Think of Andaman, and you see Havelock Island in your dreams. Not just saying, we know that when you gear up to head to Andamans as your next holiday destination, you unknowingly think of staying in Havelock and admiring whatever it offers. The trencher of Havelock Island serves you all holiday lovers with iconic beaches, engaging activities, and of course the stay in beachside resorts handpicked by our experts to suit your trip and budget. It’s a pleasure having you here to read what we have to say about this already very famous and the most sought-after destination of Andamans - The Havelock Islands. The honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji officially renamed it as Swaraj Dweep on 30th DEC 2019. The new name, yet not known by many travelers, gives a cultural essence to the place.
Havelock Island is one of the most visited and preferred islands to stay in the Andaman Archipelago. If you are visiting the Andaman Islands this is one destination that you shouldn’t (or we should say - you wouldn’t) miss out
Havelock Island a.k.a Swaraj Dweep is visited by all types of travelers because it appears to be suitable for visitors of all ages. The kids love playing around in the safe waters, the elderly love the tranquility nature provides, youngsters and adventure junkies love the activities that keep them engaged and of course the special ones-the couples who admire the destination making it one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations in India.
What makes this island very special is that Havelock Island is home to the stunning Radhanagar Beach which is one of the best beaches in India and gives access to the most amazing sunset viewpoint, The famous Elephant Beach where the water sport activities take place and the beautiful Kalapathar Beach being the sunrise view of the islands.
Although agriculture and fishing are the major occupations of the folks here, they are yet dependent on tourism as their major economic support directly or indirectly. This is one reason that be it an educated person from the hospitality sector or a common man/ small shopkeepers / any general public, you'll find everyone very humble and of helping nature. The properties that provide accommodation and restaurants here are very impressive and comfortable which you will surely love.
Even though Swaraj Dweep has all the major facilities that are available in Port Blair such as a market place, good transportation, accommodations, and other necessary amenities, but most of the services/ commodities here in Swaraj Dweep are bought in from the capital town-Port Blair. As on 2019, we have various cruises and ferries in operation that plies to and fro between Swaraj Dweep and Port Blair.
The islands that surround Swaraj Dweep are- Neil, Peel, Wilson John Lawrence, Henry Lawrence, Inglis, Middle button and North Button islands. Each of these islands is occasionally accessible for explorers who wish to know more about these islands. Our Island experts can let you know when, how and how often you can visit some of these islands on special arrangements. Game fishing tours can be availed to explore uninhabited islands around Havelock. Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) is exceptional in this case as it is another most visited place of Andamans after Swaraj Dweep. We have introduced Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) in our exclusive sections.
What To Expect at Havelock Island?
As you already know that Havelock Island is considered as a major tourist hub irrespective of the rural locality because of the amazing features it possesses. Havelock Island has all the necessary amenities and developed tourism infrastructures to support and meet all your needs. There are various properties for accommodations, a great deal of restaurants, cabs, buses and share autos for internal transfers and several cruises and ferries operating from Swaraj Dweep to other islands. The island has all the modern facilities and beaches that will entice you! The only drawback on the island is the poor network connectivity, as of now, the fastest internet speed is limited to 3G.
As of 2021, the only functioning mobile networks in Andaman are Airtel, Vodafone, and BSNL. All the other networks will shut down once you reach the Andaman Islands. Numerous hotels are available for accommodations under different categories. There are first aid kits on the beach and there are hospitals and medical clinics that are available on the Island. If you take any specific kind of medication, we recommend you carry it along with you.
How to Reach Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)?
Havelock Island is located about 57 km from Port Blair can be reached via sea only. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach the island from Port Blair. Some numerous ferries and cruises operate from Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep and are frequently available. Both government ferries and private cruises are operational to this island which gives you an option to choose what you prefer. All ferry leaves from Phoenix Bay Wharf.
The government ferries in the islands are the lifeline of the Andaman Islands as it caters to the needs of the thousands of passengers during the transfer from one island to another. The ferries are taken by both the residents and the visitors; therefore, the tickets of this ferry gets sold out fast. Government ferry can be booked only a couple of days in advance. If you wish to take a government ferry you will have to book your tickets manually at the STARS counter by standing in a queue and you will have to book the tickets 3 days before your trip. You can ask your hotel or your tour operator to book the tickets on your behalf against an extra payment for the booking. The government ferries can seat up to 145 passengers and the seating categories are chairs and seats.
