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Havelock Island, Andamans

Havelock is part of the Andaman & Nicobar Union Territory of India that form an Archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India and Myanmar. Surrounded by snow-white beaches, teal shallows and a coast heaving with beach huts, Havelock has a well-deserved reputation of being a backpacker's paradise. Also well acclaimed for being one of the best diving destinations in South Asia, Havelock truly lures most tourists across the Bay of Bengal, many of whom are content to stay here for the entirety of their trip.

Remarkably Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise accentuated with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest, thus beckoning everyone to enjoy the effervescent frolic and fun at the azure sea. It is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq. km. and is located 39 km of north-east of Port Blair.

Daily connectivity is majorly through Government ferries run by the Directorate of Shipping Services connect Phoenix Bay jetty, Port Blair to Havelock. However, Private luxury boats are also operated on a daily basis by some approved operators. However, once you reach Havelock there is no dearth of local transport in form of auto rickshaws, taxis, buses. Motorbikes are available on rent for transport within the island. The State transport has even introduced services of two AC Deluxe coaches for the benefit of tourist and local public. Additionally, Helicopter and Sea Plane services are also available between the islands here commencing from Port Blair.

Some of the common and much sought after beaches at Havelock are chiefly Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Elephant Beach and Kalapather Beach. The Radhanagar Beach lies on the south coast of Havelock Island. It is about 12 kilometers from the Islands ferry pier. Radhanagar is a beach of outstanding quality and has also been rated as one of the best beaches in Asia by TIME Magazine. The Vijaynagar Beach is a long stretch of sand on the east coast of the Island, punctuated occasionally by rock section. Most of the beach is lined by mahua trees, whose trunks grow along the ground for many feet before they begin to climb vertically. This beach is perfect for long walks along the sea. Dolphin Resort run by the Tourism Department and many other hotels are also located on this beach.

The Elephant beach has a rich coral reef formation and amazing underwater marine life. Most apt for snorkeling, one can reach Elephant beach by small cruise boat from Havelock Jetty in about 40 minutes. The beautiful silver sandy beach called Kalapather Beach is located 12 km from Havelock jetty and has recently gained a considerably good footfall. Swimming with an elephant can be awesome fun if you are an animal lover. This experience will surely leave you enthralled and mesmerized.

Scuba Diving at Havelock Island may be enjoyed in abundance at varied diving sites 'Seduction Point', 'Aquarium', 'Lighthouse', 'Pilot Reef', 'Mac Point', 'Minerva Ledge' and 'Turtle Bay' are promising areas for diving. Besides, other activities include Beach-combing, sunbathing, seawalk, snorkeling, watersports, surf riding, swimming, game fishing, watching the sunset or sunrise, elephant ride, bird-watching, trekking, sailing, kayaking and many more.

Andaman water is generally considered safe for swimming and looks definitely inviting. However, it also has some potentially dangerous marine animals like Jelly fishes, sharks, sea snakes, stone fish and salt water crocodiles. These animals may come in conflict due to mistaken identity such as prey or to defend their territory. Though such incidents are extremely rare, visitors are strictly advised to observe and follow precautions for a safe and enriching swimming experience. It's extremely important to find out about the safe swimming or diving area before proceeding, as swimming conditions can change quickly here.

Havelock Island offers a range from high-end resorts to camping sites on the beach to suit one and all. In all, there are more than 50 resorts at Havelock to accommodate its visitors.

How about trying some aquatic life this time with family…??