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Pristine Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Diglipur B&B and Inns
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Koping, Sverige
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“Simply great!”
Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed there for 5-6 days on our trip to norhern andaman. Got a hut with bathroom, fan and all for 600 rupies. A bit much for us as backpackers but still great value.

The owner Alex is a great guy, had lot's of information and could provide activities around Kalipur. We did Ross and Smith island and could share boat with some others to lower the price. Beautiful trip with nice snorkeling even though the coral is basicly dead. Saw many fishes though.

We also went to Saddle peak with packed lunch from their restaurant. Tough trip! We went without guide. Got picked up in the dark on the way back by alex's staff.

Went to Diglipur with alex in his private car, i did a complete makeover at the local barber, haha!

Alex motto "work hard and be honest" will pay in the end. Great place and very experienced people!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Stayed in this beach resort for 2 days. Had a great experience. The owner Alex was very helpful. My compliments to him for running this very cozy resort. He had loads of information to share with us regarding the neighborhood. There are many tourist points around the resort to see. Unfortunately we were unaware of those spots. Had no time to visit them. Definitely worth staying here for more that 2 days.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2013 via mobile

After we spend some time on Havelock we made the decision to go north...and that was the best we could do (afterwards we went to Long and Neil island...but this been the best place)! Many locals recommed Diglipur to us, but from there you should go directly to Kalipur (public bus)!Pristine beach resort is amazing...you get out of far to many tourist like on Havelock and you have beautiful huts without peakseason-price! We stayed in a two-store-Bambuhut and we know that we would had paid two our three times the price on Havelock.There is a small island in front of the beach, you can swim over and there are beautiful corals without bleaching.One day we saw over 50 lionfish at the corals directly at the beach.Even at night there is something to do...from December on you can see turtles nesting directly on the beach of the guesthouse!We didn't see them there but we seen a lot while snorkelling at Ross and Smith islands, which has been amazing...and there is a beach without any rubbish! You also can visit caves and mud volcano there (they organise it for you)...which we haven't done...but just a walk to the next shop had been very nice! What made our 10 day stay really special is the owner of the resort Alex and his father "Uncle"! He had a resort in Havelock before and they know what tourist like! And you really get information far away from "possible" when you ask something, and we were just happy that we could enjoy his company (we had a lot of luck and Alex took us to a wedding of the neighbours)! And...the whole staff had been so friendly.The restaurant there is also very good and the cook came every evening out to talk to us and we had some really nice fish and prawns there...without being to expensive!
We really loved that place and farewell had been quite hard!
We really recommend this place!
Julia and Jochen from Germany

  • Stayed November 2012
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

Top reasons to come to Pristine:
1) Alex the owner/manager is super friendly, helpful and really goes out of his way to make your stay memorable. He built a bonfire for us one night, took us to the turtle hatchery, to the local chai shop, and always takes the time to chat with everyone and spend time with guests answering questions or just talking for the fun of it. This is rare in my experience!

2) There is a turtle hatchery just a 5 minute walk away from Pristine. Alex was sure to let us know when there was a new batch of turtles which had just come out of their eggs and it was wonderful to see the tiny Olive Ridley turtles.

3) Snorkeling at Craggy Island is fantastic. In terms of snorkeling and shallow coral, it was the best coral we saw in the Andamans. There seems to be a cool current that runs in front of Craggy Island and I think this is what protected these corals from getting bleached like in most of the rest of the Andaman Islands.
The best snorkeling is directly in front of the beach of Craggy Island. It's not a sandy beach but rather stones and broken corals so there are no sandflies.
We saw massive bumphead parrotfish in schools of up to 25 every day that we went snorkeling there. They tend to be found in the area between Craggy Island and the tiny unnamed rock/island just left of Craggy.
To get to Craggy Island it's an easy 20 minute swim (maybe 15 if you swim fast) if you wear fins and you are comfortable in the water. The channel between the beach at Kalipur/Pristine and Craggy isn't deep - maximum 6 or 7 meters I think so you can always see the sandy bottom. I suggest taking a bottle of water over with you when you go (if you have one of those big 2 litre bottles, fill it just half or 3/4 full it's quite buoyant and no trouble to pull it along with you when you swim over) and leave it on the beach at craggy so you can have some fresh water after snorkeling and before heading back to Pristine's beach. If you happen to have one of those dry bags you can even put some snacks in there, inflate the bag with air and then float it over to craggy for a picnic!

