Havelock Island Tourism

Havelock Island Tourism

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A short ride on a catamaran from Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India will drop you on this PERFECT Island surrounded by the dark waters of the Andaman Sea. Perfect Radhanagar beach, breathtaking coral reef of Elephant beach, lazy afternoons and spectacular sunrises and sunsets fill up the timeless space of this island.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Barefoot is an eco friendly hotel and restaurant near Radhanagar beach, with its Brasserie and Bar near the Jetty called B3.

Local shops sell a fair range of local items and those shipped in from the mainland of India.

Main attractions are the islands beautiful beaches and coral reefs.

Activities & things to do: Beach combing, snorkeling, diving can be done. Sun bathing is advisable only in the Winter months.
Painting, sketching, photography, relaxing and adding years to your life are good activities too.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Closest Airport - Port Blair, India.
Avoid the Rainy season while planning your visit.
Boats come to Havelock from Port Blair each morning and return every afternoon.
Spending a few days on the island allows you to soak in the atmosphere. Carry a good supply of mosquito repellent and Sun block (not sun screen) if you do not want a severe tan or sun burns.
Cotton clothes, floaters, swimming and diving gear are essentials.
Let the hotel people arrange your taxi and boat - share the same with others to split the cost or don't if you want the vehicles at your beck and call.
The boat men run many trips after dropping you to a destination so be firm in your arrangements and agreement. People are simple and helpful and politeness goes a long way.
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Havelock Island Traveller Reviews

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  • Mohamed
  • 6 Reviews

"Enjoy the sea life!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Havelock is a beautiful island to visit. It welcomes a lot to her guests with beaches, coral reefs, natural ecosystems, etc. Never miss the snorkelling at the Elephant Beach. And the trekking through the forest is extremely exciting. Well,....... More
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Dipanwita Chakrabarti
  • Dipanwita Chakrabarti
  • 6 Reviews

"Sunset at the Radhanagar beach was mesmerizing" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Havelock island is filled with masti and fun.The view of Radha Nagar beach, Kalah Pathar beach of this island is breathtaking. Radhanagar beach, Kalah Pathar beach are picture perfect beach. White sand and sea green colour of the sea makes me....... More
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Neelam Sharma
  • Neelam Sharma
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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  • 2 Reviews

"Enjoy with nature"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Port Blair is a very nice place to visit. Unlike many other beaches of India, here the beaches are very beautiful. The Radha Nagar beach, Kalah Pathar beach, Elephanta beach of Havelock Island are known among best beaches of Asia. Here many....... More
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"This is a must visit beach"

  • 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....... More
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  • Pankaj
  • 2 Reviews

"Must visit this beautiful island"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I went to many beach destination but this is one of the best destination I have reached. The colour of the sea is beautiful, more over a no of adventure sport activity we can do at Havelock Island, children and adult both enjoy the trip a lot,....... More
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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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