Swaraj Dweep or Havelock Island is one of the most popular and visited islands as it is known to be suitable for tourists of all ages. It has calm waters for your kids to play around and it has tranquil nature to attract the elderly. Youth and adventure seekers can enjoy a lot of activities here. It is also one of the best honeymoon destinations for couples. Havelock Island also houses the most beautiful Radhanagar Beach. It is considered to be one of the best beaches of the country where you can easily access the iconic sunset point.
How to Reach Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island)?
Around 57 km from Port Blair, Havelock Island is easily accessible by ferries. From Port Blair, it is located only 2.5 hours away. Several cruises and ferries operate to Havelock Island from Port Blair. You can choose from private cruises and government ferries from Phoenix Bay Wharf.
These are actually the lifelines of Andaman as they transfer thousands of daily commuters from island to island. Both tourists and residents take these ferries. So, tickets are sold out very fast. You should book ferry tickets a few days before. You can book tickets at STARS counter offline by standing in a queue. You need to do it at least 3 days before the trip. If you don’t have time, you can ask your tour operator or hotel to book ferry tickets in advance by paying extra. The seating capacity of government ferries is 145 passengers.
A lot of private operators offer airy and high speed cruises for internal island transfers. These are some of the most convenient and preferred means for tourists as they are easy to book. These cruises are cozy and faster in comparison to ferries and you can book cruise tickets online. However, they are on a bit of expensive side as compared to ferries.
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Places to Visit in Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island)
You can enjoy water sports in Elephant beach and sunset views at Kalapathar Beach. Govind Nagar and Vijay Nagar Beaches are other great additions to enjoy your holidays.
1. Radhanagar Beach
Ranked 7th among Asia’s best beaches, Radhanagar stands top as the best beach in India thanks to its unending charm. This white sandy and charming beach is well known for ultimate relaxation you can find here. It is well regarded to have an appealing sunset and you can spend wonderful evenings here on this beach. It is a gorgeous beach that you can easily get there by cab or a quick walk if you stay around the beach.
2. Kalapathar Beach
It is a stunning and small beautiful beach located around Kalapathar village. You can have a beautiful sunrise at Kalapather beach. You can taste delicious snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and coconut water at stalls nearby.
3. Elephant Beach
After Radhanagar, it is another most popular beach especially for water sports like sea walking, snorkeling and parasailing. You can also ride a glass bottom boat and jetski here. You can get there by boat or by trekking.
4. Govinda Nagar Beach
It is another stunning beach located on Havelock Island. This long stretch is covered by trees to have a dramatic look on the shore. It has clear waters and clean sand. It is a peaceful and beautiful beach to chill and relax.
5. Vijay Nagar Beach
Vijay Nagar Beach aka Beach No. 5 is located in the northeast of Havelock Island. It is located remotely away from the maddening crowd of Havelock. It is an off-beat location where you can spend some calm time. You can spot sapphire blue waters on the white sandy beach. It is the best choice for peace-seeking tourists and family. You can relax with sunbathing and swimming activities. It is definitely not for adventure seekers. It is located around 38 km from Port Blair and 9 km from Havelock Jetty.
You can find a lot of restaurants at Swaraj Dweep offering affordable non-veg and pure veg food. There are several non-vegetarian restaurants offering different cuisines. But there are two restaurants offering pure vegetarian food. There are different varieties of seafood available at food joints and restaurants. It also has some cafes on the beaches for a drink and snack with loved ones in ambience surroundings. There are also lounges and bars to have some booze with friends to spend your evenings.
There are different properties available in Swaraj Dweep offering tourists with accommodation options. You can choose from different categories of hotels, i.e. starting from budget friendly to elite and luxury hotels. The prices usually start from Rs. 2000 up to Rs. 45000. These are basically private or beachside resorts. Some properties have both swimming pools and private beaches.
As per the budget and category you choose, the experiences, services, interiors, facilities and spaces vary. All the properties have basic services and amenities to offer accommodation in Swaraj Dweep. The resorts and hotels have modern and basic amenities on the basis of categories. There are in-house restaurants at most hotels so guests can order their favorite meals directly to their rooms.
The property is known to have different ambience on the basis of location. You may feel free to ask our experts who can suggest you the best hotels as per your needs and budget. The resorts and hotels are available in different categories, such as Standard, Economy, Deluxe, Premium, and others.
1. Water activities
You can enjoy a lot of water activities at Havelock Island, such as Parasailing, Sea walking, Kayaking, Snorkeling and Boat rides. You can avail all such activities by getting to Havelock and you will get all the gears for any sport. Scuba diving, snorkeling and sea walking are some of the best activities to explore the underwater world. You can explore vivid fish and corals as well as marine creatures. You can also go for Glass bottom boat or kayaking if you don’t know swimming.
You can easily get around and explore several food outlets and restaurants here. You can have a great treat and try out different dishes with a variety of seafood at restaurants. You can have romantic strolls and hop on the café for some snacks and coffee.
Trekking along the woods is yet another way to get to Elephant Beach. Only a few people can take the trekking route. You can get to Elephant beach by trekking if you are an adventure lover. It is located around 1.6 km away and is covered by dense greens. You can also spot several birds and reptiles along the trek. It is a great experience as the way is covered by dense jungles.
4. Nature Photography
Havelock Island is covered by pearl white beaches and emerald greens with turquoise blue waters. It is the best combination for candid and nature photographers. Be sure to carry your camera and capture wonderful views and beaches.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many days are enough to stay at Havelock Island?
Usually, 2 nights are recommended to stay on the islands when you can cover all the important activities and attractions. You can go for advanced courses for scuba diving or fishing by staying for more days. You may consult with our experts and discuss the trip and your budget, needs and experiences to utilize your time the best way possible.
- Who shouldn’t go for this trip?
Actually, people of all ages can visit this beautiful and attractive island. Your trip to Andaman cannot complete without visiting Havelock. Even if you don’t have several days, you can plan a day trip to Havelock.
- When to visit Havelock?
You can visit Havelock all year round. But September to May is considered to be the best time.
- Is Havelock expensive to visit?
Swaraj Dweep is a bit on the expensive side as it doesn’t have its own produce. It gets all the supplies from Port Blair. You can stay in non-AC rooms/huts/cottages or just have a day trip to visit the island the cheapest way. Tell us your budget and we will help you to get the most of your trip.