Havelock Island in Andaman (Swaraj Dweep), with its stunning white beaches and sparkling teal waters is one of the most visited islands in Andaman and Nicobar. Located about 40 km north east of Port Blair, Havelock Island has earned reputation of being a traveler’s paradise. This Island is a dream destination for all – be it a luxury traveler or a budget backpacker. The havelock island has some of the most enchanting beaches in Asia, some of the best diving spots of South Asia and is a home to lush green tropical forests.
Do you need any other reason to plan a trip to Havelock Island? So, what are you waiting for? Keep on reading and you’ll get a complete idea about what sports you should get indulged in, what are some of the must to-do things in Havelock in Andaman, and which are the best food joints to devour some mouth-watering food.
The first thing you have to do to reach Havelock is to reach Port Blair. You can reach there either by air or ship. Considering the time it takes, flights are the best option to reach Port Blair, only if you’re not in a hurry.
From Port Blair to havelock island, you have to take a ferry. Private ferries are usually cleaner and will take you to havelock in Andaman faster than the government ones. You can book ferry from Port Blair to havelock online. Private ferries are operated by Nautika, Sealink and a few others. Nautika is the most reputed and the fastest one. You can get details on port Blair to havelock ferry fare and book tickets online from the Nautika website.
Ferries are also available between Neil and Havelock Islands as well. You can get your ferry tickets from Booking Page.
Well, let us tell you then. The best time to plan your trip to havelock island is between October and April. During these months, the weather remains considerably pleasant, making it ideal for water sports and beach activities. However, if you wish to avoid crowds, May and June are good for sightseeing and water activities in havelock in Andaman as well.
Like the other numerous islands in Andaman Archipelago, Havelock Island remained virtually unknown to the rest of the world, till the 18th century when British marine surveyor named John Ritchie was given a job to travel the seas off the eastern coast of India and document the routes to any islands he might find.
Havelock started becoming a popular spot in early 2000 and then after time magazine named Radha Nagar beach “the most beautiful beaches of Asia”, tourist & traveler started flocking in numbers. Havelock Island in Andaman has become massively popular for newlywed couples, divers or casual tourists.
Though you’ll find typical tropical climate throughout the year, however as per locals, the weather remains pleasant from late December till the end of February in Havelock. June to September are the months of Monsoon which brings heavy rainfall. Sometimes, the island gets largely impacted due to hurricanes in the Bay of Bengal during November.
Ideally, 3 days and 2 nights are needed to cover Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). But we would recommend you to include one more day to completely soak in the vibes of the island while planning your trip to Havelock island.
It usually takes about half a day to reach Havelock Island in the ferries from Port Blair or Neil Island. So, anything lesser that 2 nights is not at all recommended.
Four-wheelers, autos and tuk-tuks are available for hire just outside the jetty and other locations throughout Havelock. You can also take a two-wheeler on rent for exploring the entire Havelock Island.
There are petrol pumps available in the island, so getting petrol won’t be an issue. Renting one without gear two-wheeler will usually charge Rs 700 per day.
Havelock Island is devoid of any internet or phone connection, so, nature is the only one you can connect to. Havelock Island takes you to a time when life used to be simple and the old ways of communication worked the best. Even the best resorts in Havelock beach provide you the personal experience especially if you are on your honeymoon.
The tourists who are on a trip to Havelock island find a better connection with their inner self. This experience is enough to rejuvenate your soul and provide the best experience of Andaman Tourism.
Adjectives fall short to describe this beauty in words. With the waves falling on stretches of white sand, the place is simply breath-taking. It is a 2-kilometre-long crescent-shaped Radhanagar Beach with soft silvery sand. Back in 2004 this Radhanagar Beach had been voted by by the the “Times Magazine” as the best beach in Asia.
There is not a speck of dirt on the beach. You can spend hours by just gazing at the endless blue sea along with the white sands and the green trees adjacent to the beach. And the view of the sunset from the beach is one of the most ecstatic views.
Public buses are available from the Main Havelock ferry Jetty to reach Radhanagar Beach. Or else, you can also hire an auto-rickshaw always.
Water sports are not allowed at Radhanagar Beach.
The sunset from Radhanagar beach is spectacular. You can’t miss it in any manner during your trip to Havelock island. The beach remains crowded with tourists during the afternoon and evening time, so you won’t feel alone.
