Havelock Island has always been the first choice for adventure and nature lovers in Andaman. It attracts a lot of tourists all the year round. Some of the activities you can enjoy here are scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, diving, parasailing and sailing. You can visit the island to enjoy a lot of adventure sports or just sunbathe and relax. Savor some mouth-watering seafood and shop for beautiful handicrafts. Revel in the festivities and explore the clean and fresh air, pristine beaches, and relax your senses well. Beach and adventure lovers can enjoy a lot of things on this island. 

Some of the famous things to enjoy include water activities, such as sunbathing, scuba diving, water sports, beach combing, surf riding, sea walk, swimming, snorkeling, game fishing, watching sunrise or sunset, bird watching, elephant ride, kayaking and even more. Havelock Island Andaman is the most popular destination for adventure seekers which attracts lots of scuba divers.  

 

Sightseeing 

Elephant Beach and Radhanagar Beach are two of the most popular beaches for sightseeing in Havelock Island. Radhanagar Beach is well known as a beautiful beach in Asia. Located further north of Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach is visited by a lot of tourists. You can best explore the corals and it is an ideal attraction for snorkeling. It is well known to have clean and beautiful beaches. 

You can also find dolphins here if you are in luck. This stunning island is the best epitome of ecotourism where you can witness palm fringed beaches, marine species, lush greens, and dense forests. You can easily get here with great diversity of flora and fauna. You can enjoy brisk walks with exotic views and white sandy beaches. 

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Scuba Diving 

It is another well-known activity and a must do in this island. Havelock is open for tourists with stunning coral reefs and crystal clear waters, making it ideal for this activity. It has some of the diving attractions ideal for both experienced and first time divers. It has visibility of over 40 meters underwater and you can spot beautiful fishes like BannerFish, Manta Rays, Snappers, Angelfish, Cuttlefish, Stingrays, Barracuda, Tuna, and Glassfish, apart from stunning corals. 

You can explore the rich variety of diving spots and plenty of marine species. Some of the best diving sites are Aquarium, Seduction Point, Pilot Reef, Lighthouse, Mac Point, Turtle Bay, and Minerva ledge. December to May is the best season for diving. 

 

Drive through the beaches 

Havelock Island is blessed with natural greens and beaches. You can easily explore this tiny island by 2- wheeler or car. It is an ideal attraction for bird watching and hiking through the dense green jungles. You can explore the hidden beaches in two days by scooter or bike.

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Witness the beautiful Sunrise and Sunset 

Radhanagar Beach is another popular tourist attraction where you can watch the beautiful sunset. There is no better place than Radhanagar Beach to watch the beautiful sun going down through the refreshing and cool breeze. Neil’s Cove is another popular attraction to watch the beautiful sunset. 

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Snorkeling/Swimming 

Tourists can swim at the crystal clear and calm waters of various beaches like Elephant Beach, Vijayanagar and Radhanagar. You can snorkel in shallow waters to witness the coral reefs without having to go underwater. You can glide along the shelf and witness the vivid coral formations underwater. You can see colorful algae, fish, plankton and sea anemones next to you. It is a fun and adventurous activity where you can witness the shallow reef areas. You can enjoy snorkeling at most beaches, including Elephant and Radhanagar beaches. 

 

Ride an Elephant 

Havelock Island has a spectacle of elephants that bathe and swim in the nearby ocean and it is a great attraction. The Forest Department manages the Elephant Training Camp at Kalapathar which has opened its doors to tourists. You can ride these elephants at Elephant Beach. 

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Bird Watching 

The island is covered by emerald greens and lagoons. The shores are also lined by mangrove swamps in some stretches. This landscape is well regarded for its primeval splendor. You can witness white-barred black mantle, woodpecker or white-headed mynas here along with fulvous-breasted, red crown woodpecker. These species are native to this place. Other endemic birds are Andaman swallow and olive-backed sunbird. Hence, it is a paradise for bird watchers. It is definitely the best thing to enjoy here for nature lovers. 

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Game Fishing 

It is another popular activity you can enjoy in Havelock. Ritchie’s archipelago offers the best catches for fishing lovers. A lot of organizations offer different fishing boats and equipment. You can also find fishing competitions organized over the years. 

Kayaking 

It is another popular activity you can enjoy at Havelock Island. This island has calm and safe creeks offering an ideal scope for kayakers. It has a lot of travel agencies offering all gears for hire. 

kayaking in Andaman

Trekking 

You can explore the scenic beauty on foot in this island and trekking is a well-known activity to enjoy in this place. This activity is the best way for adventure lovers. You can witness the dense greens at Havelock with this activity. 

 

Shopping 

You cannot find enough shopping options in Havelock like in other islands. Village No. 2 and Market No. 3 have a few local shops which open only from morning till afternoon. It has small markets selling a lot of items, such as basic food items, toiletries, chocolate, bottled water, as well as soft drinks. You can also buy jewelry made of wood and shells which are good options. Shop some old crafts on the island or some t-shirts with block printing.  

 

Bottom Line 

There are plenty of activities to do in Havelock Island. It is totally up to you as what you want to enjoy here. You can just relax on the beach or enjoy a lot of water sports.

