Trans-Island Odyssey

It has come to our attention that the Indian government has recently been turning a blind eye to “human safaris” in which tourists are illegally visiting (or should I say harassing) the Jarawa. ContemporaryNomad.com does NOT encourage any form of visit to the Jarawa and we STRONGLY support the ban on travel to the Andamans until such issues have been resolved. Visit Survival International for information on the Jarawa and their struggle. We emphasize that our encounter with the Jarawa took place during the crossing of a collapsed bridge in 2009 before these organized safaris began.

Our trip from North Andaman to South Andaman could have been so simple: an overnight ferry from Diglipur back to Port Blair. So how the hell did we end up in a Jeep racing against time, having a midnight run-in with angry wild elephants, walking in the Jarawa tribal reserve (highly illegal), and camping on a filthy sidewalk? Well, that’s a typical day in India, but let me start from the beginning. Continue…

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

While on Havelock, Tony came back from diving one day with a you-won’t-believe-what-happened-to-me expression on his face. He recounted how he had missed a 12-foot manta ray gliding over him while he was looking at a turtle below, fully expecting my sympathy. But instead, I was like, “You saw a turtle?!”

I have every reason to be envious. The few times I have snorkeled, I haven’t had any luck spotting a turtle but, fortunately, Continue…