South button island national park
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South button island national park

  • Location : Andaman district of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • Coverage area : 0.03 Km2

  • Main attraction : Sea turtles, Dugongs, Dolphins, Blue whales

  • Best time to visit : December to April

  • Nearby cities : Havelock island

Exploring the marine life at the end of india - South button island national park

Located in the Andaman district of Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Union territory) of India, South Button Island National Park was established in the year of 1987 covering an area of 0.03 Km2. It is basically a part of the Rani Jhansi Marine National Park.

On the southern side this island, there is a small spot in the sea with a rock-face rising out of the water. It is petty more than an acrein area but is a beautiful coral garden with many fascinating Grottoes. This small island descend along a tiny wall submerged on the western side and is the dwelling spot for Barracuda, Big-Eye Trevally, Snappers, Surgeonfish, and Napoleon Wrasse. The place also brags of an exquisite water expanse of coral garden which is about 12 meters of water in the eastern side surrounding which Devil Rays and Manta Rays often visit with the occasional Leopard Shark.

Climatic conditions

Given its location, there is predominantly an oceanic type of climate. The average temperature ranges between 20˚C to 30˚C. The place receives heavy downpour during the monsoon months of June to October.

Best time to visit

From December to April is the best time to visit the south button island national park.

Types of animal in park

The most commonly spotted fauna of the region includes but not limited to Sea turtles, Dugongs, Dolphins, Blue whales, Snappers, Barracuda, Nudibranchs, Water lizards, Sweetlips, Lion fish, Devil rays, Shrimps, Surgeonfish, Angel fish, Butterfly fish, Manta rays, Octopuses, Barracuda, Napoleon Wrasse, Manta rays, Big-eye trevally, Devil rays, Leopard shark, Edible nest swiftlet, White bellied sea eagle.

The prime vegetation of south button island is definitely the shallow water coral reefs. What makes it more interesting is their high visibility from the top and interestingly, the tropical coral reefs found even at a depth of about 6 feet. To name a few of the dominant flora, it would include Calamuspalustris, Dinochloaandamanica, Caryotamitis, Aprosavillosula, Baccaureasapida, Hopeaodorata, Salmaliainsignis, Dinochloapalustris, Sideroxylon, Artocarpus, Dipterocarpuspilosus, Parishiainsignis, Calophyllumsoulattri, Endospermumchinensis, Canarium, and Dipterocarpusgrandiflorus.

Distance from major cities

  • Havelock island , 24 km

  • Port Blair ,74 km

  • Kolkata, 1252 km

  • Chennai ,1387 km

  • Hyderabad ,1664 km

  • Kanyakumari ,1755 km

How to reach the National park ?

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Connectivity to Sunderbans is possible by air, rail, road, and waterways. The town of Gosaba, about 50 km away from the Sunderbans, is the closest to it. Other close-by towns are Canning, Sonakhali, Namkhana, Raidighi, Najat, etc.

Nearest airport

Port Blair airport is the only connecting airport to this place. It is well connected with Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai Airport.

Railway station

There is no railway station in Andaman and hence no rail head in South Button Island National Park. Nearest railway station is Chennai Railway Station in Chennai city of Tamil Nadu and is about 1,370km away from the park.

Road accessibility

Given is geographic location, there is no road connectivity of this place apart from the ones inside the island.


Abhishekh Hotel, Sentinel Hotel, The Wild Orchid are some of the most preferred places to stay in the region. Between the aqua blue waters of the Andaman Sea and the green hills of Havelock, the cottages and the hotels offer a very pleasant stay. There are no accommodation facilities at the park area. Tourists can choose to stay at Long Island, Havelock Islands and Port Blair depending on the rest of the plan for the trip.

Things todo in south button island national park

Campbell shoal – andaman

This is one of the known places situated about 10 nautical miles off the south-east Coast of Middle Andaman Island.Mostly tranquil and invulnerable, this diving site is based out amidst some surrounding hard coral reef. InAndamans, it is considered as the best places to enjoy diving from 5 meters to 25 meters. There are dinghies by which one can reach here. On the fordable parts, they are glazed with Coral Bommies and Table Corals and mainly descent down the reef with Acropora Corals.Lots of small fishes are seen here that add to the color of the underwater scenery.

Turtle island – andaman

Five kilometers away from north of South Button Island, this island is small in size and has beautiful white sandy beaches. Based in the southern coast, it has a very large shallow reef and offers huge opportunities for diving.In the eastern part, there is adequate scopes of diving and is joined with the Middle Button Island.This is indeed one of the most extraordinary leisure holiday destinations, particularly for those who love the sand, sea and sun.

Scuba diving

Scuba diving is one of the most loved and well known sportsof this National Park.


For snorkelers, this is one of the most desirable places in India. Moreover, of all the snorkeling sites, it is considered as the foremost coral diversity which is seen in only one location.


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