Havelock Island Tourism
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Havelock Island Tourism

Havelock Island Info

  • State: Andaman & Nicobar
  • Famous for/as: Beach
Havelock Island or Havelock, situated in Ritchie's Archipelago, belongs to the Indian Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar.  Havelock Island is the largest among all the islands in Ritchie's Archipelago. Havelock is a major tourist destination owing to its rich marine life, white sand beaches and dense evergreen forests.

Havelock Island, consisting of several small villages, comprises an area of about 113.93 sq. km. and it lies towards the east of Great Andaman of the Andaman Islands, at a distance of about 57 km north-east to the capital city, Port Blair. Havelock belongs to the Andaman district and it is governed by the tehsil of Port Blair.

History of Havelock Island

Havelock Island is one among the few inhabited islands of Andaman & Nicobar. The Island is named after Mr. Henry Havelock, a British General who was based in India. Havelock Island was once home to the indigenous tribes who spoke Aka-Bale language. The tribal population of Havelock Island declined greatly during the era of colonisation of Andaman & Nicobar by the British. The original natives of Havelock Island have gone extinct and the Island is now occupied mostly by Bengali and Myanmar immigrants.

The administrative body of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar has greatly promoted tourism in Havelock Island. The special features of the hilly island of Havelock like lush greenery, palm fringed sea beaches stretching along the Bay of Bengal, vast array of marine species, dense forests, etc. were helpful to provide special emphasis on eco tourism.

People & Culture of Havelock Island

The island has two distinct occupants with one group consisting of people from the states of West Bengal, Punjab, Tamil Nadu in the mainland and the other one consisting of the natives or the Aborigines. The tribes in Havelock Island are of Negroid descent and belong to the Onge, Sentalese and Jarawa groups.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Havelock celebrates its rustic style and has earned a great place in the pages of the history of Indian Tourism. Some of the main attractions of Havelock Island are Vijay Nagar Beach or Beach No. 5 and Radha Nagar Beach or Beach No. 7. Both Vijay Nagar Beach and Radha Nagar Beach are recipients of A rating from the World Tourism Organization (WTO). Elephant Beach is famous for its coral reefs and rich aquatic life.

Havelock Island is also a popular spot for activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, trekking, island camping, kayaking, sailing, etc. There are several Havelock Island packages which cater to people interested in such activities as well as others. The beaches, crystal clear waters and rustic atmosphere with its relaxing ambience attract tourists to Havelock Island all round the year. 


Food & Shopping in Havelock Island

The Island is also well known for fresh sea foodwhich includes prawn, lobster and several other fish dishes. Dishes made using fish as the main ingredient are also popular in the island. The eateries are located along the beaches of the region as these are occupied by large number of travellers. Beach #1, Beach#3 and Beach #7 are the places where most of the eateries are located.

Shopping options in Havelock Island are limited. Tourists can shop for traditional island crafts in Havelock Island like shell jewellery, which include bracelets, earrings and necklaces, seashell souvenirs and multihued corals in different sizes. Also available are woodcraft like bowls, trays, walking sticks, coconut shell lamp shades, Nicobaree mats and bamboo cane craft.

Travelling to Havelock Island

Port Blair serves as the closest airport to Havelock Island; from there tourists can board a ferry, which is the best way to reach Havelock Island. It is suggested to enquire about the timings of ferries locally as they differ from season to season.

Direct flights are available from Kolkata and Chennai to Veer Savarkar International Airport, while indirect flights to this airport are available from cities like Pune, Bangalore and Mumbai. Tourists travelling from the places like Chennai, Visakhapatnam and Kolkata can also reach the destination by boats and ferries.

Travelling within Havelock Island

Getting around Havelock Island is not much of a hassle. The modes of transportation available include buses, shared jeeps and taxis. Buses mainly operate between Beach # 1, Beach #5 and Beach #7 (Radhanagar Beach). Tourists can also hire bicycles, scooters or private cabs to roam around the Island. The scenic beauty of Island can be enjoyed by walking along the beaches.

Travel tips for Havelock Island

The best time to visit Havelock Island is between December and April as it is best suited for diving. People with certain medical conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes etc. should avoid this activity. Divers need to spend a minimum amount of time on land before and after diving. This varies with the time and depth spent underwater. It is best to contact the dive sites directly to obtain up-to-date information.

Accommodation options in Havelock Island

Havelock Island has plenty of accommodation options as it is among the top tourist destinations in the Union Territory. Hotel options in Havelock Island comprise primarily of palm-thatched beach huts in addition to hotels, resorts, cottages and bungalows. Island camping is also an option. Most of the accommodation is located around and between Beach #3 and Beach #5.
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Rajib Layek

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Cleanest beach with watersports and comfort stay !!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Awesome beach!! With clean blue water and white sand. Never seen such a clean beach. Very picturesque location!! One of the best beach in India!

