Why choose a cruise to Port Blair?
Port Blair is a beautiful town with a vibrant population made up of a multitude of Indian Ocean cultures. An interesting and unique vibe is present here, thanks to a number of historically significant sites to visit and transport options are fantastically varied, from buses through to hire scooters.
Beach days are a pleasure, with gorgeous bays to explore and various water activities to try, while shopping trips in Port Blair are perfect for picking up pretty trinkets and jewellery. Hearty food options are definitely worth exploring as well.
A guide to Port Blair’s hotspots
Perhaps the most well-known sight in Port Blair, Cellular Jail is an incredible snapshot of the past and has been transformed into a national monument, surrounded by stunning gardens. Originally built by the British, to house political prisoners, the jail has a rather sordid but interesting history and the light-and-sound shows are quite an experience.
Corbyn’s Cove is the closest beach to Port Blair and a nice sunny spot to let a few hours pass by. Perfect for sunset watching and confident swimmers, it is a picturesque area. It would be a great idea to split a day between Corbyn’s Cove and the seaside promenade, which allow for a pleasant walk through the town while keeping an eye out for somewhere fantastic to eat.
For a lively day in Port Blair, there is nowhere better to visit than the Aberdeen Bazaar. A fantastically upbeat and varied shopping area, complete with plenty of restaurants and useful services, such as banks, it is the heart of the town. Modern and quaint shops are nestled side-by-side here and while tourists flock to pick up some exotic souvenirs, locals shop here, too, so you’ll know that what you’re buying is actually authentic, but be ready to haggle.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Port Blair
The best time to visit Port Blair
With a tropical monsoon climate, Port Blair stays warm throughout the year, with temperatures staying in the region of 30°C, regardless of the month. The evening will see a drop to the low 20s, but it won’t ever feel chilly.
It is worth noting that May through to November are the wettest months, but this doesn’t deter adventurous visitors or those that enjoy water sports. For nature-watching opportunities, December to April is the optimum time to visit.
Did you know?
- Monday is a holiday here, so most shops and restaurants will be closed all day
- Port Blair is often referred to as ‘Mini India’, thanks to the huge variety of cultures that make up the population
- The largest sea turtles in the world nest on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands