Havelock Island Andamans

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a territory of India, is a awe-inspiring archipelago located in the Bay of Bengal. The exotic beaches have beautiful coral reefs and amazing marine life making the landscape breathtaking, providing a perfect beach getaway from the busy city life. This group of islands is an oasis for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies alike.

Havelock Island (or it's new name Swaraj Dweep) is the most popular island in the Andamans, located about 70 km north of the capital city, Port Blair. Havelock Island has white sandy beaches, blue waters, and some of the best diving in the continent. Enjoy secluded beaches, explore the mangroves, swim among exotic corals, go scuba diving or explore the wilderness on jungle treks.

Havelock Island is great for all budgets ranging from small beach huts to luxury cottages and villas. You'll find a relaxing atmosphere with a relaxed vibe. Cafes, resorts, and dive centers line the beaches. Havelock Island Andamans has it all with a little for everyone. Continue reading and start planning your vacation to Havelock Island Andamans!

Havelock Island – When to Visit

Aside from their rainy season between May and September, Havelock Island and the Andamans as a whole experience mild winters and hot summers, making it an almost year-round destination to visit. From October to February, you can enjoy temperatures from 86°F to 86°F, the best months to enjoy the perfect beaches and water sports.

Best Havelock Island Beaches

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach is the most popular beach of Havelock island. It is also rated in the Top 20 Beach Destinations according to TripAdvisor, and rated the best beach in India. It is a pristine stretch of sand backed by turquoise water and lush forest. Radhanagar Beach is commonly called Beach No. 7 and it looks straight out of the postcard. Dotted with palm trees, the beach offers a tranquil ambiance to relax and unwind. Take a walk along the shore and enjoy the waves crashing at your feet.

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Kalapathar Beach

White sand, blue green waters along with black rocks surrounded by lush green forest, Kalapathar Beach is an amazing place. The road to this beach itself is a treat for the visitors. Enjoy the most delicious locally grown bananas on the, along with refreshing coconut water.

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Elephant Beach

This is a MUST visit beach. The attractions at Elephant beach include underwater walking and scuba diving, banana boat rides, and snorkeling. Make sure to try the seafood prepared at the local shacks that dot the place. Elephant Beach has received much international acclaim for being a clean and tourist-friendly beach that offers one a great time when one is vacationing in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Elephant Beach has an easily accessible reef with some of the most diverse sea life you'll ever see.

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Govind Nagar Beach

This is a long stretch of pearly white sand that is broken up into different bays. So Govind Nagar Beach, or Beach 3, acts as a ‘private’ beach to many hotels (even though it’s a public beach completely free and accessible to anyone). It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some sunbathing or a quiet sunrise over the Andaman seas, as it faces eastward and is generally pretty quiet, with only a fisherman here and a tourist snoozing in a hammock there.

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Vijaynagar Beach

Also known as the Beach No 5, its the perfect place relax and unwind. Kayaking, game fishing, bird watching, snorkeling, swimming, beach combing, sunbathing, surf riding, trekking, and sailing are some of the prominent adventure activities that one can take part in over a trip to VIjaynagar Beach.

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Best Havelock Island Tours & Activities by Viator

Night Mangroves Kayaking at Havelock Island

You will learn kayak basics under the expert supervision of an experienced guide. On moonless nights witness amazing bio-luminescence. Enjoy the beauty of mangroves bathed in moonlight on full moon nights. When the sky is clear, indulge in star gazing, identify constellations, stars, planets with the help of your guide. To learn more about the Night Mangroves Kayaking at Havelock Island visit here.

Scuba Diving in Havelock

Here you can explore crystal clear waters that are home to one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. The dive takes place in some of the best diving spots at the Havelock Island. If you’ve ever been tempted to try scuba diving but are not ready to commit to a full certification course or you are short in time, then a PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experience is ideal ! To learn more about Scuba Diving in Havelock visit here.

Explore Havelock Island From Port Blair

Havelock Island 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 45 square miles and is located 25 miles north-east of Port Blair. On this day trip, visit this island with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with a green canopy of the rain-fed forests and an inviting turquoise blue sea. To learn more about the Havelock Island from Port Blair tour visit here.

Kayaking Havelock Island

Explore the other side of Havelock Island with this tour program. Kayaking through the mangroves and listening to the chirping of the birds is once in a lifetime experience. To learn more about Kayaking Havelock Island visit here.

Open Water Diver Course

During the dive you will get to see the colorful marine flora and fauna, get some close-up pictures and videos with the famous Nemo (clown fish) and other aquatic life. They provide personalized programs, costumer oriented service and professional training which results in happy customers. To learn more about the open water diver course visit here.

