Jolly Buoy Island Day Trip

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Trip Overview

Jolly Bouy Island is one of the most popular destinations in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and a perfect day tour from Port Blair. This day trip is a bundled up experience if want to explore crystal clear blue waters, scenic views, beautiful pristine beaches, glass-bottom boat ride to see some of the amazing and famous underwater corals on the reef. 


Jolly Buoy Island Day Trip Highlights:

  • Watch beautiful aquatic life, colourful underwater corals from Glass Bottomed Boats
  • Take a swim or a dip in the turquoise blue waters and feel the white silk sands of beautiful beaches at your feet
  • Take a short excursion through the thick tropical jungles surrounded by the beach on the island
  • A day trip to one of India's most well preserved natural marine eco-system in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Go snorkelling in the shallow waters off the beach and fall in love with the colourful corals
  • As a safety measure and CSR policy, each and every guest, arriving at Port Blair, will be given a complimentary safety kit comprising of a non-reusable safety mask and alcohol-based hand sanitizer as per MHA guidelines and SOP's given by the health department


Jolly Buoy Island Trip Overview

The white sand on Jolly Buoy beach is warm and the crystal waters inviting. Both Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island are part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The boat trip to Jolly Buoy Island in ferry takes about 45 minutes. Jolly Buoy Island has a shallow beach, clean water enabling the tourists to swim, play in the water. Jolly Buoy offers calm blue and crystal clear shallow waters which are the perfect spot for first-time snorkelers.

Jolly Buoy Island and the neighbouring Red Skin Island are part of the Mahatma Gandhi National Park. Being a Marine National Park, the whole region is well protected, allowing the native species to thrive without much human interference. This protection has made the surroundings even more beautiful. The water here is as clean and clear as it gets and people can experience the untouched natural beauty where they travel here.

The glass bottom boat ride at Jolly Buoy or Red Skin Island is a unique experience. It is a special boat that allows spectacular views of the underwater corals and fishes. All this without the inconveniences and requirements needed to physically go under the water’s surface! It’s ideal for all ages and highly recommended.

A perfect day package to a must-visit place in the Andaman Islands with a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation.


Jolly Buoy Island Day Trip Itinerary:

  • The hotel pick-up for the guests will be done by 6:30 am.
  • Post the pick-up, the driver will take the guests to Wandoor Jetty.
  • Visit the National Park Museum and Marine Interpretation Center at Wandoor before the boat journey starts.
  • The boat journey to the island starts at approximately 7:30-8:30 am from Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park jetty.
  • The permit and boat tickets required for this trip are included in the tour when booked online through Trodly.
  • It is a beautiful 30-45 minute ferry ride to reach near the Jolly Buoy Island. 
  • Board a Glass-bottom boat to witness the underwater corals and marine life around the reefs of Jolly Bouy Island on a ride of up to 5 to 10 minutes. The same boat takes you to the Island.
  • Water sport activities like snorkelling and open water swimming can be done at the Island, additional charges might be applicable and the same can be paid on the spot to the authority responsible. 
  • The guests can experience the beautiful island by walking on the pre-defined wooden path and it a beautiful walk of up to 20 minutes.
  • The guests get up to 1 to 1.5 hours to spend on the island.
  • The return boat journey to the Wandoor docks is expected to begin by 11:00 am.
  • The guests will be dropped back to the hotel in Port Blair by 2:00-3:00 pm (approx time).

Basic Details

Start Point
Port Blair
Finish Point
Port Blair
Start time
6:30 am
Tours & SightseeingCruises & Boat ToursFamily-friendly
Trip Code


  • Pick-up, drop from the hotel in Port Blair city limits only in air-conditioned private cab
  • Jolly Buoy Island/Red Skin Island entry permits
  • Boat ride to the Island and back to jetty
  • Visit to National Park Museum and Marine Interpretation Center (30 Minute visual projection show is run by the government)
  • Transportation to Mahatma Gandhi Marine Biological Park
  • Full travel assistance by trip coordinator


  • Any meals
  • Any water sports
  • Wandoor beach visit
  • Any camera ticket
  • Anything not specified in the inclusions above

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Important Information

  • Jolly Buoy Island/Red Skin Island are now open on all days.
  • A maximum of 5 members is allowed in a group.
  • Make sure to reach Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park beach before 7.30am. All the boats leave at the same time and come back together.
  • The Jolly Buoy is a no plastic zone, so avoid carrying any plastic bags. 
  • Jolly Buoy island is a no man's land, so nothing is available on the island. You can pack water, snacks, swimwear, extra clothes, towels.
  • Boats are operated by the local administration and there are some time delays in boat departures or arrivals.
  • Children below 5 years of age are not charged. Age proof required.
  • The itinerary is for reference only and is subject to change due to the weather, traffic conditions or local government directives.
  • This tour is subject to weather conditions. 
  • No refund is applicable in the case of No Show i.e. customer was unable to take the tour because of any personal reasons.


  • A group of 1-3 people would be assigned a Sedan (3+1 seater) car.
  • A group of 1-5 people would be assigned an SUV (5+1 seater) car.

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 3 days
  • No refund after that


1 - Add-on Available
Available during booking
₹ 2500/person
Permit Fee for Foreign National
Select number of Non-Indian nationals if any.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes all government on forest department permits needed for this trip are arranged by us and included in package. We would take each passenger's details from you once online booking is confirmed.

64 travellers found this helpful

No Jolly Buoy is an uninhabited island which means there are no such facilities available here. There are toilet and facilities to change clothes though. Marine Park department does set-up a temporary stall which sells cold-drinks and snacks.

16 travellers found this helpful

You can get your breakfast packed from hotel and have on the way in morning or have it at a restaurant near Wandoor docks/Marine Museum. For the trip carry enough eatables to last till afternoon. You can have proper lunch once back from trip by afternoon/late-afternoon.

73 travellers found this helpful

Jolly buoy and Red Skin Island are open alternatively for 6 months at a time to protect underwater marine life and the live corals. Jolly Buoy Island opens from November to May while Red Skin Island is opened from May to November. Exact dates are announced by local administration.


Reviews (17)



21 Jan 2020

Booking was prompt. However, informed me pn 5th Jan that Jolly buoy tour stands cancelled. Yet to get the refund amount

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11 Dec 2019

It was a hassle free trip...Driver reached in time with documents, the car was very well maintained...staff was very supportive...had excellent experience

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19 Oct 2019

Trip was a good experience though driver details were sent 4-hours before the trip. but the customer should be informed thru sms about the confirmed tickets at least 24 hours before the actual trip

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20 Mar 2019

Very smooth experience. Thanks Trodly and local team.

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Dipak kumar ghosh

21 Nov 2018

Jolly buoy trip was good but 2hours late in jetty that not fare.

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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • Pick-up from the hotel in Port Blair city limits only
  • Guests will be contacted by the local trip coordinator 2 days before the tour start date for phone/in-person briefing about trip.
  • The driver will pick the guests from the hotel/pick-up point given during booking. Please enter the pickup location in detail while making the booking.
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