Red Skin Island is a heaven for corals, sandy beaches and amazing sea views. Get details on Red Skin Island in Andaman and Nicobar.
Red Skin Island
Red Skin Island is one of the 36 islands of Andaman & Nicobar group that are inhabited and are open for tourists. The island is known for its beautiful corals, rich marine life, white sandy beach and clean water. Red Skin Island and Jolly Buoy Island are located adjacent to each other, however, only one of them is open for the tourists depending on the season. Jolly Buoy Island is more famous of the two and is visited by the tourists during the peak season (November through April); but as it falls in the open sea area it becomes difficult to commute to the Jolly Buoy island in the rainy season. Hence, during the rainy season, i.e. from May to October, Red Skin Island is open for the tourists.
Things to Do On Red Skin Island
If you are a coral buff then Red Skin Island is the place to be. Corals are found in large number on the island and they are quite beautiful. Take a tour on the glass bottomed boat and have a first hand experience of the rich marine life and under water corals. Among other fishes you can see zebra fish, parrot fish and sea urchins. If you are interested in snorkeling then that option is available too.
The beach at the Red Skin Island is quite small and resembles more like backwaters. The beach has shallow waters, and in case you are planning to take a sea bath you would have to satisfy yourself by just splashing water on yourself.
While wandering on the island you can collect huge sea shells and conches that are found in abundance and save yourself some money that you would otherwise have spent while shopping for souvenirs. The huge shells and conches are washed ashore by the turbulent sea during storms.
How to Reach
Ferries to Red Skin Island are available from Wandoor Jetty, which is located at 40 minutes drive from Port Blair City. The Ferry takes about 45 minutes to reach Red Skin Island and the journey is picturesque as it sails over clear azure water and passes through dense mangrove forests on both sides.
To go to Red Skin Island, you need to acquire a permit, one day before the trip, from the Forest Department. Usually, tour operators arrange it.
In order to promote eco-tourism, carrying plastic bottles and bags is not allowed. Tourists are frisked at the time of boarding the ferry to ensure that they are not carrying any such thing. If any such item is found it is confiscated.