Places to Visit :-

Radhanagar Beach
Blue Coral Dive
Neil Island
Elephanta Beach
Kaala Pathar Beach
Venom Bar
Andaman Game Fishing
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Debajyoti Bishnu

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  •  5 helpful votes
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"aA perfect getaway for couples"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A serene and a beautiful white sand beach with its turquoise waters would definitely be a perfect getaway for couples. Snorkeling is a must for a perfect sunny morning. Try out the local dishes without missing the famous coconut water. For an essence try getting to know the history prior hand, I ensure it would excite you much more than any other beaches you have been.
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Sandeep Sandy

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  • Sandeep Sandy
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  • Lives in Jalandhar
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"One stop paradise on earth"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One of the most amazing and breathtaking places you can visit in the country. Clean virgin white sand beaches, emerald coloured water and lush greenery of the simple island continue to call you back for more. What more. It is the hub of water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving. Hotel prices are slightly on higher side but totally worth it. Almost all resorts have their private beaches.

Must do: snorkelling, scuba diving with underwater photography, angling excursions, visit to radhanagar beach

Caution: carry enough cash as only 3 ATM's are there on island. Carry SPF 40+ sunscreen for tan, mosquito repellent cream is a must.
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Chowdary

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  • Chowdary
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
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"Heaven on earth"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Havelock island I found like a little heaven. Very nice place for those who want to be with nature. Nice and clean beaches full of fun. Nice food too. Elephant beach was very nice. Enjoyed jetski ride and snorkelling to the fullest. Travel to havelock by Mac cruzz was very nice experience.
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Agniva Basu

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"picture perfect!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visiting havelock was a bliss. Beautiful beaches, nice resorts and very friendly localites. The sunset at Radhanagar beach was awesome and it is considered to be one of the best beaches of India. The Kala patthar beach was calm and serene. Clean blue water and white sand makes this place a heaven on earth. The Elephanta beach was too good and the best part was the journey to Elephanta. There you can enjoy a number of water sports too including scuba and sea walking. We had a great fun with the banana ride. Whenever you go to havelock spend at least two days there.. The natural beauty combined with beach activities make this place a must go.
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Abhishek Chatterjee

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  • Abhishek Chatterjee
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  •  21 helpful votes
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"Awesome place and beach"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2015
Awesome place, visit Radhanagar beach and must go for a Scuba dive. Best time to visit Havelock is from end of October to March. Before that monsoons can ruin your trip. Havelock is only 2 and half hours distance from Port Blair by boat. Helicopter service is also there but it's costly for non islanders.
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Atul Thapliyal

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  • Atul Thapliyal
  • Lives in Bathinda
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"A place to enjoy and relax"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2015
This place is small but a heavenly experience. A must visit place to enjoy and relax. You must plan to stay more here than Port Blair since there is nothing much in PB.
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Rupankar Mahanta

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"Best place in Andaman to spend a week"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2015
Been there twice. I vote it as the best place to be in Andaman for a perfect relaxing island holiday. It has good facilities and hence activities like diving, snorkelling are cheaper here as compared to Neil. Also Havelock is better connected with Port Blair. There are around 4 private ferries and couple of gift ferry that operates daily. It has two beaches - Radhanagar (No. 7) and Kalapathar. There are about 45 different resorts. One should look to stay around beach no. 5 which has perfect beaches. Almost every resort has its kind of private beach, except for Kingdom hotel.
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"Delicious sea food and crystal clear blue sea"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2015
If you consider Flora and Fauna, it's nice - pure forests, pure water, excellent clarity in water. My daughter and her friend wanted to do scuba diving. For them it was an exhilarating experience.

Sea food is delicious and fresh. We stayed in 3 different places. The best was Silver Sands Resort. These are cottages on the beach - quite comfortable with many amenities. We spent one full day just lying on the beach after soaking in the sea. Weather was pleasant too.

A few negative points we faced were the frequent power cuts, total absence of network, attitude of locals to fleece tourists and arrogance of some people. Found flies and mosquitoes and cockroaches in restaurants.

Government needs to do something about cockroaches on the boats that carry people from Port Blair.

Radhanagar beach is a must visit. We saw beautiful sunset there. Water is blue and you can enjoy swimming in the sea.
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Mehdi Sweinstiger

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"An adventurous place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2015
If you are a backpacker and adventurous at heart, this is just the place for you. Stay at any standard hut if alone. But take a luxurious resort if going with family. And do not hesitate to try your skills in snorkelling or scuba diving and experience the magnificent ocean and its marvellous creatures. Go to 'Dive India' for scuba diving. And stay at any of the resorts in island Vinnie or barefoot resorts. Trust me. Its worth visiting Havelock.
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