Boarded by police (again!) at Little Andaman Island

We were only the second group of yachts to arrive at Hutt Bay in Little Andaman Island in the past two years – the first group being Quintessa and Beach House, our erstwhile travelling companions, who had visited just two weeks earlier before we met up with them in Port Blair. 

On a tour of Little Andaman Island

Little Andaman Island Mr Fixit, George, was at hand to assist us having been primed by the other boats to expect us and amongst other things, organised a car and driver to take us on a trip to see some of the sights around Hutt Bay. 

Some magnificent trees in Butler Bay Beach
Butler Bay
 

Our first stop was Butler Bay beach, a sweeping bay which had much darker and coarser sand than many of the coves and beaches we had seen in the rest of the Andamans. It was a stunning beach with a bit of a surf which we imagined would be pretty good later on in the year. 

The two of us
Life’s a beach!
 

Our next stop was Kala Patar – a delightful little cove which reminded us of the hongs of Thailand as there was a beautiful lagoon encircled by rocks. 

A beautiful cove reminiscent of a Thai hong

Kala Patar

In rocks at one corner of the bay we discovered a kind of blow hole where the incoming tide was sucked up through a hole in the rock and the water surged into a channel below. 

The blow hole

We met a lovely family on the beach who we had originally met on Neill Island, and who were on holiday from Chandannagar, a European settlement near Pondicherry. Part Dutch, part Israeli, the mum had been born in New Zealand. The family were finding Little Andaman Island a bit too quiet for their little family and the snorkelling disappointing, so were planning to leave early.  

The walk to the water fall
Making our way to the waterfall

Our next stop was a beautiful waterfall about 6.5 kms from Hutt Bay – there was a short walk to the falls which was very pleasant and well maintained. The Smarties jumped in for a swim and the rest of us cooled our feet in the refreshing but ice cold water.

We met this little fellow along the way
Cool and refreshing!
 

After a very good lunch at George’s restaurant we all went back to rest before dinner – an excellent Chinese meal, again at George’s, cooked with an Indian twist by a Tibetan chef!

Our private dining room in the tower at George’s restaurant

The next morning, before we took off (a day earlier than planned) for Sisters Island, we were boarded by police for the second time since arriving in the Andaman Islands but this time was a little different to our last experience (see    https://dotsailing.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/straight-down-the-strait-and-boarded-by-police/).  

This time we had an obligation to fulfil. The local police chief had never been on a yacht and was desperate to have a look at one and see how we lived. So at 7am sharp two dinghies went to meet the police on the local beach (famous for crocodiles as its near the island’s fish market!) and after a good bit of hanging around ended up bringing the chief and three of his men to take a look at the boats. They were quite amazed with it all – the water makers, the showers, the cooking facilities etc.

One of the local policemen examining our navigation app

We offered to take them for a sail and suggested that the police launch (a good sized ocean going vessel that we had been walking over each day to get to the jetty) could come and pick them up. 

Farewell to the policeman

Yes, they said, that was great idea, except regrettably, the police launch had no fuel so this would not be possible. 

If you would like to read more about our trip to the stunning Andaman Islands go to:

https://dotsailing.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/this-sister-was-pristine-but-rugged-isolated-and-rolly/

Or read the previous blog entry at:

https://dotsailing.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/engine-troubles-sorted-we-head-southwards/


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In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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