A breath-taking tropical paradise with stunning beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forests, Havelock Island is one of the most populated islands in the Andamans. It is also among the islands most visited by tourists, as it is easily accessible from Port Blair. There are many exciting things to do in Havelock, with a range of exciting options and facilities for every possible beach activity and water sport available here. Of course, for visitors who want a more relaxed holiday, there’s no better place than Havelock to just laze around, read, sunbathe and watch the sunset.
With so many choices in things to do in Havelock Island, you’ll never spend a dull moment.
A fascinating and very safe way to explore the world underwater, sea walking is one of the best things to do in Havelock. You need nothing more than a helmet on your head to enjoy this experience, as you observe schools of colourful fish, beautiful sea plants and corals in their natural habitat. As you breathe normally through a special apparatus, you feel at one with the magical aquatic world, in the pristine waters of Havelock Island.
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.
For those who want to explore the ocean without diving right into it, a ride in a glass-bottomed boat is a wonderful option. Many of the beaches here offer these rides, and it is certainly one of the most enjoyable things to do in Havelock Island, especially if you are travelling with children.
With some of the most beautiful mangrove ecosystems in the region, kayaking through the creeks between the Havelock Island mangrove forests is fast gaining popularity among the list of things to do on Havelock. The calm and tranquil waters make it an ideal destination for this activity. Besides, you don’t need prior experience, just a life jacket and a kayak. Going solo or as a group, or as a couple, kayaking takes you through the natural world in all its glory, with water, vegetation, birds, fish, insects and reptiles all a part of your experience, all in perfect harmony.
Havelock Island is rated as one of India’s best scuba diving sites. Diving schools here offer a wide variety of courses, from the basic level for amateurs to a very advanced course for professional divers. The best part is that even if you don’t know how to swim, the training you receive will enable you to savour the adventure of this water sport. Dive into the depths of the ocean and share in the stunning beauty of the underwater world, swimming alongside exotic marine animals and coral reefs in their natural habitat.
What could be more exciting than sailing away on a charter boat, equipped with the right fishing gear and bait, in the company of expert guides? Game fishing is certainly one of the things to do in Havelock. The helpful guides will assist you in making the best of your fishing trip, with advice on the kind of fishing gear to use, the best kind of bait and the most rewarding fishing spots. Besides, Havelock Island’s eco-sensitive heart is in the right place: the fish that are caught are always handled with care and released back into the water.
Those with a taste for adventure will have plenty of things to do in the Andamans. Trekkers have a marvelous 16 kms. trail from Mt. Harriet – the third highest peak in the archipelago – to Madhuban, through a lush forest that’s home to an amazing variety of plant and animal species. Besides, starting at Mt. Harriet allows you to enjoy panoramic views of the islands.
If trekking is not your favourite form of exercise, an elephant safari also offers you an exciting way to explore the spectacular vista of Mt. Harriet.
Another interesting trek is from Diglipur to Saddle Peak, the highest point of the Andaman Islands.
Kala Pathar Beach on Havelock Island seems to be made for adventure and excitement, with its aquamarine waters, smooth white sand, lush green vegetation and black rocks in the background. The beach is famous for all kinds of water sports. Besides the popular scuba diving and snorkelling, you can also unleash your wild side, with a ferry ride on the high seas, jet-skiing and windsurfing.
A glimpse of eternity is what a sunset promises you. When you’re surrounded by a crowd, intent on having fun, a sunset can be enjoyed with a sundowner from a quiet beachside lounge or restaurant. Sip on a lychee cocktail as you watch the sun set fire to the sea. This is surely one of the best things you can do in Havelock.
Tourist family groups consider Vijayanagar Beach ideal for a day trip or picnic. Its azure waters are shallow and clear, making it perfect for swimming, especially for children. The swaying palm trees fringing the beach provide welcome shade from the sun. You’ll spot many groups relaxing together, enjoying the beauty and cool breeze of Vijayanagar Beach.
Havelock Island is just the right size for a day’s exploration on wheels. With rental bikes easily available, you can explore the island at your own pace, along delightful meandering paths, taking a detour or stopping to explore whatever interests you most. With friendly people and picture-perfect spots for photographs, stopping for a selfie is a temptation you cannot resist!