Havelock Island

Andaman and Nicobar Island's most treasured spot. A place you must visit during your trip.

Situated 70 K.M from the capital Port Blair, the Havelock Island has been at the spotlight of the Andaman Tourism for more than a decade. The island boasts some of the most well defined spots of attraction with a perfect mixture of tropical jungle and white sand beaches.

One of the most intriguing things about the Havelock Island is it's lack of urban density. The island has a very low population density, that makes sure you get as close to nature as possible without having to see yet another urban city, which you probably are taking a break from.

Narrow roads surrounded by either dense tropical jungles with unique trees or long strips of fields covered with greenery of rice and paddies, combined with a sudden jump of clear open waters on the side of the road makes the Havelock Island, one of the best places to explore with a rental bike.

The best places to visit in Havelock Island:

Among several other attractions, some of the best places you must visit during your trip are:

  1. Radhanagar Beach
  2. Elephant Beach
  3. kalapathar Beach
  4. Vijaynagar Beach

1. Radhanagar Beach

Famous for:

  • White Sand Beach
  • Clear Waters
  • Serene Nature

Things to do:

  • Relax at the shack
  • Go for a Swim
  • View the Sunset

Radhanagar beach is one of most famous beaches in the Andaman Islands, and arguably the best beach in Asia as described by the Time Magazine. Needless to say, the beach ticks every mark demanded to make the perfect beach and your trip to Andaman isn't complete till you visit there.

Situated almost 11 Km from the Havelock Jetty, the beach is just a 30 minutes drive away.

The beauty starts after the entry. Soon after entering and several steps forward, you are greeted by one of the most beautiful sceneries andaman has to offer. A wide view of open sea and shoreline with white sand that stretches out for as far as your eyes can see gives out a sense of freedom and openness.

The sky blue sea with crystal clear waters and perfect depth combined with just the right strength of waves makes it a pristine spot to go for a dip and enjoy long hours of water play.

There is a multitude of huts, benches and wooden chairs where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery after long hours of swim, under the shade of large tropical trees that makes the spot even more relaxing.

You can reach the changing rooms by taking a left from the large hut on the center of the beach, ask the workers for any assistance. It is advised not to go more than 10 meters from the shoreline if you are a new or average swimmer. For any emergencies, lifeguards are posted at the beach during the opening hours to ensure safety of the travelers and locals.

We highly recommend visiting Radhanagar Beach during your trip.

How to reach the Radhanagar beach?

Radhanagar Beach is located at almost 11 Kms from the Havelock Ferry Ghat and takes around 30 minutes to reach there by a cab through a long narrow road.

There are cab services available from near the ferry ghat but are a subject to availability.
There are no ticketing counters or prepaid taxis, so to book one- simply move forward from the jetty to the exit and take a left to the parking spot where you can hire a cab to the beach.

Make sure to take the contact number of the driver to get back to your hotel after a fun day.

Although there are no private buses in Havelock, there are several government operated ones routed to the Radhanagar Beach.
Timings aren't fixed but there's a bus every 2 hours, more information about the timings and ticketing can be found out by asking people around the Jetty area.

For those who are staying in the Havelock for 2 or more days and would love to visit the beach on a rental bike, make sure take an offline map of the Havelock Island as the internet is slow and roads are pretty much empty both during both day and night.

A map always comes in handy in such situations.

Things you need to know:
  1. There is no Entry Fee to explore the Beach.
  2. There are several shops available outside the beach where you can find water, snacks, and lunch.
  3. There are no adventure sport activities availavle at the beach, but you can Snorkel if you have the equipment.
  4. The usual closing time is 6 P.M.
  5. There are very few vehicles outside the beach so it's better to have a pre-booked ride.

2. Elephant Beach

Famous for:

  • Adventure Sports
  • Crystal Clear Waters
  • Nature

Things to do:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing

Although there are no elephants here, the Elephant Beach is one of the major attraction for people on recreational and adventure trip to the Andaman Islands. The beach is secluded in the northern part of the Havelock Island and is only accessible through a boat, due to the absence of a proper road and separation by a dense tropical jungle. Locals usually trek through the forest to reach there- read more about "How to reach there" below.

Upon entry you are greeted by a shoreline covered with yellowish white sand sandwiched between the signature havelock blue water on one side and dense greenery on the other. The beachside trees makes the perfect spot to find a shade and relax for a while after a day full of adventure.

The main attraction of the beach and the most dominant reason why it's really famous among the tourists is because of the abundance of water sports. The beach has numerous water sports centers that provide activities and training for tourists who'd love to try something new during their trip.

Available water activities at the beach:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Glass Bottom Boat Rides
  • Kayaking

Whether you are visiting andaman on a group trip with friends or family, engaging in water sports can make your vacation more memorable and fun. Most of the sport vendors provide proper certification through PADI and other recognised organisations and some really great photos that are captured during your adventure so you can make everlasting memories that always brings a smile to your face.

As being the best place for water sports in Andaman, we highly recommend a visit to the Elephant Beach if you are planning for some sea-water adventures.

