Pirotan Island (also known as Pirothan) is an Arabian Sea island in the Marine National Park
District of Gujarat
. It is located 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the coast (Bedi Port), consists of mangroves and low-tide beaches and has an area of 3 square kilometres.Rozi island is located about 10 kilometres to the southeast.
Of the 42 islands in the park, Pirotan Island is the most popular and is one of the two islands where visitors are normally permitted.Visitation is strictly limited, permission is required from the Forest Department, Customs Department and the Ports.The mangroves consist mainly of species of Rhizophora, Avicennia and Ceriops.The island was originally known "Pir jo thaan" meaning the place of the holy Saint Khwaja Khizer Rahmatullahialaih. The sacred shrine of Khwaja Khijer Rahmatullahialaih is located on the island.
The island being protected marine park, several permissions are required for visiting. For Indian Nationals, permission from local Forest Department, Customs Department & Ports Department. Foreign nationals additionally require permission for Police Office.There are no routine ferry service to island. One has to hire boats from the port. These boats take about 1.5 hours to reach the island. Since the beach is very shallow, the boats can only reach the island during high tide and leave the island during high tide.
Pelicans, Sea Gull, Harring Gull, Blackheaded Gull, Crab Plover, different types of waders,
Marine life-forms found include:
Various types of Crabs
Plus there are Saw-scaled Vipers & Scorpions too.