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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Ganesh

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  • Ganesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
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"Best of holiday destination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
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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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Best place for romantic tour!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
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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Anand Malu

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  • Anand Malu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A mind-blowing & an unforgettable place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was fun to visit island. A premium scuba diving center and Radhanagar beach one of world famous beach. Must place for couples. Also Kala Patthar beach best for photography. Overalll enjoyed too much. Its good for honeymoon. Carry torch umbrella and shorts. Visit elephant beach for water sports.
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Archi Banerjee

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  • Archi Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Havelock-A mix of activities in the lap of nature" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Havelock is a small beach island located south east of Port Blair. Regular Govt. Ferry services as well as private cruises are available between Port Blair and Havelock. The island is famous for the Radhangar beach rated as the best beach in Asia and not without reasons. Apart from Radhanagar Beach there are a number of other beaches to explore and roam. There is the Elephant Beach which is the seat of all water sports activities in Havelock. Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Sea Walking and a whole lot of other water sports can be done here including Banana Ride etc. There is a package tour offered by the operators here who take tourists in a glass boat ride from the Havelock jetty and drop them at the elephant beach, but for travel enthusiasts I would recommend the short and beautiful trek route that passes through dense forests and hillocks originating from the road leading to Radhanagar beach and terminating at the Elephant Beach. The short route of about 1. 5 km is really a trekkers delight where one can find local people carrying log and mahouts feeding their pet elephants. The route ends in a gorge which is filled with water during high tides. Then there is the pristine Kalapathar beach which is famous for the different varieties of corals and sea animals found there. A walk along the deserted beaches and the alleys of Havelock will please the soul of every nature lover.
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Anurag Kshirsagar

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"Best for an adventural visit!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Never miss Havelock when you visit Andaman Island. Some of the activities are scuba diving, snorkeling etc. Attractions such as Radhanagar beach its a huge beach. With mesmerising beauty. Kala phattar, elephant beach. You can hire two Wheelers once you reach Havelock. (500 rs for 24 hours with one litre petrol) Reaching Havelock from Port Blair- Makruzz or green ocean these two cruises service from Port Blair to Havelock.. Makruzz ticket- Economy class :INR 975/-(travel time - 90 mins)2 days are would be enough for Havelock.
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Yogesh Patil

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  • Yogesh Patil
  • Lives in Pune
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"Awesome place to relax & enjoy"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Havelock island is undoubtedly the most beautiful islands in India. Its a small island with excellent beaches around it. Elephant beach is one of the best beach to enjoy the water sports like Sea walk, snorkelling etc. Radhanagar beach which is known for best sunsets is the best beach I have ever seen. It is Asia's 2nd beautiful beach. Transportation is also not an issue within the island. Lots of taxis are available. Mobile phones do not work due less network coverage. Can be reached from Port Blair via a boat rode which takes about 2 hours.
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"Heavenly Havelock visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Take cruz from Port Blair, it will take 2 hour max. Prefer symphony beach resort for stay. You can take motorcycle in rent. The special things of Havelock is Radha Nagar beach. You can go to Elephant beach from Havelock. You can do scuba, glass boat ride, snorkeling. But I will suggest don't do scuba in Havelock, prefer north bay island for scuba.
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"Havelock island, nice visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of the best destinations in India to take a break from the busy work schedule and find some time for self and family. The nature will hug you if you let yourself free here. And if you can keep your mobile phones away during the stay at this place, you will go back living few of the best days of your life. The trip might end up slightly on the expensive side. But every extra penny spend here is worth it.
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"Relaxing and rejuvenating"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Laid back, chill and relaxed. That's Havelock for you. It has all the advantages of Goa with none of the cons. Very friendly locals and a great mix of all nationalities means that you will have a great time mixing with some really interesting people. It does get really hot so sunscreen is a must. Try out the amazing sea food at Full Moon Cafe and Fat Martin. It is one of the best places in Asia for scuba diving so if you have the time definitely try it out. Look for Padi certified courses. Barefoot Scuba is probably the best place in Havelock for Scuba.
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"Havelock an amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I'm in love with this place. Its definitely a must visit. Its ranking is 7th in the worlds top most beautiful Islands. When I went there I was like WOW! This place surely gives you what I promises for. Its beauty is breathtaking and I request all the visitors to keep the place clean and green as it is. No littering around please.
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