 

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are one of the leading union territories of India and are the breathtaking archipelago of Bay of Bengal. There is no lack of places to visit in Andaman like beaches which are blessed with beautiful marine life and coral reefs. The landscape here is truly breathtaking to offer an ideal beach holiday for a perfect getaway from the hustles and bustles of daily life. It is a heaven for both adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. 

 

Getting There 

By Air 

There are daily and weekly flights to Andaman on time. Port Blair is the primary and closest air terminal in the Andaman Islands. You can choose Jet Airways or Indian Airlines flights. 

By Water 

There are three ports to sail to Andaman if you are planning to travel through sea – Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag. These ports also have different durations and timings. If you are heading there from another place, you can choose Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, and Chennai.  Here are the five ships operate to and from mainland India to the island – 

  • M.V. Nancowry 
  • M.V. Nicobar 
  • M.V. Harshavardhana 
  • M.V. Swaraj Dweep 
  • M.V. Akbar 

 

Getting Around 

Minivans/Private Jeeps 

For airport pickup and drop and for one-day sightseeing a cab usually costs up to Rs. 500 to Rs. 800 and around Rs. 1500 respectively, to cover various points. You can easily rent bikes and scooters from Port Blair for up to Rs. 500 per day. But tourists are prohibited from driving their vehicles, especially in North and Middle Andaman as there are some restrictions in tribal areas. 

Bus 

All roads and ferries lead to Port Blair, South, Middle and North Andaman have proper road connectivity with ferry crossings and bridges. You can hop on a bus from Port Blair to Baratang, Diglipur, Rangat, Mayabunder, and Wandoor. 

Boat 

You need to travel by boat for most trips to the islands. You can have a pleasant trip to the backwaters to visit some unexplored beaches and also avoid haggling around public transports. You can avoid long queues by booking in advance. All islands are not open to tourists. Be sure to check at Tourist Information Center before planning the trip. 

 

What to Carry?

  • Carry light cardigan for winters or light cotton clothes for summer 
  • Umbrella, dark sunglasses, trekking shoes, and raincoat should be kept handy for Madhuban trekking 
  • Plenty of sunscreens 
  • Essential medications like glucose supplements to avoid dehydration and anti-allergic medicines 
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving kits are provided for hire. So, you need to carry your beachwear. 
Andaman Tour Guide
Andaman Tour Guide

Important Info 

Mobile Networks 

Only BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone are active in the Andaman Islands, and Vodafone is strongest in these regions. Jio doesn’t work over there. If you are using Jio only, it is better to add another SIM to your mobile device. There is no mobile network in places like Elephant Beach, Havelock, Radhanagar Beach, and Jolly Buoy at Port Blair, no matter which SIM do you use. 

Medical Facilities 

The healthcare facilities are free and efficient across the islands. The emergency aids are available through speed boats. Some of the healthcare facilities are medications from the pharmacy, doctor’s help, operation, nursing, and hospitalisation. 

ATM

Andaman & Nicobar Islands have no lack of ATM facilities. But you should still keep the cash handy. The ATMs are sometimes not reliable due to network disturbance. 

 

What and Where to Eat?

Andaman is also a foodie’s paradise with a vast range of delicious cuisines like seafood. There is a range of seafront food joints in the islands offering different delicacies available at your service. If you are a vegetarian, you don’t have to worry. Love Garden, Pink Fly, and Waves are some of the best places to chill out by the seashore with live music. 

  • Seafood – Seafood is a speciality of Andaman like any other coastal region. Don’t miss the whole lobster in Port Blair at New Lighthouse Restaurant or Red Snapper’s seafood platter. For the morning’s catch, you can try some fresh fried fish on any island. 
  • Other places – Be sure to try some tasty samosas by reaching Havelock. For some delicious and affordable meals, you can taste some Indian thalis at the best prices at several small restaurants. If you don’t like or allergic to seafood, you can also try Thai, Italian, and Continental dishes at some local joints. 

 

When to Visit?

From October to May – In this region, winters are not that cold, and the weather remains almost the same. October to May is the best time for water sports. 

January – If you want to explore the local tradition and culture of the Andaman, be sure to visit in January. It can keep you engaged with lots of festivals and fairs. It also hosts a 14-day long Island Tourism Festival to showcase different traditions that tribes follow here. To commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, it also hosts the annual Subhash Mela. It captures the rural life of locals and the diversity of culture. 

May to October – Despite having heavy rains during the whole monsoon, the Andaman Islands never stop showing a unique beauty to the tourists. 

 

Average Temperatures 

  • April to June (Summer) – 24°c – 37°c
  • May to September (Monsoon) – 22°c – 35°c
  • December to February (Winter) – 20°c – 30°c

 

Languages Spoken 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their rich cultural diversity and topography. Hence, several tribes are located here and a vast population. The total population recorded in the 2011 Census was 380,581 in the Andaman Islands. Hindi and English are the official languages spoken in the Andaman Islands. But the most spoken language is Bengali. Most people also speak Tamil, Telugu, Nicobarese, and Malayalam.