MacPherson Strait is easily navigable, even by a deep draft vessel. The ends of the strait, Wandoor in the west and Chiryatapu in the east, are connected to Port Blair by road.
Since 2012 the Chief Wildlife Warden has arbitrarily banned yachts from anchoring in or transiting the Mahatma Ghandi National Park which effectively prevents passage through MacPherson Strait. Jolly Buoy and Tarmugli anchorages also lie within the National Park. These anchorages are included for completeness if this ban is lifted at some point in the future.
17 miles from Port Blair
Anchor in 10-12 metres on a mud bottom with excellent holding. This anchorage is very well protected. Chiryatapu is an ideal stop over when heading to or from Port Blair.
9 miles from Chiryatapu
Anchor in 20 metres well clear of the coral reef near to the two large steel moorings. There is great snorkelling on the outer side of the reef to the west of Jolly Buoy. You are not permitted to go ashore at Jolly Buoy.
17 miles from Chiryatapu
Anchor in 12-15 metres on a sand bottom off the edge of the coral reef. This is a picturesque anchorage with great sunset views. You are not permitted to go ashore on this island.
15 miles from Chiryatapu
Well protected anchorage in 10 metres on a sandy bottom. There is excellent snorkelling around the reef edge to the south of this bay but some care should be taken as there are salt water crocodiles in this area.
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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