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Butler Bay Little Andaman - Bad Bad News - 2007/03/12 04:25 I've just returned from a 1 month stay at Butler Bay, Little Andaman. Had a good time (sandfly bites excepted) with a good crew from around the World. Thanks Flo (France), Nico (India), Marco (Japan), Tirion (Cornwall), Jamie (Wales) and Greg (USA). The waves were good with a couple of 6-8ft.days and otherwise a regular swell throughout.

If you don't know the place, it's featured in Thicker Than Water. Please forgive me anyone who might have wanted surfers to keep 'shtum' about the waves here, but the surfing world needs to know that this little bit of paradise is about to be truely fucked up.

During the course of our stay a crowd of local officials and members of the Andaman and Nicobar Admiistration turned up to celebrate the decision to build a jetty in the middle of the bay. A road has already been hacked through the jungle from R.K.Pur (pro. Arkaypur, actually Ram Krishna Pur village) to a point in the bay opposite the channel between the northern reef (which is the objective of most surfers who visit the place) and the middle reef.

This 'jetty' is actually a full on concrete pier, intended to take the boats from Port Blair and it will extend into the middle of the bay.

The story from the officials and the locals is that

a) They intend to move the administative centre from Hut Bay (still not recovered from the tsunami) to RKPur as it is 1 hour closer to Port Blair.

b) This will get more tourists to the spot (some chance as the beauty of the place will be lost)

The news is that the resort in the coconut plantation, destroyed by the tsunami, is to be rebuilt for the 2008 tourist season and hotels and government campsites built in the jungle close to the north reef. Farewell surf idyll!!!

The effects of the pier which will be built over the next 3 years is the destruction of the wave on the middle reef. What will happen to the wave on the northern reef I can't say but the swell movements will be sufficiently effected to make some difference. On top of this is the loss of the wildlife and environment. All the locals keep talking about is making the place as successful as Dubai.

There you have it.

JayB
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Re:Butler Bay Little Andaman - Bad Bad News - 2007/03/12 09:03 Sounds like another Toll Road at Trestles incident.
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Re:Butler Bay Little Andaman - Bad Bad News - 2007/03/14 15:53 Lol
That sucks
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Re:Butler Bay Little Andaman - Bad Bad News - 2007/07/20 06:30 Hi Wanna Surfers!

I read JayB's posting about his recent visit in March to Butler Bay, Little Andaman.

My name is Christine Garcia and I work with Save the Waves Coalition www.savethewaves.org and we focus on saving waves that are endangered due to construction and development. We suggest alternatives so that a wave is saved and the developer can still meet his/her goals as well.

We are trying to get more information about the pier which will be built over the next 3 years that will destroy the wave on the middle reef in Butler Bay.

Does anyone here have any contacts in Butler Bay, Little Andaman? Can you send them to me, so we can confirm this story and then start a campaign to prevent this wave from being destroyed?

Thanks in advance!

Christine

christine@savethewaves.org
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Re:Butler Bay Little Andaman - Bad Bad News - 2007/10/10 18:41 Hi!! heard about the crappy news!! i was in the andamns with tirion , nico, flow, jamie and greg and loads more last jan/feb
and it was amazing!!!
We got to do something about the surf spot!!!
I'm in plymouth right now and started a wildlife conservation coarse .. i got some contacts but i need more info about the whole development plan !!
if u guys have any info or ideas/ plans on how to stop it mail me
avhilde@yahoo.com
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