Swaraj Dweep is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest. It is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq. km. and is located 39 km of north-east of Port Blair.
This island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain-fed forests beckons everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun at the azure sea.
Government ferries run by the Directorate of Shipping Services connect Phoenix Bay jetty, Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep daily. Private luxury boats Makruzz operated by M/s Mak Logistics, Port Blair & Coastal Cruise operated by M/s Coastal Seaways India Pvt. Ltd., Green Ocean, Bhagya Express ferry tourists to Swaraj Dweep daily. At Swaraj Dweep auto rickshaws, taxis, buses, motorbikes are available for transport within the island. The STS Department has introduced the services of two AC Deluxe bus at Swaraj Dweep for the benefit of tourist and local public.
Stay options at Swaraj Dweep range from high-end resorts to camping sites on the beach. There are more than 50 resorts at Swaraj Dweep and the most sought after is the Dolphin Resort, run by Tourism Department. Reservation at Dolphin Resort can be secured from the Tourist Information Centre in the Directorate of Tourism at Port Blair by advance payment. The Tourism Department put up domes during the tourist season at Radhanagar beach.
The Civil Aviation Dept. of A& N Administration operates regular helicopter services from Port Blair airport to Swaraj Dweep.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands have many sandy beaches and coral reefs. But only some of these beaches are supervised for safe swimming, snorkeling and diving. Though Andaman water is generally safe for swimming and looks inviting, it also has some potentially dangerous marine animals, which may come in conflict due to mistaken identity such as prey or to defend their territory. Though such incidents are extremely rare, visitors are advised to observe the following precautions for a safe and enriching swimming experience.
Find out about safe swimming or diving area from the Tourist Information Center, Local Tour Operators and Forest Department Staff. Do not swim in Protected Areas to avoid dangerous animals.
Look for the safety sign boards. They help you to identify potential dangers.
Ask a lifeguard on duty for some advice on swimming conditions like local currents, tides, visibility, and the presence of dangerous marine creatures etc. Swimming conditions can change quickly, so seek prior advice from a lifeguard before entering in water in an unpatrolled area.
Get a friend to swim with you so that you can look out for each other’s safety and get help, if needed. Children should always be supervised by an adult. Avoid swimming in the dark.
Raise your hand up for help if you get into trouble in the water. Stay calm and wave your arm for help.
Do not dangle your arms or legs in the water during boat rides. Do not swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Shiny jewellery or bright colored clothes resembles fins of small fishes and may attract predatory fishes. Avoid such accessory or clothing while swimming. If you have an open wound, please avoid swimming. Many predatory fish are attracted to blood odour. Avoid diving or swimming among school of fish. This may attract predatory fishes such as sharks. Avoid night swimming or diving.
Look out for harmful marine animals
Jelly Fishes : Their sting may cause pain and giddiness. Don’t touch or play with them. Get ashore if you see a large school of Jelly Fish. In case of a sting, apply vinegar or an ice pack. Do not rub.
Sharks : Normally present in open sea and some parts of coral reef areas. Avoid swimming or diving alone and don’t enter the water with open wounds.
Sea Snakes : Some sea snakes are poisonous and are usually recognized by their paddle-like tail. They can be aggressive if handled or stepped on. Stay well away from them.
Stone Fish : Present in shallow coral and rocks or camouflaged in mud and sand. It has venomous dorsal spines and its sting could be lethal. To avoid sting never walk on coral reef area. Never lift rocks or corals. Wear sturdy sandals while walking in shallow coastal waters.
Salt water crocodiles: Noticed in creeks, mangrove areas, sheltered waters and mouths of creeks. Please avoid swimming or diving in these areas. If you spot a crocodile, get ashore and alert the authorities. Crocodiles also move large distances in the open sea and can be found in coral reefs as well.
1. Tourist Information Centre Directorate of Tourism, Andaman & Nicobar Administration Port Blair, Phone : 03192: 232642/232694/232747(F)
2. The Incharge, Hawabill Nest Guest house , Directorate of Tourism, Shaheed Dweep, Phone: 03192: 282630
3. Office of the Dy. Ranger, Environment and Forest Department, Shaheed Dweep
Important Telephone numbers in Swaraj Dweep
1. Primary Health Centre & Ambulance Service: 03192-282627
2. Police Station : 03192-282602
3. Police Radio : 03192-282676