These superb islands are rarely visited by yachts. However, by navigating through Homfray Strait, they can be included in a circumnavigation of the Andaman Islands.
These islands are remote and wild. There are salt water crocodiles on the eastern side of Interview Island, so only swim on the western side and never swim at night in this area.
Interview Island also has a small herd of wild elephant, occasionally seen on the beach or playing in the sea. Interview is also a superb island for jungle walks.
Admiralty charts of this area are very inaccurate, with entire islands missing and reefs drawn in the wrong place. The chartlet provided is more accurate, but use it with care and heed the warning at on Page 9 of this book: “…the charts of anchorages… are intended as a guide only.”
29 miles from Homfray Strait
This is a superb anchorage in a natural harbour. Approach from due south and anchor on a white sand bottom in 6-8 metres surrounded by reef.
South Reef Island has spectacular beaches and snorkelling. The gap between South Reef Island and Interview Island is not navigable by keelboat.
30 miles from Homfray Strait
Another natural harbour formed by the fringing reef. Anchor on a sand bottom in 8-10 metres surrounded by reef. The southern channel of the reef gap provides all tide access to the beach. This is a great area for walking.
37 miles from Homfray Strait
Yet another perfect marina formed by a gap in the fringing reef. Anchor on a sand bottom in 8-10 metres surrounded by reef. Access to the beach is at high tide only. There is great fishing off the edge of the reef in this area.
45 miles from Homfray Strait
Anchor in 15-20 metres off the reef edge on a sand bottom. The reef comes up very quickly here.
To the west is a small mangrove estuary which provides easy access into the jungle – there is some superb walking in this area. This is a great base from which to explore the extensive mangroves along the eastern coast by dinghy.
Taking a keel yacht to the east of Interview Island is not recommended.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.
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