Havelock Island

Havelock is a popular island in the union territory of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This eco-tourism spot covers an area of 113 Km sq and is situated 39 km of north –east of Port Blair, the capital city. This island is particularly known for its tranquility, scuba diving and stunning beaches with turquoise waves. Some popular beaches of the islands are Elephant Beach, Radhanagar beach and Kala Patthar Beach. You can try your hands on scuba diving, trekking, fishing, mangrove safari etc.

Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green canopy of the rain-fed forest beckons everyone to enjoy the fun N frolic at the azure sea

Havelock General Information

  • Area: 113.94 kms
  • Population: 5,354
  • Geo Location: 11o 58’00
  • Average Climate: 21o C-27OC
  • Best time to visit: October to May
  • STD Code: 03193

How to Get There

Havelock is also famous for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, snorkeling and beach camping. Other adventure activities include trekking, fishing, scuba diving and mangrove safari. Catching the fishes with an amazing view of the beautiful sunset ahead is a really soothing experience. If you are in search of a romantic destination, Havelock is a perfect place. Havelock Island is easily accessible from all major cities of India. You can reach here by all modes of transportation.

By Air

Port Blair airport is the nearest airport to Havelock. There is easy availability of direct flights to different destinations. Further you can get ferry or sea plane is also available to travel from airport to Havelock.

By Sea (Ferry)

One of the best modes to reach Havelock is by Ferry. Air-conditioned catamaran ferry is available from Port Blair to Havelock which takes around 90 minutes to reach.

By road

Frequent buses are available from Havelock to other major cities. You can also get convenient buses and jeeps to travel from one island to another.

Best Time to Visit Havelock Island

Havelock Island is one of the dream destinations for frequent Honeymooner. Havelock is a perfect place to relax and enjoy various water sports. You can also relish the beautiful view of sunset and sunrise. The place is blessed with divine beauty, surrounded by pristine water where one can find dolphins, big fishes and turtles.

Best time to visit Havelock is during winter months from December to February when the climate is pleasantly cool and appropriate for sightseeing.

Summers - March-May

Summers in Havelock are quite hot and exhausting. The temperature varies from 24 degree Celsius to 32 degree Celsius. Therefore, tourists should avoid travelling to Havelock in summers.

Monsoon - May-August

During monsoon Havelock receives heavy rainfall. It is a good time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the beaches and dense forests.

Winters - December-February

Winters in Havelock are cool and enjoyable. One can relish the picturesque surrounding and indulge in various water sports. The temperature during winter months ranges from 20 degree Celsius to 28 degree Celsius.

Place to visit

Havelock, one of the largest islands in the Andaman group, is famous for its beaches. This tiny paradise on earth features five villages that are special for their beaches. The prime beaches that must be visited on a tour of Havelock are Vijay Nagar beach, Elephant beach, Kalapathar beach.

On these famed beaches in Havelock, one would be able to see a lot of activity. Famous for sunbathing, beach combing, surfing and swimming, these pristine beaches are counted amongst the best tourist attractions in Havelock Island. Do not forget to watch the panoramic sunset while you laze around on the sandy beaches. It is certainly a romantic sight for the couples.

Not just for a leisure holiday, the exotic beaches of Havelock are best suited for water sports as well. The region has some of the best facilities for scuba diving and snorkeling to explore the rich marine life. Adventure lovers can even go trekking or hiking in the dense forests of Havelock.

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Havelock are real exposures of unpolluted nature for an environment lover. Radhanagar beach is 12 kilometers from the Islands ferry pier. Radhanagar is a Grade A beach of outstanding quality.

This beach has got the finest hue of unending sky, frolicking waves, thick sands, flora and fauna. The beach as a whole feels like a poet’s fancy. You can explore the beach in an hour or two, unless you decide to lay back or try activities like scuba diving. Your trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Island could be hollow, if you don’t put this beach at the top of the priority list

Vijay Nagar beach

Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock, is a long stretch of sand on the east coast of the Island, punctuated occasionally by rock section. Most of the beach is lined by mahua trees, whose trunks grow along the ground for many feet before they begin to climb vertically. These trees have lent a distinct character to the sea front and provide shade, close to the water. Vijaynagar Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea. Dolphin Resort run by the Tourism Department and many other hotels are also located on this beach.

