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Feb 3, 2011 - Andamanen (Port Blair)

Mit Jetairways gings auf die, fuer die ersten 2 Tage -ungewoehnlich fuer diese Jahreszeit- verregneten Andamanen. Wir landeten in Port Blair, 2 Flugstunden oder 4 Bootstage oestlich von Chennai. Hier besichtigten wir ein nicht mehr genutztes Riesengefaengnis, welches die britische Kolonialregierung benutzte, um indische Freiheitskaempfer des ersten indischen Volksaufstandes von 1857 zu unterdruecken und deren (Zwangs)-arbeitskraft fuer den Ausbau der Strafkolonie auf mehreren Inseln des Archipels zu etablieren. Die Hauptinsel der Andamanen...

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Apr 2, 2009 - Ernie's Birthday: Port Blair

We woke up this morning still at Sea. We would pull into Port Blair around 10 am. Ernie had some birthday messages waiting for him on the web site, plus a really neat video posted on U-tube by Mike Renfro of a group of our friends at home singing happy Birthday to Ernie. It was really great that everyone thought to remember Ernie's birthday and to post it a day ahead. Ernie wasn't thrilled about going to Port Blair on his birthday, especially after reading Randy's synopsis of the destination first thing this morning. But we agreed to go off...

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Feb 2, 2009 - Heaven...I mean Andaman

Way back in 2000 Michael tried to catch a ferry from Kolkata to Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. The promised crystal clear waters, snorkeling, beautiful beaches and cheap huts on the “un-touristy” island chain just seemed too alluring after having trekked in Nepal for two weeks. Unfortunately a delayed flight and a missed ferry meant that the plans had to be curtailed, with the thought in mind that I’d have to come back. Little did I know it would happen 8 years later with my incredibly beautiful wife! The last 30 days on these islands...

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The Elstons Go East

Dec 10, 2006 - Port Blair again

This morining I was up early to relish my last day on this paradise. I didn't take my hammock down until I absolutely had to and then at 3pm I made my way to the jetty to get my ticket for the 4:30pm ferry. I had to get on this ferry as my flight back to Calcutta is at 9:30am tomorrow. When I got there there were 2 lines, one for women and one for men. It was getting heated in the mens line before they even opened the window as people were jumping the queue so there was a lot of pushing and shoving. The womens line was fine and they finally...

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My World Odyssey

Dec 8, 2006 - LAST NIGHT

was the night from HELL. We woke up yesterday morning and the sky was overcast and there was a shower of rain but it all cleared up. Later in the day a boat came by and dropped off 6 Israeli lads who were doing a 3 night 4 day camping trip too. I wasn't too impressed, Israelis have a terrible reputation among travellers here in India. They're fine on their own or in two's but when their in groups, they're loud, pushy and treat staff terribly. These bunch seemed fairly alright and they set up camp next to us and we decided to all cook...

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Dec 5, 2006 - English Island

This morning we loaded all the provisions into the boat and left Havelock Island. 2 hours later we were onshore at English Island unloading everything again. We are all alone on this island and it is very cool indeed. The water is blue green and we have found a nice area inside the trees to set up camp so that passing ships don't see the fire. It's not like what you'd expect really, it's not like in the movies where it's a clean, clear beach, there is a lot of rubble and waste washed up onshore so I would call it rustic but we are on a...

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Nov 30, 2006 - Havelock Island

So I got to the jetty early but they were selling tickets for Friday and they told us there was a ferry at 1:30pm and if we got to the pier by 12:30pm they would sell tickets to that ferry. Don't ask me how it works but they would not sell tickets for this afternoon to any of us we had to show up at 12:30pm. So I went and got breakfast, then collected my bags from the guesthouse and made my way back to the jetty. There were a bunch of westerners all in line to get tickets for the ferry and we all got one in the end. The crossing was...

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Nov 29, 2006 - Port Blair, Andaman Islands

So I was up at 4:30am to finish packing and get a taxi to the airport this morning to catch my flight to the Andamans. I had said goodbye to Ian and Christine last night so I said my final farewell to Donna before heading on my way. I'll have to get used again to buzzing about on my own. The plane landed at the tiny airport at 9:30am and immediately I noticed that it felt different, I reckon it was the sea air and the relaxed atmosphere. After I got my permit I collected my backpack and found a rickshaw to the main area of Port Blair and...

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Mar 26, 2005 - Little Trouble in Paradise

As quite a few travellers have discovered, Havelock Island is not an easy place to leave. A beautiful forested island, fringed by white sandy beaches (one of which Time magazine described as the best in Asia,) and skirted by pristine coral reefs, it's a world away (not just geographically) from the mainland resorts of India. Finding a piece of deck space for the two-hour ferry ride from Port Blair and watching the flying fish skim across the water in perfect aerial formation, I was eager to not only see how the tsunami had treated the...

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Mar 21, 2005 - High Tides in the Andaman Islands

Flying into Port Blair (although the fortnightly boat from Chennai is back in operation, that little three-day sea crossing is not for me!) I could see the ongoing affects of the tsunami on South Andaman. High tides still had parts of the most populated island underwater, with many homes partly submerged. The Andaman & Nicobar islands, 1000km east of India and close to the epicentre of the quake that caused the tsunami, were badly affected but it was the Nicobar Islands - off-limits to tourists and foreigners and inhabited solely by...

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