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  • Your trip to Andaman is incomplete if you don’t go for scuba diving in Havelock. Havelock is an island with white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons that hypnotize you; shimmering gates of coral that tempt you and cobalt waters teeming with marine life that enthrall you. Scuba diving in the waters of such a place is absolutely a magical experience. Snorkeling and Scuba diving are the most popular activities in the Andaman Islands; especially in Havelock. 

    These activities have no real barriers when it comes to age, fitness level or enjoyment. For water enthusiasts who can't swim very well, snorkeling is a great way to enjoy the wonderful marine life that the Emerald Isles have to offer. For other water babies, free diving can be just as thrilling and amazing. Participants are provided with a mask and a pair of fins to explore the underwater world. This experience is truly rewarding and can be witness even if you are just a beginner and have never tried the activity before. It is advisable to not miss this opportunity of Scuba Diving in Havelock to get your glimpse of what the underwater world has to offer. The underwater world around Havelock has plenty to offer divers of all skill levels. 

    Majority of the areas better diving spots is in water no deeper than 20 meters. Of late, however, newer and deeper sites are being discovered, some of which are highly recommended. The dive sites are between 30 minutes and 2 hours by boat and vary quite a bit in what the individual sites offer, with regards to topography and fish life. Diving instructors adhere to the prescribed depth limits for safety. If tourists wish to dive a site which is deeper than their previous experiences and certification, they can request for the same. Scuba diving in Havelock is strictly performed under the supervision of instructors.

  • 01Scuba Diving in Andaman

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    About the Activity:

    • Indulge in the fascinating activity of Scuba Diving, in the mesmeric Beach No:1 in Havelock Island.
    • Arrive at the Scuba Diving camp, early in the morning. The timing is based on schedule booked and 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. 
    • Later, you will be taken to the diving sites the guides decide on, which can be reached by a boat ride of 40 minutes from the Scuba Diving camp. 
    • 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.
    • The instructor will help you in getting comfortable with the exercises related to Scuba Diving. After completing the exercises in shallow water, you will be taken for a 12 metre (35 feet) Scuba Dive. As you dive into the depths of the sea, you will encounter with the wide and long but scintillating coral reefs, colourful fishes and several other marine lives. The underwater experience will surely mesmerise you!
    • Once you conclude the activity, you will be awarded the ‘Participation Certificate’ by PADI. Yes, you are now an experienced Scuba diver. Get returned to the hotel with a sack full of relishing memories.

    • There are two different variants available with this package, 1) Without Transport from Port Blair and 2) With Transport from Port Blair
  • 02How 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.

  • 03Other Information

    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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  • 04Snorkelling 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 Moderate

    Approx cost: Around Rs. 800 per person is the standard
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  • 05Kayaking


    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

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  • 06Fun at Radhanagar Beach

    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

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  • 07Visit the Elephant Beach

    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

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  • 08Sea Walking

    Sea Walking

    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

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  • 09Explore 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

  • 10Picnic At Vijayanagar Beach

    The exceptionally beautiful Vijaynagar Beach is part of the iconic Havelock Island which is counted amongst the top places to visit in Andaman. It is also known as the "Beach No 5," and is just 38 kilometers of distance from Port Blair. It is a perfect place for swimming and witnessing aquatic life by taking part in the watersport activities. For all the travelers who is in quest of solace and nature's exquisiteness, Vijaynagar Beach is a matchless spot. The azure sky and equally beautiful sea make the landscape of this beach highly imposing.

    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.
  • 11Neil Island

    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.

  • 12Government Ferry

    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

  • 13Kalapathar Beach

    Kalapathar Beach is a serene beach situated on one corner of Havelock Island. The beach has got its name from the surrounding village, which is Kalapathar Village and the black rocks that known as Kalapathar in Hindi that adorn the coastline here. The drive towards the beach has a tropical fragrance to it and has very less humans around. The emerald seas along with the tropical forests look mesmerizingly beautiful while the Kalapathar (black rocks) that decorate the coastline, the silken smooth silver sands and the sheer solitude make this beach a great place to relax.

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Neil Island

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 that 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’ Archipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. 

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.

Accommodations: Neil Island hotels and resorts in Neil Island.


Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travellers 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 is 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. Andaman honeymoon packages itinerary always includes Havelock Island.

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 snorkelling 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. You must book a tour including  Andaman snorkelling, to make your holiday much more special.

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.


Elephant Beach

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 ambiance 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. You must check other islands of Andaman consisting of great beaches and make your tour marvelous by visiting them.

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 appears 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 km 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.


Vijaynagar Beach

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. Don't forget to check the resorts for couples in Andaman.

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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