Talk about Andaman and most folks immediately picture the underwater activities in the shimmering waters of the sea. Andaman is gradually becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations of India. Havelock island continues to remain the most visited island of Andaman.
All I knew about Havelock prior to visiting it was the fact that it had paradisaical beaches and I was looking forward to lazing on the sandy stretches but I had surprises waiting for me. I made the crazy mistake of going for a swim with my hotel room keys and guess what ? I never found them again because what goes in the sand, stays in the sand. So quite literally I got locked out in the island.
Reaching Havelock Island :
The only way to reach these magical islands is by Cruising. The 2 prominent Cruise options which operate daily from Port Blair to Havelock island are Makruzz and Green Ocean.
We chose Makruzz. The tickets can be booked online. Cruising through the gushing waves for 1.5 hours is an absolute delight.
Staying in Havelock :
If you are someone who hates crowded beaches then make sure to book a hotel which has a private beach.
We stayed in Havelock Island Beach Resort and it was definitely the best resort I have ever visited. It had a stunning private beach with a lovely seating area. The beach mesmerized us with its turquoise waters that glimmered in the sunshine. The resort transformed the beach into a perfect party place in the evening with lights and music.
Beach Hopping :
Elephant Beach : This beach is most visited for water sports. You will be spoiled for choice, from scuba diving, to sea walk, snorkeling, jet ski, it has it all. Since this beach gets crowded during the day time, the best time for water activities is early morning as the sea is clear and the visibility of corals is good.
Radhanagar Beach : This beach is a must visit when in Havelock. It is among the sever best beaches of the world. Radhanagar beach as also been awarded the title of being Asia’s Cleanest Beach. I visited this beach during sunset and it was an absolutely enrapturing sight.
Kala Pathar beach : This one is my personal favorite. It has a long stretch of silky white sand and rocks and dead corals. The fallen trees double the beauty of this serene beach. This beach stands out from the other beaches because of its unique shade of water.
The other two beaches of this island are Vijay Nagar and Govind Nagar Beach. The best way of enjoying these beaches is by booking a resort here. Maximum resorts are present in these two beaches.
Getting around the island :
The best way to explore the island is by getting a two wheeler. But in case you are scared to ride a scooty like me then getting an Auto for beaxh hopping would be the perfect option for you.
PRO tips :
1) Sunscreen, sunscreen and sunscreen- Make sure you apply bottles of these magical products if you want your friends to recognize you after your vacation.
2) Plan your day diligently as the sun sets early in the Island after which you will not be able to enjoy the beach
A never-ending coastline, warm sun, cozy air and of course the sea food are always great reasons to head to this paradise. If you are planning a beach vacation where you can try your hands on some thrilling water sports and also laze and chill by the beach at the same time, then Havelock island is your place to be in and Winters is the best time to visit this paradisaical island.