Located in the South Andaman district, Neil Island is about 37 km from Port Blair. The jetty at Neill Kendra serves as the primary point of entry for the island.
There are regular government ferries to reach Neil Island from Port Blair. Timings for ferry departure are 6:30 am and 11:00 am every day from Phoenix Bay Jetty. Two private operators, Makruzz and Coastal Cruise, also take tourists to the island. Ticket reservations can be made in advance.
One among the most preferred way to travel to different islands is by ferries is cruises. Fast connectivity and more organised way of travelling provides customers a good experience. Port Blair to Havelock cruise takes almost 90 minutes to cover the distance. From Neil Island to Havelock, the cruises take around 60 minutes. 3 different classes such as Premium, Deluxe and Royal exist in these cruises. The classes name may vary based upon the cruise, however in general there are 3 categories in each. The oldest among the cruise is Makruzz, then Coastal Cruise (Acquired By Makruzz) and the latest arrival in this fleet is Green Ocean. Recently, in the year 2016 Makruzz Gold has also arrived which mainly operates between Port Blair and Havelock Island. Port Blair to Neil Island distance by ferry can be covered in 2 hours by the government ferry. Two boats (6:30 am and 11:00 am) leaving at Phoenix Bay Jetty make the round trip from Port Blair to Neil Island every day. Tickets can be booked in advance in Port Blair and Havelock.
To cover Havelock to Neil Island distance by ferry, tourists can resort to a ferry coming from the north to Neil to Rangat that connects through Long Island and Havelock. They can also hop onto private boat companies - Mackruzz and Ocean Green that operate between Port Blair, Havelock and Neil.
These cruises operate only in Port Blair, Havelock, and Neil Island. The daily frequency of these cruises is high in region from Port Blair to Havelock and Havelock to Port Blair. During peak season you may expect the cruises to double its sail in the islands. It is suggested that you check the operation of these cruises during the months of June, July and August.