Havelock is famous for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, coral reefs with lot of marine life including dolphins, turtles and very large fish. The waters here are ideal for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving.
The two main beaches Vijaynagar Beach (No. 5) and Radhanagar beach (No. 7) are the most popular and most visited.
Tent Resort in Havelock Island has eight good-sized tents for Rs 250 to 300 per person. However you can enjoy staying in tents for not more than 4 days. Well water is available for washing and a basic restaurant is at a nearby distance.
How to go there: Chennai/Calcutta to Port Blair by air. From there board a Govt. Ferry to Havelock Island.
Nearest Town: Port Blair which is 57 km away.
Distance: Chennai to Port Blair -1190kms, Calcutta to Port Blair- 1255kms
Best time to visit: October to May
Exact Location: Havelock island is the largest of the islands in a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands.
- All Foreign nationals need to obtain prior permission before entering the sea beach.
- Consult Life guards before entering the sea.
- If you want to go scuba diving then avail the service of Scuba Dive Instructors having certification of international professional organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI for safe diving experience.
- Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from the Fisheries Department.
Visit the Cellular Jail at Port Blair. An integral part of Indian history this was where many unfortunate freedom fighters were imprisoned tortured and hanged by the British. The Naval Marine museum (Samudrika) and the museums of Anthropology and Fisheries are interesting places to gain some general knowledge.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, 29 km from Port Blair, is another enjoyable place to go to, covered with tropical and mangrove forests; it has extremely rare flora and fauna. Entry fee to all the places is Rs 10.
Apart from Snorkelling, scuba diving one can also indulge in marine life exploration, water surfing, jet-skiing and para-sailing.
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