Jolly Buoy Island is one of the beautiful Islands of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The Island is known for its clear blue & green shades of water, its marine life, and various activities. Jolly Buoy Island is uninhabited, and the authorities ensure daytime entry and exit.
Currently, Scuba diving is not offered at Jolly Buoy or Red Skin.
HOW TO REACH JOLLY BUOY ISLAND:
The ticket cost for the ferry is 800 Rupees (750 for the ferry + 50 for the permit). Identity proof is required to purchase the tickets. The journey starts from Wandoor jetty and passes through many mangrove-rich islands on the way 45 minutes to Jollybuoy Island. The ferry stops at a floating pier about 100 meters from the beach. Small glass bottom boats are then used to transfer people to Island in batches of 10 to 15 people.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO KNOW BEFORE THE VISIT:
- JollyBuoy is a no Plastic zone, and even plastic drinking bottles are prohibited. Water containers are available on hire for a refundable deposit of Rupees 200 + Rupees 5 as rent. Tourists are advised to stock all the required drinking water for the day-long tour. Carry your own metallic water bottles to avoid the deposit and rent.
- All baggage is checked by the staff of Environment and Forest, and all plastic containers, covers etc., are shown their way to the dustbin.
- Book the tickets in advance. Although it is possible to get walk-in tickets at the window, since only a limited number of tourists are allowed on the Island daily, the tickets are often sold out.
- Jollybuoy and redskin Island are open alternatively for tourists every year.
- This Island is open to tourists for 6 months, from November to May every year.