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A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.
In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.
Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.
Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.
Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.
Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.
Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony.
The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.
Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.
Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year. For a perfect honeymooning in Andaman, you should must visit this beach.
Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day.
During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.
Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.
Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.
Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families.
The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.
Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.
Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.
Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.
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What You Should Know More About Havelock Island
Havelock Island is located to the east of Great Andaman and belongs to the South Andaman administrative district and its capital city is Port Blair.
Havelock Island can be reached by water and air.
By Air: There are daily flights to Port Blair from Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. There are no international flights into Port Blair.
By Water: After reaching Port Blair, the only way to reach Havelock is by water. There are government ferry service, private catamaran ferry which takes 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Every season, Havelock Island presents its magical side to tourists.
• March to May: Summer is a great season to enjoy water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. Humidity may be high, but the heat isn't harsh. The weather remains between- 28 degree to 30 degree celcius
.• June to September: During rainfall, Havelock Island looks beautiful with lush green all around. Though it could be challenging due to heavy rainfall. But the good side is, less tourists and good package deals.
• October to February: One can experience mild winters with temperature ranging between 15 degree celcius and 34 degree celcius. For honeymooners, this is an apt time to explore Havelock Islands and enjoy water activities.
Yes, Havelock Island is a must visit in Andaman and Nicobar Island. It offers Asia’s best beaches, famous for its swimming elephants and unbeatable reef. The peace here is undeniable.
Enjoying your dinner at treehouse restaurant and watching sunset at Radhanagar Beach shouldn't be missed.Exploring the local culture is worth an experience. Island Tourism Festival is the major fair celebrated here.
Other fairs and festivals are- Music Festival / Monsoon Festival, Food Festival and Film Festival.
Some of the common packing things before visiting Havelock Island:
You can explore Havelock Island while touring around Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The ideal tour duration could be 6 nights/7 days or 7 nights/8 days. There are various packages offered which includes the Havelock trip too. To explore the in-and-out of Havelock, book the place for at least 6-7 days. This allows you to freely explore the place.
Strolling in the beach and tasting some amazing cuisine is a must in Havelock Islands. Watching sunset from Radhanagar Beach shouldn't be missed.
For water adventure activities try snorkeling, scuba diving and other such activities can be enjoyed in . Activities offered include an underwater sea walk, scuba diving, Jet Skiing, glass-bottom boats and banana rides. But of all water activities. Scuba diving is the major activity enjoyed by tourists in Andaman Island.The turquoise crystal waters are perfect for a peek into the underwater world. Visit a PADI diving school to organize a scuba diving trip to see the Andaman’s rare marine life.
If you love trekking then trail to Elephant Beach is a must. This trail passes through dense forest and ends up near marsh mangrove land. You can hire a guide who may charge you around Rs 500- Rs 1000 (but do bargain).
There are some good accommodation available in Havelock Island. From budget resort to luxury ones, there are enough options. The tariff starts from Rs 500 to Rs 25,000/-
Some of the options are-
• Barefoot at Havelock- This eco-village is the only hotel on Beach No. 7 ‘the best beach in Asia’ according to TIME magazine. It’s also home to Rajan, Barefoot’s 66-year-old retired Asian elephant. Tariff: Rs. 7500-Rs. 25000.
• Silversand- Beautiful cottages with ocean and jungle views makes this accommodation a worth to invest on. The resort can organize your day trips, moped hire and boat tickets. Tariff: Rs. 7500-Rs. 14999.
• The Wild Orchid: Andamanese-style cottages all set in a tropical garden a stone’s throw from the beach. Tariff: Rs. 4000-Rs. 8000.
• Sunrise Beach Resort: One can enjoy bamboo huts with a fan and mosquito net; double bed and communal bathroom are as cheap as 500 rupees and situated just 20 meters from the beautiful ocean. It is located on the most picturesque strip of Beach 5.Tariff: Rs. 500-Rs. 3500.
• Dolphin Beach Resort: This government run resort is popular with Indian families, their VIP suites offering excellent value. You can book AC room for around Rs 2000, cheaper.
• Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort: One can have choices of room available to enjoy the time near the beach. The price ranges from Rs 2000/- to Rs 6000/-.
• Sea Shell Resort: One can book wooden cottages with a/c, and TV. One can enjoy a great setting of the resort and stay beneath the palm trees. Singles Rs 5,000, doubles Rs 6,000, incl. breakfast.
Tented Accommodation: Camping is subject to weather conditions there are camps (Domes/Swiss A/C Tents Non A/C Tents Rs.2500/- Rs.1500/- Rs.1000/-)
The climatic condition is normal as other places. The temperature during the summer doesn’t rise more than 35 degrees. During this season, one can wear printed and light cotton cloths.