Do the swim over there together with a buddy - even if you're traveling alone it's no problem to meet other travelers who are interested in snorkeling.

Snorkeling at Craggy we also saw stingrays, angelfishes, butterflyfishes, morays, squids and octopus.

When you go out or come back from Pristine beach on your way to/ from Craggy island, if it's low tide you'll need to walk over some rocks so I suggest wearing socks. These by the way are also good for preventing blisters caused by fins. If it's high tide you won't have to walk over rocks though.

There is also a beach area where you can swim and snorkel if you go to the main Pristine Resort beach and walk left for a bit (5 min walk) but there are sometimes sand flies and the coral there is dead. However if you don't want to swim to Craggy you can still see fish there and if you have a good eye, octopus.

Accommodation
There are a variety of rooms available; there are a few huts for 300 Rps but to be honest they aren't great. Much better value if you can afford it are the huts for 600 Rps which have attached bath and nice tiled floors. At the moment there are only 3 of these 600 Rps rooms but I think they are planning to build more soon. There are also duplex bamboo bungalows for 1,000 Rps which are nice and some fancier proper rooms for about 2,500 Rps.

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There is a nice restaurant at Pristine with a pleasant seating area, either inside or outside. It is arranged in such a way that it's easy to meet and talk with other travelers there. The veg pakoras were fantastic and in the morning the fruit salad, made of organic fruit grown locally, was delicious and huge.
The food isn't cheap (though it is also not exorbitant). If you are on a tight budget you may want to eat some of your meals in Arial Bay (about a 20 minute bus ride away).

If you want to visit Ross and Smith islands, if you have a student card take it along as it's only 10 Rps (for the park fee) with one and 500 Rps without! The islands are lovely and have good snorkeling as well.

Enjoy your stay there and try to catch sunrise on the beach at least once!

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We stayed here with our small children and it was just perfect for hanging around and doing very little. The accommodation is relatively simple but clean and safe - and had hot water - a huge bonus!! They were helpful with arranging other trips and the on-site restaurant is pretty good too. It's a bit of a slog to get there but well worth the effort. We'd have loved to stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

It takes a while to get there from Port Blair but the north of the north island is worth it. The bus takes about 8 hours through forest roads and ferry crossings, then you take a local bus and then you get to Pristine. There is a range of accommodation options and a good restaurant. You can sleep in a wooden hut, a bigger wooden hut or a bungalow. The beach is about 100 metres away through the trees and you can be alone, or almost, for several hours of walk in either direction (be careful of crossing the creek to the right as it can be quite deep depending on the tide). All sorts of beach creepy crawlies, great views over the ocean, and often only your footprints in the sand. Maybe you will see turtles laying their eggs in the sand one dark night in the right season.

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Port Blair, India
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

located just at the right place where you want to stay. Up north in Andaman Group of Island in Diglipur is this wonderful accommodation called pristine beach resort. this family run place is well maintained and presented. There is a modern kitchen supported restaurant serving local food mostly organic.
one can go fishing, snorkeling, island tour, trekking the deep forests and high mountain (saddle peak) (the resort is at the base of the peak) and do all sorts of adventure stuff and also find themselves amidst the most raw and pristine nature.
If it is Diglipur, it has to be pristine beach resort.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Pristine Beach Resort
Address: Kalipur Beach, Diglipur, North Andaman Island 744202, India
Region: India > Andaman and Nicobar Islands > North Andaman Island > Diglipur
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Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Diglipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15

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