Havelock Island is a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that lied 70 km north east of capital city of Port Blair and is administratively part of South Andaman. Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest. It is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq. km. and is located 39 km of north-east of Port Blair. This island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain-fed forests beckons everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun at the azure sea.
Government ferries run by the Directorate of Shipping Services connect Phoenix Bay jetty, Port Blair to Havelock daily. Private luxury boats Makruzz operated by M/s Mak Logistics, Port Blair & Green Ocean operated by Green Ocean Seaways ferry tourists to Havelock daily. At Havelock buses and motorbikes are available for transport within the island.
The Civil Aviation Dept. of A& N Administration operates regular helicopter services from Port Blair airport to Havelock but due to the limitation of 8 seats per day and low fare for islanders, it's almost impossible for a tourists to get a seat.
Havelock has many beach resorts ranging from budget to 5 star. Most of the beach resorts are just 50 meters away from the sea and are surrounded by greenery. Few best resorts at Havelock are TAJ Aquatica, Silver Sand, Coral Reef, Seashell, Symphony, HIBR, Havelock Holiday Beach Resort, Eldorado, Moonlit Sands, ranging from 5 star to budget resp.
Radhanagar Beach lies on the south coast of Havelock Island. It is about 12 kilometers from the Islands ferry pier. Radhanagar is a Grade A beach of outstanding quality. 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. Words fall prey to the lack of it to describe a beauty such as Radhanagar Beach. You will not find a speck or a pinch of dirt on the beach. It is a wide stretch of clear blue waters along the white sparkling sand and there is abundance of greenery lining the coast.
Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock, is a long stretch of sand on the east coast of the Island, punctuated occasionally by rock section. Most of the beach is lined by mahua trees, whose trunks grow along the ground for many feet before they begin to climb vertically. These trees have lent a distinct character to the sea front and provide shade, close to the water. Vijaynagar Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea. Most of the hotels are also located on this beach.
This beach is another ideal site for snorkeling. It has a rich coral reef formation and 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 Kms 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.
This beautiful silver sandy beach located 12 km from Havelock jetty is slowly gaining visitors footfall, though proper facilities are yet to be established.
The abundance of marine life around Havelock provides a rich variety of varied diving sites. ‘Seduction Point’, ‘Aquarium’, ‘Lighthouse’, ‘Pilot Reef’, ‘Mac Point’, ‘Minerva Ledge’ and ‘Turtle Bay’ are promising areas for diving. The following are the registered dive operators at Havelock. The ideal dive season is from December to May.
One can enjoy swimming at the calm and clear waters of Radhanagar, Vijaynagar and Elephant beach. Snorkeling is available to view shallow areas of the coral reefs without going underwater with scuba equipment. Under the water, one can glide along the coral shelf and experience the strange and striking coral formations. One can see fish swim, nibbling at colorful algae, sea anemones and plankton right next to you.
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