Only 70km north of Rangat by road (a bus journey of three hours of more), perched on a long promontory right at the top of the island and surrounded by mangrove swamps, Mayabunder is a springboard for the remote northern Andaman Islands. The village, home to a large minority of former Burmese Karen tribal people who were originally brought here as cheap logging labour but the British, is more appealing than Rangat, but again there is little to hold your interest for long.
At the brow of the hill, before it descends to the jetty, a small hexagonal wooden structure houses the Forest Museum/Interpretation Centre (Mon to Sat 8am to noon & 1 to 4pm free), which holds a motley collection of turtle shells, snakes in formaldehyde, dead coral, a crocodile skull and precious little information. Next door, the APWD Rest House is large and very comfortable, with a pleasant garden and gazebo overlooking the sea, and a dining room serving good set meals. The only other reasonable accommodation nearby is back in the centre of the bazaar at the annol Lodge, some of whose attached room have TV. Further afield at Karmateng Beach, 14 km southeast, there’s another A&N Tourism hotel, the swiftlet Nest but nothing else. Two buses are supposed to go there daily, failing which there are taxis or auto-rickshaws.
Buses from Port Blair now continue over the new bridge to Digilipur on North Andaman at least twice a day, some bypassing Mayabunder altogether. Heading back towards the capital, there are a couple of private services, such as Andaman XP, as well as one government bus, al departing very early in the morning.