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South Cinque Isl, Andaman Isl, India Cruise Port

While cruising through the Andaman Sea and the Andaman Archipelago, you may come across the uninhabited island and cruise port of South Cinque Island, India. Also called Gaota Koi, the island is located between North Cinque Island and Passage Island; it’s become popular with tourists, thanks to underwater diving and snorkeling opportunities. Along with North Cinque Island, the two islands are part of India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory. Connected by a sandbar, they’re often referred to in the singular as Cinque Island. While there’s no lodging here and no amenities to speak of, it’s a great place for a day trip and to get away from the crowds; visitors from Port Blair (a town in one of the more northern islands) have been known to come here to enjoy the beautiful stretches of wilderness. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to South Cinque Island, India:
  • The emerald waters surrounding the island attract divers from all over; there is visibility up to 80 feet, so you can see all types of marine creatures. It's typically a spot for more experienced divers, although you might be able to find some instructors in Port Blair or Havelock if you're a novice.
  • If you're looking for a beach, you may want to head to the more northern part of the island. North Cinque Beach is a lovely stretch of white sand with a picturesque lighthouse nearby; go snorkeling to explore the coral reefs found along the coastline. There's also a forest by the beach where sharp-eyed visitors may catch sight of the deer that live there.
  • South Cinque Island is part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park; the major part of the park is in Wandoor, east of Port Blair. Many cruise lines will set up a shore excursion for the park, where you can encounter plenty of flora and fauna within its rainforests. Look for birds, sea turtles, crocodiles, and much more.
  • Check out one of the game fishing charters in the area, where guides help you find tuna, red snapper, grouper, and many other types of fish.

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