If visiting to Andaman and Nicobar during monsoon, which falls on May to August, you can enjoy sightseeing and greenery around the island. During the winter, which falls from December to February, the island invites cool weather and is the best time to visit.
Havelock Island has very few shopping places. If you're intending to shop around, then you may be disappointed. There are only markets no.3 and no.2 at the village where you can shop for local products, especially artifacts and handworks.
There are many attractions in Havelock Island-
• Radhanagar Beach: One of the most beautiful beaches, it was rated as the best in Asia by Time in 2004. One can enjoy spectacular sunsets. There are a few food shacks where the road hits the beach, all of which rent snorkels and fins. Also, if you walk all the way on the right side of the beach, there is a lagoon also called Blue Lagoon.
• Elephant Beach: Though it was affected by the 2004 Tsunami, the coral here is probably the best on the island, making this an excellent spot for snorkeling. If trek and get to the beach and are tired to trek back an option would be to take a boat ride from there to Jetty , normally they charge Rs 100 per person.
• Kalapathar Beach: Kalapathar beach is situated in one corner of Havelock Island and yet another spectacular beach in Havelock Island. The beach got its name from the surrounding village called Kalapathar Village and the black rocks (Kalapathar Rocks) that adorn the coastline here.
One can enjoy the best time at Havelock Island by emerging into various activities.
• Sea Walk:It can done at North Bay Island, Port Blair and Elephant Beach, Havelock Island. To enjoy the sea-walk, pre-booking will help in saving time.
• Scuba Diving: It is the main activity on Havelock island other than chilling out, lying on the beaches or hammocks and eating seafood. Andaman Bubbles, Barefoot Scuba, DiveIndia and Doongi Dives and are the top 4 SSI and PADI certified dive centers.
• Snorkeling: This water activity is done at Radhanagar Beach and Elephant Beach. You can even do snorkeling at Lighthouse. They charge 2000/- for a couple for Speed boat transfer + Snorkel.
• Game Fishing: It is yet another popular activity famous on Havelock Island. Fishing boats are available for hire to visit uninhabited islands such as Peel Island, Wilson Island, South button, Inglis Island and other reputed islands.
Rainy season is highly avoided for water activities. Apart, during the high tide or specific time, water activities are not undertaken. Summer and winter is the best time for water activities.
Yes, there are enough beaches to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling in Havelock Island. Top scuba diving services in Havelock Island are- Dive Andaman, Dive India and Andaman Bubbles
Some of the options are:
• Scuba Diving for Swimmers- Rs 3500/-: No swimming skills required and one can enjoy 35 minutes of dive.
• Scuba Diving for beginners with Boat Ride: - Rs 4500/-: Underwater for 60 minutes with personal video. No special swimming skill required.
• Scuba Diver Certification Course- Rs 12000: This course will train you to dive up to 12m under professional supervision. The certificate is accepted world-wide and is valid for a life-time.
Minimum age required is 10 and requires good physical health. During the course of scuba diving, one can even get personalized video done deep inside the sea.
When it comes to snorkeling, Elephant Beach is an ideal place. Elephant Beach is approximately 20 minutes by boat from the Havelock Island dock. This destination offers beautiful white sand beach along with an amazing coral reef which starts at a depth less than a metre. One can even seek service for local fishermen offering day trips and half day trips to different locations. South Button Island is particularly good as the reef is shallow, colorful, and beautiful.
Sea Food is the best option found here. There are some beachside cafes in Havelock Island. These restaurants offer some best cuisine from South and North India. Also one can taste multi-cultural food items. There are dhabas near beaches that serves the best non-veg and veg foods. Geetha Restaurant, Symphony Palms, Pristine Beach Resort and others.
Yes, there are enough vegetarian restaurants. Even cafes here offer vegetarian food. Anju Coco, Fat Martin Cafe, Full Moon Cafe, Golden Spoon and others. There are resorts having their own restaurants serving the best veg food items. In fact, every restaurant here serves veg food.
You wouldn't find any nightlife in Havelock. However, one can spend time at some bars located around. Sep Sip and Nico Bar are famous pubs near to Havelock.
Though there is a strict law against carrying or consumption of drugs in Havelock. But there are few hidden places where drug consumption is still active. But has extremely come down. You need to be very careful with people around, who can manage to dupe you in certain ways. However, being the tourist place, police vigilance is extreme and ensures that there is no drug use.
21 is the legal drinking age in Havelock.
There are a few ATMs in Havelock, but carrying enough cash is highly recommended. These ATMs may run out of cash due to the presence of huge tourists. So why take a risk and carry enough cash during the journey.
Cash is the best mode of payment accepted. But with electronic payment machines are also coming up. So card payment can be expected.
