About 50 miles north of the Button Group, Maya Bandar is the administration centre for Middle and North Andaman.
Call on Ch.16 on approach and report to the harbourmaster’s office on arrival. Fresh vegetables, meat and fish are available, as are telephone and fax facilities.
There is a government rest house close to the harbourmaster’s office overlooking the bay, with a good restaurant and friendly people.
Austen Strait is too shallow to be navigable by a keel boat but is a very interesting dinghy trip.
Be aware that there are many very large salt water crocodiles that live in Austen Strait, so keep a good lookout.
Anchor in 7-10 metres off Alves Island (a small backpacker camping area) about 2 miles from the village. Take the tender ashore. There is good coral off Alves Island.
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