Those who make it as far as sparsely populated North Andaman are rewarded with some impressive natural attractions. The Diglipur area is a giant outdoor adventure playground, home to a world-famous turtle-nesting site, the Andamans' highest peak and a network of limestone caves, not to mention glorious snow-white beaches and some of the best snorkelling in the Andamans.
However, don’t expect much of the sprawling, gritty bazaar town Diglipur itself (population 43,200), the Andamans' second-largest urban settlement, 80km north of Mayabunder. Instead, head straight for the tranquil coastal village of Kalipur, a 17km drive east of Diglipur.
There are rumblings of impending tourism development in the region, with a bridge now linking North and Middle Andaman and plans for a public airport near Kalipur. But for now, the area remains satisfyingly remote.