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Cinque Island actually comprises two islets, joined by a spectacular sand isthmus, with
shallow water either side that covers it completely at high tide. The main incentive to come here is the superlative diving and snorkeling around the reefs. However, heaps of dead coral on the beach attest to damage wreaked by the Indian navy during the construction of the swish ‘cottages’ overlooking the beach. Rumour has it that these were built for the visit of a Thai VIP in 1996, but local government officials now use them as bolt holes from Port Blair. Although there are no ferries to Cinque, it is possible to arrange dinghies from Chiriya Tapu village on South Andaman. Currently, your permit only allows you to spend the day on the island overnight stays are prohibited.