Havelock Island is one of the most pristine & scenic islands of the Andaman and Nicobar group. Its sparkling white sand beaches, transparent sea water, plush greenery, and serene surroundings are tempting & fascinating. Quite popular as a backpacker’s heaven, this splendid island is a perfect destination for a super romantic honeymoon or a lovely family holiday.
From scuba to parasailing and elephant rides on the beach to game fishing, the list has it all to cater to all kinds of travelers. Here, have a look!
Most Popular Havelock Beaches
The beaches on Havelock Island are charming, scenic, and picture perfect. They are idyllic for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Havelock beaches offer ample scope to spend some cozy time for revitalisation, far away from the maddening crowd.
1. Radhanagar Beach or Beach No 7
Awarded as the best beach in India and world’s 7th most beautiful beach by the Time Magazine, Radhanagar Beach is the showstopper of Havelock. The beach is adorned with snow white sands, sizzling shores, crystal blue water, and pristine forests. Capturing the best sunset, strolling on the beach, and swimming & surfing are the fun things to do here.
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2. Elephant Beach
A moderately calm & gentle retreat, the Elephant Beach is a perfect escape for honeymoon couples and solo travelers. Tourists love to explore this place that is known for its navy colour clear water and tranquil surroundings. Travelers can indulge in swimming, scuba diving & coral spotting, or merely relaxing on the beautiful beach.
3. Kalapathar Beach
The untarnished beauty of the Kalapather Beach or Kaala Pathar Beach makes it one of the most scenic splendors of Havelock Island. The sizzling coastline is dotted with black rocks, sparkling silver sand, and aqua green waters that create a surreal contrast. Kaala Pathar beach is an ideal nirvana for peace loving travelers. Relaxing and sunbathing in hammocks are best things to do on this beach.
Along with these, there are some other moderately popular beaches like Beach No 1, Beach No 2 that is famous for diving & snorkeling, Govindnagar Beach or Beach No 3, and Vijaynagar Beach or Beach No 5 that is famous for boating & photography.
Things To Do In Havelock Island
1. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Snorkelling and Scuba diving are supreme fun water sports in Havelock. Neither of the two requires swimming skill. Havelock has PADI centres that facilitate beginner-level scuba diving, or sea walking, and snorkeling. Try these enthralling activities under professional guidance and witness bright corals & splendid marine organisms.
2. Swimming with Elephants
Radhanagar Beach is known for Rajan, an elephant that swims with the travelers. Isn’t that too enticing?
3. Riding in a Sea Plane
One can travel from Port Blair to Havelock and back in a seaplane in about 15 minutes. Run by Pawan Hans, this unique form of transportation is entitled to carry only 9 passengers. So, prior booking is a must.
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Other Tourist Attractions Of Havelock Island
Along with the beaches, there are some other tourist hotspots of Havelock Island too. These include some fascinating cafes and restaurants on the beach front that pull tourists round the year. One must visit Emerald Gecko – a cottage resort run by Benny and Linda – that serves super sumptuous seafood and English breakfast. A visit to Full Moon Café on Beach No 5 is a must for those who love old classic music, sumptuous seafood, healthy salads, & refreshing cardamom lime fizzes. Other famous eateries in here that cannot be missed are Fat Martin, Venom Bar, Dakshin, Rony, and Anju-coco Resto.
And while water sports are the best activities in Havelock & its vicinity, there are other things to indulge the travelers. One can take a day excursion to Neil Island for its coral reefs or trek up to the top of the Japanese Hill, which lies adjacent to the Radhanagar Beach.
Places To Stay On Havelock Island
Havelock Island is a tourist puller. Hence, all categories of hotels are available here. The luxury beach resorts in Andaman that are located in Havelock include Barefoot Havelock, Silver Sand, Havelock Island Beach Resort, Symphony Palm Beach Resort, and Dolphin Resort.
The Wild Orchid, Island Vinnies Tropical Beach Cabana, Munjoh Ocean Resort, and The Blue Bird are some of the mid-budget hotels in Havelock. And then there are some budget options, such as Ocean Pearl Beach Resort, Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort, Radhakrishna Resort, and Coconut Grove Beach Resort.
Interested in a holiday on the Havelock Island? Here’re certain essentials that will help you in the planning.
How To Reach Havelock Island
Havelock Island is a picturesque destination, located approximately 40 km north east of Port Blair – the capital and the airport city of Andaman & Nicobar islands. Flights from all major cities of India are available.
Ferries and ships travel regularly from Port Blair and Neil Island to Havelock. It takes about 90 minutes from Port Blair to Havelock and about an hour from Neil Island to reach the destination. There are both government-run and privately-operated ferries & ships. Tickets for both should be booked in advance to avoid 11th-hour-rush.
The most common private ferry is the M.V. Makrruz. It departs the phoenix bay harbour – also known as the Fishery’s Jetty – at 8:45 am and leaves the destination in the evening at 4 pm. This is ideal for a day tour to the island. The ferry has luxury cabins and a coffee shop on board. Government ferries are more in number and depart at various time slots.
Speed boats are also available from Port Blair. However, the travel time is longer. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach Havelock from Port Blair in a speed boat.
Havelock Island is known for its fascinating beaches. Beach hopping is a very common activity here. Auto-rickshaws can be hired for getting around the island. Buses also ply on this island and take tourists to different beaches. Many travelers prefer walking down the island for beach hopping or take rented bikes & scooters for easy transportation.
Best Time To Visit Havelock Island
The best time to visit Havelock Island is between October and May. The water is calm, clean, and ideal for watersports – scuba diving, snorkeling, and coral spotting. However, the major rush is seen in December and January. Furthermore, it is suggested to avoid visiting the island during the monsoon season.
As the island is located in the equatorial region, the Havelock Island weather is quite moderate round the year. Temperature ranges between 23° C and 30° C. An afternoon convectional rainfall is experienced almost every day, however for a short while.
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