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“A UNIQUE VILLAGE NESTLED IN NATURE”
Long Island, just 47 nautical miles from Port Blair, having an area of about 18 sq.km., is a modern village with a population of around 2000 having many plus points and facilities generally not available in other villages of Bay Islands. It has its own power-house, a well equipped Boat Building Yard, Senior Secondary School, bank, wireless facilities, hospital, Range Forest Office and even police outpost. Long Island is a dreamland settlement without any road network.
Only four feet wide concrete footpath connects different parts of the ‘Panchayat’ area starting from the jetty. Casuarina trees make pleasant avenue astride the footpath leading to Government School and to Police Outpost area. Islanders cover these footpath kilometers several times just to reach the workplace, school, Range Forest Office or temple.
ATTRACTIONS OF LONG ISLAND
Vast marine wealth and exclusive beaches, cozy caves, green hills, and magnificent mangroves – a perfect package for adventure tourism. The pristine beauty of Long Island and adjacent islands in the form of lush green tropical forests, untouched virgin beaches coupled with unique Marine ecosystem attracts the tourists from different parts of India and abroad.
The Islands have dense tropical forests of all types ranging from Tidal Swamp forests to Evergreen Forests.
It has beautiful virgin silvery beaches along its coasts at Lalaji Bay and Merk Bay of North Passage Island adjacent to Long Island.
Cruising through the creek at Yerrata and the sunset view from Long Island can attract any nature lover to these places. Long Island is also a paradise for birding.
How to Reach?
Long Island has located 82 km from Port Blair or 35kms north of Havelock.
1. Govt. Ferry between islands
2. BY SPEED BOATS:
There are regular boats from Port Blair to Long Island thrice a week with stopovers at Neil Island and Havelock. Govt. Boat Schedule
3. BY BUS:
You would need to get a bus early from Port Blair to arrive in Rangat early enough to catch the 4pm boat from Yeratta (near Rangat) to Long Island. There are later buses up to 11am but the journey takes 6 hours, so you may have to stay the night in Rangat and get the 9am boat to Long Island.
Where to Stay?
Forest Rest Houses namely Vanshri and Tapovan are available with the Forest Department which could be booked by sending a requisition to the Divisional Forest Officer, Middle Andaman, Rangat (Phone: 03192-274210). There are also a couple of private accommodations. Visitors should book well in advance for a confirmed reservation.