Cinque Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands Overview

Located 26 km from the capital, Port Blair, Cinque Island is an inhabited isolated part of the Andaman Archipelago. It is nestled between Passage and Duncan Island towards the north side. The island is further divided into North and South Cinque Islands. The islands are collectively a part of Wandoor Marine National Park, or more commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.

A white sandy beach surrounded by lush green tropical rain forest, a visit to Cinque Island is a calming experience. With a rich and exotic marine life including coral reefs, vibrant and colourful fishes, sea anemones, turtles, saltwater crocodiles, starfishes, seaweed, water snakes, the rare sea cow among more, the island also offers professional scuba divers to test their diving skills and amateurs to learn diving from PADI instructed divers. The island is also great for other activities like sea walking and snorkelling. The view under the pristine water is stunning. The best time to Scuba dive is between December to February as the visibility is fantastic.

You can also reel in (pun intended) a few fishes by engaging in a fun fishing game at the island. Black Marlins, giant trevally, and tiger Cobras are a common catch here. You can then have a hearty lunch by the sea.

Partake in these fun-filled activities or spend a day lazing around, finish that long due book and catch the sunset. Either way, you are in for a fantastic time. The natural beauty of this island attracts a large crowd from all over the globe.

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Best time to visit Cinque Island

The best time to visit Cinque Island is during the winter and summer seasons, from October to May as the sky remains clear, with plenty of sunlight and seldom chances of rain. The temperatures also lie in a comfortable range.

How to Reach Cinque Island

Boat services to Cinque Island are located at Wandoor and Port Blair. However, these services are not scheduled. You need to contact private boat operators first, who will then arrange this service for you. It takes close to 2 hours to reach Cinque Island if you take a boat from Chidiya Tapu and close to 3 hours from Wandoor. Start your trip at around 7:00 in the morning so that you get back by late evening. If you are up for it, you can also stay the night and camp and head back the next morning.

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