This is the day we took our cruise ship to Havelock. It takes around 2.5 hours depending on weather conditions. Luckily for us everything went on time and we enjoyed the sail with no sea sickness. I would suggest to eat light and drink less on the cruise ship and yes the Royal class is more comfy to sit with bigger glass windows. While returning from Havelock, take the open cruise in the evening to view the sunset standing outside on the deck and sip tea with samosa available on board.
Our resort in Havelock was very near to the Port and had its own private beach. So it took us less time to settle down in the resort. There are mainly three beaches in Havelock, out of which Radhanagar beach is more tourist friendly with an amazingly long beach, completely white sand and friendly waves. Why friendly sea waves? You will not wish to come out of the sea! There are changing areas and ample homely food stalls to eat lunch or snacks. Though none of the stalls are posh, the food served is absolutely fresh and delicious. You can spend an entire day in Radhanagar beach before getting back to resort. We hired a scooty in Havelock to ease our tour itinerary at our own pace.
The Elephanta beach, which we skipped seemed more for the sea adventure seekers and water sports lovers. We skipped that as we had a toddler and it did not seem quite adventurous to us in the hot sun. On day five we instead headed to the Kalapathar beach. The ride through the woods was quite interesting and the sea looked magical. Sea water showed up multiple shades of blue as the sun changed positions reflecting in crystal clear water. Most beaches in Havelock are beautifully covered with heaps of white broken corals, conch shells, tiny tortoises, mangrove roots and coconut trees. To me, Kalapathar beach seemed the whitest like a pearl! Do not forget to shop for pearls and conches in Kalapathar. Though swimming is not encouraged here as the water is quite deep, sitting leisurely after a lunch till sunset was so relaxing.