Andaman and Nicobar group consists of about 572 islands out of which only about 36 are inhabited. Few of the 536 uninhabited islands are very popular as tourist spots. Red Skin island, North Bay, Jolly Buoy, Ross Island, Ross and Smith Islands are some of the very famous islands that are also open for tourists.
Red Skin island andJolly Buoy Island lie next to each other and boast of rich under water marine life.
Usually, tourists go to Jolly Buoy in the peak season but as rainy season approaches, the weather makes the commute difficult as Jolly Buoy falls in open sea area and then the tourists are taken to Red Skin island.
I happened to go to Red Skin during one of such times when the weather was not good for going to Jolly Buoy so our operator took us to Red Skin instead. Yes,even though I live here, I also travel by tour agents just to have a taste of our tourism department works here. And like many of the tourists who spend thousands to have a vacation here, I was disappointed too.
The pictures will tell you why.
As we approached Red Skin, I could see a small island, very small island with a very narrow beach. on that narrow yet white sandy beach, I could see hundreds of tourists standing on the beach and hundreds playing in the sea. My heart thumped at the sight. I did not step out of my boat as I could see that there was barely some space on the beach to stand!
Finally, I got down and as expected, since there was no space on the beach, I too spent most of my time in the water.
The island per se is beautiful, like the rest of the Andamans, but if you go there with a crowd, it is a place to be missed. I DO NOT recommend visiting it during tourist season as with just less than a hundred of people around, the island seem to have no space left to accommodate an extra person.
The corals are abundant and pretty, ofcourse! So, if at all you go there, that should be the only reason.
Since the beach is very small, boat wallahs park their boats near the beach so while you are swimming in the water, you would often hear a boat rider to scream for you to get aside and that is one more pain.
Second, the boats come and leave at a particular time. So, you arrive at Red Skin at 10 or 11 am and you can’t leave before 1 or 2 pm.
My suggestion is that you speak to your tour operator well in advance and tell him that if Jolly Buoy is cancelled, then he should refund the money back instead of taking you to Red Skin or else, you should first try to know the number of passengers going to Red Skin that particular morning. With lesser no. of people, it would be a memorable experience for sure.
How To Reach: To go to Jolly Buoy or Red Skin Island, you have to buy a ticket from Wandoor Jetty which is about 40 mins drive away from Port Blair city.
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