4. Casuarina Beach
Located on the North Andaman Island, the town of Diglipur is a haven for those seeking an eco-friendly experience away from urban stress. Casuarina Beach is a pristine and isolated stretch of turquoise blue water and powdery sand, lined with the occasional palm tree. This part of the Andamans is a particular favourite of those wishing to hike up the 732m-high Saddle Peak (below), the highest point in the archipelago.
5. Ross and Smith Islands
These two islands are separated by a long sandbar that disappears during high tide. While off the beaten track, their beaches are just a 30-minute boat ride from Ariel Bay Jetty in Diglipur. The waters surrounding them are crystal clear and emerald green, and suitable for swimming. Surrounded by thick tropical forests, the islands are also home to a marine sanctuary. From October to March, they are the perfect spot for watching the olive ridley turtles hatch and nest.
6. Lalaji Bay
To hear the chirping of the Andamans’ avifauna, Lalaji Bay Beach on Long Island, far from the tourist crowds, is one of your best bets. To reach it, the 90-minute trek through the jungles from the main jetty is utterly worth it, if only for the complete silence – and the occasional sight of dolphins leaping up from the sea. The calm waters of this silver-sand beach are also perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
– TEXT BY CHARUKESI RAMADURAI
PHOTOS: BAREFOOT AT HAVELOCK (BAREFOOT AT HAVELOCK BUNGALOWS, ELEPHANT BEACH), INSTAGRAM
This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.