A beautiful islet out of a fairytale, the South Button Island National Park barely covers a 2 square kilometer area in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands off the eastern coast of India. Roughly a two hour drive by motor-boat, it is located on the south-west of Havelock Island. The main attraction around the tiny South Button Island is the shallow water tropical coral reefs.
This island is a tiny speck in the sea, a little more than an acre in area with a rock-face rising out of the water on the southern side which is an exquisite coral garden with many interesting Grottoes. The western side of the islet drops along a small wall underwater and is host to schooling Snappers, Surgeonfish, Barracuda, Big-Eye Trevally and Napoleon Wrasse. The eastern side boasts of a beautiful marine expanse of coral garden in as little as 12 meters of water around which Manta Rays and Devil Rays often visit with the occasional Leopard Shark. South Button Island National Park is also home to Water Lizards, Dugong, Octopuses, Morays, Lionfish, Shrimp and Nudibranchs of all shapes and colors.
This charming site is eminently suitable for snorkelers, and perhaps the best coral diversity found in a single location amongst all snorkeling sites. There is no beach on the South Button Island, and anyway, landing ashore is not permitted for the risk of damaging the corals. The only piece of dry land for the visitors is the boat itself, but then anything is worth for this truly rewarding experience of marveling at the exquisite, undisturbed tropical marine wealth towards the south of the Andaman Islands.
The weather is pleasant throughout the year, setting apart the monsoon months when it rains heavily. A base at Long Island will make visiting the South Button Island National Park and the surrounding islands most convenient.