Smith Island

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island(Ross

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Smith Island is situated in the Port Blair region of the Andaman and is one of the twin islands of the territory. This island is connected to the Ross-Islands by a sand bar. The Smith Island is best suited for island camping and is perfect for enjoying village life. Moreover, tourists can also find accommodation facilities at this island.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
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Rahul Sidharthan

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A visit to the Andaman Islands would be incomplete unless you visit Ross and Smith Islands located in Diglipur, North Andaman. Reaching the place is not very difficult but would involve a minimum three day trip from Port Blair (where the only airport in the Islands is located). Diglipur is about 300 km from Port Blair and Ross and Smith Islands is accessible from Aerial Bay Jetty, about 10 km from main Diglipur town. There are numerous guest houses and hotels available for stay in Diglipur.To reach Ross and Smith, hire a speedboat from the Aerial Bay jetty which costs approximately Rs. 2500 (for 5 passengers) or Rs. 2800 (for 6). The distance from the jetty to Smith Island is approximately 10 minutes. A pass is required to be obtained from the authorities which entails requirement of any approved identification proof. Number of boats are limited so make sure you reach early to avoid having to wait since once the boats carry passengers to Smith island, they return only after getting them back after 4 hours (which is the time permitted for visitors there). Also make sure you carry enough supply of drinking water and snacks since nothing is available there.About the location: Ross and Smith are twin islands joined by a sandbar that is visible during low tide but gets submerged during high tide. The sandbar in the form of a crescent is the main attraction of the place. It ensures that one side of the sandbar (where the boats approach) has absolutely calm waters thus making it ideal for swimming for children and even for adults who are not too sure about venturing into the sea. The depths are also shallow to a large distance away from the sand bar so kids can really enjoy themselves completely. For the more adventurous kinds, the other side of the sandbar has waves which are not too fierce and easily manageable. Here too depth increases only gradually which thus makes it good to enjoy the waves as they strike the shore.Smith Island has small huts along the beach where you can take rest. Changing rooms and showers are available for use free of cost. The beach also has beach beds to relax on once you are tired and want to rest while still enjoying seeing the beautiful blue green waters.Ross Island is accessible by the sandbar, a short ten minute walk. However, a special pass is required which is obtained from Smith Island on paying a premium of Rs. 50 per head. Unnecessary in my personal opinion since there is nothing so special on Ross to warrant the additional amount. Deer are supposed to be present there but extremely difficult to sight. The beach along Ross is also rocky and unfit for swimming.Overall, an extremely beautiful location that definitely should be on the itinerary if you have at least 3 days in hand.

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