All You Need To Know About Planning A Vacation In Mayabunder

Mayabunder is the headquarters of North and Middle Andaman District. A small town located in the northern part of Middle Andaman, it can be a preferred place for those looking for an exciting adventure as well as exploration. In this article, we present you the detailed information on Mayabunder as a destination of attraction. 

This undercover destination is located 242 kilometers by road and 136 kilometers by ferry from Port Blair. It falls between Diglipur and Rangat. Its villages are scarcely populated with people majorly speaking Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Mayabunder is mostly visited by those tourists who are looking for something rare. Still not commercialised completely, the place is still growing as a tourist destination. Thus, it has limited infrastructures and less frequent connectivity with Port Blair. The town is less explored due to less information about the place and lesser-known ways of its accessibility. It is only visited by travellers, not tourists. We hope you understand that!

Through this article, we will help you in exploring every corner possible of this unexplored destination so that you can get to know what you should expect from this untouched gem of Andaman Island. 

What to expect while visiting Mayabunder?

Home to a few beautiful and scenic beaches, Mayabunder is also known for seasonal turtle nesting grounds and mangrove-lined tidal creeks. It is also the second biggest harbor after Port Blair where the mainland passenger ships takea halt. If you want to visit some of the Virgin Islands nearby like Avis Island, Coco Island and Interview Island, then this place is the starting point. 

A trip to explore the natural marvels of Mayabunder means a trip to the outskirts of Andaman Island- near to the organic life and far from the busy and crowded life. The place is extremely soothing and pleasant. There is no connectivity to the internet, which is a blessing in disguise! Here, you will be completely detached from the contemporary world. You will be able to focus on making the most of your beach time. All you would do is relax, capture the moments inside your eyes and of course, thank yourself to explore this paradise before moving ahead. 

What to see in Mayabunder?

  • Rampur Beach- It is a small yet gorgeous beach that offers lovely views of a mangrove forest to the visitors.
  • Karmatang Beach- Considered as the most stunning beach of Mayabunder, it is twenty kilometers away from the town. A shimmering stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters, it is a turtle nesting ground for Olive Ridley Turtles and Andaman Green Turtles.
  • German Jetty- Entering the premises of the APWD Guest House located in Mayabunder will take you to a popular attraction known as the German Jetty. The place boasts of an open sea, waves crashing on the huge rocks towards the shore and lush greenery all around. The sound of crashing waves amid such a breathtaking setup is like soothing music for nature lovers.
  • Avis Island- Located about a twenty-minute boat ride far from Mayabunder jetty, this is a pristine and untouched island. The coconut plantation further enhances the beauty of this tiny island. It is surrounded by resting clear waters and has a small beach as well. It is not habited and closed for tourists. So, special permission from the forest department has to be taken for a day visit to this isolated island.

Other places promising splendid beauty in Mayabunder include Ray Hills, Austin X and Interview Island.

Which activities to do in Mayabunder?

Apart from observing seasonal turtle nesting, you can go for boat rides, viewing elephants and trekking in this town. 

Where to stay in Mayabunder?

Being a very remote destination just like any other island in the North and Middle Andaman Island, you should not look for any luxurious stay. Still growing to gain popularity, Mayabunder has minimum tourist flow at present. The limited number of accommodations available here has limited amenities. So you should not expect services like television in rooms, room service, wifi connection, etc. while staying here. The hotel properties in Mayabunder are very basic, hygienic, and a few provide sea view. Some of the best places to stay here are mentioned below:

  • Blue Bird Resort
  • Hotel Aashna
  • RG Hotel
  • Hotel Landfall
  • Sea and Sand 
  • APWD Guest House 

Make sure you have pre-bookings in Mayabunder. Otherwise, there may be on-spot issues in searching and getting a good place to stay in. Therefore, making reservations from a local tour operating company is highly recommended. Andaman Island Travels is the most reliable name on the whole island as it is committed to customise holiday packages as per its clients’ requirements. Save yourself from the hassle of booking every little thing and trust its experienced staff to design your vacation offering you more than what you can imagine!

Where to eat in Mayabunder?

The local folks of Mayabunder run small food stalls, dhabas or canteens. The eateries are nearby the tourist spots and the main market area. The best restaurants are as follows:

  • Hotel Sea and Sand
  • Carlo Restaurant & Bar
  • Hotel Payal Garden & Bar
  • JM Baxi Resort & Restaurant

How to reach Mayabunder?

The origin to start your journey to Mayabunder via any mode of transport is the capital of Andaman Island- Port Blair. Reaching there is quite easy. You can opt for any mode as per your comfort and budget.

  • By bus- Direct government-operated buses and buses run by the private sector
  • By government ferry- Direct ferry from Port Blair and combination of ferry and bus
  • By private cab

What is the best time to visit Mayabunder?

The best time to visit is from October to March. The temperature is comparatively cool during this time.

So, what do you think? Do you want to include this untouched gem in your Andaman Island travel itinerary? If yes, then we would suggest you to make all your reservations through Andaman Island Travels as its experts will sketch the perfect vacation based on your interests.

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  • FAQs

    How do I get to the island?

    It is 242 kilometres by road and 136 kilometres by ferry from the capital city, Port Blair. The journey would take about 10 hours. You can catch a government bus from Port Blair, which is the most reliable and economical option. On the other hand, private cabs could save you the hassle. Weekly ferry run by the Government is a direct but uncertain means.

    When should I visit the island?

    It would help if you chose a feasible time from October to March to find the weather rather pleasant. The monsoons are far from ideal, owing to heavy rainfall and turbulent waves.

    What are the highlights of the island?

    Ray Hills, a prestigious eco-village; the Karmatang Beach, a nesting ground for turtles; the Avis Island, an uninhabited place known for its coconut plantation; the Interview Island, known for its numerous freshwater sources and the Austin X Island, a small fishing village known for its mangrove creeks and orange plantations are the focal points of the island.

    How long should I ideally stay?

    Overall, a day or two should suffice. Best still you could go island-hopping and basking in the sun thanks to the captivating beaches. It could also serve as a pit stop on your way to Diglipur or Ross and Smith Islands. Moreover, the option to backpack and experience the quiet at your own pace is always on the table.

    Do I need a permit to visit the island?

    A Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is no more a requirement for outsiders, in light of the Indian Government's recent decision to better the tourism.

    However, you will have to ensure that you do not click pictures, offer food or try to communicate on spotting the Jarawa tribe en route. Such conduct is lawfully punishable.

    What should I do in case of a medical emergency?

    You have options such as the District Hospital, the Government Hospital and the Primary Healthcare Center. They are government-run medical care units, so all services here can be availed free of charge. If you need better and advanced healthcare, your next stop would be Port Blair. G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair is the reputed hospital associated with being affordable and working for consistent improvements in medical services.

    How are the cellular networks on the island?

    There is low to zero connectivity to both the telecom services and internet. There might arise a sense of being detached from the outside world, but it surely would pass once you start exploring the sites and relaxing on the beaches. For emergencies, you could use a BSNL SIM card which is still better than the rest. Not much mobile data usage would happen, but you wouldn't miss it while you're busy thanking yourself for stopping by and appreciating the place.

    Are there ATMs on the island?

    Yes, you will find ATMs run by State Bank of India and ICICI Bank on the island. It's not common for the hotels and vendors to accept card payment. You would mostly be paying in cash. In any case, we recommend you to keep enough cash with you.

  • 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.