Positioned far away from the bustle of hectic city life, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is situated in Wandoor at a distance of about 29 kilometers from Port Blair in Andaman. This park is a collection of 15 untouched islands with most alluring coral reefs and marine lives in the country. Created in the year 1983, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is endowed with lush, verdant mangrove cover making it a visual delight with secluded beaches acting as the feather on the hat. Most of the islands are protected, thus inaccessible; however, their coast reveals a fascinating transition from towering tropical canopies to mangroves. Sprawling over 281 sq kilometers, the park encompasses myriad lagoons, coral reefs, rainforests, and mangrove creek. Angelfish, Giant Robber Crab, Lion or Scorpion Fish, Grouper Fish, Butterflyfishes, and Surgeon fishes are some of the endangered fish species that one can see here. Apart from fishes, one can find here a good number of reptiles, birds, and mammals. Tourists can experience imposing coral reefs through boat and snorkel and take a dip to witness the exquisite marine life.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is part of the Wandoor, which is easily accessible by road from all the major cities of Andaman, and Nicobar islands. A lot of private owned, and government buses, and taxis are available to reach the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. For all those on a budget trip, consider taking buses, which are available in every 30 minutes between 6:00 AM, and 8:00 PM. Also, the Department of Information, Publicity, and Tourism provide transport to reach the park.
Depending on the time, and season of the year, tourists can go for the snorkeling between Jolly Buoy and Red Skin. Trekking, island camping, and scuba diving are some of the other adventure activities that one can take part in over a trip to the Andaman, and Nicobar Islands.
To approach the Red Skin Beach within the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, tourism trips are organized in the Wandoor Jetty as per the following table on all days except Monday. The number of trips may vary subject to availability of boats/weather conditions. So as to avoid congestion, permit holders can get the boat tickets with a time stamp. See below for boat timings:
5th & final trip Remaining authorized – 10.30 A.M
November to February is the best time to plan a visit to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. During the monsoon season (June to August), the park remain closed.