Ross & Smith Island

Ross and Smith Island

Ross & Smith islands are two islands where Ross island & Smith island joined together by a sand bar to make a single group of islands. Ross & Smith Islands requires a forest permit from the Forest Office at Diglipur. The permission costs Rs 50 for Indian tourists and Rs 500 for foreign tourists and can be obtained from Monday to Saturday between 6 am to 2 pm. A fisherman’s boat or a speed boat need to hire, and the ride would take around 25 minutes from the Ariel Bay Jetty in Diglipur.

What to see

What makes these islands truly impressive and sets them apart from the rest of the islands is that these two islands connected by a natural sand bar. Water is crystal clear and gem green in color. Sunbathing in Ross & Smith Islands is a beautiful experience. During high tide, the sand bar disappears with just a trail of water between the two islands, and during low tide, the sand bar reappears that make the islands look majestic! There is a Marine Sanctuary on the island that makes it an ideal place for spotting beautiful coral reefs and colorful species from the underwater.

Tropical forests surrounding the beach is a preferred place for trekking and trail hiking for many tourists. Tourists can also opt for activities like Scuba Diving & Snorkeling. The clear blue waters add a touch of cleanliness to the whole experience. Ross & Smith islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles means, being the right place at the right time, you can even witness the turtle nesting!

How to reach

The Veer Savarkar Airport, an International Airport located in the capital town of Port Blair, is the gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, and New Delhi by air. Many airlines operate regular flights. From Port Blair, Regular Bus services of government and private busses are available for Diglipur via Andaman Trunk Road (ATR).


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