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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Sandhya Potdar
  • Sandhya Potdar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Delicious sea food and crystal clear blue sea" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
If you consider Flora and Fauna, it's nice - pure forests, pure water, excellent clarity in water. My daughter and her friend wanted to do scuba diving. For them it was an exhilarating experience.

Sea food is delicious and fresh. We stayed in 3 different places. The best was Silver Sands Resort. These are cottages on the beach - quite comfortable with many amenities. We spent one full day just lying on the beach after soaking in the sea. Weather was pleasant too.

A few negative points we faced were the frequent power cuts, total absence of network, attitude of locals to fleece tourists and arrogance of some people. Found flies and mosquitoes and cockroaches in restaurants.

Government needs to do something about cockroaches on the boats that carry people from Port Blair.

Radhanagar beach is a must visit. We saw beautiful sunset there. Water is blue and you can enjoy swimming in the sea.
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Mehdi Sweinstiger
  • Mehdi Sweinstiger
  • 8 Reviews

"An adventurous place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
If you are a backpacker and adventurous at heart, this is just the place for you. Stay at any standard hut if alone. But take a luxurious resort if going with family. And do not hesitate to try your skills in snorkelling or scuba diving and experience the magnificent ocean and its marvellous creatures. Go to 'Dive India' for scuba diving. And stay at any of the resorts in island Vinnie or barefoot resorts. Trust me. Its worth visiting Havelock.
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Venkat K
  • Venkat K
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 17 Reviews

"Excellent place to have fun" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
You have amazing places to visit in Havelock Island. Places worth visiting are:

1) Radhanagar Beach
2) Neil Island
3) Kala patthar beach
4) Local Market.

Activities to do:

1) Scuba Diving
2) Snorkelling

One can opt for Dive India to go for scuba diving. They have very experienced staff.

As in Goa, one can take bikes on rent and visit the places around the island. Ideally many of the resorts have their own private beaches.
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Aditya .
  • Aditya .
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 8 Reviews

"A place beyond imagination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is a place best for honeymooners, you will enjoy and will have something new to see every minute. Different experience and different from main parts of India. At Havelock Islands and at some places you will not find mobile network at few places and it's a new world.
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Milan joshi
  • Milan joshi
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Crystal clear water" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Havelock Island should be renamed as Heavenly-lock island. One should look no further if one needs to just escape, rejuvenate and get back. The greenery, scenery and history of this place is mesmerizing, yes history, how? well, I don't intend to spoil the surprise by explaining it all, as it needs to be experience and cherished, not read. The water bodies, especially, are so clean that we start hating the water bodies at our own hometowns. The Scuba Diving experience was out of the world, and needs to be undergone by one and all. I would just suggest one, to book the tickets and catch the next flight to Port Blair, rather than wasting time in reading endless (excellent) reviews about this place.
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Arun guptha
  • Arun guptha
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 9 Reviews

"Excellent place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Havelock is good place but one should stay here for one night only to cover all the things and recommended to visit Neil Island for one night. Place is good for Beaches and relax and good food. I will recommend to have good resort and enjoy the trip with scooter on hired.
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Kamal
  • Kamal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"An awesome destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Best honeymoon destination. I recommend to all honeymoon couple to visit this place. Good as a safety point. Good food was available at this place. People are friendly. I will go in future again to this place. Best place for newly married couple.
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Rajnish Pimpale
  • Rajnish Pimpale
  • Lives in Jalgaon
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  • 2 Reviews

"Lifetime experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
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  • 21 Reviews

"Peaceful & untouched paradise"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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 Dec 3, 2014
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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