Welcome to the Cruise Port Guide – Port Blair. With just a 100.000 inhabitants Port Blair is still the largest city we can find on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. This archipelago forms an union territory of India in the middle of the Indian Ocean in the southern reaches of the Bay of Bengal nearh Thailand. It’s a collection of 572 islands of which 38 are inhabited. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are a rare destination and not many people get to visit it. You will find it in such a remote part of the world that is often overlooked. Nevertheless what you will find on these islands is definitly not Indian, but a whole identity on its own. Known for its birds, beaches and scenery. Nowadays the city of Port Blair is a clean, organised and easy town, but lets not forget the history behind this settlement. When back in the days these islands were chosen by the British is the island to send hundreds of freedom fighters. Away from the rest of the world these men were imprisoned in the Cellular jail and other places. When you ar there, make sure to visit a couple of the places to get acquinted with the history that was so important in shaping the modern world. Whatever your interest is Port Blair can offer scenery, history and wildlife. Plan your day ahead to make into one you wont forget any time soon or have an easy day in town.
When you get the chance collect a 20 IDR bill. You will see it depicts a small lighthouse. When your ship sails out, sit down and see if you can spot this exact same lighthouse on the portside.
Right int he middle of town we find an imposing golden statue of Gandhi right in the middle of a roundabout. It deserves such a prominent spot because of his role in the history of India but also for the Andaman islands.
This is the National Memorial Monument of the freedom struggle of India. It is a symbol of suffer and never ending struggle. 400 freedom fighters were held here at Cellular Jail. Learn about these struggle and the conditions under which the freedom fighters were held here at the jail. This truly is the most amazing site of Port Blair.
This Hindu temple stand on the shore lines of Port Blair. It is small but definitely worth to visit and to learn about the use of this temple.
On the Andaman and Nicobar islands you will find the old true Hindustan Ambassadors taxi. These are “King of the Indian Roads” and according to Top Gear the best taxi in the world. And although all official taxis are Ambassadors you will notice that there are also a lot of tuk tuks/rickshaws around town.
Port Blair is an archipelago so you could understand there are a lot of ferrys that connect to the other islands. Especially Ross island is a very popular one due ot its historical significance as it was the base for the British Administrator and the Japanese coverted the site into POW camp. You can catch the ferry from Rajiv Gandhi jetty (see map). The journey only takes 15 minutes. It is wise to opt for a guide.
Cruise ships dock at the Port Blair Haddo Warf. There is a cruise terminal available with limited facilities. The cruise dock is not within walking distance of the center of town so you will need some form of transportation to get there. Check with your ship if there will be a cruise shuttle offered during your time in port. Alternatively you can also take a taxi. Read the full Port Blair cruise port guide to read all about your options.
At the Aberdeen Bazaar you will find the local bus station. From here busses go all over the island. Keep in mind it is an option to travel by bus, but please know that buses do not run that frequent so be aware of the time.
The Aberdeen bazaar is not really a bazaar. It is a street of shops on which several small markets can be found. Buy everything and anything here.