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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Rajnish Pimpale
  • Rajnish Pimpale
  • Lives in Jalgaon
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews

"Lifetime experience" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Paradise...!!! A must visit destination to all and don't forget Scuba diving and Sea walk. White powdery sand and blue water, Wow..!!! Beach lovers are going to love this place. I don't want to say much, just visit once (before you start your journey to heaven :P ) that's all I can say.
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Gaurish Mulgaonkar
  • Gaurish Mulgaonkar
  • Lives in Panaji
  • 11 photos
  • 21 Reviews

"Peaceful & untouched paradise"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Havelock is an absolutely beautiful island with many white sand beaches and lots of peace everywhere. There is lots and lots of greenery everywhere and the place is very very peaceful. Local people are kind and helpful. There is good quality sea food available on this island. There are a lot of water sport activities available at many resorts here. The sunset view at Radhanagar beach is a must watch.
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Harsha
  • Harsha
  • Lives in Bally
  • 4 Reviews

"Best decision you can make for honeymoon!!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One of the best beaches of India, Radhanagar beach is here. Scuba at Elephant beach is the best in Andaman. Plan your honeymoon here and it will be a trip to remember for lifetime. Stayed at SeaShell Hotel in a Chalet, just awesome romantic place. Sunset at Radhanagar beach will be the best way to end a day.
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Sk bijan
  • Sk bijan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"A Good beach destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The Radhanagar beach is excellent, with white sand. We only visited one beach there. We also visited the Local market. Shopping there was good. food was very tasty and good. The surroundings were nice. The destination is easy to access by fight, it is recommended. The suggestion is to spend a lot of time in the beach, it will relax you.
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Badri Majumdar
  • Badri Majumdar
  • 11 Reviews

"Any time is the best time to visit Andaman"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had a memorable experience while visiting Andaman through a flight. Lot of surprise awaiting for you at every moment. Beautifully located airport I have ever seen. Top view of the bunch of Islands are simply superb. Food is good. Hospitality and assistance is remarkable. People are good and helpful in nature. Any time is the best time to visit Andaman.
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Shubham Shahare
  • Shubham Shahare
  • 1 Review

"Life time memorable experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2014
Havelock Island is one of the top Island in Asia. For water sport is best place. This place have its own identity, peace, and nature beauty. Everyone must visit Havelock Island at most one time in life. Heard a lot about the place so decided to check out it for our next stay. Decided to have lunch at the restaurant Urban Tadka. Ordered the grilled snapper and tiger prawn suggested by the manager. It was delicious and served well.
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Sheikh Zaid
  • Sheikh Zaid
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review

"Awesome and peaceful island"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 4, 2014
When it comes to beaches, the people normally refer to beaches of Goa. But beaches of the Andaman islands are breath taking. Specially the Havelock island. Such a peaceful place with limited people and economic travelling. You can also get lavish continental food. Its simply is amazing.
I stayed in Symphony villa and the adjacent to the milky beach with crystal blue water, it was simply mesmerizing, indeed its "Incredible India"...:)

For shopping you have amazing night lamps and table lamps made up of corals and shells.

Amazing water sports, such as scuba diving. I got the feeling of Madagascar, with such big coconut trees and coconut waters :).


I wish and long to go back there again and have decided even my honeymoon would be there in the near future :P :D .
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Krishnaa Gokul
  • Krishnaa Gokul
  • 1 Review

"Amazing place in all sense"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2014
Andaman is a superb place to hangout with all its richness in beauty and wealth. When there is a need for relaxation and when you have ample amount of time, then please head towards this destination.
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Ameya Divekar
  • Ameya Divekar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews

"The destination island of Havelock is indeed a beautiful place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 17, 2014
The destination island of Havelock is indeed a beautiful place, however the journey from Port Blair to Havelock through ferry/ boats is a difficult one, owing to the time of the journey, rough seas and the condition of the ship.

People felt sea sick and were vomiting in the return journey since it took almost double the time to travel the same distance due to the rough seas.
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Nikhil Bhanda
  • Nikhil Bhanda
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing Place To Stay"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2014
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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