THE VOLCANIC Cinque Island 1 is perhaps the most beautiful of the entire Andamans group, as it has had little human interference over the years and is mostly uninhabited.Comprising two islands, North and South Cinque, connected by a sand bar, it was declared a sanctuary in 1987. The surrounding reefs of rare coral and varied marine life offer some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the Andamans. The sandy shores are also among the last refuges of the hawksbill and green sea turtles, which nest here annually in their hundreds.
ENVIRONS: Tiny groups of islands known as theSisters and the Brothers, lying 12 km (7 miles) and 32 km (20 miles) south of Cinque respectively, canbe visited only with a professional diving group. Large tracts of the remote southern island of Little Andaman, 70 km (44 miles) and eight hours by ferry from Port Blair, are a reserve for the 100-odd surviving members of the Onge tribe.It is not advisable to try and make contact with them. Part of northern Little Andaman is open to visitors.