|Neil Island Jetty|
As soon as you step onto the off white beaches of Neil Island, the place entices you immediately and for a moment you pinch yourself to realize that yes, it is real!
|View from Neil Island Jetty|
Though entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands group can be proud of their bountiful marine life, it is Neil Island that is prominent when it comes to the life beyond land.
Neil Island is at a distance of about 40 kms from Port Blair and is well connected with the capital. It has three daily boats to Port Blair and also has a frequent boat service to the neighboring and very popular Havelock Island.
Neil is full of natural wealth in terms of clear water beaches, lovely sunsets and sun rise views, rich coral reefs and natural rock formation settings.
This place offers many scenic beaches and views. Best of these are Bharatpur Beach, Lakshmanpur beach and Sitapur beach.
Bharatpur beach is famous for its white, exotic beach that sprawls over a wide, long area.
|Neil Island Beach|
At Sitapur beach, you can experience the spell bound sunset. With the open sea extending into forever, the sun sinks into the sea giving picturesque views.
|Sunset at Sitapur Beach|
Natural rock formation is another major tourist attraction.
Neil island is also very well known for its rich marine life. Snorkeling in Neil can be a life changing experience. At Bharatpur beach one can go for snorkeling in a glass bottom boat. The same people who run the boat also offer the service of taking you to snorkel.
A ride in glass bottom boat costs around Rs. 150 and snorkeling per person costs around Rs. 400.
How to reach there: Neil is very well and frequently connected with Port Blair. You can take a boat ride either from Port Blair or from Havelock.
Where to stay: Very near to the Neil jetty, there is an Andaman and Nicobar Tourism guest house that offers decent and spacious rooms at an affordable price. But remember this guest house gets booked in advance during peak tourist season. There is also a private hotel nearby.