About 38 Kms. from Port Blair, once your are there, look at the map and rejoice at your good fortune. By with the Philippines - a position that explains the stunning combination of white sand and gin-clear sea before of you. These water are among the most pristine on the earth. Beach No. 7 is the prettiest.
This beach is claimed by several as one of the most outstanding beaches left untouched. There are hardly any such destinations left for nature freaks across the globe. One can go for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and jungle trekking in this island.
Havelock is one of the most important tourism destinations of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar It is one of the few islands that is inhabited, although most of it is a natural paradise, replete with white sand beaches, coral reefs with a colourful array of aquatic life, palm trees, as well as dense forests in the interiors.
Inhabited mainly by Bengali settlers, the island houses a number of small villages. Covering an area of 100 sq. km, it lies on the northeast of Port Blair, 54 km by road and 33.5 km by sea. The pristine island is a great base from which to hike, fish, kayak and sail to other islands. It also offers some brilliant snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Havelock, 55km northeast of Port Blair, is a 100 sq km island that has great white-sand beaches and clear water, which is perfect for snorkeling. There are interesting coral formations and large fish—dolphins and turtle, which make snorkeling very interesting. This is one of the few islands at which foreigners are permitted to stay overnight.
The beach at Radhnagar, 10km from the boat jetty, is one of the best beaches for swimming.
Bengali settlers inhabit the northern part of the island. Each village is numbered. The boat jetty is at village #1 and the main shopping area is in village #3, a couple of km south.
The town is small and has only a handful of shops and local dhabas. Most accommodation is grouped along the road from Beach #3 to Beach #5. From the ‘junction’ near Beach #3 a road veers off to Beach #7 (Radhanagar Beach).
Mid-January until mid-May sees the best weather, and often the best diving conditions. The days are mostly sunny at this time of year, and the sea sometimes flat enough to reflect the clouds. The monsoon usually hits around late May, lasting until the end of July, and is probably the worst time to visit the island – strong winds, frequent rain and low visibility underwater. August thru November see some occasional showers and slightly rougher seas, but diving can still be great at this time of year. The weather often takes a turn for the worse for the month of December through early January.
When traveling to Havelock Island, do not depend on plastic money, make sure that you are carrying actual money. Havelock island does not have an ATM and almost none of the hotels are able to perform card transactions, although Barefoot Scuba, Barefoot at Havelock Jungle Resort and Island Vinnies can accept Credit Cards. You will also need to carry some of the basic requirements such as flashlights, mosquito repellants, etc because finding them in Havelock Island may be a challenge.
Besides the various sea forms (including dolphins and large fish), what else does the island have ? In the deep forests one can find elephants also. Only one third of the Northern island is inhabited.
How to get there:
Ferries are the way to get there, and it is preferable to book in advance. First you need to reach the city of Port Blair, and then stay overnight in Port Blair and then head off to Havelock Island the next morning. The ferries go at 6:30AM followed by one at 10:30AM and and a "tourist special" at 2PM (exact timings should always be confirmed).
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