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Welcome to Neil Island

The tiny, triangular island of Neil is the southernmost inhabited island of the Ritchie Archipelago, located three hours by ferry to the northeast of Port Blair. Being a source of a significant part of the fresh fruits and vegetables of the capital, its fertile center, bordered by a curtain of majestic tropical trees, is a bright strip of green rice fields interspersed with small farms and banana plantations. The beaches here are average according to the Andaman standards, but are worth it to spend a day or two on their way to Havelock or from there. Motor ships to Neil depart from Port Blair four or five times a week, continuing on to Havelock and Rangata.

In Neil there are three beaches, all of them are easily accessible. The best place to swim is Neil Kendra, a slightly curved bay with a white sandy beach, located around the pier and dotted with picturesque wooden fishing boats. The quieter secluded option, Lakshmangar, is located at a distance of more than 3 km to the north. Bending the cape, the beach is a wide ledge of white shell sand with shallow water, where it is good to swim with a tube. Surrounded on all sides by the open sea and thus prone to higher tides, Sitapur Beach, located 6km to the south at the very tip of the island, is less attractive, but the trip through the central rice fields of Neil will be pleasant for you.

Despite the fact that huge corals in some places block the entrance to the water, you can do diving here. Especially fascinating for tourists will be scuba diving at the far end of the island, where you can observe the life of huge fish.

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