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Ross Island

Ross Island is a small island located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. It is situated in the Bay of Bengal, about 3 km to the east of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island is about 2.5 km long and 0.5 km wide, with an area of 2.5 sq km.

The island was named after the British marine surveyor, Daniel Ross, who discovered it in 1788. Initially, it was used as a penal settlement for Indian freedom fighters during the British Raj. In 1858, the British established a penal settlement on the island, which was abandoned in 1883.

In 1941, the Japanese occupied Ross Island and renamed it ‘Kaigan Shima’. They constructed a harbour and a radio station, and built several buildings, including a hospital and a power station. The Japanese maintained control of the island until 1945, when the British regained control of it.

After the war, the Indian government took control of the island and established a naval base. In 1979, the island was declared a wildlife sanctuary. Today, the island is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, monkeys, and a variety of birds.

Ross Island is a popular tourist destination, with a number of historical buildings and monuments. It is home to the ruins of the British colonial buildings, such as a church, a cemetery, and a post office. The island also has a museum, which houses artefacts from the British Raj and the Japanese occupation.

The island is accessible by boat from Port Blair. Visitors can explore the island and view the ruins of the buildings, as well as the wildlife. It is an interesting place to visit, with a rich history and a beautiful landscape.

Excursion tips for a day in Ross Island

As a tourist in Ross Island, India, there is a variety of activities to enjoy on a day trip. Here is a list of possible activities:

1. Take a guided tour of the island and explore its historical monuments, such as the British Residency, the Japanese Temple, and the Church of Our Lady of Good Health.

2. Visit the Anthropological Museum and learn about the island’s history and culture.

3. Go for a swim in the island’s crystal clear waters.

4. Take a boat ride around the island and enjoy the stunning views of the Andaman Sea.

5. Go snorkeling and explore the vibrant coral reef and marine life.

6. Enjoy a picnic on one of the island’s many beaches.

7. Go bird watching and spot some of the island’s exotic bird species.

8. Visit the Ross Island Light House and take in the panoramic views.

9. Explore the lush tropical forests and take a nature walk.

10. Enjoy some of the local cuisine at one of the island’s restaurants.

Experience Ross Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Ross Island. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Ross Island

Ross Island in India has a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The average temperature ranges from 28°C to 33°C during the summer months and from 15°C to 25°C during the winter months. The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall from June to September, while the dry season is from October to May. The island also experiences occasional cyclones, storms, and floods during the monsoon season. Overall, Ross Island has a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters, with heavy rainfall during the monsoon season and occasional cyclones, storms, and floods.

Cruise weather for Ross Island

Our weather forecast for Ross Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Sep. 24th 2023 Sep. 24th 2023 max: 28.9 °C
min: 25.4 °C
24.1 m/s
30.6 m/s
91.2 %
20.2 m
80.3 %
1,010 hPa
Sep. 25th 2023 Sep. 25th 2023 max: 28.4 °C
min: 25.4 °C
23.4 m/s
33.5 m/s
95.3 %
13.1 m
82.8 %
1,008 hPa
Sep. 26th 2023 Sep. 26th 2023 max: 26.3 °C
min: 24.9 °C
24.1 m/s
36.0 m/s
100.0 %
12.6 m
89.5 %
1,008 hPa
Sep. 27th 2023 Sep. 27th 2023 max: 26.7 °C
min: 25.3 °C
23.4 m/s
33.8 m/s
93.3 %
14.4 m
88.0 %
1,007 hPa
Sep. 28th 2023 Sep. 28th 2023 max: 26.2 °C
min: 25 °C
23.0 m/s
40.3 m/s
99.4 %
11.9 m
89.4 %
1,006 hPa
Sep. 29th 2023 Sep. 29th 2023 max: 25.8 °C
min: 24.7 °C
55.8 m/s
81.0 m/s
99.8 %
8.5 m
91.7 %
1,006 hPa
Sep. 30th 2023 Sep. 30th 2023 max: 27.3 °C
min: 25.9 °C
40.3 m/s
64.1 m/s
97.1 %
13.3 m
84.5 %
1,008 hPa
Oct. 1st 2023 Oct. 1st 2023 max: 28.6 °C
min: 26.3 °C
34.6 m/s
56.2 m/s
45.6 %
18.6 m
80.6 %
1,009 hPa
Oct. 2nd 2023 Oct. 2nd 2023 max: 28.2 °C
min: 26.4 °C
32.0 m/s
49.7 m/s
94.8 %
22.6 m
81.3 %
1,008 hPa
Oct. 3rd 2023 Oct. 3rd 2023 max: 26.6 °C
min: 24.9 °C
29.9 m/s
44.3 m/s
100.0 %
13.9 m
88.3 %
1,009 hPa
Oct. 4th 2023 Oct. 4th 2023 max: 26.7 °C
min: 25 °C
32.8 m/s
52.9 m/s
100.0 %
15.4 m
86.3 %
1,008 hPa
Oct. 5th 2023 Oct. 5th 2023 max: 26.8 °C
min: 25.9 °C
33.1 m/s
50.0 m/s
100.0 %
15.3 m
85.9 %
1,008 hPa
Oct. 6th 2023 Oct. 6th 2023 max: 26.5 °C
min: 25.8 °C
29.5 m/s
49.3 m/s
98.5 %
15.2 m
87.8 %
1,009 hPa

Cruises to Ross Island

Would you like to travel to Ross Island on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Ross Island.

Scheduled ship calls in Ross Island, India
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Feb. 14th 2024 Wednesday, 14th of Feb. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 15th 2024 Thursday, 15th of Feb. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 16th 2024 Friday, 16th of Feb. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 17th 2024 Saturday, 17th of Feb. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 18th 2024 Sunday, 18th of Feb. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 19th 2024 Monday, 19th of Feb. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 14th 2025 Friday, 14th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Feb. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am

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Maritime AIS Data Ross Island

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