Many tourists find their way up here in order to explore the various islands dotted around the gulf north of Aerial Bay, particularly Smith and Ross (not to be confused with its namesake near Port Blair), whose white sandbars, coral reefs and flora are splendid. At low tide it is possible to walk between the two islands. Mercifully, plans to build a luxury resort on Smith have floundered. You can organize the requisite permit from the Wildlife Information booth at Aerial Bay and rent a boat for the return trip yourself, or through one of the area guesthouses – try Pristine Beach Resort.

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