Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Established in the 1980s with an aim to protect the marine life of the area, Mahatma Gandhi is a cluster of the open sea, creeks, and 15 small and large islands in Wandoor Village. Out of the cluster of the islands, two are accessible for tourists (Jolly Buoy and Red Skin). Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a carpet of manicured mangroves and pristine beaches (not all of them are suitable for swimming).

If you are a marine enthusiast, get ready to be spoiled with rare, exquisite corals and the underwater marine world. There are glass bottoms, scuba diving, snorkeling, and boating activities for every age group. Inside the national marine park is a small auditorium that showcases the audio-visual programs regarding flora and fauna of this region.

What Makes Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park A Worthy Tourist Attraction in Port Blair?

The Chief Wildlife Warden of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands forest department takes care of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. In just one single package (inclusive of to and fro ferry fare, national park permit, and activities like snorkeling, glass-bottom boat ride), guests can have the best experience of the underwater world. Put your binoculars and DSLR because Jolly Buoy Island is a perfect place for birdwatching (migratory birds). Even more, scuba diving is totally safe at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, along with snorkeling. Additionally, the Turtle Breeding Center is another highlight.

Scuba Diving Price and Duration at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: ₹ 3,500 per person for 30 minutes (approx.)
Snorkeling Price and Duration at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: ₹ 600 per person for 15-20 minutes (approx.)

How to Reach: Drive from Port Blair to Wandoor Village
Important Advice: A permit is required, which can be obtained on arrival
Opening Timings: 8:30 AM – 10 AM (subject to change)
Private Ferry Operates From: Wandoor Village, 30 kilometers (approx.) from Port Blair