Neil Island

Castaway ! A day at Neil Island

Neill Island, now known as Shaheed Dweep, is located in Ritchie’s Archipelago of the Andaman island, somewhere between the Havelock and Island. It’s a relatively unexplored part of Andaman, and when I visited there it was impossible to find internet connection. The beaches are beautiful here and there are hardly any tourists. In fact, the place where I stayed was close to a wild, unexplored stretch of ocean and for a moment I felt like I am Chuck Nolan stranded on an uninhabited island.

The best option to reach this place is through a ferry. There are both government and private operated ferries leaving from port blair and Havelock. You can easily book that online through a travel agent.

It is a fun experience being on an island that gives the vibes of a scary survival movie.

There is not much to do on the beaches of Neil Islands other than exploring the surrounding areas, gathering and stacking exotic sea shells, trying out some fishing skills at the shallow waters, and foraging in the wood. It is important to be careful because these areas are remote and in case of any accident, help might not be easy to come by. When you are exploring the woods, be careful of monitor lizards. There are present in great numbers here, and some are as big as a human !

Where to stay at Neil Island?

The option for stay are plenty, and caters to every budget. I stayed in a hut located in a very remote place on the island.

Wifi and Electricity at Andaman Island

There was no wifi where I stayed, and electricity outage was common. Due to the geographical challenges and natural barriers created by sea, having a single power grid for entire island is not practical, and that is the reason why some of these islands do have a good electrification system. However things are changing with companies like Urja Pay aiming to improve power distribution on the islands. With the launch of services like VAHAN 4.0 online services will soon pick up on the island.

*At the time of writing this post, the was a lockdown in Andaman islands due to increased covid cases. An ePass might be required for travel.*