We visited the beautiful Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar in September 2019. It is safe to say that 2019 was indeed a beautiful year after being stuck in a lockdown in 2020.
We are grateful we get to travel so often and share it with the world so that everyone can see the beautiful places we visited.
Our trip required a lot of planning as there is literally no network in Andaman so no chance of missing out on any bookings. We had to do some extensive research on how to reach Havelock island from Andaman and how to figure out which is the best ferry to book.
We booked our tickets to Andaman in July 2019 a few months ahead of time. The tickets costed us INR 13000 for a one week trip. We started looking up on ways to reach Havelock Island as soon as we booked out tickets because we wanted to spend the entire week in Havelock. We were going for a rather peaceful vacation away from all the city buzz and with no network it was going to be an added advantage for us, it immediately meant no office calls.
Why should you go to Havelock Island?
Havelock Island is a hidden gem in India known for its serenity and white sand beaches. We went to the Island for the same reasons. We were looking for a peaceful place to spend a week without having to worry about work or home. Our first day on Havelock Island and we came across the most beautiful, peaceful sight on the Kalapathar Beach at Sunrise. Please see image below. It has been shot on our professional Camera
What is the best way to reach Havelock Island from Andaman?
The best way to reach Havelock Island is by Ferry. Once you reach the Andaman Airport, you will find a number of taxi drivers outside the airport who will take you to the jetty for INR 200. We had a couple of hours extra before our ferry so we asked our taxi driver to take us to the famous Jail in Andaman. After spending an hour at the Jail, it is a must if you are in Andaman.
We reached the Jetty just in time to realize that we booked the it for August 19th and immediately called our ferry ticket provider. They told us to purchase new tickets from the counter and our refund will be processed. Luckily, the counter had seats available and we got tickets to board the ferry.
The best ferry is Makruzz and you can book it here. We booked the deluxe seats for INR 1918 for one way. Both side ferry costed us INR 3600
How to reach your hotel from the Jetty in Havelock Island?
Once you reach the jetty in Havelock. Pick your luggage and head towards the jetty gate. Here is the number of the person we took our Scooty from. He is very helpful and will arrange your Scooty at the jetty and will personally drop your luggage to the Hotel you are staying.
Mohan : 9476071932 ( He will even help you book Scuba Diving and all other activities in Havelock Island)
Best Hotels to book in Havelock Island
We stayed at the Symphony Palm Resort which is on the same road as the Kalapathar Beach famous for sunrise. We stayed at the resort for 6 days. Per night cost INR 4000 for two people including breakfast
The resort is built on the beach which is a plus as you get to spend time along the beach just reading books and looking at the beautiful water and the white sand.
Activities in Havelock
Night Kayaking with Tanaz is on top of our list. I believe there is nothing like this in the world. She takes about 6 people in a group each night. Her Kayaking tour is more than just kayaking through the mangroves at night. It is about the Bioluminescence in water and how to spot the north star. Tanaz will ask you to do a back row to see the light in the water. That was the highlight of the tour. Every time you slow down, you will see the entire group playing with the Bioluminescence which is also the highest near the Mangroves.
Fun Fact: The bioluminescence provides oxygen to the nursing fishes near the Mangroves.
She also explains the constellations and stars in the sky with her lazer light which is again such a fun activity. Don’t forget to book your spot a month in advance. For booking you can drop her an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Trek to the Elephant Beach
We went in the off season so the beach was all muddy and it had rained in the morning so you can imagine the state. We still chose to trek to the beautiful beach. There are guides outside to help you trek through the jungle and we opted for one. Thank god we did as the mud was coming till our knees. He even gave me stick to catch and move in the mud. I was totally dependent on him to get across. We saw so many people falling in the mud but it was totally worth it when you see the beach on the other end. He took INR 400 for the guide.
Once you get out on the beach, there are plenty of things to do there. You can opt for Snorkeling and it is said to be the best for snorkeling. You will also find beautiful trees on this beach where you can click some nice pictures for instagram
Sunrise on Kalapathar Beach
For sunrise, I would suggest wake up as early as 4:30 AM to go to the Kalapathar Beach. There you will find the famous tree branch where everyone will be clicking pictures and watching the sunrise.
At Kalapathar Beach, one can get pretty creative with photography as the sun, sky and the beach is at its best with perfect lighting. Below is a representation of our creativity at this beach. It took us an hour to find the perfect stone to create this photograph.
Sunset on Radhanagar Beach
Go to the beach at 4 PM if you want to witness the beautiful sunset colors and make a time lapse.
Cafes in Havelock
Anju CoCo Cafe
We had heard a lot about this cafe before visiting Havelock Island and definitely wanted to form our own opinion about it. In our opinion also it is one of the best cafes on the Island. We ended up going there for dinner everyday.
Cuisines: Seafood, American
Timings: Open on all the days from 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Cost: INR 250 for two
Location: Beach No. 5, Vijay Nagar, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Irish – Indian Cafe
This famous cafe run by an Irish-Indian couple is the place to be! The cool thatched-roof ambience near the popular Beach No. 5 and the finger-licking good seafood make a visit here beyond incredible.
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood, American, and Asian
Timings: Open on all the days from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Cost: INR 500 for two
Location: Dive India, Beach 5, Havelock Island, India
Restaurant at Barefoot At Havelock
This restaurant at Barefoot At Havelock is the best place to visit if you wish to have the most incredible fine dining experience in Havelock. Apart from delicious cuisines, it also serves an array of spirits and wine that can make your night even more special.
Cuisines: Continental, Indian, and Seafood
Location: Beach No. 7, Radhanagar Village, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
That’s all folks!!
Hope this blog is helpful in planning your trip and budgeting your trip.
Have a nice day!