Havelock Island Tourism
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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.

Best time to visit Havelock Island in the next six months

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Havelock Island Traveller Reviews

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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 101 photos
  • 76 Reviews
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"Heaven of Andaman" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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  • 16 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"Best beach ever seen in my lifetime till date"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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  • 10 Reviews
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  •  8859 readers

"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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M

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
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"Beautiful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 10, 2016
We had an awesome experience as this island. Very close to nature's beauty.. The beaches are very beautiful and soothing. It should be under must visit places in India. This small island is full of resorts so you can choose to stay anywhere according to your comfort. Most of the resorts are beach side and provide scuba diving facilities.
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Aisha Singh

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  • Aisha Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"Awesome destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
From port Blair to Havelock it a nice to visit. You can go there by jetty. Nice travel experience & have wonderful islands. Nice sea food lot of place are there for hangout with your family or friends. So nice place to see beautiful sightseeing. I love that place.
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Ashish Kumar

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  • Ashish Kumar
  • Lives in Agra
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"Fantastic natural beauty at its best"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
It's great place to visit in December end mostly during Christmas. I can say once in a lifetime one should be here. The adventure is the scuba diving, it feels good when we touch the sea bed and see under water life of living thing. It's just awesome. No words to explain the visit, there was an endless vast ocean with dolphins diving around ships, crystal clear water such that sea bed was visible.

Must do:
Don't ever miss scuba diving at this place.
Go for Radha Raman beach.
The wild forest.
Elephant beach through the forest by tracking. It's just awesome.
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Navonil Gupta

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"Havlock Island- perfect place for adventure & leisure holiday"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
I visited Radhanagar Beach which is the 7th beautiful beach in asia. Then Kalapathar beach which is too beautiful. Natural scenary is very nice. Adorable, calm & must visit for adventurous, scuba diving and Jet ski. Beach is very romantic. One of the best place for honeymoon couple. Cant forget this trip ever. I want to visit again on cruise ship from Port Blair.
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Ganesh

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  • Ganesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Best of holiday destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2016
We went on romantic holiday to Andaman islands. The place was very beautiful. So green the people so kind. Our stay in Havelock Island was very good. The hotel was very nice. Make my trip people had arranged everything so well. The elephant beach was very well maintained & clean. The activities were all good. Sea walk was the best. Food & drinks in hotel was good. Specially mentioning about welcome Dhaba has to be made. The food simply great would recommend to everyone who visits Havelock Island. There was some problem with the only ATM on Havelock Island which was later resolved. Radhanagar beach is breathtaking. Best place to see sun set. Kalapattar beach best place to see the sun rise. Would recommend people visiting here to hire a bike for rent to roam around.
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Prasad Solanki

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"Best place for romantic tour!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2016
If you want to go on a romantic trip then you must visit Havelock. Its around only 20 km area bordered by seashore. The best way to explore this location is to hire a bike. The most important places to visit here are Radhanager beach, Kalapatthar beach and Elephant beach. I would suggest you to plan your trip so that you can witness the sunset at Radhanagar beach. This beach is really beautiful. Also you can do sea activities here like snorkeling and scuba diving. Sea walk is not available at Havelock. Also I would ask you to make a note that the sun rises early and sets early here (around 5:30 pm). We don't have other time zone AT Andaman (its IST only). However its quite away from India there is definitely a difference in time. So plan your day activities accordingly. All the best and go with a chilling mind.
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