The Andamans Islands, Port Blair and Havelock Island
12.05.2007 - 19.05.2007 39 °C
The boat to Port Blair the capital of The Andaman Islands would take an estimated 66 hours from Chennai. I kept a diary of the epic journey which took 4 days!
Friday 11th - Day 1
Myself and Danni (one of the Aussie's I meet in Mallapuram) arrive at the dock and are told we need a medical. This involved a guy with a stamp who said 'any problem?’ to which I said no and we received a stamp stating 'Health check, Examined & Passed'. After a similar 'examination; of our bags we boarded the MV Ark bar and were welcomed on board by the Captain no less who showed us to first class cabins. Problem was we were tight and paid for economy class; this didn’t seem to please him.
Bunk class is painted a prison green with prison style bunks and not much A/C. Danni joked that we were on an old prison ship that brought the first settles to Oz and I would have believed her.
Saturday 12th - Day 2
The novelty of being on a ship has worn off! The smell of vomit and s**t, which the toilets are swimming with is has got to much. What’s more Danni (being a girl) has refused to eat in the Canteen because of hygiene reasons so we lived off 'salt flavored' biscuits and water.
We keep ourselves entertained by playing travel monopoly, teaching the other passengers the card game’s**t-head' although this ended up with them just calling me a 's**t-head'. I exchanged ipods and exchanged back when I discovered that 'backstreet boys' is the most played. Sometimes we'd watch a Bollywood film in the ships cinema (a room with a TV).
Today we discover that we're the only foreigners on board and the only ones stupid enough to take the government boat and not the tourist ship that left the day before. B*****KS!
Sunday 13th - Day 3
I join the Indians in the toilet being sick and spend the best part of a day chucking up 'salt' flavored biscuits.
Monday 14th - Day 4
We are both REALLY ILL and at the sight of land shout wildly and make sure were the first off!!!
Port Blair itself is like most Indian towns. During the British control of India Port Blair was home to Hundreds of Indian Revolutionist who saw out their days in the 'Ceilliar Jail'. The Jail was a Tower in the centre and branches off with rows of jail cells. Today it’s filled with proud Indians admiring the courage of the Revolutionaries.
We took a boat over to Havelock Island the set for Johnny Depp’s latest film. On route we ran into Anthony, another Aussie who was a keen surfer. We stared at the Sunrise Camp which is formed of 10 or so huts and a bar, just a couple of meters from the sea.
We hired scooters and went over to Beach no 7 (everything here is named by number instead of name). Beach 7 had a few good waves and backed on to it was the rainforest. At the end of each day we'd come and try to catch some surf and chill out. Not far from there Elephant beach which took a 45 minute walk though the jungle to get to. We also hired a boat for the day and went snorkeling
Being the off season there was a lack of social life until me and Anthony headed further up the Island to 'Coconut Grove' after a tip out from a mysteries Russian girl. There we chilled out with a large group who had come straight from Goa and had the music from the 'Si-bar' where I had spent many drunken nights at the start of my travels.
I leave Port Blair to head north to Kolkata to meet up with a few mates before heading to Thailand for a couple of weeks.