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The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are hubs of biodiversity with distinct flora and fauna you cannot find anywhere else. The scenic islands have 96 wildlife sanctuaries, nine national parks, and one biosphere reserve. Campbell Bay National Park is among the best national parks in the islands, known for the Giant Robber crab and Nicobar Pigeon, among other fauna species. It is rich in flora, too, as you can witness massive mangroves, orchids, seagrasses, and much more. The national park was established in 1992 in Great Nicobar Island and is spread across more than 420 square kilometres.

About Campbell Bay National Park

Campbell Bay National Park is the biggest national park in Andaman

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Campbell Bay National Park was established in 1992 along with the other national parks in the Galathea National Park area. A 12 km-wide forest buffer separates the two national parks. It is the largest national park in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Even though many parts of Campbell Bay are still restricted to visitors, the national park is one of the few places where travellers can explore trees, plants, animals, and much more. The national park is located remotely in the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve.

Due to limited access for visitors and strict rules, the national park is an unexplored territory beaming with rich flora and fauna. You can find various endangered species here, such as the Nicobar long-tailed macaque. The purpose of keeping people away from this national park for so long was to conserve and protect the many species found here, including the endangered ones.

Aquatic life is also a point of intrigue as the park boasts diverse marine life that thrives under the pristine waters. Marine plants, coral reefs, fishes, and animals are impressive because there is no outside intervention. From the crab-eating macaque to the vibrant varieties of orchids, everywhere your eyes see you will witness something magnificently stunning. You can find turtle species such as the Olive Ridley, Giant Leatherback, and Malayan Box. Snakes, deer, bats, wild pigs, crocodiles, and several eagle species can be found here.

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Who Should Visit Campbell Bay National Park?

A great place for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers

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The Campbell Bay National Park provides a perfect outing for your whole family; from the youngest to the oldest. It is a nature retreat for nature enthusiasts, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, and birdwatchers to enjoy the national park, a treasure trove. You can see numerous species in their natural habitat and observe how they interact with others.

Campbell Bay National Park Location

Campbell Bay National Park Andaman is close to Indonesia

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The national park is in Campbell Bay, part of the Great Nicobar Island. It is interesting that Campbell Bay National Park is closer to Indonesia’s Sumatra Island (190 km) than Andaman and Nicobar Island’s capital, Port Blair (533 km). Campbell Bay is a village, and the Campbell Bay National Park is located 22.7 km away from the town.

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How To Reach

You can take the ship, ferry, or helicopter to reach

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First, you need to reach Port Blair. You have three options from here:

By Ferry
You can take a ferry to the Great Nicobar Island, which will give you an experience of the great sea. Because the distance is over 500 km, it will take about a week to reach Campbell Bay. The ferry will take you through Nancowry, Little Andaman, and Car Nicobar.

By Ship
The second option is to board a ship. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands government vessel is called the MV Campbell Bay. The ship will take you directly from Port Blair to Campbell Bay, and the journey takes around 24 hours. This service is available only once a week, so booking in advance is better.

By Air
The last option is to take a helicopter ride directly to the island. The helicopter, Pawan Hans, is operated by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands government. This is the most expensive option but will get you there the fastest. Viewing the tiny islands from high in the sky is an unforgettable experience.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Campbell Bay National Park depends on what you want to enjoy

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The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a tropical climate, with temperatures between 21 degrees Celsius and 34 degrees Celsius.

  • The summers are between March and May. While the cool sea breeze will soothe you, you must be prepared for humidity that can reach up to 80%. During this time, you can enjoy various water sports activities and adventures.
  • The Monsoon season runs from the end of May to August. During this time, you will experience high discounts, although you may not be able to visit many places due to the unpredictable rains.
  • The post-monsoon season runs from September to November, and it is perfect for those who want to enjoy the lush greenery after the rainy season.
  • The winters are from December to February; this is the best time for sightseeing, birdwatching, and visiting national parks. Due to the pleasant weather, the animals and birds will be highly visible. The winters are not chilly at all but just perfectly cool enough.

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Essential Tips You May Follow

When visiting the Campbell Bay National Park, make sure you keep these things in mind.

  • Do not start a fire in any way. As this is a protected area, you can destroy precious life and cause irreparable damage to the habitat.
  • Do not disturb any animals you spot and avoid throwing anything at them. Just watch them in their habitat and leave them alone.
  • Do not feed the animals anything. They have been thriving in your absence and they can continue to do so without your interference.
  • Avoid carrying any non-biodegradable material with you such as plastics. If you bring anything, take it back and throw it in a dustbin rather than throw it in the Campbell Bay area.
  • You can access corals, but that does not mean you can take them home. This is prohibited. Enjoy the beautiful corals and let them do their job.
  • Indigenous tribes live in the Campbell Bay area. You are prohibited from taking their photographs.
  • Do not dive unless you have proper training. Walking on reefs can cause great destruction to marine life.

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Complete the dreamy trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands by visiting the biodiversity-rich Campbell Bay National Park. Spend an incredible time with your loved ones in this untouched paradise where nature is flourishing. Get ready to be instantly enamoured by the picturesque Great Nicobar Island, its surroundings, and the national park that makes a great trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Campbell Bay National Park

Why is Campbell Bay National Park protected?

For conserving and protecting the various flora and fauna in the region.

Which places can you visit near Campbell Bay?

In addition to the national parks, you can visit the lighthouse, which is a treat for birdwatchers. Indira Point is another destination to add to your itinerary.

Is it possible to go to Campbell Bay from Havelock Island?

No, you must go to Port Blair first. Then you can board a ferry or a ship or take a helicopter ride to Campbell Bay.

Which River flows near the Campbell Bay National Park?

The Galathea River is closest to the Campbell Bay National Park.

What type of flora can be seen in Greater Nicobar Island?

You can find protected forest areas, littoral forests, seagrasses, coconut forests, seaweed, and mangroves.

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