Havelock Island is one of a cluster of islands known as Ritchie’s Archipelago, in the Andaman Islands. With its breath-taking beaches, rich marine life and facilities for water sports, Havelock Island tourism draws tourists from even the remote corners of the globe. Havelock’s Elephant Beach, with its coral reefs, the beautiful crescent-shaped Radhanagar Beach and the long, tree-lined Vijaynagar Beach have become landmarks in the Andamans.
Havelock Island’s varied and interesting landscape includes gently rolling hills, beaches, forests, mangroves and flourishing agriculture. Its beaches are widely considered to be unusual and spectacular, with an abundance of coral deposits and aquatic life. Havelock’s dense forests and vast seas are home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, many of them indigenous to the Andamans.
Havelock Island has a tropical climate. The daily temperature in summer ranges between 25°C and 33°C, with high humidity of around 80%. The temperature in winter ranges between 21°C and 25°C. However, Havelock enjoys cooling sea breezes that moderate even its hot and humid climate, making the summers pleasant. The island receives heavy rainfall in the monsoons, particularly during the south-west monsoon which delivers rainfall from May through September.
The population of Havelock Island is a unique mix of settlers from various parts of India and the globe. Its culture, therefore, is diverse and tolerant. Traditions and festivals of all communities are celebrated here with enthusiasm, including Christmas, New Year, Diwali, Eid and Easter. Havelock Island’s diversity is also reflected in its cuisines, with restaurants catering to tourists of different cultures and dietary preferences.
Havelock is truly a tropical paradise, with so many attractions and experiences, that many tourists are happy to stay on the island for their entire trip. On a Havelock tour, the island’s abundant natural beauty strikes the eye, with Radhanagar Beach, which has ranked among the best beaches in Asia, Kala Pathar Beach, with its dramatic black rocks and Lakshmanpur Beach, known for its calm, soothing ambience. The rich and varied marine life around Havelock has made it the go-to destination for scuba diving, snorkelling and sea walking. Havelock’s Elephant Beach is one of the most famous locations for snorkelling, with its exquisite coral reef formation and colourful underwater world. A Havelock Island tour also offers bird watching experiences, game fishing, kayaking, trekking and more.
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The following are some travel tips, do's and dont's to keep in mind during your Havelock Island trip.
Do's and Dont's
While enjoying your experience of Havelock tourism, a few safety measures and cautions will help you enjoy your holiday much more.
Do use insect repellent, as mosquitoes and sand flies abound in tropical areas.
Do read the signboards posted at the beaches, as they carry warnings about dangerous sea creatures, tides and currents. Do heed the advice of life guards at the beaches.
Avoid any excursions at night, especially night swims and night walks on the beach or in areas of dense vegetation.
Havelock Island, like the rest of the Andamans, is committed to protecting its oceans and marine life. So, do respect its natural heritage. Don’t touch corals and shells or try to collect them. In fact, you need a permit from the Fisheries Department to carry away even a dead coral or broken seashell.
Do stay within the permitted areas while snorkelling and scuba diving and choose instructors who are registered and affiliated with international organizations like SSI, BSAC, PADI and NAUI.
Your next trip to Havelock Island with SOTC will open up a world of exciting holidays interspersed with equal amounts of serenity and adrenaline rush.