Smith Island
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Smith Island is one of the most visited islands of the Andaman archipelago. In practice, it is known as the twin Island of Ross Island. Connected by a shoal, the Ross and Smith islands draw innumerable tourists throughout the year. The island abounds with mesmerizing beauty. Its soft golden sand, clear blue sky, lush green environment and the cool waters visiting the seashore every minute, all add to the loveliness of the Smith Island. Residing in the lap of nature, the Smith Island is a toast to the eye. There is an additional benefit of accessing the Smith Island. Once you visit the island, you can also bag the opportunity to head towards the Ross Island since Smith and Ross are twin islands.

Tourism Value

Pinpointed in northern region of the Andamans, the Diglipur Island, to be found at a considerable distance of 290kms from the capital city of Port Blair, is the dwelling place of the Smith Island. Such is the beauty of the places of the island that tourists from both national and international level flock to the place throughout the year, thereby boosting up the tourism industry. The unfamiliar beach and the unblemished seashore are the chief enchants of the Smith Island. Besides this, the island is a breeding ground for turtles that proves to e a relishing treat for all the turtle lovers.

Activities

Generally, the Smith Island offers all sorts of adventure and fun to its visitors but the island is well renowned as a camping site.

Scuba Diving

The exciting familiarity of Scuba diving is prime tourist magnetism. The appeal of Scuba Diving lies in the fact the one can get a closer momentary look of the enthralling marine life in the form of wonderful water bodies, chirpy fishes and incontrovertibly exciting corals. Inundated photography is a very big appeal. Scuba diving helps you to depict the imprecision of the sunken ships, thereby quenching the thirst of the meddling ones.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling is another popular adventure sport of the Karmatang Beach Through snorkelling; one can witness such pleasurable loveliness that cannot be witnessed through any other sport. An ornate blending of a multiplicity of sharks, sun-rays and corals is visible. This sight sets the tourists startled.

Camping

Smith Island is one of those islands where one can get closer to Mother Nature in the form of camping. The place is well known as a camping corner.

Sun-bathing

The Smith Island abounds with palm trees that provide shade to the tired enthusiasts. One can simply bask in the dazzling sun.

Photography

The beach provides a soothing view. The view of the gorgeous beach under the vibrancy of the dazzling sun is totally stunning, thereby making the beach suitable for an awesome photography.

Points to ponder

This is to bring to the prime concern of all the travellers that before accessing the Ross and Smith Islands, one needs to seek permission from the Forest Office at Diglipur. Rs 50 is payable by the Indian tourists while Rs 500 by the International tourists.No public boats are accessible.Besides local food are always available thereby acquainting you with the best seafood ever.

Best time to visit

The months of February, Novembers and December are the best months to visit the Smith Island.