North Bay Island – A coral paradise

The dead corals

An afternoon in the North Bay Island is an adventure on many terms. Situated at a twenty-minute ferry ride from Port Blair, the thrill starts in a speeding boat out in the open sea. The island boasts of corals of many varieties and is a haven for those who enjoy underwater activities.

While the island is small, not all areas are open to exploring. Most tourists prefer to take underwater adventures at the North Bay Island and use the time at the Havelock island to soak in the beauty. As soon as you step out of the steamer, you will realize that the island thrives on the activities the tourists indulge in.

I wanted to walk and explore

Since the island has been gifted with corals, your trip will be incomplete without stepping into the water. So, pack your bags well and carry an extra pair of clothes. Though I hadn’t researched much, that’s the rule of thumb as you travel to the Andamans.

Let’s break down some things for you as you set out to travel to the coral paradise.

What are the various underwater adventures offered on the island? When at the North Bay Island, you can take up

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Glass bottom boat ride
  • Underwater sea walk

We picked up scuba diving at this island and I gave up after I panicked. VT did me proud by showing some real taste for adventure.

We left snorkeling for another day and together we tried the glass bottom boat ride. Though the glass bottom will not be crystal clear, if you are averse to any underwater activity, this one is your best dry chance of seeing some amazing corals. A brain coral was intriguing and an oyster is exactly how you can imagine. A variety of small and colored fishes can also be spotted when you watch these corals in a boat ride.

If you get a chance, try the underwater sea walk. It’s safe and a group activity that should even work for the faint hearted ones like me. We were unfortunate and could not explore that due to technical issues in the equipment.

You will also have options to get pictures clicked and videos made as you take up snorkeling or scuba diving. Go for it. Some memories are for keeps and this extra expense will feed into the memory fund.

The divers as seen through the eyes of someone who panicked.

What can you expect once on the island?

  • You may feel it’s too commercial but know that the seawater is most clear in the mornings and is the ideal time for business.
  • A little bargaining would do you no harm. If you don’t have a pre-booked adventure ride, try to negotiate.
  • While the activities are the only means of business for local divers, they will never push you to try one.
  • Eco-friendly restrooms and personal lockers to keep your stuff safe.
  • A couple of stalls serving tea and a lot of options to eat from maggi to egg biryani.

Some shopping for those who can’t do without it 😉

The ferry that brings you to the island will be the one that will take you back. Even if you take up all four activities, you will be back in close to three hours giving you enough time in the evening for a walk or to roam around Port Blair. Plan that out or decide how you feel after a day full of adventures.

If you were to ask me, I would advise you to take up any two activities on your visit to North Bay island and leave the rest for another day. Feel free to skip the glass bottom boat ride if you at all step into the water. North Bay island with its white sand and corals will surely leave you yearning for more.

The sea facing side

There is a lot more to Andamans than what meets the eye. Andaman Adventures documents my travel tales and all personal stories from one of my most memorable travels ever. 

13 Responses

  1. Traci York says:

    Looks amazing! I especially enjoyed this from my very snowy (over a foot/.30M on the ground, with another foot or two expected today) vantage point! Thanks for the warm weather photos, Parul! 🙂
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  2. Modern Gypsy says:

    Andaman is on my must visit soon list. I’ll be reading your posts with a lot of interest. 🙂

  3. I have been following your Andaman posts diligently! 🙂 Thanks so much for another exciting post. This helps me clear many things in my head 🙂 The corals are sooo beautiful!

  4. Shilpa Garg says:

    Water sports and adventure is something that all three of us in our family love. In fact Aaryan has done a course in scuba diving. Would definitely love to explore this adventure and coral paradise.

  5. arv! says:

    beautiful guide and summary for North bay island.I have seen dead corals on white beaches abroad and they look lovely!

  6. Wow, this is beautiful! I would love to see all of that coral and to explore the sea and land. It looks like a great adventure. Thank you for sharing your story and pictures.

  7. Robbie Cheadle says:

    A lovely and informative post, thanks for sharing your adventure.

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