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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Mayabunder Island: A General Overview

Mayabunder Islands has it all to help one break free from the hustle-bustle of city life. This small settlement interspersed with lovely orange plantations and mangrove-plantation-fringed-bays makes it the perfect destination to rewind with loved ones.


Located in the northern part of Middle Andaman Island, visiting this place sometime around November to march offers an ideal opportunity to marvel at the sea turtle nests in this turquoise-watered islet.

Even though it is not an island that people throng to, it has its own gems to speak of. A Machan’s picnic in the dense natural woods is a timeless experience one cannot miss. Get your dose of thrill with snorkelling, surf riding and sailing in its tropical ambience.

Mayabunder Island has jetty passenger steams to ferry tourists from the Indian mainland.

A one-day journey is all it takes to visit this town in the northern part of Middle Andaman Island. 242 km from Port Blair and 3 hours from Rangat, how to go to Mayabunder Island never got easier with the convenience of bus, ferry and private cab options.

A state-operated bus is the cheapest option available. A ten-hour journey from Port Blair allows one to pass through the scenic beauty of the Jarawa Reserves.

Non/AC buses going through Andaman grand trunk road to Aberdeen Bus Depot in Mayabunder Junction capture high demand every day as it costs just fifty rupees.

Only one state-run bus at 5:30 AM daily makes it necessary to book in advance for a hassle-free journey.

If you want to savour the thick tropical forests of this beautiful island, bus journeys are for you.

Revel in an air-conditioned journey with private A/C buses.

Set out for a 10-hour journey on a 4:30 AM bus by pre-booking seats. As online bookings are not available, purchasing tickets at reservation offices across Port Blair town doesn’t take much time.

A direct ferry from port Blair to Mayabunder Island takes just 3 hours. Since this service is available only once a week, it’s a tad unreliable for quick visitors. If you are looking forward to taking your own sweet time on this island, ferry rides offer an excellent opportunity to savour its turquoise waters.

Private cabs ensure time-saving journeys. Tourists who are on fixed schedules can avail these services. Explore the tourism hotspots of this island without the need of rushing to bus ticket counters. Private cabs are always at your service whenever you need it. Online booking facilities makes getting one way easier.

Being a laid-back island, a small handful of hotels and resorts at Mayabunder Island is at your disposal. Aashna, Blue Bird resort and Sea n Sand resorts can be relied upon visits to this town. Accommodation prices are subject to availability.


Even though English, Hindi and Tamil are the official languages, you can hear people speaking in Bengali in every nook and cranny of Mayabunder Island.

The various sightseeing spots at Mayabunder Island cash a major portion of tourism revenues. Nestled in the midst of mangrove swamps, the inhabitants mainly rely on farming and fishing for their daily bread. Burmese inhabitants and the Karen tribes housing the pristine vicinities of this island add a dewdrop of magic to its historical significance

Key Attractions

The sightseeing spots at Mayabunder Island never fall short in keeping you on your toes throughout your journey.

Coconut trees sprinkled here and there- Avis Island remains faithful to its name “Coconut Island”. If you’re looking for a place to bring some sanity to your mind, a tiny beach with beautiful corals is at your disposal.

On the outskirts of Mayabunder town is Rampur beach- a testament to the ruins of a German jetty. A 30 minute drive from Danapur Junction leads you to this beach perched amidst slices of mangrove vegetation.

A one hour ferry from Mayabunder Jetty is all it takes to reach Stewart Island. This 7.05 km square island is ideal for snorkelling. The mud volcanoes of this island add depth of beatific volume to the sightseeing spots in Mayabunder Island.

The ‘Turtle Paradise’ of Andaman, Karmatanag beach in Mayabunder islands is a sumptuous delight for green lovers. A plethora of eco-friendly sit-outs perched amidst the mangrove line creeks makes it all the more necessary to set your foot in this place. Olivey Ridley turtles and lagoon cruises offer a timeless value to this place.

A 3-hour fibre boat journey from Mayabunder Jetty- Interview Island is home to British-era gigantic elephants. The caves in the western part of this island pour bountiful freshwater, replenishing its evergreen vegetation. Navigating through semi evergreen and littoral patches- trekking at Interview Island brings you close to palm civets and white-bellied swiftlets. Its blue seas tinged with shades of green makes it impossible to not gape at.

Challenge yourself to daunting trekking escapades in Austin X islands. If you see deer perched near the waters, don’t stop yourself from indulging in their presence. The lush green mangroves in this area will no doubt tempt one to go on picnics with loved ones. Snorkelling, scuba diving, you name it, Austin X has it all to cater to your fancies.

In Ray Hills, one cannot miss the elephant rides in the curvaceous paths of this mangrove-lined eco village. A 15 minute drive from Mayabunder, there has been various efforts to sustain its subtle eco-diversity. Its hilly terrains make trekking expeditions all the more thrilling.

Why try out boat rides?

There’s more to Mayabunder than hammock-sitting in its calm beaches. Steamboat rides and Dunghi Journeys allow you the opportunity to paddle through the crystal-clear waters in utter bliss any time of the year except storm-ravaging July. With sparse tourist traffic on this island, the price range for these rides is somewhere around 1-12.5$.

Boat ride at Mayabandar Island:

Karmatang Island: Experience the sublime beauty of peering at colourful corals and fishes splashing around in the waters. A 12 km ride from Mayabunder, escape into the thick mangrove brooks with steamboat rides.

Avis Island: A 22-minute Dunghi ride from the Mayabunder Jetty will course you through towering coconut plantations spread across every direction in Avis Island.

Interview Island: A 3-hour dongi ride amidst mangrove swamps and sky-blue waters is an experience to relish.

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