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 northeast of Port Blair. The island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with the green canopy of the rain-fed forests, beckons everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun at the azure sea. Here is a list of the top things to do in Havelock and the must-see attractions:
Radhanagar Beach lies on the south coast of Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island). It is about 12 kilometers from the island's 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.
VIJAY NAGAR BEACH
Vijay Nagar Beach in Havelock is a long stretch of sand on the east coast of the island, occasionally dotted by sections of rock. 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 seafront and provide shade, close to the water. Vijay Nagar Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea. Our Silver Sand Beach Resort is located on this beach!
This beach is another ideal site for snorkelling. It has a rich coral reef formation and amazing underwater marine life. One can reach Elephant Beach on a 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, walk to the Elephant Beach which will take another 40 minutes. Private ferry operators also frequently organize tours to Elephant Beach from Havelock.
This beautiful silver sandy beach located 12 km from Havelock jetty is on its way to its prime, slowly gaining popularity and increases visitors footfall. It is important to note that proper facilities are still being established in the beach premises.
The abundance of marine life around Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island) 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 ideal dive season is from December to May.
Havelock island is surrounded by emerald lagoons and tropical evergreen forests. In some stretches, even mangrove swamps line the shores - a landscape of primeval splendour. White-headed mynas, the woodpecker with a white-barred black mantle and red crown, the fulvous-breasted woodpeckers, the olive-backed sunbird and Andaman swallow are the endemic birds in the island, making for a birdwatcher's paradise.
SWIMMING AND SNORKELING
One can enjoy swimming in the calm and clear waters of Radhanagar, Vijaynagar and Elephant beach. Snorkelling 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 yet striking coral formations and witness the schools of fish swimming, nibbling at the colourful algae, sea anemones and plankton right next to you.
For fishing enthusiasts, the sea off the coasts of Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island), in Ritchie's archipelago offer some of the best catches. There are organizations set up here that offer all kinds of fishing equipments and boats.
Kayaking is also gaining popularity in the Havelock areas. The safe and calm creeks offer excellent scope for kayak lovers.