Once the administrative headquarters of the British, Ross Island is deserted today. Where once manicured lawns occupied space and umbrellas adorned the poolside, when daily services were held in the Church, now forests and undergrowths have taken over. The place is in pathetic ruins but it is worth giving a look. On getting down at the Jetty, one has to sign the visitor's book as the island is under the Navy. Important ruins include a church, cemetery, swimming pool, and chief commissioner's residence.A small museum of the Indian Navy, Smritika, has a good collection of old records.
The languages spoken here are Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, and other tribal languages.
To access the island from the mainland, one has to arrive at the capital Port Blair first and then take a local transport to reach Phoenix Bay Jetty. From here, a short boat ride takes the tourist to Ross Island.