Situated 29 km. from Port Blair on the south-western coast
of South Andaman is the massive Mahatma
Wandoor, a small fishing hamlet is the entry point to the
park, which comprises of 15 islands and several islets spread across 280 sq.
km. The Park was established for the protection of marine life including corals
and nesting sea turtles.
The area boasts of a vast stretch of enchanting underwater
life, bushy vegetated islands, magnificent coral reefs, sparkling sandy beaches
and dense mangrove forests. The tourist is treated to the sight of a rich marine
life that consists of colorful fishes, mollusks, shells, starfish, turtles,
salt-water crocodile etc. Wandoor has some good beaches but beware of strong
The famous islands of Red Skin and Jolly Buoy with its
mangrove creeks, tropical rain forests, more than 50 types of corals, and rare
under-water marine life can be explored by hiring smaller dingies for moving
around. Special Glass bottomed Boats are the best way to see the colorful
Snorkeling is a must do in these waters. Whats great is
that you dont need to know swimming for it. Snorkeling equipment can be hired
at reasonable rates. Guides are there to assist you.
The Park is an ornithologists delight. Photography
enthusiasts will have a field day shooting at the colorful variety of birds
that frequent the region.
Even though food and drink are provided on the organized
tours, it is advisable to carry a packed lunch from Port Blair.
A ride in the glass
bottomed boat, Scuba Diving amongst the corals and Snorkeling amidst
the colorful underwater world is a once in a lifetime experience. So go ahead
and be adventurous.