Havelock Island- Scuba Diving in Havelock, Places to visit, Things to Do and More

Havelock Island is officially known as Swaraj Island, and is one of the largest islands in Ritchie’s Archipelago. The archipelago is named after an 18th-century British marine surveyor, John Ritchie, who spent nearly two decades charting and documenting the Andaman’s and surrounding regions. Radhanagar beach is one of the many beaches lining Havelock, the others popular ones being Elephant Beach, Kalapatthar Beach, Govind Nagar Beach and Vijaynagar Beach.

Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island
Radhanagar Beach – A perfect place to relax in Havelock Island

How to reach Havelock Island ?

Havelock Island can be easily reached from Port Blair by ferries and private cruises. Both government-operated passenger vessels and luxury cruises can be booked online as well as offline, however, it’s always a good option to book your tickets in advance through online channels. There are also helicopter services operated between Port Blair and Havelock Islands by Civil Aviation Department of Andaman and Nicobar Administration.

private cruise in Havelock island. Port Blair to Havelock.
Port Blair to Havelock Island on a private ferry

I used the services of a Private ferry operator called Markuzz to reach Havelock from Port Blair. But the options are plenty – Green Ocean, Sea Link and ITT Majestic are popular ferry operators on this route. It is important to bear in mind that the schedule of these ferries and even the helicopter service is contingent on the weather conditions. The best time to visit is between October and May, because the weather is stable during this time.

There are many villages in Havelock Island, and a local bus connects the jetty with these villages, usually on an hourly scheme. If you want to explore the lives of locals and experience the culture you can use these bus services for getting around the lesser touristic parts of the island. You can also hire a private vehicle, although it will be little expensive as compared to the government bus services.

Where to Stay in Havelock Island?

Options for accommodation range from expensive resorts to affordable camping sites on the beach. There are plenty of hotels and resorts at the Havelock Island suiting travelers with all kinds of budgets.  More information can be sought from the Tourism Department that put up kiosks during the tourist season at Radhanagar beach, or through online travel booking sites.

List of Beaches in Havelock Island

Havelock island has some of the best beaches in the world
Havelock island is home to some of the best beaches in the world.

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach is one of the most visited places in Havelock and is quite popular among the young honeymoon couples from the mainland India. I have written about this beach in detail, and you can check it out here.

Vijaynagar Beach

Vijaynagar Beach lies on the east coast of Havelock Island, and has some rocky sections. The beach is dotted with lush mahua trees that not only provide aesthetical value but also quite a lot of shade. 

Elephant Beach

If you love snorkeling, Elephant Beach will surely delight you. It has beautiful coral reef formations and offers wonderful opportunity to observe underwater marine life. You can easily reach Elephant beach by cruise from the jetty in about 50 minutes. If you wish to go by road, go up to the Forest Camp in a vehicle, and by walk to the Elephant beach, which takes around an hour. 

Kalapathar Beach

This beach is beautiful, however tourism infrastructure in not quite developed here. This has been changing in recent years however, as more and more visitors include this beach their itinerary. 

Things to do in Havelock Island 

There are plethora of things to do in Havelock Island. Some of the popular activities include Scooba diving, snorkeling, elephant ride, bird watching, game fishing, kayaking, and swimming.

My Scuba diving experience in Havelock Island

Scuba diving experience in Havelock Island

Havelock Island presents an incredible opportunity for scuba diving, with a spell binding marine world waiting to be explored. The ideal scuba diving season in Havelock Island is from October to May. There are many certified Scuba Diving operators in Havelock Island to choose from. You can either book their services online or directly at their offices. You can either go for a 1-on-1 instructor or in small groups. And the best part is that you can do Scuba diving with an instructor even if you don’t know swimming. If you are quite serious about pursuing this activity from a career perspective, there are options to do certification course as well. 

Snorkeling is preferred by some travelers who are too apprehensive about scuba diving. Often snorkelers and Scuba divers travel in the same group organized by these operators, and both activities are conducted at the same spot, usually some designated venues in the sea. I opted for Scuba diving and it was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. I was scared initially, especially when they gave me forms to fill that said these operators are not legally responsible if I die. But luckily, I did not die, and I had the best moment of my life. It’s a different world altogether underwater— sea lions, fishes shaped like unicorns and butterflies, sea cows, and a jungle of seagrasses. You are never the same person again after doing Scuba Diving.

