- Havelock Island
- Havelock Island
Explore the beauty of Ocean Depths
Indulge in the fascinating activity of Scuba Diving, in Havelock Island. When you arrive at the Scuba Diving camp, early in the morning you will be assisted by the representative. The timing is based on schedule booked and a number of people participating.
A PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified Scuba instructor will brief you about the “dos and don’ts” of Scuba Diving. Upon reaching the dive site, the proper equipment for Scuba diving will be given to you and then embark your underwater experience.
The instructor will accompany you through the entire process. Before you get to indulge in deep water diving, you will be introduced to the shallow waters to become familiar with the gears.
How to get 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 -Port Blair-1190kms, Calcutta- 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.
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.
Beware of jagged edges of Bleached Coral at Beaches #2, #3 and #5 as the shallow beachfront waters on the northern coast of Havelock is covered with this.
Apart from scuba diving, snorkeling, water surfing, jet skiing and para sailing are ways one can indulge in marine life exploration.
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Other Activities in Havelock
Snorkelling in Havelock
Along with Scuba Diving in Havelock, snorkeling too is a breathtaking activity in the Andaman Islands. As the visibility in waters here is clear, travelers have a great fun experiencing the marine life. There are many snorkeling excursions programs that range from short day to full day, chartering your own snorkel boat, etc. Off Havelock Island, there are many sites at which one can snorkel. The best time to snorkel in the Andaman Islands is February and March. The peak season starts from November and goes on till Mid April. The second week of May brings in the monsoon season.
Fee/Cost: INR 1250 per head
Difficulty level: Easy to ModerateApprox cost: Around Rs. 800 per person is the standard
Besides the dream-like white sandy beaches, Havelock is also famous for being home to 1/5 of India’s total mangrove cover. This makes it ideal for kayaking activity in the blue waters. Hop into a kayak and explore the wilderness of the island, hear the chirping of the birds, and find peace as you row your kayak surrounded by nature. You could also opt for the night kayaking option in Havelock and experience the wonder of nature as you see the glowing bioluminescence with each paddle you make.
Approximate Fee/Cost: INR 350 per head
Fun at Radhanagar Beach
Radhanagar Beach lies on the south coast of Havelock Island. It is about 12 kilometers from the Islands ferry pier and is regarded as Grade A beach of outstanding quality and overall maintenance. This beach is also rated as one of the best beaches in Asia by TIME Magazine. It has an overall length of two kilometers and an average width of 30 to 40 meters.
The sand is white and very fine in grain. The beach has a gentle gradient of around 1:20 and continues out into the sea as a sandy bottom for over 100 meters. The beach is absolutely fun to be at with your friends, family, and even for a solo traveller. This one of the most sought-after beaches for scuba diving in Havelock.
Fee/Cost: No entry fee
Visit the Elephant Beach
Elephant beach has a rich coral reef formation and an amazing underwater marine life. One can reach Elephant beach by small cruise boat from Havelock Jetty in about 40 minutes. By road, one can go up to the Forest Camp which is 8 kilometers from the Jetty towards Radhanagar side and from there, by walk to the Elephant beach which will take another 40 minutes. Private ferry operators organize tours to Elephant beach from Havelock. It is another ideal site for snorkeling in Andamans and day time is preferable to visit this beach.
Entry fee: Entry is free, charges are there for watersports
Going for the underwater sea walk is like going for an underwater tour inside the reef, walking between corals, seeing variety of fish, and discovering the rich sea marine life in the crystal clear blue water of the lagoon. Anyone from age between 7 and 70 can go on to sea walk without any difficulties as certified guides always accompany participants in the water to ensure you safe adventure. However, this activity is restricted under a few medical conditions like Asthma, Heart Patient and pregnancy. In Havelock Island, this activity is most enjoyed at the elephant beach.
Approximate Fee/Cost: INR 1,000 per head
Explore Forests in Havelock
Apart from indulging in scuba diving in Havelock, there are quite a few trails identified as safe to explore in Havelock. If you are bored of looking at the shining sand and blue waters, walk through the forest covers and venture into unknown paths. Havelock will never fail to awe you with its diversity. It is always advisable to inform the local police station about your trip and avail permissions because unknowingly you may end up trespassing in reserved forests.
While trekking through the Havelock jungles beware of poisonous snakes like the Andaman Cobra and the King Cobra and steer clear of crocodiles in the dense mangroves. Kalapathar Forest Trek and Chaar Naarial Trek are two forest expeditions worth exploring along with great trails.
Difficulty level: Tough
Picnic At Vijayanagar Beach
The tranquility and beauty of this beach make it an unsurpassed destination to enjoy the vacation far away from the hustle-bustle. A visit to this captivating beach endows traveler with tour whose memories remain hard to forget lifelong.
Neil is a beautiful island with lush green forests and silver sandy beaches. It is connected by boat that commute from Port Blair on a regular basis. It is a place that provides an ideal holiday for eco-friendly tourists. It is situated 37 kilometers to the south of the Andaman Islands and is the home to unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation. This island is considered to be one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans.
Any speciality: The widest part of the island is about 5 kilometers in length. You can walk the whole island in about two hours.
Govt Ferry is the oldest and the most long-standing mode of transport when it comes to connectivity among various islands. It is by far the strongest ferry that runs from Port Blair to Havelock and further till Neil Island. Though the seating in these ferries is not as good as cruise, the view from the deck is great. The deck gives you a chance to see the vast open sea along with a chance to go to the captain’s corner.
Government ferry has been very punctual with its timing and services. For Photographers the evening ferry at 4:30 PM from Havelock should be availed as it takes you in the middle of nowhere, for perfect sunset shots. The sunset happens early at the islands by 5:30 PM usually.
Fee/Cost: Approximately INR. 250 per head