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Narcondam Island

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Narcondam Island

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Norcondam Island
Pigeon Island,off the northwest coast of Narcondam

This place is supposed the most remote Indian land. Also claimed by Myanmar. It is located in the Andaman Sea, NE of the Andaman archipelago. The only human occupation there are guards from the Indian Government. The island is famous for its transparent waters, its unique (and protected) wildlife, and its sleeping volcano.

The main Andaman island is 114 km away, on which is Port Blair, the local hub.

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The two volcanic Islands, Barren Island and Narcondum Island foreign tourists may be allowed to visit Barren Island on board vessels but no landing ashore. Govt Administration would provide escort to the tourists visiting the Islands. For Narcondum Islands it has been decided that it may be opened to foreign tourists for diving and unescorted day visits. Narcondam is essentially accessible only from a live-aboard vessel as there are no facilities anywhere nearby for accommodation. Sometimes Thai live-aboards come here, or you can rent a private yacht from either Port Blair or from Phuket. the Infiniti live-aboard takes a small group of divers every year between February to April and is the best way to reach here.

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  • Narcondam Island Wildlife Sanctuary It is a protected reserve. The island has a lot of rats, and goats had been introduced earlier as a source of protein for the camp, but had run feral.

The highlight birds were the Narcondam Hornbills and the Pied Imperial Pigeons. It was the nesting time for the hornbills, so they are found both at nests as well as feeding at large fig trees. This bird only exists on Narcondam.

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  • Narcondam was put on the diving map by diving pioneer Jacque Cousteau who was the first to dive in these waters, describing "a wonderous realm of stunning marine life and coral reefs" – underwater mountains and pinnacles, rich untouched coral formations as well as spectacular rocky drop-offs. And like Barren Island, the deep surrounding waters bring in the pelagics with Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Jacks, and Tunas being seen here in the past as well as huge Groupers and Potato Cods. But even without the big stuff, numerous Surgeon Fish, Fusiliers, Wrasse, Snappers, Angel Fish, Parrot Fish and Sweetlips dwell amongst the spectacular canyons, mass of white sponges, large sea fans, barrel sponges and steeply sloping coral ridges.

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