Top things to do in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)

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Beach 1

A long sweep of sandy white coastline and mangroves wrapping around the northwest end of the island, 2km from the jetty, and gazing across to Havelock (Swaraj) Island's densely forested southern tip. There’s a sunse…
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Blue Sea

A quirky shack-like restaurant just back from Beach 3, with sandy floors, dangling sea-themed curios and a blue-whale-skull centrepiece. Come for the unpretentious, chilled-out character, nearby beach and simple, we…
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Garden View Restaurant

Occupying a colourful garden pavilion, 1km west of Beach 5, this family-run operation is a relaxing little spot to knock back a Kingfisher or papaya lassi (yoghurt-and-iced-water drink) and tuck into thalis, biryani…
Beach in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)

Beach 5

On the far eastern side of the island, 5km southeast of the jetty, Sitapur is a rugged sweep of silver-white sand, with small limestone caves accessible at low tide. It's popular for sunrise, and has some low-key ac…
Beach in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)

Beach 3

This secluded rock-studded cove with powdery sand and good snorkelling sits on Neil's south coast and is one of the better beaches for lazing around.
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Chand Restaurant

A blue-washed facade marks out this simple home-style restaurant in Neil's bazaar, where bread omelettes, steaming coffee and paratha (hotplate-cooked flaky bread with ghee) are whipped up.
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Sea View Chand Restaurant

Right by the jetty, this no-nonsense spot offers all sorts of multicuisine dishes, including crab masala, fish curry and fried rices.
Beach in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)

Beach 4

Neil Island's best swimming beach, though its proximity to the jetty (just west) is a turn-off, as is the rowdy day-trip scene packed with motorised boats, jet skis and banana-boat rides.
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Moonshine Garden

On the road to Beach 1, around 1.8km northwest of the jetty, traveller-focused garden cafe Moonshine cooks up pastas, fish thalis and other tasty bites. Opening times are erratic.
Beach in Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep)

Beach 2

On the southwest side of the island, signposted from Neil Kendra (1.5km), this rocky cove is famous for its striking Natural Bridge rock formation, accessible only at low tide.