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Ross and Smith Island

Being famous as the “Twin Islands” of North Andaman, Ross and Smith offer picturesque villages, turquoise water, pristine beaches, and breathtaking tropical rainforest. Besides that, it is widely famous because of the unique experience of walking from one island to another. You can weave memories by walking on the quaint white sand bar amidst crystal blue water.

At the low tide, you will see a sandbar connecting two islands where you can enjoy a walk from one island to another. When the tide rises, the sand bar gets over by the sea, but you will see a completely different island during this time. Charming eco huts lined up by the beachside that spread greenery. You can spend some time here and rejuvenate yourself. The lush greenery of this destination will take your stress away and add a touch of bliss to your vacation. No wonder! This island is a pure lavish treat for mind, body, and soul.

How to Reach Ross and Smith Island

You can reach these islands from Diglipur and Port Blair. Taking a motorboat ride is one the best things to experience on this journey.

From Diglipur to Ross and Smith Islands-

To reach Ross and Smith islands from Diglipur, you must get a forest permit from the Forest office. The cost is pre-decided by the competent department. You can enjoy a motorboat ride to reach the Ross and Smith from Diglipur. The boat leaves from Arial Bay Jetty to reach Ross and Smith Island. This boat journey takes around 25 minutes to get into Ross n Smith Island.

Port Blair to Ross and Smith Islands-

If you want to reach Ross and Smith island from Port Blair, first you need to reach Diglipur. It is at a distance of 298 km (approx) from Port Blair. To cover this distance, you can take a cab or bus to reach Diglipur, then take a boat for the aerial bay to mark your presence at Ross and Smith Island.

Best Time to Visit Ross and Smith Island

The best time to visit Ross and Smith Island is between October to mid-June. During this time, you will get the profound experience of traveling. Furthermore, the pleasant climate conditions allow you to enjoy sightseeing delightfully.

Experience at Ross and Smith Island

  • You can enjoy famous water activities like Snorkeling
  • Swimming is one of the well-acknowledged activities to indulge
  • You can take a Scuba diving tour to satiate your thrill-seeker soul
  • Explore Marine Sanctuary to witness the rare collection of coral reefs and multicolored fish species.
  • Enjoy a long beach walk.

Tips for Ross and Smith Island

  • EEnjoy the natural trails in Smith's tropical forests
  • Embark on the long beach walk.
  • It would be best if you did not miss the natural sandbar connecting the islands.
  • Carry light clothing, beachwear, sunscreen, picnic lunch box, cap, snacks, and slippers.
  • Spend around 5 to 6 hours, and then you should return to Hathi Level to witness the Mud Volcano.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Ross island Wildlife Sanctuary
  • God foot Beach
  • Kalipur Beach
  • Lamiya Bay
  • Saddle Peak National Park

Nearby Hotels and Staying Option

  • Turtle Resort
  • Pristine Beach Resort
  • Saddle Peak View Resort
  • Titlee Guest House
  • APWD Guest House

FAQs about Ross and Smith Island

Q: Who owns Ross and Smith Island?

Ans. Ross and Smith Island belong to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district, which is a part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Q: Is Ross Island different from Ross and Smith Island?

Ans. Yes. Ross Island and Ross and Smith Island are different. Ross and Smith Island are two islands – Ross & Smith bound together by a sandbar to make a single group of islands.

Q: Do I need a permit to visit Ross and Smith Island?

Ans. Yes. You must take permits to board the ferry to Ross and Smith Island. Make sure to take permits for both islands.


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