Best Havelock Island Restaurants

Full Moon Cafe $11 – 30

This famous cafe run by an Irish-Indian couple is the place to be! The cool thatched-roof ambiance near the popular Vijaynagar Beach and the finger-licking good seafood make a visit here beyond incredible. Telephone: 91 3192 282 222 Web: Full Moon Cafe

Bonova Cafe And Pub $11 – 30

The modern yet classic ambiance of the cafe, friendly hospitality, and the endless array of wonderful cuisines make a visit to this place worth it. If you are a real  foodie, this cafe will give the ultimate pleasure in taste after having the mouth-watering dishes. Telephone: 91 9679 554 952 Web: Bonova Cafe And Pub

Restaurant at Barefoot At Havelock $11 – 30

Indulge in traditional recipes made from fresh island produce at Barefoot at Havelock. Much of the organically grown vegetables and herbs for the kitchen comes from their very own garden or is sourced from local vendors on the island. Telephone: 91 8048 893 964 Web: Restaurant at Barefoot at Havelock

Fat Martin Cafe $11 – 30

Fat Martin offers the best Indian food on the island. Open throughout the day, you can easily visit this place to savor cuisines like paneer tikka or dosa, as a nice change from seafood. Telephone: 91 9474 210 643 Web: Fat Martin Cafe

Anju Coco $11 – 30

Anju Coco is famous for offering personalized service and attention to every guest, and is a must-visit in Havelock. It is high on delicious variety and low on the pocket, and serves the best grilled tuna on the island. Sounds like a win-win right? Telephone: 91 9476 088 496 Web: Anju Coco

Best Havelock Bars

Nemo Cafe – The Beach Bar

Covered by the canopy of coconut & palm trees, often decorated with beautiful arrangement of lights illuminating along with melodious music, the café is an amazing attraction of the Havelock Island Beach Resort. Often arranged DJ parties in this café during the weekends make it a popular hangout spot in the Havelock Island. Telephone: 91 3192 236 649 Web: Nemo Cafe – The Beach Bar

Bonova Cafe & Pub

Unwind at a classy yet trendy place on Havelock Island and at the same time be spoiled with an expansive range of food and exotic beverages. Great music from chill-out tracks during the day to live music / DJ by the best talents, Bonova has music options to appeal to every mood. Telephone: 91 9679 554 952 Web: Bonova Cafe & Pub

Best Havelock Island Hotels

30 Comments

  1. Apersinger

    OMG! What a beautiful and amazing place to visit. As a kayaker you really caught my attention with the night trip to Havelock Island therough the mangroves. Tat would be so amazing to do. 

    I have never been out of the country other than to Canada, so that would be a once in a lifetime trip to go and kayak. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful place to add to my bucket list of things to do.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  It would indeed be a once in a lifetime trip. I am glad you have added it to your bucket list 🙂

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  2. Jannette

    I enjoy relaxing on beautiful beaches.  This beach you are discussing from the image looks so amazing and private. Thanks for letting us know of when to visit Havelock Island and from this can plan a vacation. Scuba diving is fun for everyone in your family to enjoy the nature of the water, the Elephant Beach looks promising as well for family fun. I will be sharing this post with family, so they can have a say also on what beaches to visit. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Jannette.  I am glad you enjoyed.  Thanks for visiting my Havelock Island Andamans guide.

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  3. Teboho Lekhanya

    Hi,

    Thanks very much for yet another brilliant episode! I must say, this is one of my favourite newly discovered websites! The only problem is I am sooo tempted to visit all of the islands presented herein, but I for many reasons (time, travelled too much already, etc) would not be able!

    The fact that the food (both the protein and veggies) are fresh and obtained locally in these islands, is a Big Plus to me! It is sooo mouthwatering!

    If I may ask, the islands seem to be much closer to Myanmar and Thailand than they are to India and Sri Lanka. How comes they are Indian territory?

    Warmest regards, always.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      In December 2018, Havelock Island was renamed as Swaraj Island as a tribute to Subhas Chandra Bose.  bose had hoisted the Indian flag at Port Blair on December 30, 1943 and proclaimed the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as territories liberated from British Rule 🙂  And yes, you will find mouth  watering food here!  I appreciate you taking the time to leave me comments.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Drea Marlow

    Hi, thank you for sharing information about Havelock Island. It looks absolutely fantastic! India has never been on my list of beach destinations at all and it sure looks appealing. I have a couple of questions: which is the nearest international airport to fly to? And since I have never been to India: is the food save to eat (i.e. without suffering from diarreha :)). Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my questions.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Havelock Island does not have an airport of its own. You can fly into the international airport in Port Blair, the administrative capital of Andaman Islands. This airport has many flights to various Indian cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam. The major airline operators flying these routes are Air India, Air India Regional, SpiceJet, GoAir and Jet Airways.  The food is safe to eat.  I love Indian food.  Some of it is on the spicy side,  so just make sure you ask about what you are ordering.  Thanks for visiting my Havelock Island Andamans guide.

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  5. Michal Bahno

    This is an awesome overview of the Havelock Island beaches. 

    I was looking for a place to stay for a couple of weeks – Originally my idea was to go SE Asia (like Thailand or Cambodia), but reading this post about the Havelock Island makes a difference in my planning. 
    And all in a positive way! 

    I am gonna send this post to my spouse and I am almost sure she would say yes 🙂 
    With the list of activities and restaurants, we definitely won’t get bored there. 

