Diglipur Island lies 298 kilometres via road and 100 nautical miles (180 kilometres) via sea from the capital city, Port Blair. Grand Andaman Trunk Road is the portal to enter Northern Andamans, and one can reach Diglipur island via the same. Andaman Trunk road runs north from Port Blair to Diglipur island through a lush jungle while crossing three creeks and the Jarawa tribal province. The journey takes nearly 13 hours.

  • Government Buses- Regular buses between Port Blair and Diglipur run in the morning hours, and are the cheapest mode of transport to reach Diglipur. The bus travels from Port Blair- Baratang Island-Rangat-Mayabunder-Diglipur, where you go from South Andamans to North Andamans.
  • Private Buses- Travellers also have the option of private AC buses that offer more convenience and comfort at a higher cost.
  • Cabs- Another most sought-after option is via rental cars from Port Blair to Diglipur. Tourists can also cover a few tourist spots while going to/from Port Blair to Diglipur.
  • Sea - A 9-10 hour sailing journey is also possible via ferries to/from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair that are accessible 1-2 times in a week.
  • Helicopter - Getting a seat in one of the helicopters is not an easy feat for private visitors or travellers as the aid is already in huge demand owing to its speed and reasonable price.

What's Noteworthy -

  1. Ticket booking office for buses is opposite the police stand in Aberdeen Bazar.
  2. It is beneficial to purchase the tickets well ahead of time.

Getting Around -

Getting around Diglipur is a replica of how one reaches Diglipur, thrilling yet exhilarating. Some highlights require a forest permit that one can obtain from the Forest Office at Diglipur. The remote island and its attractions sprawl at a time consuming and nerve-racking distance, especially for the ones travelling on a shoe-string budget. Diglipur demands its visitors to go beyond their comfort zones, and if you are up for an adventure, this is it.

  • Buses: Buses are always the most cost-effective means of transport in India, and Diglipur is no different. While these buses are cheap, they are also overcrowded and few in number. If you miss one, prepare for a tedious delay till the next one arrives. Though the route traverses the sightseeing spots, travelling via bus takes up a lot more time.
  • Jeeps: Jeeps though not readily available in Diglipur, are yet another option to ensure a speedier journey. Shared public jeeps are on the pricier end, and not quite tourist-friendly.
  • Cabs: We suggest that those who want to travel in comfort either book a scooter (talk to the accommodation you are staying at) or hire a car with a driver.
  • Ferries: Ross and Smith Islands lie 20 kilometres away from Diglipur. One can reach Aerial Bay to travel to the islands via a fibre boat, and the journey takes around 20 minutes.

What's Noteworthy -

  1. The buses are packed with more people than seats.
  2. When in doubt, ask a local.
  3. Do not travel during late hours as the island is isolated.
  • About

    About

    To be in Diglipur is to be floating, snorkelling, diving, swimming and quite frequently, trekking. Do you intend to go somewhere exotic and distinctive? Do you yearn to explore the seas, laze under the shades of palm trees, play around in the sand and have the best time of your life? Then, Diglipur is where you need to be. Adorning North Andamans, Diglipur is the largest town in this province of the Andaman archipelago. How to Reach Diglipur Island from Port Blair? The island sprawls over an area of approximately 900 square kilometres and is a prominent destination for ecotourism lying 298 kilometres via road and 100 nautical miles (180 kilometres) via sea from Port Blair. Whether you want to lay back and get a tan or ride the waves, Diglipur caters to all. Grab your gear and head to this unparalleled tropical paradise.

    The beauty of Diglipur is bound to paralyse your senses and make you overlook that stunning beaches are just a short ride away. This region located in the northern province of Andamans is a world in itself. You can hike to the highest peak of the Bay of Bengal, traverse a cluster of forty-one limestone caves, go island hopping, witness turtle nesting in all its glory, walk around tiny mud volcanoes or amuse yourself at the sight of twin islands. The experience of places to visit in Diglipur Island is rare, incredible and worth the time and effort required of travellers. Seriously, you have a multitude of options in Diglipur. What you choose will depend a lot on how many days you can spare in this region on your vacation.

    The list of tourist attractions in Diglipur Island is extensive. Ross and Smith Islands are renowned for a fifty-meter long natural sand bar that connects these two islands while being surrounded by the cerulean ocean! Diglipur is home to a bunch of remarkable limestone caves, known as Alfred Caves that are a nesting ground for the popular edible swiftlets. Another highlight on the island has to be the amusing mud volcano at Shyam Nagar where travellers can observe both dormant and active mud volcanoes. Kalipur Beach and Ramnagar Beach enjoy their geographical advantage that ensures annual visits by four kinds of turtles when they transform into nesting grounds. Lamiya Bay Beach is the base for the trek to Saddle Peak, the highest point on the archipelago. That said, this summit is a must-visit in Diglipur.

    Sightseeing spots in Diglipur Island promise of a perfect, airbrushed start into what could quite probably be the most ingrained, indulgent holiday of your lives. The island is an amalgamation of diversity, drop-dead gorgeous and welcomes you with a well-rehearsed show. The weather is pleasant throughout the year owing to its temperature ranging between 23°C - 31°C and gentle sea-breezes. The tourist season in North Andamans reaches its peak between November and March, but Diglipur due to its topography remains a remote and offbeat destination in Andamans. Adorning the hues of blue, white and dawn-tinted, the skies in Diglipur are a bewitching phantasm. Swaying with the tropical breeze and the routine blushing sunsets, the gentle lull of the ocean mutes the all-pervading roar of the urban jungle, and you know, you have arrived.

