Havelock Island among the best destination in India, is situated 57 Kms North East of Port Blair. This destination attracts people all across the globe. White sand beaches and turquoise waters surrounding the island is a treat to watch and experience. The best thing about this destination is that it suits every requirements, whether you are looking for a laid back vacation or a fun filled vacation, Havelock Island has everything to offer. Your vacation to the Andaman Islands is not complete until you have visited Havelock Island.
Best Attractions at Havelock Island
Radhanagar Beach - This beach has been consistently rated as one among the best beaches in Asia. The long stretch of vast open sea in front of you along with white powdery beach is a treat to watch and experience. Often you might sight an Elephant by the beach. Spend your day swimming, making sand houses, taking sun bath etc... Food is available for purchase by the beach. You are not allowed to throw waste/dump on the beach.
Elephant Beach - Another major attraction at the Havelock Island is the Elephant Beach, accessible only through boat or trekking. Though this attraction is not famous for its beach, its among the best location for snorkeling. The reef here starts at 5 feet deep. You may either snorkel by yourself or may hire a guide to help you snorkel at the Elephant Beach. For more information about this trip check Elephant Beach Trip
For adventure lovers Havelock has a lot to offer, the surrounding islands along Havelock are Neil, Peel, Wilson John Lawrence, Henry Lawrence, Inglis, Middle button and North Button islands. Each of these is good for explorers who wish to know more about these islands.
How to Reach Havelock Island?
Havelock Island can be visited through ferry or Sea Plane. Cruise(Makruzz/Coastal Cruise) and Government ferry operates between Port Blair and Havelock Island on daily basis. All ferry leaves from Phoenix Bay Wharf. Sea Plane operates daily except on Sundays.
Government Ferry Timings - 0600 , 1100 (via Neil Island) and 1400 - Takes around 2.5 Hrs to reach Havelock. The one via Neil Island takes around 4 Hrs.
Makruzz / Coastal Cruise - High Speed Cruise, which takes around 90 minutes to reach Havelock Island. Timings 0800 Hrs and 0830 Hrs. During season(October - March) the sailing of these boats usually doubles.
Sea Plane - Sea Plane operates at 0745 Hrs , 0900 Hrs and 1500 Hrs. Sunday, Sea Plane services are not available.
Activities to do at Havelock Island?
Scuba Diving - Visit Scuba Diving Andaman Islands
Sea Walk - Sea walk can be availed near Elephant Beach. For more info visit Sea Walk Andaman
Trekking - Trekking to Elephant Beach Trekking Options in Andaman
How much time is enough to visit Havelock Island?
We usually recommend 2 Nights at Havelock Islands. During these 2 Nights and 3 days you will cover all the major attraction and activities. However, if you wish to extend your stay then its fine. Summary of your Trip at Havelock Island
Day 01 - Arrival at Havelock Island and Scuba Diving/ Radhanagar Beach Sunset Point
Day 02 - Elephant Beach Trekking/ Boat Ride and Snorkeling (Sea Walk can also be done on this day.)
Day 03 - Kalapathar Beach/ Radhanagar Beach and Return to Port Blair.
Who can avoid visiting this island?
None should avoid visiting Havelock Island after coming so far to the Andaman Islands.
Best Time to Visit this island?
In fact this island is an all season destination. However, the most preferred time is from September - May
How expensive is Havelock Island?
Havelock Island is expensive as it has NO production of its own. All supply comes through the capital city Port Blair. If you are looking forward to cheapest ways of visiting this island then either visit this island for day trips or stay in NON AC Cottages/Huts/Rooms or in Government Operated Hotels.