How to reach the Elephant Beach?

Elephant Beach is located roughly 9 Km from the Havelock Ferry Ghat and can be reached in two ways:

>By a Cab/Bus and through the Trekking Path by foot.
>By Boat.


1. Through the trekking path: The trekking path to Elephant beach starts at the middle of the road to the Radhanagar Beach, 8.6 Kms away from the Havelock Jetty, which means you have to take a cab/bus to reach there and look for the sign "Way toElephant Beach".
The trek is roughly 2 Kms and takes you through the dense tropical greenery preserved under the Andaman Administration to the beach. We don't recommend this for tourists.

2. Through Boat: Largely preferred by travelers because of the convenience, the boat leaves from the Ferry Ghat and reaches the beach in less than 20 minutes. The usual ticketing cost can range from 1000/- to 1200/-.

Things you need to know:
  1. There is no Entry Fee to explore the Beach.
  2. There are several shops available outside the beach where you can find water, snacks, and lunch.
  3. This is the best and only place for water sport activities in the Havelock Island.
  4. The last boat from the beach is at 5 P.M, don't miss it.
  5. Eternal Andamans recommends going there by boat instead of trekking especially after 5 P.M as it is more safe.
  6. Prebooking Water Activities can save you some money.

3. Kalapathar Beach

Famous for:

  • Relaxing Location
  • Sunset
  • View During the Journey

Things to do:

  • Enjoy the Beach
  • Go for a Walk
  • Relax after a Tiring Day
  • Enjoy Snacks

The Kalapathar is yet another beach in the Havelock Island, which although isn't thronged by travelers but is a great place to visit at the end of a wonderful and tiring day to simply- relax, have snacks, and watch the sunset with your family and loved ones.

The journey to this beach itself is mesmerizing, as it is surrounded by tall forest trees with dense leaf bed on one side and an open sea on the other. As soon as you move past this, you are greeted by an open sea with white sand beach and a calm, relaxing environment, which makes you want to sit down and catch up with your thoughts.

With multitudes of small beachside shops offering some decent snacks and fresh coconut water, this beach makes for an amazing picnic spot, whether you are out there with friends, family or your spouse.

We do recommend visiting the beach with a rental bike if you are staying in the Havelock Island for 2 or more days because you wouldn't wanna miss the journey to it.

4. Vijaynagar Beach

Famous for:

  • Serenity
  • Calmness
  • Nature and Scenery

Things to do:

  • Take a Walk
  • Explore the Shoreline

Also known as the Lone Mangrove Beach, the Vijaynagar Beach is another spot of attraction for peace lovers in the Havelock Island. The beach has a vibe of solitude combined with relaxing soft sea waves and pure environment. The fine white sand beach, complimented with beautiful sea shells will give you a feeling of great calmness and sense of self affection which makes every moment remarkable.

Although, not that enticing when compared to other attractions, the Vijaynagar Beach is still worth a visit if you simply love to explore, but is usually not preferred by explores and therefore not included in tour packages.

How to reach the Havelock Island

Havelock is located roughly at 64 Km from the Port Blair, and is a completely detached island which means, there are no connecting roads and bridges to it from any other island. Despite this, there are several ways you can reach this tropical paradise in less than 2 hours.

There are 3 ways in which you can reach the island:

  1. Government Ferry.
  2. Cruise/Speed Boats.
  3. Seaplane. (Discontinued)

Government Ferry:

Also known as the lifeline of Andaman Islands, the Government Ferry is the most pocket friendly and readily available way to the reach the Havelock Islands.

All ferries leave from the Phoenix Bay Wharf and reach Havelock in under 2.5 hours, the one which goes via Neil Island will take around 4 hours to reach there.

If you are choosing government ferries we recommend taking a walk outside your cabin and enjoying the fresh breeze of air and blue sea around you.

Govt Ferry Timings:

0600 Hrs. i.e 6 A.M | Takes 2.5 Hours to reach Havelock.

​​1100 Hrs. i.e 11 A.M | Goes via Neil Island and takes  4 Hours

1400 Hrs. i.e 2 P.M | Takes 2.5 Hours to reach there.

How to get tickets:

You can book tickets by reaching the Marine Jetty, filling the form and submitting it to the ticketing agent.

The tickets sold out fast as it is mostly used by locals for transportation and therefore are a subject to availability.

We recommend getting a ticket 2 days before the departure to make sure no complications arrive.

Cruise/ Speed Boats:

Cruise boats like Makruzz, Coastal Cruise etc are also available and deliver a premium in-cabin experience throughout your journey. These boats provide luxury travel at a very standard price, making them the perfect choice for travelers and comfort lovers.​

A teensy-bit expensive than the ferries, these boats travel faster and will take you to Havelock in around an hour.

Cruise Timings:

0800 Hrs. i.e 8 A.M | Takes 90 Minutes to reach Havelock

0830 Hrs. i.e 8:30 A.M | Takes 90 Minutes to reach there.

How to get tickets:

Tickets are available via the ground office of the respective cruise operator or can be booked online by visiting their portal, or by contacting us.

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