Places to Visit in Havelock Island

The largest, and possibly the most popular island of the Andamans, is Havelock, located around 41 kilometres from Port Blair. Blessed with great natural beauty and pulsating with interesting activities, Havelock Island is truly a paradise on Earth.

Nature’s finest colours greet you on seeing Havelock Island – emerald green trees, pale gold sands and the cobalt blue sea. There is such a dazzling array of places to visit in Havelock Island, that you can have your pick of beach, scuba diving site, sunset point and more. From buzzing tourist hubs to secluded beaches, elephant rides to sea walking, water sports to sunbathing, you can have the complete Andaman experience without ever leaving Havelock.

Here are some of the places to visit in Havelock once your government ferry or private boat brings you here. 

Other Havelock Island tourist places include Bharatpur Beach, with its shallow clear waters that are ideal for kids, Lakshmanpur Beach that is said to be as perfect as a painting, and Guitar Island Beach, a unique spot that is indeed shaped like a guitar, tucked away amidst greenery and turquoise waters.

Whichever SOTC tour you choose, you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of these beaches in Havelock Island. Book your Havelock Island tour package today for some serious beach-side fun.

Take a 20-minute boat ride to Elephant Beach, stunning in its picture-perfect beauty. Uncrowded and blessed with crystal-clear waters, Elephant Beach is considered perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. With a little training, and some essential equipment like a mask, a snorkel and a pair of fins, you can explore the wonders of the marine world, getting up close with intriguing sea creatures and plants. With its location and pristine environment, Havelock Island offers many other exceptional snorkelling sites, like The Lighthouse, South Button and Tamarind Camp.  Whether you snorkel solo or with a group, this is one activity that you’ll enjoy to the hilt either way. 

A more tranquil spot, Neil Island boasts of three beautiful beaches, each perfect in its own way. The shimmering waters reflect shifting shades of blue, indigo and green that tempt you in immediately.  Nearby, another must-see place to visit is the stunning Wandoor National Park, where you’ll find some of the rarest and finest coral habitats in the world.

One look at Radhanagar Beach, which some consider one of the most beautiful places to visit in Andaman, and you won’t be surprised that it was once ranked as Asia’s Best Beach by TIME Magazine. Powder white sands and turquoise blue waters frame truly breathtaking sunsets. With such a perfect setting, Radhanagar Beach is certainly one of the most popular selfie points and one of the must-see places to visit in the Andaman and Nicobar islands!

This beach is very popular for day trips, as it is located about 10 km from the market on Havelock Island. A one-hour boat ride or 30-minute hike through a forested path gets you to Elephant Beach, and a day of adventure in a world of beauty. The shimmering sea, stretches of white sand, long coral reefs and soothing ambience create an aura of calm happiness that can dissolve every care. One of the top places to visit in Havelock, Elephant Beach offers the entire range of underwater activities and water sports, including snorkelling, scuba diving, boating, and sea walking.

Absolutely free of human habitation and plant life, Barren Island’s claim to fame is that it contains the only confirmed active volcano in South East Asia.  In fact, the volcano’s latest eruption occurred in 2017, making headlines around the world. As there are no humans to pose a threat, Barren Island is home to some unique animal species too. A boat ride to look at this Havelock Island tourist place and Barren Island’s smoking volcano, or a seaplane ride to enjoy an aerial view, is one of the biggest attractions of an Andamans holiday. Tourists can visit the island only in chartered boats, with the permission of the Forest Department.

Far from the bustle in the rest of Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach stretches in beautiful isolation, offering an experience in utter tranquility and stillness. Even the waves of the sapphire blue waters seem to touch the sands and retreat without a sound. Its romantic and private aura make Vijaynagar Beach one of the Havelock tourist places that are very popular with honeymooning couples. While its huge mahua and palm trees offer welcome shade to people whose idea of a holiday is to swim, sunbathe and read in the midst of nature’s beauty. Here, doing nothing is the norm, rather than the adventure sports that are so popular on the other beaches of the Andamans. Photographers also flock to Vijaynagar Beach to capture its spectacular sunrises, with the native birds adding their own flash of colour to the golden hues of the sun.

What sets this beach apart from the others on Havelock Island, is the line of black rocks along the seashore, giving the beach its name. The rocks form a dramatic backdrop to the golden sands, turquoise waters and green coconut groves that surround the beach, making it one of the Havelock Island tourist places photographers love to visit, especially to frame its spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Quiet and uncrowded, Kala Pathar Beach draws peace-loving tourists and couples to its dramatic beauty, within a calm and tranquil ambience.

A modern, very well-maintained village with stunning silver beaches running down its coastline, Long Island is a tourist attraction on its own. Visitors find Long Island’s urban infrastructure, including a power-station, a boat building yard and a range forest office, an interesting contrast to its magnificent beaches. With abundant marine life, ancient caves, mangroves and lush vegetation, Long Island is the perfect spot for adventure tourism and eco-tourism too. Lalaji Bay Beach and Merk Bay Beach, both stunning stretches of silver sand and azure waters, offer magnificent sunset views that draw photographers to the island. Bird-watching, dolphin-spotting, snorkelling and swimming are among the other popular activities for tourists at Long Island.

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