexplored, and not even mapped: even the police do not have an accurate map of the island!
  
 
===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
  
 
===Climate===
 
===Climate===
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As in the rest of the Andaman Islands, the climate is a fairly steady 27-32C throughout the year, with a good chance of torrential monsoon rain between May and September. The main tourist season starts in October and goes through to March/April. Long Island is sheltered on the western side by other islands and the village was not too badly affected by the tsunami. Lalaji Bay is more exposed.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Get around by either your feet (there's no cars or  rikshaws)
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Or take a boat to the beach. (beware that the boat owner(s) don't do trips in the dark!) And if he doesn't feel like it he won't go either ;-)
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But with a few Rupee's you'll get your boat anyway
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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There are two reasons to come to Long Island:
 
There are two reasons to come to Long Island:
  
* You're an Indian tourist and want to stay at the government resthouse on Lalaji Bay and enjoy the beach.
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* To appreciate an unspoiled, magical island where there is very little tourist development and a lovely village atmosphere.
  
* You're a foreign tourist and you've come here to avoid Lalaji Bay and the rest of the world and camp in complete seclusion with a small group of friends.
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* To explore the forests, beaches, go snorkelling and maybe get out on day trips to nearby uninhabited islands.
  
Do:  This is a lively village community and everyone turns out for festivals and celebrations! There is also a lot of island to explore. Lalaji Bay is about 1-2 hours'walk from the village and boat jetty.
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Do:  This is a lively village community and everyone turns out for festivals and celebrations! There is also a lot of island to explore. Lalaji Bay is about 1-2 hours'walk each way from the village and boat jetty.
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The walk to the Lalaji Bay beach is through the jungle and can be enjoyed by nature lovers.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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The best place in the village is "Laxmi Hotel" for good cheap South Indian fare as well as samosas, pakoras, or you can just go there for coffee or chai.
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Blue Planet has excellent fresh seafood dishes, as well as a wide range of Indian food and the usual tourist fare (banana pancakes if you want!)They have fresh fruit juices and the best espresso coffee anywhere in the Andamans.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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Definately try the rosemilk at the bar on the local "square"! It's excellent and home made.
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Also good for some quite illegal "moonshine" wich is actually really not bad at all and is sold in soda bottles ;-)
  
 
==Sleep==
 
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===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
  
There is one government resthouse clost to the boat jetty with only two rooms: you must book in advance in Port Blair, in reality it is often occupied by government officials.
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There is one government resthouse close to the boat jetty with only two rooms: you must book in advance with [[Andaman_and_Nicobar#Booking_A.26N_Tourism_Accommodation|A&N Tourism]], in reality it is often occupied by government officials.
  
A better option is a new eco-resort called "Blue Planet" which has rooms around a central restaurant which is built around a tree. They also offer camping and better-quality accommodation.
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A better option is a new resort called "Blue Planet" which has rooms around a central restaurant which is built around a tree. Rooms & Huts are 300 - 600.  They also offer camping and better-quality accommodation.[http://www.blueplanetandamans.com]
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===Camping===
 
===Camping===
  
Other than a few tourists at Lalaji Bay the real reason to come here is for secluded self-sufficience... you must bring all of your own gear and food and cook for yourself. The government changes its mind regularly about whether or not you can camp here... but it's possible to do it either way.
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Camping is illegal on public land and on beaches anywhere in Andamans, and can only be done if it is arranged through a guest house where you have registered. Check with the local Forest Office in case there has been any change in the rules.
  
 
===Backcountry===
 
===Backcountry===
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
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You can walk to Lalaji Bay in 1 or 2 hours or you can hire a local boat. Or you can go by boat to a deserted island. The trip to North Passage Island is well worthwhile: the beach is beautiful and deserted and you are very likely to see dolphins on the way to or from.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 10:05, 18 December 2011

Long Island is a small island in the Andaman Islands of India.

Understand[edit]

Long Island has very little infrastructure. There is one small village, and only 1 government rest house that must be booked through Port Blair. However, there is a wonderful hotel (eco huts) run by very hospitable people called the Blue Planet. The rates for the eco-huts are reasonable and the food is quite good. They can also make arrangements for visit to nearby islands through dongis (small motorised catamarans)

History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

The village is spread out on the western side of the island within a good walking distance of the boat jetty, and you have to walk: there are no cars or rickshaws, only narrow concreted paths if you are lucky. Much of the island is forested and unexplored, and not even mapped: even the police do not have an accurate map of the island!

Flora and fauna[edit]

Climate[edit]

As in the rest of the Andaman Islands, the climate is a fairly steady 27-32C throughout the year, with a good chance of torrential monsoon rain between May and September. The main tourist season starts in October and goes through to March/April. Long Island is sheltered on the western side by other islands and the village was not too badly affected by the tsunami. Lalaji Bay is more exposed.

Get in[edit]

Fees/Permits[edit]

The permit you receive on arrival in Port Blair is good for Long Island.

Get around[edit]

Get around by either your feet (there's no cars or rikshaws) Or take a boat to the beach. (beware that the boat owner(s) don't do trips in the dark!) And if he doesn't feel like it he won't go either ;-) But with a few Rupee's you'll get your boat anyway

See[edit][add listing]

There are two reasons to come to Long Island:

  • To appreciate an unspoiled, magical island where there is very little tourist development and a lovely village atmosphere.
  • To explore the forests, beaches, go snorkelling and maybe get out on day trips to nearby uninhabited islands.

Do: This is a lively village community and everyone turns out for festivals and celebrations! There is also a lot of island to explore. Lalaji Bay is about 1-2 hours'walk each way from the village and boat jetty. The walk to the Lalaji Bay beach is through the jungle and can be enjoyed by nature lovers.

Buy[edit][add listing]

You can buy all the basics in the village shops. Definitely no souvenir shops!

Eat[edit][add listing]

The best place in the village is "Laxmi Hotel" for good cheap South Indian fare as well as samosas, pakoras, or you can just go there for coffee or chai.

Blue Planet has excellent fresh seafood dishes, as well as a wide range of Indian food and the usual tourist fare (banana pancakes if you want!)They have fresh fruit juices and the best espresso coffee anywhere in the Andamans.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Definately try the rosemilk at the bar on the local "square"! It's excellent and home made. Also good for some quite illegal "moonshine" wich is actually really not bad at all and is sold in soda bottles ;-)

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Lodging[edit]

There is one government resthouse close to the boat jetty with only two rooms: you must book in advance with A&N Tourism, in reality it is often occupied by government officials.

A better option is a new resort called "Blue Planet" which has rooms around a central restaurant which is built around a tree. Rooms & Huts are 300 - 600. They also offer camping and better-quality accommodation.[1]

Camping[edit]

Camping is illegal on public land and on beaches anywhere in Andamans, and can only be done if it is arranged through a guest house where you have registered. Check with the local Forest Office in case there has been any change in the rules.

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

You can walk to Lalaji Bay in 1 or 2 hours or you can hire a local boat. Or you can go by boat to a deserted island. The trip to North Passage Island is well worthwhile: the beach is beautiful and deserted and you are very likely to see dolphins on the way to or from.



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