Agatti is called the gateway of Lakshadweep. Agatti island is located on the eastern side of a hemispherical-shaped reef formation that lies 8 km southwest from Bangaram. Probably the Agatti has many striking features among Lakshadweep island group. The Agatti reef was relatively less affected by the bleaching event. The perimeter reef encloses a shallow lagoon of around 17 km² in area.
Coral growths and multi coloured coral fishes are abound in its lagoons. Sea turtles are legally protected species in this tropical marine ecosystems.Agatti has been identified as the first marine community reserve based on ‘Coral reef monitoring surveys’(Video), which revealed the presence of live coral exceeds here 60%. The higher abundance of live corals is mainly due to a selected group of coral family Acroporidae.
Agatti is remarkable in that it possesses no storm beach. The eastern shore is composed only of sand, rising from the level of the reef flat, which is well exposed at low tides. The Northern side of island is thickly populated and the Southern side, a narrow stretch of land where the airport complex located is thinly populated. 200 m off the southern tip of the main island lies the smaller islet of Kalpitti.
Agatti Island Beach Resort located close to the airport, which by itself is an added advantage in transport logistics. The resorts get mostly domestic tourists and foreigners are also allowed. Prohibition is in force in the resorts although drinking strictly within the rooms by the tourists is not objected.
Scuba diving, snorkelling near the coral reef, glass bottom boats in the lagoon, speed boating, deep sea fishing, lagoon fishing, journey to nearby islands (Thinnakkara, Parli and Bangaram), water skiing, kayaking are some of the major attractions here.
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