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Neil Island

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==Understand==
Neil, with its very relaxed vibe and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the "bustle" of [[HavelockIsland]]. Neil is quite small compared to Havelock. Its widest part is about 5 km in length. You can walk the whole island in about an hour or two.
==Get in==
Ferry from ''[[Port Blair]] to Neil''. It takes 2 hours and costs 195 Rs. for a standing ticket. One return sailing Two boats (and three on some days a week) leave make the round trip from Port Blair to Neil Island every daywith one of them going via Havelock Island. Neil Island has no ticket office, just get on Boat timings are subject to change/ cancellation due to weather and you should check the ferry latest boat schedule at http://www.and then buy .nic.in/ while planning for your tickets on boardtrip.  There's also the boat from Port Blair to [[Rangat]] which calls is a ticket office with a waiting room at Neil as its first stopIsland. Ticket office is right next to the jetty.
''Havelock to Neil''. The Rangat ferry calls at Havelock and then to Neil. It takes 1 hour and costs 195 Rs.
You can get an auto-rickshaw and go around to see self-declared private 'resorts' to find accommodation.
 
Two Wheeler Hire:
You can hire a two wheeler for Rs 300 per day. This is the best way to explore the Island as you have the freedom to go to any place at any time. Definitely much more cheaper than hiring a taxi or an auto. Make sure to fill Fuel before 5 in the evening, as you might not find any later. Having a bike would also help you to stop at any part of the beach to click Pictures and enjoy the place. Also one can use a two wheeler to explore other resorts for better food, if the food given by their resort is not so good.
==See==
*'''Natural bridge''': A small strip of land that connectsthe connects the mainland to a small(3*3)island of sorts.( not worth it but the rockpools around this at low tide are worth checking out).
*'''Beach #8''': Snorkeling here plus a small cave to check out. Lots of shells around if you are a shell collector.
*'''Sitapur beach''': Lovely sunrise. Serene beach. Good for a swim.
==Do==
*<do name="India Scuba Explorers" alt="" address="Beach#1" directions="get to beach #1, on the left side of the road about a 300m before Tango Resort" phone="+91 0 9474238646" url="http://www.indiascubaexplorers.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A PADI Dive Resort offering all PADI courses and daily dive safaris to spectacular new dive sites around the unexplored waters of Neil Island.</do>
 
Diveindia runs certified diver courses and snorkelling and scuba dives off the coast of Neil Island. A single scuba dive typically costs Rs. 4,500/- but this is usually negotiable. Reef off the coast of Neil Island are full of fishes and live corals. Visit http://www.diveindia.com/neil.html for more information.
 
Walk around on several beaches at Neil Island.Laxmanpur beach with its white sand beach is perfect for evening walks. Sitapur beach is great for swimming and Bharatpur is a good option if you like collecting shells! Neil is a small island and there are several interesting walks all over the island.
==Eat==
*<eat name="Green Heaven restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="300 meters back towards town from Tango Beach Resort" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The restaurant is very friendly, has great food (try the grilled fish or chocolate pancake) and the service is positively instant compared with the glacial service at the resorts!</eat>
*<eat name="Gan Garden Restaurant" alt="" address="" directions="500m from main bazaar" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Take main road from bazaar towards sunset point, opposite football pitch is Gan Garden, nice family run restaurant, good choice of meals and they will happily cook any fish for you that you manage to catch yourself or buy from the fish market for a small charge! The family will also happily arrange other activities for you, Gan can organise jungle trips and Sanjay can organise snorkelling or fishing trips on their speed boat! Trips are all around 500Rs per person and will be a full day trip including lunch!</eat>
 
Tango Beach Resort and newly opened Sea Shell Resort (both on Laxmanpur beach) have good restaurants serving conventional Indian and seafood. Try Sutapa Sweets in the main market if you like Indian sweets and samosas.
==Drink==
==Sleep==
* <sleep name="Hawabill nest guest house (IP&T)" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="282630" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Near the jetty proved to be a very decent place. The Dorms cost Rs.150 with clean, proper beds and a community bath/toilet. Good news, there were no other tourists except an occasional day tripper family. They also have a chef who can prepare the food on request. To book contact [[Andaman_and_Nicobar#Booking_A.26N_Tourism_Accommodation|A&N Tourism]]</sleep>
*<sleep name="Tango Beach Cocon-huts Resort" alt="" address="Laxmanpur Neil Island Near Halipad1km from Jetty" directions="2kms west of the ferry dock" phone="+91 9434270454 / +91-9434270364" url="http://www.tangobeachresort.in/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 150-250" lat="" long="">Tango Beach Resort. Doorless Come out of the jetty and walk straight up to main road, turn right and and walk about 500m down road, then turn right straight after the football pitch, nice friendly staff, 10 basic cheap huts 50Rs. Slightly grubby rooms 150 - 300Rs. Fronts with decent communal shower and bathroom facilities set in nice large open area, opens out onto the beach, and at high tide you can swim here4 bungalows are available but apparently have to be booked from Port Blair. The reef is 50 metres out and extends west </sleep> * <sleep name="Hawabill nest guest house (leftIP&T) " alt="" address="" directions="" phone="282630" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 150">Near the jetty proved to Sunset Pointbe a very decent place. Service in The Dorms are clean with proper beds and a community bath/toilet. Good news, there were no other tourists except an occasional day tripper family. They also have a chef who can prepare the restaurant is glacially slow - 2 hours for an omlette!food on request. To book contact [[Andaman_and_Nicobar#Booking_A.26N_Tourism_Accommodation|A&N Tourism]]</sleep> 
*<sleep name="Pearl Park Beach Resort" alt="" address="" directions="2.5 kms west of the ferry dock" phone="01392-0282510. 01392-233880" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Another 500 metres further west from Tango and pretty much the same except it doesn't front onto the beach. Similar pricing to Tango.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Cocon-huts Resort" alt="" address="1km from Jetty" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="150-250Rs" lat="" long="">Come out of the jetty and walk straight up to main road, turn right and and take right turn about 500m down road (Far end of football pitch), nice friendly staff, 10 basic cheap huts with decent communal shower and bathroom facilities set in nice large open area, opens out onto beach, 4 bungalows are available but apparently have to be booked from Port Blair. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Tango Beach Resort" alt="" address="Laxmanpur Neil Island Near Halipad" directions="2km west of the ferry dock" phone="+91 9434270454 / +91-9434270364" url="http://www.tangobeachresort.in/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 1800" lat="" long="">This is a lovely beachfront resort and amazing place to relax. The Cafeteria has wonderful ambience and the sea wind helps you to relax a lot, but service is slow. Connect your phone to the speakers there and you can just spend the whole evening with a good drink (although the resort does not have a bar now so you have to buy from outside). At high tide you can swim here and the reef is 50 metres out and extends west (left) to Sunset Point.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Kaala Pani Resort" alt="Black water resort" address="Ramnagar (Village No.3), Neil Isalnd" directions="Neil jetty towards No.3" phone="9474274991" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">This is newly country style made resort. Managed by a young couple, Prakash and his wife Bina. Very unique location, five minutes walk to the sea-shore. enjoy snorkling, swimming and diving. can have loads of fun by going for fishing and visiting the agricultural farms of the owners. they have a small restaurant also a grocery shop located nearby.Visit http://www.kalapaniresort.com/ for more information.</sleep>
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