  • FAQs

    How do I get to the island?

    It lies 298 kilometres via road and 100 nautical miles via sea from the capital city, Port Blair. The journey lasts nearly 13 hours. You can have your pick amongst regular morning government buses, more convenient but costlier private buses, the most sought-after means rental cars, occasionally running ferries and the huge-in-demand reasonably priced helicopters.

    When should I visit the island?

    You could visit in the months from October to April, to be welcomed by the pleasant weather right into the turtle nesting season. Though the monsoons boost biodiversity, yet they cause slippery surfaces and increase travelling hazards.

    What are the highlights of the island?

    We recommend Ross & Smith Islands, also recognised in the pictures by a symbolic natural sandbar joining these sister islands, Alfred Caves, a cluster of extraordinary 41 limestone caves, Jal Tikry, around 41 active muddy craters resulting out of mud volcanoes, and Saddle Peak National Park, the highest point in the Bay of Bengal. In beaches, you can visit Kalipur Beach, famed for its volcano grey sand and turtle nesting, Lamiya Bay Beach, the foothill for the highest peak of the Andaman- known as "Saddle peak", Ramnagar Beach, with open tree houses to bask in its glory, and Pathi Level Beach, boasting of its white-sand beaches, remarkable coastline and crystal clear waters.

    How long should I ideally stay?

    Ideally, you would need four days in hand, minus the commute time, to discover the bliss that is Diglipur. The instant you feel that you have seen it all would also be the one where you realise that there is more, from where it came. For seekers of solitude, it works wonders as it does for adventure sports enthusiasts. You shouldn't have to regret missing out on stuff later due to shortage of time.

    Do I need a permit to visit the island?

    You would not need to produce a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) as an outsider following the Indian Government's recent decision to advance tourism on the island. You might encounter the Jarawa tribe en route, which is why we suggest you to neither click photographs nor offer food or gifts to them. It would also be in your best interest to avoid trying to communicate with them as it is not only dangerous but also legally punishable.

    What should I do in case of a medical emergency?

    Diglipur has its Community Health Centre. The nearest hospital is the G.B. Pant Hospital at Port Blair which offers a team of super-specialised doctors in the various departments.

    How are the cellular networks on the island?

    Not going to lie, visitors do face severe network issues. Even if you find a functional 2G network, you still experience call drops, voice breaks during calls. Nevertheless, the primary purpose with which a traveller arrives here is not defeated- to disconnect from the contemporary world and find peace. Regardless, we urge you to stay with your guide at all times if possible. He would prove to be a great help as the only one who knows the area inside out and can keep you away from danger.

    Are there ATMs on the island?

    Yes, there are ATMs run by State Bank of India, Axis Bank and Syndicate Bank on the island. The hotels and vendors prefer cash over card payment. Carrying sufficient amounts in cash would be wise.

  • Do's & Don'ts

    Do's :

    1. Take a copy of your tickets and permits with you at all times.
    2. Check the certification of the tour operator before booking.
    3. Carry sunscreen because the tropical sea wind along with sun is harmful to the skin.
    4. Carry a waterproof bag to keep important documents.
    5. Contact Tourist information centres in the islands for any assistance.
    6. While driving, Carry legal documents like driving license, permit, passport and follow traffic rules.
    7. Do wear a helmet while riding two-wheeler motor vehicles.
    8. Swim in safe areas only. And Consult lifeguards at the coast before entering the sea.
    9. Remember to carry all the necessary items like sunscreen lotion, comfortable footwear, camera and sunglasses.
    10. If you want to capture a photo/video in any tourist attraction, then obtain permission. All the tourist attractions spots will carry notice boards about approval.
    11. Use the dustbins for disposing of garbage. Help keep the Andaman Islands litter-free, please do not throw waste in parks, on beaches, into the sea or public places.
    12. Carry essential documents like permits and driving license with you at all times while travelling in the Andaman Islands.
    13. Get necessary permits from the authorities for visiting National Parks of the island.
    14. Be sensitive to the privacy and lifestyle of the local tribes.
    15. Avail the service of qualified Instructors having certification of international organizations (PADI, CMAS, NAUI) for a safe scuba diving session.
    16. Inform authorities if you notice any illegal/undesirable activity on the island.
    17. Foreign nationals must keep their restricted area permit with them at all times.

    Don'ts :

    1. Do not smoke in public areas.
    2. Plastic carry-bags are prohibited in the Andaman Islands, kindly consider jute/ recycled bags for your comfort.
    3. The island is renowned for its flora and fauna - Do not hunt birds and animals both on land and on the sea.
    4. Travelling to tribal reserves without a special pass is prohibited.
    5. Overnight Stays in forest areas or beaches are not allowed. We advise you to return before the sunset.
    6. Unless permitted, Camping on the islands and lighting bonfires in beaches or forests is a punishable offence.
    7. Breaking and touching a live coral is prohibited. Visitors are advised not to collect any dead coral as well.
    8. Please do not take pictures of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman or record their activities. It is a punishable crime under the Indian Penal Code.
    9. Do not swim when drunk, it is not safe, and there are massive repercussions against the offender.
    10. Nudity is not acceptable on all Andaman beaches and public areas.
    11. Do not overstay at the islands past your permit time.
    12. Be very careful when visiting specific beaches where the crocodile sign is up. There have been some instances of people who ignored it and ended up getting attacked by the crocodile.
    13. Do not ride a bike or scooter without a helmet. The authorities in Andaman are strict about Road safety - both the rider and pillion must wear a helmet.
    14. Do not go for snorkelling by yourself, especially at prohibited areas of the beaches in Andaman island.

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