After a long and tiring journey the other day, we retired to bed a bit early and slept like hard rocks. The resort which is government-owned was comfortable enough. It was only around 6.30 we woke up just to see both our aunts ready and waiting for us to wake up and get ready for our next adventure, it’s not an adventure in the true sense though!
What is so specific about the place which we are going to visit? Why did we come on such a tiring journey so long? Is the place which we are going to visit is worth the journey? Lots of questions swirled in my mind. We quickly refreshed, had our breakfast and rushed to the Ariel Bay Jetty in Diglipur. There is a forest office at which we got the permits to visit this island. Today it’s going to be a different experience, coz we are not going to take a speed boat which we were accustomed for the past few days but we hired a ‘Dhungi’, which means a country boat.
Though I was so nervous at the beginning, I started to enjoy my ride in the Dhingi. It took us around 30 minutes to reach an island which is known as ‘Ross Island’. Don’t be confused with the Ross about which I wrote a few days back. This is yet another gem in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago with crystal clear water and a splendid beach. It was around 8.30 in the morning, and there were only a few tourists by the time we reached there, most of them sun bathing!
Soon we jumped out of the Dhungi into the waters as it has to be anchored in the water itself. I noticed another island which is very near to the Ross Island separated by the sea. We thought that we can pay a visit to the other island on our dinghi when once we were done with the Ross. There are few bamboo huts, benches as well as tree-houses on the Ross and our aunts preferred to sit and relax there, while we were out into the beach. The water here is warm, crystal clear and turquoise.
It was around 12.30 in the afternoon, when we realized how worth this tiring journey was! It was a low tide at this hour of time and a silky white sand bar surfaced up gradually and it was almost like the sea splitting up to make a way to the other island which is known as the Smith Island. It was one such wonderful sight to see the sand bar emerging which was submerged 10 feet under the water when we reached the Ross Island in the morning (high tide).
We were out onto the sand bar heading to the Smith island and the walk lasted for 20 minutes. Smith Island is entirely different from Ross. While Ross is best for activities like Sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling and Scuba diving, Smith which is bigger in size with tropical forest and inhabited, offers nature trails for trekking and hiking. These two islands which are so different in every aspect are the same when it comes to the experience they throw to their visitors.
Probably that’s the reason behind them being called as the “Twin islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands”. We were back to our resort by 3 pm, had our lunch and relaxed for a while. Gone out for a walk in the evening, but didn’t find anything much interesting.. But I got few good memories to hold back throughout my life 🙂
Ross & Smith – An experience which is beyond description 🙂