Elephant beach

This beach is another ideal site for snorkeling. It has a rich coral reef formation and amazing underwater marine life. One can reach Elephant beach by small cruise boat from Havelock Jetty in about 40 minutes. By road one can go up to the Forest Camp which is 8 Kms from the Jetty towards Radhanagar side and from there by walk to the Elephant beach which will take another 40 minutes. Private ferry operators organize tours to Elephant beach from Havelock.

Kalapathar beach

This beautiful silver sandy beach located 12 km from Havelock jetty is slowly gaining visitors footfall, though proper facilities are yet to be established.

Thing to do

Beach-Combing, sunbathing, scuba diving, sea walk, snorkeling, watersports, surf riding, swimming, game fishing, watching the sunset or sunrise, elephant ride, bird-watching, trekking, sailing, kayaking and many more.

Scuba Diving

The abundance of marine life around Havelock provides a rich variety of varied diving sites. ‘Seduction Point’, ‘Aquarium’, ‘Lighthouse’, ‘Pilot Reef’, ‘Mac Point’, ‘Minerva Ledge’ and ‘Turtle Bay’ are promising areas for diving. The following are the registered dive operators at Havelock. The ideal dive season is from December to May.

Swimming & Snorkeling

One can enjoy swimming at the calm and clear waters of Radhanagar, Vijaynagar and Elephant beach. Snorkeling is available to view shallow areas of the coral reefs without going underwater with scuba equipment. Under the water, one can glide along the coral shelf and experience the strange and striking coral formations. One can see fish swim, nibbling at colorful algae, sea anemones and plankton right next to you.

Elephant Ride

Havelock Island is logged using elephants. The spectacle of elephants working in the forest and bathing and swimming in the nearby sea is a special attraction. The Elephant Training Camp managed by the Forest Department at Kalapathar open its doors to tourists occasionally. Please check it out

Bird Watching

The Island is surrounded by emerald lagoons and tropical evergreen forests. In some stretches, mangrove swamps line the shores.

It is a landscape of primeval splendor. White-headed mynas or the woodpecker with a white-barred black mantle and red crown, fulvous-breasted woodpecker are endemic to the island. The olive-backed sunbird and Andaman swallow are other endemic birds in the islands, which are a birdwatcher's paradise.

Game Fishing

or fishing enthusiasts, the sea of the coasts of Havelock Island, in the Ritchie's archipelago offer some of the best catches. There are organizations that offer all kinds of fishing equipment and boats

Kayaking

Kayaking is also gaining popularity in the Havelock island. Safe and clam creeks offer an excellent scope for kayak lovers.

Do’s & Doe’s

Andaman & Nicobar Islands have many sandy beaches and coral reefs. But only some of these beaches are supervised for safe swimming, snorkeling and diving. Though Andaman water is generally safe for swimming and looks inviting, it also has some potentially dangerous marine animals, which may come in conflict due to mistaken identity such as prey or to defend their territory. Though such incidents are extremely rare, visitors are advised to observe the following precautions for a safe and enriching swimming experience.

Do's

  • Ask a lifeguard duty for some advice on swimming conditions like local currents, tides, visibility, and the presence of dangerous marine creatures etc. Swimming conditions can change quickly, so seek prior advice from a lifeguard before entering in water an unpatrolled area
  • Get a friend to swim with you so that you can look out for each other’s safety and get help, if needed children should always be supervised by an adult, avoid swimming in the dark
  • Raise your hand up help if you get into trouble in the water. Stay calm and wave your arm for help

Don't

  • Do not dangle your arms or legs in the water during boat rides:
  • Do not swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Shiny Jewellery or bright colored clothes resembles fins of small fishes and may attract predatory fishes. Avoid such accessory or clothing while swimming
  • If you have an open wound, please avoid swimming. Many predatory fish are attracted to blood odour
  • Avoid diving or swimming amongst school of fish. This may attract predatory fishes such as sharks
  • Avoid night swimming or diving

Advisory for Tourist

All tourist are required to ensure that while undertaking snorkeling, they are accompanied by trained snorkel guide, who has been licensed /certified by National Institute of water sports (NIWS)