Havelock Island


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Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar Overview

Havelock Island is one of the largest and most popular isles in the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. Spread over a massive area of 113.93 square kilometres, Havelock Island is situated 57 km north-east of the capital city Port Blair. The island is named after a British General and comprises of Ritchie's Archipelago and a collection of five villages including Shyam Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Radha Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Govinda Nagar. It is one of the most developed islands when it comes to tourism, with a focus on eco - tourism. 

The aspect of Havelock Island that draws so many tourists towards itself is its pristine natural beauty and serene atmosphere. A paradise of silky sand beaches, crystal blue water, rich corals and verdant forests, this place is a beautiful manifestation of the region's natural beauty. The southern coast of the island has the charming Radhanagar Beach, while the azure beauty of Vijayanagar Beach is situated towards the east of the island. Elephant beach and Kalapather beach are two other destinations where the sunrise and sunsets are absolutely divine. What's more, you can also indulge in a number of thrilling adventure activities and water sports, and when you're done with that, a long walk along the stretch of the sand is the perfect way to explore the island on your own. 

Activities on Havelock Island

Beckon the adrenaline junkie in you with the myriad varieties of adventure activities that are available at the Havelock Island for the patrons to indulge in:-

1. Sea Walk: Sea Walk will give you an experience of an underwater walk, right on the seabed! This activity is available at Elephant Beach in Havelock Island and costs INR 3200.
2. Scuba Diving: Scuba diving is a very popular activity in the whole of Andaman and is another important one in Havelock as well. In this, you are allowed to dive into the water with the proper breathing and diving gear. You can either opt for beginners or advanced course and can even get lessons beforehand.
3. Snorkelling: This activity allows you to gaze upon the the underwater life with the help of either water goggles or a screen that is attached to the bottom of a boat. Snorkeling is available at Elephant Beach.
4. Fishing trips, Kayaking and boating are other important activities.

Attractions on Havelock Island

Havelock Island has become a favoured destination among honeymooners in India. This island has three major beaches viz. Radhanagar Beach (Beach #7), Elephant Beach and Kalapatthar Beach. With pristine white beaches, clear waters, corals and palms lining the shores, this is a bucket list item. This place is ideal for snorkelling too and has a lagoon called Blue Lagoon which can be reached by crossing into the forest. Elephant Beach has mostly swept away in the tsunami of 2004 but boasts of best varieties of corals on the island and is the best spot on the island for snorkelling. The Kalapathar beach is named so due to the abundance of black rock on its coastline. It is a quiet place and good for relaxing.

Havelock Ferries

Since Havelock is an island, the only viable way to reach this destination is via ferries. A number of options are available as well, according to your preferences and suitable to every kind of budgets. Their details are as follows:-

1. Government Ferries:
Departure time: 06:20 AM, 02:00 PM                                 
Arrival time: 09:00 AM, 04:30 PM                                  
Adult ticket: INR 500
Child ticket (0 - 2 years): INR 100
2. Green Ocean:
Departure time: 06:45 AM
Arrival time: 09:00 AM
Adult ticket: INR 1250 (Royal), INR 900 (Executive), INR 1000 (Luxury)
Child ticket (0 - 2 years): INR 105
3. Makruzz:
Departure time: 04:15 PM
Arrival time: 06:00 PM
Adult ticket: INR 1350 (Deluxe), INR 1050 (Premium), INR 2050 (Royal), INR 1150 (Premium Window)
Child ticket (0 - 2 years): INR 105
4. Makruzz Gold:
Departure time: 08:00 AM, 01:00 PM
Arrival time: 09:45 AM, 02:30 PM
Adult ticket: INR 1350 (Deluxe), INR 1050 (Premium), INR 2050 (Royal), INR 1150 (Premium Window)
Child ticket (0 - 2 years): INR 105
5. Green Ocean 2:
Departure time: 06:45 AM
Arrival time: 08:45 AM
Adult ticket: INR 1150 (Deluxe), INR 950 (Premium), INR 1050 (Luxury)
Child ticket (0 - 2 years): INR 105


Where to Stay

The only government accommodation is the Dolphin Beach Resort but there are a lot of private properties as well. Resorts here include Havelock Leisure, Barefoot at Havelock, Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Munjoh Ocean Resort, SilverSand Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Beach Resort and Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort among a host of others. 

Best Restaurants Nearby

Havelock has a number of shacks and sheds that provide delicious variants of local food. Some of these include Full moon cafe, Anju Coco Resto, Golden Spoon, Something Different - A Beachside Cafe and Ocean Tree Restro. 

Tips

1. Wear proper gear before you indulge in any activity
2. Sunblock, water and sunglasses are a must

Reviews about Havelock Island

Havelock is the beautiful place. I have visited during Jan 2017. A glimpse of Havelock- https://youtu.be/ifUnER0XATA

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