The central part of the Great Andaman archipelago, Middle Andaman Island is spread over an area of 1,536 km². 73 kilometers from the Port Blair, it is mainly known for featuring the towns like Rangat, Mayabunder, Bakultala, Nimbutala, and Kadamtala. That's perhaps the reason why it often remains on the radar of the travelers. The most popular attraction to visit in Middle Andaman is Rangat for the Amkunj Beach, Dhaninallah Mangrove Nature Walk, Yerrata Mangrove Park and Yerrata Creek. At Mayabunder, one can see mangrove lined tidal creeks, visit the beach at Avis Island, and see the turtle nesting ground at Karamatang Beach (13 km).
To reach Rangat for a vacation, a town in the middle Andaman, one can hop on a bus from Port Blair, which will take approximately 6-7 hours. The road to Rangat from Port Blair passes through Jarawa reserves on the west coasts of South and Middle Andaman. From Havelock, Neil and Long Island, one can take a speedboat to reach the Middle Andaman.
Island camping, trekking, Scuba diving, and snorkeling are some of the exciting water sports activities that one indulge in over a holiday in Middle Andaman. Tourists shouldn't miss the visit to the pristine beaches, and immaculate waterfalls of Andaman Island.
The best time to go for Middle Andaman tour will be winter, preferably between November, and February. During the winter, the weather remains pleasant and fit to take part in watersports activities, trekking, and sightseeing.
Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island
Merk Bay Beach in North Passage islandcomes under the area of Middle Andaman. On the way to the island, one can see Strait island on the right and Guitar island on the left. Near to the North Passage island, one can also see three small islands on the opposite side that are said to be the North, Middle and South islands. Merk Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Andamans. Fine, white sand in contrast with the blue water makes the perfect setting for a day out. The beach is safe for bathing and good snorkeling options. It is also a good spot for bird watching. The sea around the island is famous for playful Dolphins.
How to reach there ?: Hire a boat, that takes an hour from Long Island and approx two hours from Yeratta Jetty. Since isolated island, carry your food and water. Start early in the morning. Suitable for day visit only.
This Chicken Neck shaped North Passage Island, 30 kms northeast of Havelock island, is situated between Strait island immediately to its south (home to the last remnants of the Great Andamanese tribe), Guitar island and Long island immediately to the north. To the east of North Passage island, across the channel, lies John Lawrence island in Ritchie’s archipelago and much closer west lies the expanse of Middle Andaman. The island has a beautiful beach – Merk Bay – on its north-eastern side. The western side of North Passage Island offers calm and sheltered waters between North Passage and Middle Andaman.
The Amazing Guitar Island
Guitar Island – a lovely island near Long Island. Guitar Shaped, this island is one of the most beautiful island. Guitar Island is an uninhabited Island and no accommodation facility is available. Tourists need to halt either at Long Island or Rangat.
How to reach Guitar Island: Guitar Island can be approached from Long Island by Fiber Boat or Speed boat which takes about 15 Minutes. The Fiber Boat leaves you near the tip of the island shore. From there one can walk along the long, narrow, creamy beach. The water is as expected crystal clear and the silence that the air holds, gives amazing peace to the mind. To best enjoy the beach, go in the morning, carry a hammock & a book, and laze around the beach for hours. There is a neighboring island, right opposite to Guitar Island, called Small Guitar Island because it also looks like a guitar, smaller in size!