Jolly Buoy Island – Nature’s Bounty

Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island is the part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. However, Jolly Buoy is more prominent than Red Skin which is smaller and just serves as an alternative to Jolly Buoy in the bad weather condition. Jolly Buoy Island is not accessible throughout the year as it is protected for live corals and closed in bad weather as it is in the open sea area. The island is accessible from October to March. When Jolly Buoy is closed, Red Skin Island will be opened for visitors. So, at any time of the year, either of the two islands is opened for visitors. It is recommended to visit Jolly Buoy to feel the real bounty of nature to Andaman. Avoid going to the islands during rainy season. The island is closed on Monday.

Travel Itinerary to Jolly Buoy

To reach the island first you have to come to Wandoor beach which is 30 kms from Port Blair by road, and then it will take another one hour from Wandoor beach to reach the island through boats which is at a distance of 15 miles from the Wandoor. Ships leave around 9.00 am for Jolly Buoy Island. Start your journey early morning from Port Blair. One has to reach at the Wandoor beach well before 8.00 am as you need an entry permit to visit the island. You need to submit the list of all plastic items at Wandoor beach and deposit a security amount of INR 100 against each plastic item. You will get the amount back after producing the same items again. This is to make sure that you have not left any plastic item at island which is a No Plastic Zone. You need to pay additional amount for camera. Prior permit and entry tickets are required to avail the trip which is not an easy task as there always is a long queue of people to get the permit. If you are visiting the island through one of the tour operators then they will take care of everything as mentioned above.

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Make sure that you carry the essential items like food and water as Jolly buoy is a no man’s land. At Wandoor you can buy coconuts. Also, carry swim suits for snorkelling and scuba diving. Additional amount has to be paid for snorkelling and scuba diving. It is advisable to carry some newspapers or bed sheets which will help in relaxing and enjoying the food. Clean the place and collect all wastages while coming back as littering is strictly prohibited. You can spend around 3 to 4 hours here. Return journey starts at 2.00-2.30pm.

The Island

Now enough with the travel itinerary, let’s talk about the island. Surrounded by turquoise blue water, this shimmering white sandy island is one of the favourite tourists attractions in Port Blair. The boat journey in itself is a great experience with many islands around. Amazing and gorgeous Jolly Buoy Island is very famous for snorkelling and scuba diving along with flora and fauna, under water corals and serene white sandy beach. You will be speechless to see its underwater marine beauty with many colourful fishes and corals. Jolly Buoy Island is surrounded by other islands with thick forests. Indulge in the serenity of the place; you may feel this is the end of the world. Visitors can enjoy the underwater coral view through snorkelling, scuba diving or from the glass bottom boat. Water is waist deep, crystal clear, and great to enjoy swimming. You can also take a walk to the forests or sunbathe on the sands. You will fall in love with this place.

For more information you can contact Andaman and Nicobar Administration Phone No:+91-3192-236572
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Gautam Trehan

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