Havelock Island: India’s Answer To Seychelles

by Natasha Monteiro
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Forget Maldives, Mauritius or Seychelles! Pristine white beaches, swaying palms, gentle souls and colourful fish – all that and more right here at Havelock Island.

Why Havelock Island?

Is Goa your answer to everything that involves a beach? Bali, maybe? Or do you prefer Thailand? Wherever it is that you’re planning your next beach holiday – STOP – and consider heading down South, within our beautiful country to the Andamans and exploring the astounding Havelock Island.

Havelock Island is Mother Nature’s way of gently nudging all of us into believing that pristine white sands, aquamarine waters and kind people still exist. The epitome of relaxation, Havelock has lots to offer from gorgeous dive sights and beautiful forests to a plethora of diverse birds and even an elephant who loves to swim in the sea.

 

 

Hues of Blues to Rid You of Your Blues

Hues of Blues to Rid You of Your Blues

What Can I Do There?

Havelock is popularly known as a travelers’ paradise what with its sublime, white-sand beaches, shimmering, aquamarine shallows and undoubtedly some of the best dive sites in South Asia. A well-deserved reputation indeed . To many, Havelock is synonymous with the Andamans. There’s a ton of stuff to do here from going in for that first dive to walking around the lush green forests.

1. Scuba Dive/Snorkel

Havelock is blessed with a rich ecosystem, warm waters and beautiful coral. We recommend DIVEIndia at Havelock who are the pioneers of the region. In fact, they’ve discovered most of the dive sites themselves. DIVEIndia has well trained instructors who ensure a great experience even for non-swimmers and first time divers. You can register for just a beginner’s fun dive or do a four day long dive and get a basic scuba certification and more.

The Coral Reef at Havelock Island

The Coral Reef at Havelock Island

2. Radhanagar Beach

TIME magazine has named Havelock’s Radhanagar Beach the seventh most beautiful beach in the world. TripAdvisor recently featured Radhanagar as the eighth most beautiful beach in the world. Picture talcum white sand and topaz waters and that’s exactly what you get. The current is gentle and playful and has ideal swimming conditions. No pictures can ever do justice to what you discover at this beautiful beach.

3. Elephant Beach

The best snorkel spot in all of Havelock, this experience will transform you. The water is rich with colourful coral, sea cucumbers, fish of all shapes and sizes. It’s pretty much like entering Nemo Land. The water is crystal clear and filled with the colours of the ocean. From orange clown fish to multi-couloured sea anemone to pink star fish, witness the ocean’s palette in all its glory.

Elephant Beach At Havelock Island

Elephant Beach At Havelock Island

 

Food & Drinks At Havelock

Havelock is blessed with rich soil and a tropical climate which means lots of fresh fruits, greens and vegetables. The island is lush with coconuts and fish. The white snapper, slow cooked in banana leaves, is a specialty you cannot miss. Cuisine here is highly influenced by the Bengalis and you get plenty of fresh fruit juices and smoothies. There are loads of tiny cafes that cater to the Indian palette. Due to the constant flow of foreigners, there are plenty of cute eateries that serve everything from an English breakfast to aloo paratha.

There is just one liquor store on the island right next to the only bank there. The alcohol is tax free and there’s no limit to the quantity you wish to buy. The range at the store is quite limited but the store owner is really kind and full of stories.

Fresh Fish Served At Havelock

Fresh Fish Served At Havelock

 How Do I Get There?

The only way to get to Havelock Island is through a ferry from Port Blair. There are both government and private ferries. All private ferries are air-conditioned which makes for a great, luxury experience. If you choose to go by the government ferries, make sure you book well in advance. You will share the ferry ride with the locals and the great part is that you get to go out and breathe in the fresh air and watch flying fish as they skim past you on the inky blue waters.

Book well in advance as there are only limited private and government ferries.

Where Can I Stay?

There are plenty of options to stay at Havelock. We recommend the Barefoot Resort at Havelock or the Coral Reef Resort. Both hotels have a fantastic ambience and truly resonate with the culture of the island.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Havelock Island is between the months of October and April. A light breeze cocoons you all through the winter months. November to January is peak season time in Havelock.

Havelock Island – The best place to experience the sun, the sea and plenty of tropical love.

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