Havelock Island is a must-visit destination in the Andamans in India. The island offers bountiful opportunities for exploring sea life and coral reefs through scuba diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boats.
Radhanagar Beach was rated as the best beach in Asia in 2004 and seventh best beach in the world in 2015 by Time magazine. With clear water one end and lush green trees on the other, one must enjoy the barefoot walk on the white sand at this beach. It is the perfect place to catch a sunset at Havelock. Other beaches at Havelock include Govindnagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Vijaynagar Beach and Kalapathar Beach. Most of the resorts are located alongside Govindnagar and Vijayanagar beaches.
Scuba diving is the most popular activity on Havelock Island. The certified diving operators offer fun diving (Discover Scuba) as well as certification courses in scuba. A more enriched scuba experience is offered by a few operators at South Button and Inglis Island.
Snorkeling at the virgin shores of Elephant Beach should not be missed. The water is clear and ideal for snorkeling. At certain times, schools of fish can be seen with the naked eye just by standing next to the beach itself. Snorkeling in the morning hours may beat scuba diving due to sheer presence of abundant coral reefs at this beach. The sight of beautiful and colorful fish floating around the corals is truly an unforgettable experience.
A lot of scooter and bike rentals are available on the island. The island is quite small and can be visited in its entirety with just two liters of fuel. This is a fun way to explore the island at your own pace and discover new viewpoints at the same time.
There is a popular myth that Elephant Beach is best reached by boat. The business tactics of boat operators have ensured that the overland trek to Elephant Beach remains lesser known and dangerous. Contrary to the belief, the trekking trail is well marked, quite safe and a simple walk of two kilometers. It is recommended to hire a guide at the starting point of the trek which is located two kilometers before Radhanagar Beach.