Certification Courses and Guided Dives begin 1st October and end 31st May. Try Diving is possible all year round.
Indian nationals do not need any visas or permits to visit the Andaman Islands.
Foreign Nationals need an Indian Visa. (NOT issued on arrival into India)
Restricted Area Permit (R.A.P) is issued on arrival into Port Blair, and is valid for 30 days only.
Direct flights from Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai are available.
Sailing to Port Blair from Chennai & Calcutta is possible by Government Ships. For the sailing schedule check www.shipindia.com.
To get from Port Blair to Neil, you could either take a Government ferry or a private ferry, both depart from Phoenix Bay jetty.
There are 2 ferries departing for Neil daily at 6:30am and 11:00am. The ferry ride takes 2 hours and costs around 400-500 Rupees. Ferry tickets can be bought at the ticket counter at Phoenix Bay jetty.
The Makruzz ferry departs Port Blair for Neil, daily at 8:30am and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Tickets can be bought online at www.makruzz.com or at their office address at Gati Building, 2nd.Floor, Delanipur, Port Blair. Price is Rs.1000 upwards.
There is a daily ferry at 2:30pm. On Tuesday and Sunday there is a ferry at 10:30am as well.
The Makruzz ferry plies daily at 10:00am and 1:45pm from Havelock to Neil Island.
Depending on what time you arrive at Port Blair you may have to spend the night there, as the last ferry
to Neil Island is at 11:00am.
Here are a few recommendations on where to stay. We usually stay at these places – they are clean, spacious and friendly.
Located close to Aberdeen bazaar, rooms are basic and clean, somewhere you can pass out for a night before you come over to Neil Island. Has a really cool roof top restaurant, to chill out in, during the day.
PRICE: Rs 500
Has serviced apartments, with spacious rooms and a spectacular sea view at Haddo. Perfect if you have a couple of kids (if you have more than three children, only God can help you :))
PRICE : Rs .2000
+91 3192 224477
Situated at Middlepoint, another nice option for a layover in Port Blair, with a very good vegan restaurant.
PRICE : Rs.2000 breakfast included.
+91 03192 244511
Cozy serviced apartments, some of which have a view of the sea.
PRICE : Rs.2000 breakfast included.
We offer, and highly recommend, this service because it beats standing in queues, haggling with taxi
drivers and drowning in confusion! Even if it makes for a fascinating travel story to laugh about later...
much later though!
This service includes a pick-up from the airport in Port Blair, a drop to your hotel and transfer to the jetty the next day for the ferry to Neil. The ferry tickets are booked for you.
Also includes round trip transfers on your way back, from Neil to Port Blair.
PRICE for 2: Rs.3200
PRICE for 3: Rs.4800
No charge for kids. Over 18yrs old and living with your mama does not classify you as a child.
There are two ATMs on Neil Island. However, when it comes to foreign credit cards, it's a bit of a hit and
miss, so we suggest bringing enough cash for daily expenses.
For Diving we accept most modes of payment... except Cowrie shells.
Credit cards, PayPal, bank transfers and online payments are all good.
Sunglasses, cap, sunscreen, flashlight, swim wear, prescription medication - there is no pharmacy, only a primary health centre in Neil Island.
There is no malaria on the island but from 5:30 to 6:30 the mozies are out with a vengeance.
Motor bikes and scooters are available for hire, so bring your driving license.
Internet is available at a few restaurants. The only mobile phone SIM cards that work on Neil are Airtel
We suggest total disconnection for a complete connection… with the island.
Our Island is a laid back, unspoilt paradise with minimal development so there are no nightclubs, late
night parties or loud music… Thank God!
It is, however, the perfect place for good books, musical instruments, and of course very good Diving.