Long Island

a unique village nestled in nature

Long Island, just 47 nautical miles from Port Blair, having an area of about 18 sq.km., is a modern village with population of around 2000 having many plus points and facilities generally not available in other villages of Bay Islands. It has its own power-house, a well equipped Boat Building Yard, Senior Secondary School, bank, wireless facilities, hospital, Range Forest Office and even police outpost. Long Island is a dreamland settlement without any road network.

Only four feet wide concrete footpath connects different parts of the ‘Panchayat’ area starting from the jetty. Casurina trees make pleasant avenue astride the footpath leading to Government School and to Police Outpost area. Islanders cover these footpath kilometers several times just to reach work place, school, Range Forest Office or temple.

Fig: Long Island

How to Reach ?

Long Island is located 82 kms from Port Blair or 35kms north of Swaraj Dweep

by Speed Boats

There are regular boats from Port Blair to Long Island thrice a week with stopovers at Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep

by Bus

You would need to get a bus early from Port Blair to arrive in Rangat early enough to catch the 4pm boat from Yeratta (near Rangat) to Long Island. There are later buses up to 11am but the journey takes 6 hours, so you may have to stay the night in Rangat and get the 9am boat to Long Island.

Where to Stay ?

Forest Rest Houses namely Vanshri and Tapovan are available with the Forest Department which could be booked by sending requisition to the Divisional Forest Officer, Middle Andaman, Rangat (Phone : 03192-274210). There are also couple of private accommodations. Visitors should book well in advance for a confirmed reservation.

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