Havelock Island Tourism

Havelock Island is famous for

Review and Ratings (230)

Read 230 destination reviews with average rating of 4.4/5, out of 4620 Havelock Island reviews
Sachin Nair

Sachin Nairratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

10 reviewsPosted 3 years ago

Perhaps India's best diving destination

I first visited Havelock in 2009, to do a Scuba Diving course. I returned last month with my wife to dive again. Other people's reviews will tell you a lot about the beauty and serenity of the place; hence, I'll concentrate on the diving. The island has a lot of resort that also host diving schools. So you can choose a resort with a dive center, or just choose one when you land there. If you just want to try it, tell them so, and they'll take you on exploratory dives in relatively shallow waters (12 meters max). Or you could try a 18 meter certification course. That takes four days, a bit of a theory exam and lots of practicals. But its worth it. You see the most amazing corals, fishes and sea life down there. If you get real lucky, yo catch a glimpse of eels, octopuses and even sharks!. That's like the underwater equivalent of going to Ranthambhor or Sariska and actually seeing a tiger. But there is no need to worry, since the dive crew know all the safe areas, and if you behave yourself, the creatures don't harm you.

But diving is one activity I strongly recommend to everyone. Again, if you are going to Havelock (you shouldn't go to Andamans without going to Havelock), don't waste time with the diving on North Bay island. Snorkelling and sea walk are fine there though.

Another destination advice- Take a scooty and ride to Kala Pathar beach. After you finish riding past all the resorts, you'll see stretches of beach on the left side of the road. My wife and I stopped at multiple locations (wherever we could park the scooty on the side and walk on to the sand) and walked onto the beach. Its beautifully stark and lonely and isolated like nothing else. Just you, the sand, the sea and the sky. The Kala pathar beach proper is an overcrowded tourist trap by comparison.

Also, book your ferry tickets early on. Govt ferry is the cheapest and tickets run out quickly. But private ferries also sail, and they are better, though a bit costlier. Overall, one of the best places to go to if you want to get away from the maddening crowd for a few days.

PS: cell phone networks are very weak. Yahoo!!! The office cannot call you, and you cannot check office mail on the phone. So forget about that and have a genuine, nice relaxing holiday here.

Read More

Neelaksh Varshney

Neelaksh Varshneyratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

1 reviewPosted 2 years ago

Superb place for Honeymoon Couples

The destination is best place for Honeymoon couples. It is a very cool & calm place. Honeymoon couples can enjoy the quality time with their better halves on the beach sites which is in approach of these people very easily as all the hotels on the island are beach side. There is Radhanagar beach which is the is one of the most popular beaches here and was named Best Beach in Asia by Time in 2004. There are few more beaches, like Elephant Beach on the Northwest coast and Vijaynagar Beach (No. 5), Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1 on the east coast.

In local food, the main attraction is Green coconut. Other than this, it is better to have romantic dinner or beach side dinner at the hotel itself. Shopping is bit costlier here as the products are being ported from Port Blair to Havelock, so, it got costlier.

You can go for snorkelling, scuba diving, jet ski ride and many more water activities here. The travellers can reach this place by Cruse or Govt. ferry from Port Blair. To reach Port Blair, you have to take flight from any of the metro cities in India. You should carry a camera, sunscreen lotion. In winters, you need not to carry the winter clothing as the climate is moderate here.

Read More

I am heading to Havelock Island

Havelock Island Video Reviews

video play

Radhanagar Beach

video play

Neil Island

video play

Radhanagar Beach

video play

Neil Island

video play

Radhanagar Beach

video play

Radhanagar Beach

Havelock Island Overview

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 IslandHavelock 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 IslandThe 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 IslandHavelock 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 IslandThe 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 IslandPort 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 IslandGetting 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 IslandHavelock 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.