Introducing Mayabunder & Around
In ‘upper’ Middle Andaman, Mayabunder is most famous for its villages inhabited by Karen, members of a Burmese hill tribe who were relocated here during the British colonial period. Sea’n’Sand is easily the best place to stay with comfortable rooms, attractive bamboo restaurant and bar. It's run by Titus and Elizabeth (and their extended Karen family), who are a good source for everything Mayabunder. It’s a low-key destination and will appeal to travellers looking for an experience away from the crowds.
You can go on a range of day tours, with the highlight being jungle trekking at creepy Interview Island (boat ₹4000 fits eight people), inhabited by a population of 42 wild elephants, released after a logging company closed for business in the 1950s. You’ll feel very off the beaten track here. Armed guards accompany you in case of elephant encounters. A permit (₹500) is required, which is best organised by faxing your permit to Titus at Sea’n’Sand. Other trips include Forty One Caves, where hawabills make their highly prized edible nests, and snorkelling off Avis Island.
Mayabunder, 71km north of Rangat, is linked by daily buses from Port Blair (₹180, 10 hours) and by thrice-weekly ferries. There’s an unreliable ATM here.