No, the internet access is quite poor, especially in remote areas. Better to switch off the internet data of your mobile. You can get satellite internet on some of the dive resorts, but at 300 rupees or more an hour it's extremely expensive. Some of the resorts offering satellite internet are:
• Wild Orchid Resort has a a satellite broadband internet cafe. Though the speeds are not lighting fast, it is definitely better than dialup.
• Pristine Beach Resort has a couple of computers, which every once in a while are connected to the internet.
• Anu's Internet Cafe has two computers set up in a shop just off the main road near Dolphin Resort in village no.3.
The money exchange can be done in the Airport and banks in Port Blair. You can do money exchange before entering to Havelock Island.
There are few clinics and hospitals in Havelock Islands. There has been medical developments in recent times with the growing tourist number. GB Pant Hospital is the leading hospital in Port Blair. Also, there are Primary Health Centre, Community Health Centre, ISM & Homeopathy and few other options are available in Havelock Island and Port Blair.
The best thing is to carry medication with you to bring down the health issue. You can then reach any clinic or hospital nearby for further medication. Water sports services have first aids too, if you face any health issue during water activities.
There are few aboriginal tribes in the inside jungles of Havelock Island, but meeting them isn’t a good idea. They are away from human connection, so better not to disturb or enter their zone. This aboriginal tribe majorly belongs to Andaman & Nicobar Islands and are in very few numbers in Havelock Island. Before visiting any island or beach, one should be aware about the presence of such tribes and avoid visiting.
Traveller Tales from Havelock Island
22 November 2017
Best combo offer I guess, we had so much fun doing trekking and snorkelling. First we started with our trekking activity through the mangrove forest. We could hear the chirping of birds and spotted few rare species of birds as well. We were accompanied by our guide Ravi, he was very well aware of the trekking routes. We reached Elephant beach and there we went for the snorkelling activity. After a short brief we went for this activity, it was really great, the waters were soo clear and we saw many fishes too. Really good package. Loved it.
27 November 2017
Me and my spouse have been happily married for 25 years and decided to take a second honeymoon to Andaman for our silver anniversary. I searched for special dinners in Andaman and this package came up. I went ahead and chose it, keeping my fingers crossed it would be good. It was GREAT. The food was delicious too. My wife was pleasantly surprised when the car rolled up because she had no idea I had this planned. It was a beautiful night and we will always remember it. Thank you to the Thrillophilia team for this special package.
27 November 2017
My husband and I decided to go sea walking in Andaman but the timing was wrong. The day of our sea walking, it started raining badly, so the instructor called us to say that the day’s trip had to be cancelled. I was disappointed more than I can say. But soon we received another call from the Thrillophilia team saying that they would try to change the date of the activity. They even asked when it would suit us. I told them the date and they arranged a sea walking tour for us swiftly. good experience.. thanks
24 November 2017
It was on August 2017, when I went for Andaman trip with my family. We did snorkeling and kayaking in Havelock Island. It was really a great adventure for all of us. We had a very good instructor and he was detailed about our whole activity. My 16 years old son had so much fun while doing Kayaking. Once we completed our kayaking we were taken for our snorkeling near the Lighthouse. The underwater world was full of colourful fishes and other marine creatures. Best time spent with family.
27 November 2017
My biggest concern while thinking of sea walking was the safety. I was very afraid of being attacked by the underwater animals. When I expressed my concerns to the instructors, they were very patient and explained everything in detail. They assured me that safety was taken care of, and they were right. The walk was well managed and no animals attacked us. We could actually touch the fishes and the plants. It was beautiful. The photos are a great reminder of the time.
27 November 2017
The price of the activity first attracted me. I had not come across such a reasonable sea walk package in my searches and I quickly went for it. It was a wonderful idea. The pick up and drop off was on time and the instructors were great. There were some other people in our group and one of them was feeling afraid before beginning. The instructors comforted her and helped her properly all the time during the sea walk. It was good to see.
27 November 2017
Brilliant adventure under the sea. Sea walking was a new kind of activity to me and my friends and it was fantastic. Out boys gang went on this trip to revive our 20 year old college memories and many, the trip was a brilliant success. Revived old memories and created fantastic new ones. It was great every step of the way from the booking to the drop off. Plan to repeat this adventure soon with my wife and kids.
27 November 2017
I went to Havelock island with my family and we decided to try out sea walking and scuba diving by Thrillophilia. Both activities were beyond my expectations. The process from the teams side was absolutely glitch free and everything went on time. The pick up was on the dot and the drop off was smooth too. Scuba diving was great but sea walking was brilliant. Loved every minute of the trip to Andaman.
22 November 2017
We stayed back at Andaman for 2 more days as we missed our flight and went to do this seaplane activity at Havelock Island. Had some good time taking the sea plane, there were a lot of people waiting to take this ride. The view from the top was really great, we went by evening and so we got the chance to watch the sunset from the plane which was mesmerizing. We just loved it.
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