Sunset at Radhanagar beach

Where is Radhanagar Beach No 7 ?- Searching for a treasure in the Andamans !

You must have heard about this beach as one of the Asia’s beast beaches. But where is Radhanagar Beach No 7 located exactly ?

Radhanagar Beach No 7 is a pristine stretch of white sand, bordered by the emerald forest on one side, and the azure sea on the other. It is a paradise on earth ! Untouched by grotesque commercialization, this virgin beach on the Havelock offers a pleasant repsite from the hustle and bustle of Port Blair. 

The place offers breathtaking views of sunsets and sunrises. Once ranked as the ‘Best Beach in Asia’ , this crescent shaped coastline is known for its glazing white sand and unmatched beauty!

Where is Radhanagar Beach ?
Radhanagar beach no 7

For more information on where is Radhanagar Beach located, you can visit the https://www.andaman.gov.in/tourism/Swarajdweep website maintained by the Andaman and Nicobar administration.

Accolades for Radhanagar Beach

Do you know that Radhanagar Beach was named as the “Best Beach in Asia” 2004 by Time Magazine? And to top it up, it even bagged the eco-label of blue flag certification in 2020. (A‘Blue Flag’ certification is awarded by a famous Denmark-based non-profit Foundation and a beach must meet strict environmental, safety and access criteria to earn this label.) I believe this is a great achievement because in the age of growing awareness towards sustainable development, tourists’ preferences are shifting towards more eco-friendly travelling. A Blue Flag beach like Radhanagar serves as an eco-tourism model, providing the tourists a clean, safe, and healthy way to experience the joys of nature.  

Things to do in Radhanagar Beach

Forest in Radhanagar Beach
Forest in Radhanagar Beach

There is a lot to do on Radhanagar Beach. You can go swimming, tussle with the playful waves, plan a snorkeling trip to Neil’s Cove, or simply lie down on the pristine sand with a book. Radhanagar Beach is lined by a forested patch of land on one side, and some part of that is accessible to the tourists. There are few restaurants in the forested area, but they charge exorbitant price for simple food items. I recommend exploring the food stalls at the entry point where you can enjoy delicious Indian street food and beverages at affordable prices and contribute to the local economy at the same time. Don’t forget to try out raw mango salad and star fruit when you are here during the season time. It’s absolutely lip smacking ! 🙂

How to Reach Radhanagar Beach ?

Radhanagar Beach can be easily reached from Havelock Harbor
Harbor in Havelock Island

Many people wonder where is Radhanagar Beach, and most of them do not even know if this beach exists. One reason that it is not so popular is because of it’s accessibility. Reaching Radhanagar Beach 7 can be an expensive affair. To reach this place, you can take a private or a government owned ferry or boat from Port Blair to reach Havelock Island. While there are local buses that connect Radhanagar Beach to the harbor, it’s much more efficient to hire a private two-wheeler or car from the main market area which is just a walk away from the harbor. 

Some Do’s and Don’t

Salt water crocodiles inhabit some areas  of Radhanagar Beach
Saltwater crocodiles inhabit some areas of Radhanagar Beach

After finding out where is Radhanagar Beach no 7, when you come here, there are few things that you should always keep in mind. These islands are some of the most fragile ecosystems on the planet, and being a responsible tourist is very important. When you are in Radhanagar Beach, you should not only avoid littering the beach with plastics but also discourage and confront other tourists who do so. It is our responsibility to keep this beach clean and pristine, so that we can relish this treasure of earth for generations to come. Also, encourage others to polite with the locals. Most of them do not understand English, so it is crucial to be patient with them while interacting. Avoid swimming at the end of the island because there could be salt water crocodiles. Always follow the beach guidelines and stick close to the coast guards.

My Experience at the Radhanagar Beach

I was here in March of 2019 to cover stories for blog, and it was a quite pleasant experience for me. The sun shines bright from December to March, and it offers the opportunity to capture beautiful photographs. I found the waves at the beach quite powerful. The beach is safe during the right season and I had some of the best swimming experience here. I definitely recommend this place for travel.

Radhanagar beach