Havelock Island Tourism

Havelock Island Tourism

Havelock Island Info

  • State: Andaman & Nicobar
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: 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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Havelock Island Traveller Reviews

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Nishant Shah

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  • Nishant Shah
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 11 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  3223 readers

"Excellent experience ..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
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"Amazing Place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Archana takoo

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  • Archana takoo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Must visit place for every beach lover"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is the only paradise in Asia. I have travelled so many places in the world but this place is truly awesome. Forget about Maldives and Hawaii because this island will give you all the beautiful beaches at low cost. The best part of this island is the food. You can eat almost anywhere and this place will not let you down for taste and authentic food. Do not forget to eat smoked fish in banana leaf. This fish is the height of awesomeness. Location is excellent, food is fabulous, People are so friendly. This island is safest for everyone. Do not forget to ride bicycle. One can easily rent a bike and visit all the places in the island. And yes if you miss scuba here then you will really miss the real secret of the ocean which will not able to find out anywhere in the world. This place is untouched beauty. A must visit place for lifetime memory.
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The_lost_travellers Bon voyage

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  • The_lost_travellers Bon voyage
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 12 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Most beautiful island in india"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Havelock is unparalleled in india comes to beaches .. It s has one of Asia s most beautiful beach .. RADHANAGAR BEACH. Severely hit by tsunami the bful island has recovered and has best scenic views in india. Love the beaches amd bars and everything.
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  • Vishwas
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Scenic and Peaceful Beaches"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Highlights of Havelock includes snorkeling, scuba, glistened boats, kayaking, beach side relaxation and refreshment.

Beaches to be visited includes Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Kalapathar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach. Crystal clear water & white sand in every beach.

Better to rent bike for transportation. And to opt to stay near Vijaynagar beach so that you can relax beach side whenever you are free and located to the center of Kalapathar and Radhanagar beach.
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Dinesh Dini

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  • Dinesh Dini
  • Lives in Madurai
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Havelock is nothing but Heaven Lock"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2016
Havelock, a wonderful place to visit. Best suitable for couples. Best time to visit November. We had a fabulous time in havelock. Clean clear beach with stunning views. Famous beaches to visit are Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Kalapather Beach. Except elephant beach rest of the 2 beaches were open at all the time. Elephant beach is allowed only during season times. We missed the elephant beach. So, travellers visit havelock during season time. Choose beach view resort for your accommodation.
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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  • 78 Reviews
  •  25 helpful votes
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"Heaven of Andaman"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2016
Havelock island is one of the best island of Andaman. It is a big source of banana, vegetables and coconut. Radha nagar beach and govind nagar beach are best attractive points. Can go here by cruise from Port Blair. Mark Cruse is popular service from port Blair. You can plan to live here one or two days.
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Himanshu Cool

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  • Himanshu Cool
  • Lives in Lucknow
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  •  6441 readers

"Best beach ever seen in my lifetime till date"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 17, 2016
The waves lapped the seashore gently sending a gentle breeze towards me. I inhaled deeply capturing every moment. I walked steadily along the shore listening to the swaying trees in the wind. The memory would be cherished forever and it is what I would and could only describe it as "perfect".
It is the best beach I have ever seen in my life till date. I have seen beaches of Mumbai, Goa and Chennai but all are
Nothing in front of this beach of blue water.
Visit this place during February because season makes journey awesome and don't visit in monsoon.
It is awarded as the best beach in Asia.
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Bhanu pratap

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  • Bhanu pratap
  • Lives in Raigad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Amazing Havelock"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2016
What to tell about this place, it is such a nice place to spend time with someone who you love most. Especially the elephants beach and the water dive is really adventurous. And the Radha Nagar beach, its one of the best beaches in the world. One should see this beach when visiting to Havelock.
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Swati Jain

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  • Swati Jain
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Beautiful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2016
Havelock can be termed as India's Maldives or Mauritius till the time it doesn't get commercialised beyond repair. The place sees Indians / foreigners alike to learn & train scuba diving for a living. These guys are not travellers, they are temporary residents. If you are not interested in diving, go Goa but come Havelock you have to dive. Beyond diving, there are picture perfect beaches like Radha Nagar, Kala Patthar, Vijay Nagar where I spent hours altogether and was happy to fail to find any hints of plastic waste. Race from beach no 1 to beach no 2 only to realize you have reached beach no 3. Scoot away across the island with no ambition or care. Dig into the most sumptuous breakfasts, lunches and lovely romantic candle light dinners. Shake a tipsy leg at the beach parties at night. Meet people who travel the length of the globe to take in the serene views and immerse in yoga and meditation. Go till the ferry dock point to make/receive a call and forget all about the call while a ship/ferry docks. Basically experience the perfect beach vacation. I recommend - Munjoh for accommodation, state run store for beer, liquor and souvenirs. Must try restaurants - Full Moon cafe, Anju Coco, Dakshin by barefoot, Barefoot Bar & Brasserie and Fat Martin Cafe.
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