Several companies are offering high speed and spacious cruises in the Andamans for internal transfers to other islands. The private cruises are the most preferred by the tourists because it is convenient and the booking is process is easy. These cruises are faster and comfortable compared to the government ferries and the cruise tickets can be easily booked online. The private cruises are pricy compared to the Government ferry.
The following cruises are available for Havelock Island
It is the first-ever high-speed luxury catamaran cruise introduced in Andamans that is dual-hulled and offers you more space and stability during your journey. It is fully air-conditioned and very comfortable. Two decks can hold up to 280 passengers. It has three categories for the guests - Premium, Deluxe and Royal.
As on today, in 2019, Makruzz has 2 succeeding edition that has joined its fleet by the names Makruzz Gold and Makruzz Pearl. These new vessels of the Makruzz fleet are more advanced and spacious and operate in various routes to keep the islands and its people connected.
- Green Ocean
The second most popular cruise is Green Ocean 1. The built of this cruise is pretty similar to the Government ferries, but Green Ocean has better seating facilities, it is Air-conditioned and is more spacious. This cruise has an open deck where you can freely move around have a look at the open seascape during your trip. The seating capacity is 220 passengers and has three categories for the guests - Executive, Luxury and Royal. It has a catamaran version of it as well. The Green Ocean 2 is the faster version and the new edition that has joined the Green Ocean Fleet.
- Sea Link Cruise
Sea Link Cruise is the latest cruise to be introduced in the Andaman Island, it was imported from Singapore. The cruise has distinctive looks and spacious interiors which will surely give you a journey of a lifetime. The different categories are Premium, Business and Premium plus. Sea Link cruise has begun to become the travelers' requirements due to its convenient timings and amazing looks.
- ITT Majestic
This is another high-speed luxury cruise that transfers passengers to Swaraj Dweep. This cruise is fully air-conditioned and has comfortable seats. Huge transparent glass in the ITT Majestic window runs through the entire length of the cruise which enables you to enjoy the beautiful sea views from your seats. This cruise can has seating for 200 passengers under two different categories, and the categories are Silver and Majesty.
All the ferries and cruises that function to Swaraj Dweep are available from both Port Blair and Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep).
Get to know more ways about reaching Havelock Island in our article.
Restaurants at Havelock island
Swaraj Dweep has plenty of restaurants offering great foods of both pure vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. There are two pure vegetarian restaurants and several other restaurants that offer non-vegetarian and multi-cuisine food. Do not miss out on the variety of seafood at the restaurants and food joints as the Andamans is a paradise for seafood lovers. Also, there are many beach-side cafes, you can stop by at a café for a snack or a drink and spend time with your loved ones in the amazing ambience that surrounds.
Bars and Lounges are available too; you can drop in for some fun and drink and enjoy your evenings here.
Honeymoon in Havelock Island
This beautiful island is an ideal destination for a honeymoon tour. The island is filled in with beauty that adds up to the romantic theme of your tour; it is away from the city and has several pristine beaches that are secluded most of the time which is perfect for a honeymoon getaway. A lot of couples have the Andaman Islands on the top of their list as their honeymoon destination and Havelock Island will be the island they’ll want to visit the most.
The ambience and the serenity of this island attract couples often making Havelock Island an ideal destination for honeymoon trips. Imagine having a candlelight dinner with your loved one by the beach, with no one around but just the sound of waves and nature for your company; Splendid! Isn’t it? If you are planning on a honeymoon trip then you must add Swaraj Dweep to your list as it is one of the most beautiful islands to make your trip a memorable one, and make your loved one feel special. There are a lot of packages specifically designed and tailor-made by us for honeymoon tours with attractive inclusions to make it special for the people who want to celebrate their union together in these islands.
Things to do in Havelock Island?
The charm at Havelock Island is mesmerizing. To us the best things to do at Havelock Island are as below :
- Take a walk at Beach number 5 - Vijaynagar beach - This is one of the best beaches on Havelock Island
- Go Scuba Diving - Try Boat Dive instead of a shore dive
- Visit Radhanagar beach for a sunset experience
- Go for Night Kayaking
- Visit Elephant Beach and Snorkel
- Go For Sea Walking - More Like moonwalking
- Go For Parasailing
- Try a beachside Candle Lit Dinner
- Stay by a beach resort at Havelock