    Thank you for your effort and for putting all this info together. 
    I really wanted to try something new. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Michal.  Yes, I think your spouse would agree that this will be a great vacation.  Thanks for visiting my Havelock Island Andamans Guide.

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  6. Abel

    Such a beauty is this island andamans. Honestly speaking this is the first time that I will be hearing about this here and yo be very honest, it makes a lot of sense to really want to expire a place like this after the covid19 lockdown. This is really immense and I must say that the place looks very serene and beautiful thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Abel.  Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  7. Payton

    This seems to me like a very wonderful island to spend some very quality time especially with someone that I love. I have never thought of going to this havelkvk island in the Andaman but it seems really nice and there are great places to see too. I’ll be sure to go along with my son screen if I decide to go. Great work too.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank Payton.  I’m glad you enjoyed my Havelock Island Andamans guide.

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  8. Jerry McCoy

    It looks totally appealing for travel to once the rainy season is over. Is there a package deal available? How much advance notice would you have to give? The area is simply beautiful and has much to offer. The star reviews are all positive with only one that is the low eights range. I saw that one of them offers tours. Do the other resorts offer tours as well or do you have to schedule with your travel agent?

    I may have to check it out for myself and my wife. It would be nice to travel somewhere that is as exotic as this appears to be. 

    Jerry

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jerry, as far as package deals go I really need to know when you are thinking of going and where you are traveling from.  You can email me at leahrae@beachtraveldestinations.com.  I would be happy to help with your plans and find the best deal.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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  9. JRandZen

    Thank you for sharing the information and your insights on these exotic beach destinations at the Bay of Bengal.  We have not been to this area yet, but now this is in our bucket list.  We hope that one day when travel will be possible, we will be able to visit these beach destinations, enjoy the beautiful coral reefs and marine life.  We are sure that Havelock lock offers value-for-money opportunities to have a vacation with family or friends.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it is a great value and you would definitely enjoy 🙂  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  10. Karl Darden

    That’s a really cool looking travel destination. When I was in the Navy, I was stationed for a year on Diego Garcia. It is about 4 degrees south of the equator. and it is practically due south of Mumbai. That’s about as close as I’ve gotten to Havelock Island. The scenery reminds me a lot of Diego Garcia, but that’s where the similarities end. There’s no question that Havelock Island’s accommodations outclassed the Navy Bachelor Officer’s Quarters.  😉 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh I am sure Karl 😀  Sounds like you need to head back and head to Havelock Island!  Thanks for your visit to beach travel destinations.

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  11. Hilde

    I just wish I could travel to places like the Andaman Islands. I had no idea of this place before I saw your website. Great site by the way. Lot of useful information about accomodation and trips . Places to visit in the area like the elephant beach. I will definitely put that on my places to go list. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed beach travel destinations.  Elephant beach is a must if you head to Havelock Island. Thanks for visiting my Havelock Island Andamans guide.

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  12. Enrique

    Hi, Leahrae,

    Those places look amazing! I’m always looking for new places to travel to. I haven’t been able to travel as much as I’d like to due to the pandemic, but I’ve been actively doing research on new destinations and adding new places to my bucket list.

    I love the beach, but I try to avoid those that get crowded. Based on your post, I’d like to visit Govind Nagar Beach. It looks like the perfect spot to unwind and relax in a peaceful environment.

    Regarding the restaurants, they’re good options in the mid-range. Do you have any recommendations for street food or markets? I’m curious.

    Thanks for sharing. I look forward to hearing from you.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Okay you can get great street food at Rohit Restaurant and Maya Restaurant.  Those two I know of off the top of my head.  I hope that helps 🙂  If you would like any additional information, please let me know.

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  13. kaycee

     I am a beach lover and i am familiar with beaches but i have not heard of Havelock island. I am so happy to have come across your site and the content is quite insightful. Thanks for sharing this. I wanted to ask, are there discounts available for traveling?  I am preparing for my next vacation and if you can get me discounts, that would be great.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Kaycee,  it really depends on when and where you want to go.  There are discounts available that I can get you,  I just need a few more specifics to help you plan.  You can reach me at leahrae@beachtraveldestinations.com 

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  14. abdul

    Wow this is really great! With the corrent pandemic on, me and my friends have been planning a holiday once all of this is over as we haven’t had a break from a long time and we thought we’ll go to assam or kerala or somewhere but the andaman islands are really DAMN BEAUTIFUL and you’ve made a very in detail guide for it, i guess we’ll habe to reconsider our plans now!😂😊

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  And yes it is beautiful and I do believe quite a few of us will need a beach vacay!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  15. Bella

    Hey Leahrae, I am a big lover of water, the beach to be precise. I live in a very dry area and there there is hardly any beach i can go to and it’s really sad. Reading about the Havelock Island made me have some nostalgic feeling and I really want to spend some time in this beach. Hopefully towards the end of the year I should get a booking and visit this Island. However these listed restaurants are very nice as well. I’ll bookmark this post for reference. Cheers 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Bella!  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  I would love to help you plan 🙂

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