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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Nikhil Bhanda
  • Nikhil Bhanda
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing Place To Stay" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Amazing Place to visit with family/friends or Couple, Visited this year January as a couple. Beaches were clean and water were as blue as pear. Try to take hotels near beach 13. it is a isolated beach and you will find ample of time with no disturbance from daily hawkers and public.
Take sea plane ride or cruse. Prefer Cruise if not sea sickness.
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Vivek
  • Vivek
  • 5 Reviews

"Magnificent views and water sports" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a very good place to visit with great beaches like Radhanagar and Elephant beaches. One must visit Havelock and Neil Island where we can go by ship. The view is just magnificent. Also in city, Cellular Jail and freedom shows are very good. Water sports, jet ski and bump ride are very great. Snorkeling and scuba-diving were very good.
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Karanjit singh
  • Karanjit singh
  • 3 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"A calm and quiet pristine destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The islands are still developing. Do not expect typical Goa like scenario with eatables and beer greeting you everywhere. The place is for natural beauty lovers who can coexist with the environment. One must take a vow to maintain the pristine beauty of the islands intact as this is the only valuable beach asset available in our nation. Spend as much time in leisure, each day will be worth it. Still at the end of the vacation one feels one has not seen enough of it.
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Rahul Gupta
  • Rahul Gupta
  • Lives in Noida
  • 1 Review

"An awesome place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is an awesome place to visit in India with super clean beaches. This island has a Radhanagar beach which has the best sand quality in Asia and you can play beach volleyball there. Main adventure sport is scuba diving which is basically best here in India and is the best experience I ever had.
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Abhishek
  • Abhishek
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Scuba diving in crystal clear water"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
From Port Blair one can visit to Havelock Islands. A very romantic destination to visit with adventurous water sport like scuba diving. Water here for scuba diving is crystal clear. It was really a very good experience.
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Sidharth
  • Sidharth
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"It is definitely worth visiting this place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This was my first anniversary trip and we were glad to choose Port Blair. It was the right choice. The place is silent and away from the hush-hush of the city life, with a lot of things to be explored. Vast private beaches, expanses of white sands with the sky and the ocean, and you - a combination that can never go wrong. Havelock is a very different from the beaches at Goa and it offers a different thrill.
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Anisha Mahajan
  • Anisha Mahajan
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 3 Reviews

"Locking Memories in Havelock"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Vast private beaches, expanses of white sands with the sky and the ocean, and you. Havelock is very different from the beaches at Goa as it is not commercialized (yet!) and is right in the lap of nature's favorite canvas. All times and seasons are perfect to visit this haven of beauty, but the best would be in the winter months. A slice of sunshine away from the dreary chills your usual city would make you feel like you've arrived in a whole new world. Which, of course, you have! If you like to be connected to nature, this is the place for you! Island food is a tantalizing blend of seafood, and the calamari and prawns are great here. Scuba Diving and Kayaking were both intriguing experiences, and they leave you enriched with a greater sense of the wonders nature has to offer. Besides that, playing frisbee on the beach among the waves, and volleyball was great fun, as was just sitting in a hammock on the beach and looking out on the ocean. Havelock is a must visit - and all you really need here is a love for the ocean!
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Madhu
  • Madhu
  • 5 Reviews

"Awesome Experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This was my first trip with my family and we were glad to choose Port Blair. It was the right choice. The place is silent, peaceful, and away from the hush-hush of city; and with a lot of things to be explored.
Radhanagar Beach at Havelock was an experience that I am never gonna forget.
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 dayanand
  •  dayanand
  • 2 Reviews

"It is definitely worth visiting this a place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
On the day of arrival we went to few places like Samudrika Naval Museum where there is nothing much to see but sea shells and a variety of fishes, sea vegetation, etc. You can get over with it may be in an hour or so unless you don't have a great love for sea shells or fishes. After that we went to another museum which displays some primitive culture of Andman Islands which could possibly take another half or may be an hour time to explore. At the end of the day we went to famous Cellular Jail. It is definitely worth a place to visit as just the remains of the cellular jail gives you an experience how the things would have been when it was operative. From the roof of the Cellular jail you can get a spectacular view of the Andman. Also the Light Show at the cellular jail in the evening is another unforgettable event where the whole story of cellular jail is narrated through lights. If you want to buy some souvenirs then go near Hotel Sentinel (near Phoneix bay) there are state owned handicraft showrooms where you can buy some fantastic souvenirs made of wood or coconut shell at some very reasonable rates; but they close early in the evening around 6.30 p.m. For local shopping you can go to Aberdin Market again near Hotel Sentinel.
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Mr Rana
  • Mr Rana
  • 2 Reviews

"Enjoy nature to its fullest!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Havelock Island is filled with masti and fun. The beach, Radha Nagar, is great. And the markets near the Radha Nagar beach is too good. You can get local fruits, and dishes too. Scooters are available for rent for young enthusiast to explore the island. Besides there are some sports activities on offer too
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