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Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) Travel Guide 2020

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, the engaging activities, and of course the stay in beach side 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 Light House

Havelock Island a.k.a Swaraj Dweep is visited by all type 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 the 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 view point,The famous Elephant Beach where the water sport activities take place and the beautiful Kalapathar Beach being the sunrise view point of the islands.

Radhanagar Beach Havelock

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. 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 in 2020?

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 2019, 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 to 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.



Government ferry to Havelock

Government Ferries:

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.

Private Cruises:

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.

Following cruises are available in Andamans:


cruise to havelock island

1. Makruzz:

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. There are two decks that 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 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).

Accomodation in Havelock Island:

Swaraj Dweep has several properties offering accommodations to the tourists. You can choose the hotels as per your budget. There are varied categories of hotels starting from pocket-friendly economy hotels to fancy luxury and elite hotels that are quite expensive. The price range starts around 2000-2200 Rupees and the highest goes up to 40000-45000 Rupees. Most of them are beach side resorts or have private beaches. Whereas some properties have the swimming pool facilities and a few of them have both pools and beaches.

The services, experiences, facilities, interiors and space of the rooms differ from category to category and budget to budget. All the properties offering accommodations in Swaraj Dweep have the basic amenities and services, the hotels and resorts are equipped with basic and modern amenities based on the categories. Most of the hotels have restaurants inside the properties itself and the guests can have a meal there if they prefer.

The ambiance of the property differs based on the location the property is situated. Our island experts will talk to you, understand your budget and requirements to make your stay a tailor made one that is worth to be spent on. The hotels and resort fall under different categories that can fit all pockets and the categories we offer are Economy, Standard, Premium, Deluxe, Deluxe + and Deluxe Delight, Luxury and Elite.



Havelock Island hotel

Restaurant 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.

Attractions:

The prime attractions in Swaraj Dweep are the amazing Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach and Kalapathar Beach.

• Radhanagar Beach:

This beach was ranked as one of the best beaches in Asia and holds the 7th place. In India, its the best beach and has been rated high for its charm. This charming white sandy beach is the most favorite beach for relaxation in the Havelock island. The sunset is quite appealing on the beach and you spend your evenings at the beach to enjoy the sunset. This gorgeous beach can be reached by taking a cab or a walk if your stay is closer to the beach. Refer Radhanagar Beach at Havelock Island our detailed article to visit this place. Read More about

• Elephant Beach:

Elephant Beach is the most visited beach after Radhanagar at Havelock Island, mainly for its water sports such as Snorkeling, Sea Walking and Parasailing. Other activities such as Jet Ski ride and Glass bottom boat rides are also available here. This beach can be visited via trek or by boat. Refer Elephant Beach Havelock Island our detailed article to visit this place.

• Kalapathar Beach:

Kalapathar Beach is a small but stunning scenic beach near the Kalapathar village. For those early getters, at Kalapathar beach you can experience a spectacular sunrise. Food stalls are also available near the beach from where you can have coconut water, snacks, drinks (non-alcoholic) and lots more. Refer Kalapathar beach at Havelock Island our detailed article to visit this place.



Propeties with swimming pool in Havelock

Things to do at Havelock Island?

• Water Sports:

The various activities that can be done at Havelock Island are Sea Walking, Parasailing, Snorkeling, Kayaking, and Boat rides. All these activities can be availed once you reach Havelock and you will be provided with all the essentials that are required for the particular sport you are indulging in. If you are an adventure junkie who wants to explore the underwater marvel then you should try snorkeling, scuba diving and sea walking. You will get to explore the beautiful corals and the colorful fish and other aquatic creatures of the sea around you. If you are not a fan of going underwater then you can go for a Kayaking ride or take a Glass bottom boat ride.

• Trekking:

Another way to reach the Elephant Beach is by trekking through the woods. The trekking trail is taken by very few people, if you want a tinge of adventure then go to Elephant Beach by trekking. It is about 1.6 km in distance and surrounded by tall trees, you can spot reptiles and birds moving around as you trek to the beach. It is a wonderful experience to trek to the beach on a path that is secluded and hardly taken.

• Restaurants:

You can go around the island and explore the many restaurants and food outlets in the locality. Give your palate a treat by trying out the different cuisines and the amazing seafood of variety that is available at the restaurants. You can take strolls during the evenings and hop into a café for some coffee or snacks

• Photography:

Havelock Island with its scenic sandy beaches with emerald forests and the blue waters of the island is a perfect spot for nature and candid photographs. Carry your camera kit and go about capturing the beautiful views and the appealing surroundings of beaches and other parts of the island.

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 definitely 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

1. How many days are recommended to stay at Swaraj Dweep?
We usually recommend 2 Nights on this island during these 2 nights and 3 days you will cover all the major attractions and activities. However, if you wish to extend your stay, you can go fishing or scuba diving advanced courses. The best way to utilize your time in the most worthy way is to contact our island experts and discuss the trip with them to balance your needs, budget and experiences.

2. Who should avoid visiting this island?
This island is very beautiful and worth visiting for people from all walks of life. So we recommend that none should miss out on visiting this island. Even if you are on a cut-short trip, at least a day trip to this island can be planned.

3. When is the best time to visit the island?
The island can be visited throughout the year but the best time to visit is from September to May.

4. How expensive is Swaraj Dweep?
Swaraj Dweep is expensive than Port Blair as it has NO production of its own. All supply comes through the capital city, Port Blair. If you are looking forward to the cheapest ways of visiting this island then either visit this island for day trips or stay in NON AC Cottages/Huts/Rooms. Feel free to tell us your budget and let us figure out the best out of it for you.



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