Havelock Island Tourism

Havelock Island Tourism

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Havelock Island Info

  • State: Andaman & Nicobar
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: South Andaman
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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Muniza tariq

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  • Muniza tariq
  • 3 Reviews

"The place for detox vacation" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Havelock is a small colourful heaven that is perfect for families, friends and solo travelers. I went in the first week of May so it was raining a lot. I loved it. I am sure it can be a deterrent for many travelers but Havelock shows newer colours drenched in rain . . It has a lot of beaches and not one like the other. Every beach has a different experience to offer. Radhanagar beach was awesome . Not many people. There is a small path that leads to Barefoot resorts where one can sit in a bar in a jungle and sip beer and ponder. Govind nagar beach is where the water goes away in low tide and one can walk far into the ocean. It was an amazing experience Loved local style prawns and fish . Loved the coconut water . It was sweeter than what one gets in the cities . Couldn't go for sea walking as elephant beach was shut but I know I will go back to Havelock for more. TIPS: Carry odomos, carrying raincoat would be better than managing an umbrella, travel light, carry a backpack
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Damodar Dani

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  • Damodar Dani
  • Lives in Beawar
  • 1 Review
  •  1 reader


  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Havelock is a wonderful island, Radhanagar- Beach is the finest beach, I have ever visited. It is a very clean, safe and a long Beach without any commercial activity near beach. Elephants beach is again a beautiful beach with water sports. Boat ride from Havelock to Elephants is also great experience.
Overall Havelock is a beautiful island with lot of fun.
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  • Anjana
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 photo
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  156 readers

"Havelock Island a Paradise for beach lovers"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2018
Peaceful, beautiful island, people are polite and friendly. Pristine Radhanagar beach is ideal for swimming. Bost tide to Elephant beach is awesome which is good for water sports.
Plenty of restaurants provide all type of food, beautiful resorts to suit all kinds of budgets. Vegetable market and superstore that sell all necessary things.
Tourists can hire scooters and cycles and explore the island. Place is safe, dogs are also friendly here.
Most of the resorts are at walking distance from beach so beach view can be enjoyed any time. To see dense big trees near beach is amazing.
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Jyoti bharj

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  • Jyoti bharj
  • Lives in Jalandhar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  6 readers


  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2017
Havelock island is a wonderful place to visit for travellers who like to have peaceful stay and love to stay far away from hustle bustle of daily metro life.
A place with very less of modern amenities, gives time to explore nature.
Elephant Beach, Govind Nagar beach and Radha Nagar beach are the main attractions.
Radha nagar beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen. With white sand and clear water its definitely a paradise for beach loving travellers.
A lot of water activities like Snorkelling, Scuba diving and sea walk available. The island has few very good resorts to make your stay comfortable. You find a lot of local sea food and for tourists having craving for Fish, Lobster and Prawns will find this place heaven.
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Arpit Sharma

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  • Arpit Sharma
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 34 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  470 readers

"Havelock island pure heaven"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2017
This area is around 2 hrs away from port blair. I went there by makruzz ship and staying barefoot resort. I did scuba diving and snorkeling there and it was a super fun. I did jet skii there and I went to elephanta beach and kala pathar too. I also went for safari of semi submarine too.
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Amit kumar

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  • Amit kumar
  • 10 Reviews
  •  6785 readers

"No place like it."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2017
You may have travelled world. But havelock would take your breath away. There is no better beach in india than havelock. White sand, pure water and good waves. The purity of it is maintained as it is hard to reach. It is must for everyone. Definitely no 1 on my list. Places like Goa is nothing compared to it. Only drawback is not good food available. But one must be thankful that one is getting atleast something to it in the remote area. A different world altogether. Highly recommended in winter season.
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Michael deacon

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  • Michael deacon
  • 2 Reviews
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  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2017
Havlock island is a very relaxing place to visit it has some beautiful beaches and the food at most bars and restaurants is very good, we recommend the red snapper restaurant and the Buddha gardens. The dolphin resort is good but food and drink very disappointing.
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  • Dhruv
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  515 readers

"Havelock Island - A must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 4, 2017
One can reach Havelock island by taking a cruise from Port Blair. The music and dance during the journey on the cruise makes the ride memorable.
Havelock island has one of the Asia's best beach I. E. Radhanagar beach. Ensure that you spend one entire day at this beach.
The clear water and abundant corals makes this one of best place for scuba diving in India.
You can also visit Elephant beach where you can enjoy various water sports like jet skiing.
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Nishant Shah

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  • Nishant Shah
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 4 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  5053 readers

"Excellent experience ..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2017
Really excellent experience at havelock island situated 54 k m East from Capital city Portblair absolutely neat and clean white sandy beach Radhanagar beach is famous and beautiful beach in havelock island food fact and fun completely elephant and kalapatthar beach also good place to see in this island.
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Paramjeet Bhabra

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  • Paramjeet Bhabra
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 1 Review
  •  835 readers

"Amazing Place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 14, 2016
Amazing holiday destination ... Beautiful blue water white sand Radha Nagri beach. Not very crowded unlike other beaches in India. Enjoyable ferry ride from Port Blair to Havelock. Amazing experience in Scuba diving and sea walk. Awesome local food at very reasonable price.
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