Interview Island Tour Information
Myabunder is the jumping-off place for Interview Island, a windswept nature sanctuary off th remote northwest coast of Middle Andaman. Only opened to tourists in 1997, it’s large, mainly flat and completely uninhabited save for a handful of unfortunate forest wardens, coast guards and policemen’s, posted here to ward off poachers. Foreigners aren’t permitted to spend the night on the island, and to visit you must first obtain permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden in Port Blair. If you’ve come to the Andamans to watch wildlife, a visit here should be top of your list.
The only way to reach Interview is to charter a private fishing dinghy from Mayabunder jetty for around Rs. 500. Arrange one the day before and leave at first light. Approaching the island, you’ll be struck by its wild appearance, particularly noticeable on the northwest, where the monsoon storms have wrecked the shoreline forest. If you can, however, get your boatman to pull up on the beach at the southern tip of the island, which has a perennial fresh water pool inside a low cave legend has it that te well, a nesting site for white bellied swifts, has no bottom. At the forest post, where you have to sign an entry ledger, ask the wardens about the movements of Interview’s feral elephants, descendants of trained elephants deserted here by a Kolkata based logging company after its timber operation failed in the 1950s.
When food (or potential mates) are scarce, the elephants take to the sea and swim to other islands (sometimes, it is said, all the way to Mayabunder). Salt water crocodiles are found on the islands eastern coastline.