A Tip: If you have time, do visit Radhanagar Beach in the morning. At that time the beach is comparatively less crowded.
Vijaynagar Beach is another such beautiful havelock beach near the Vijayanagar village on the east coast of the island and is lined by Mahua and coconut trees. You can go on long walks along the beach, and what’s better than having a company on your long walks. A number of mid-ranged to luxury resorts are found around this place. The Dolphin Resort is right in front of Vijaynagar Beach.
If you are looking for little bit of solace then Kalapathar beach is your place to visit in Havelock. If Radhanagar Beach is apt for sunsets, then Kalapathar Beach is definitely apt for the sunrise. Kalapathar beach is 3 km from Vijaynagar Beach and is on the extreme end of Havelock in Andaman. The beach got its name from the stretches of black rock along the beach. The beach is secluded and not many people visits the beach.
The ride to Kalapathar beach is one hell of a lovely ride through the Kalapathar village having paddy fields and small huts.
Elephant Beach is another beautiful and one of the extremely popular places to visit in Havelock in Andaman and can be reached by cruise sailing through azure blue seas. Speedboats are available from jetty near Beach No. 1 for Elephant Island. The Elephant Beach looks even more beautiful with the trees at the backdrop. There are some large broken branches from uprooted trees that make the beach photographic.
Elephant Beach is the next most popular beach after Radhanagar Beach, so don’t expect solitude. It is also a famous spot for water activities. It has very beautiful coral reefs and Snorkelling. Scuba diving and sea walking are also done here.
The beach is named after an elephant who used to swim in the waters along with his mahout and entertain the tourists. Thankfully, it has stopped now. So do not expect any elephants to entertain you while you enjoy your fresh coconut water. The beach has locker facilities and changing rooms too for the tourists.
Havelock Island has wide range of accommodation fitting different budgets. From luxury resorts to pocket friendly one for backpackers, you will find everything convenient to your Havelock island trip cost here.
Radhanagar and Vijaynagar beaches has the most suitable places for families and couples to stay. Backpackers with tight budget will find budget stays near beach No. 3 & 4. They can get rooms within a range from Rs 800 to Rs 1500 here. Some budget stays are also available near Beach No.1. Here is the list of some hotels where you can stay and enjoy your vacation – Silver Sand Beach Resort, Havelock Island Beach Resort, Barefoot at Havelock.
Scuba Diving in Havelock Island Is a Must
End up your trip to havelock island without enjoying Scuba Diving, would be the biggest mistake to do. And it’s not only the sport, but it is also about finding yourself in the depths of ocean. The ideal season for diving is between December to May. Seduction Point, Mac point, Minerva Ledge, Turtle Bay, Pilot Reef etc are some of the best diving sites in Havelock Island. There are a few popular dive shops like Barefoot Scuba, Andaman Dive Club and a few more.
Apart from scuba diving, you can enjoy snorkelling, sea walking and a few other water sports. While Snorkelling you can find beautiful coral reefs and you can see them along with the wonderful marine in Havelock beach.
Want to do kayaking amidst the lush mangrove forests and pristine surroundings? Havelock Island in Andaman has got you covered. Places like Barefoot Scuba, Maram Sports, Kayaking with GK and Seahawks Scuba are great for kayaking. Don’t worry, you don’t necessarily have to be an expert, you can have fun even if it is your first time.
After you are done with a fair share of water sports, you can head for a refreshing jungle trek to Elephant Beach. The trekking trail will take you through dense mangrove forests, marshlands and unmatched nature’s splendour. This 45-minute trekking journey will get imprinted in your memory for a lifetime.
Witness the sprawling grandeur of this beautiful island from great heights. With the vast stretches of sandy Havelock beach, lush greenery and the majestic sea, a seaplane ride from Havelock to Port Blair is a blissful experience that cannot be expressed in words. This 25-minute-long ride will give you countless memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Your trip to Havelock Island will remain incomplete if you don’t shop souvenirs from local market to take them back home as a token of memory. The local shops and street stores are filled with handmade jewellery, designer clothes, home decor and more. Believe us, Havelock in Andaman is a shopper’s paradise.
So, your travel guide for your trip to Havelock island is ready! Now, go ahead and book your flight, hotel and ferry tickets from Booking page and have an unmatched travel experience at this gorgeous island tucked away in absolute serenity.
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