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Visit a Volcano – Plan a trip to Barren Island while you’re in Havelock

The Andaman Islands is home to South Asia’s only active volcano. Here’s why you should plan your trip.

A sight you’ve only imagined in dreams or read about in textbooks – smoke and volcanic ash flying out from an active volcano – the only one in South Asia – Barren Island.

Close to 100 kilometers from Havelock Island lies this active volcano in the Andaman Islands which can be seen from a safe distance onboard a fishing trip with M.F.V. Caiman. Rich flourishing reefs and marine life from the open oceans surround this gift of nature.

Barren Island is an island formed by solidified lava and is 3 kilometers long. The only way to access the island from the Andamans is on a chartered boat.

The boat charter trip starts early morning from the main harbor in Havelock and takes about 2 hours to reach Barren Island. The trip can be shared at the cost of Rs. 25,000 per person for a maximum of 8 travelers or the boat can be chartered exclusively at a cost of Rs. 1.2 lakh for a trip to Barren Island.

On occasion, this active volcano can be heard rumbling as it spews out ash that lands on the boat. However, those on a visit to see the volcano have nothing to worry about as they are observing the island from a safe distance and can sail away quickly onboard the M.F.V. Caiman.