Havelock Island is the most popular of islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Here you find also some of the best diving spots in the area plus great accommodation. Apart of daily ferries, there's no other transport to Havelock available.
The island has plenty of hiking options in the tropical rainforest. There's not a lot to cycle though.
You can easily do most of your activities on foot but there are a few buses, auto-rickshaws and jeeps available.
Mopeds and bicycles are for rent at many hotels. Havelock is the most popular of the Andaman Islands.
Other then enjoying the beach and eating (seafood is really good).
There are two operators on Havelock: Barefoot Scuba and Dive India, both are PADI certified dive centers. They provide good equipment and offer training up to instructor. They share pretty much all of the same discovered dive sites, and prices are more or less standardized at Rs.3000 for two dives. As it goes, if you bring your own equipment, you can expect discounts.
Getting there and away
There are daily ferries from Port Blair to Havelock, some continue to Neil Island and other places in the Andaman islands. You can buy tickets yourself from the Port Blair ferry office on arrival. Alternative you can pre-book your tickets at the hotel for the journey there and back, which you can either pick up from a travel agency on Port Blair, or they will send someone to meet you prior to your ferry. This can be useful in peak season.
Hotels and accommodation
Remember, in peak season the hotels at Havelock Island can be full booked, so if you choose to come in peak season, which is usually January to May, make sure you have booked a room.
I'd like to recommend the Barefoot Resort at Havelock Island beach No. 7 because of it's attitude towards ecofriendly tourism.
The hotel is not alone in it's attitude and it seems people do take care of their little paradise island.
The Barefoot is recommended by many travelers as the best place to stay at Havelock Island. The property is in between thick woods and opens on to a beach. One traveler says: "This is my second visit to Barefoot at Havelock and I simply fall in love with the place...over and over!" Another says: "it's the “The key ingredient for a perfect vacation”
Silver Sand Resort
The Silver Sand Resort has a similar attitude towards ecofriendly tourism.
It has 26 luxurious cottages and bungalows, both air conditioned and non-air conditioned with spacious rooms which no other resort has in the island. The beach is a just steps away.
Although the hotel has a restaurant, many travelers recommend eating in the Wild Orchid and Emerald Gecko (see below)
The Wild Orchid has a popular dinning restaurant but it has accommodation available too. There are small and cheap cottages but some face the main road. If you want to stay here, make sure you have a cottage facing the sea.
It's a much better deal for food then for accommodation though but it is certainly cheap. The restaurant is highly recommended and you won't probably find a better in Havelock Island.
The Emerald Gecko is similar to the Wild Orchid. The hotel has basic huts at a great location. And it's cheap with about US $9 for a hut. There is a restaurant which gets thumbs up from travelers.
Bay View Inn
The Bay View Inn has cottages at the beach no 3 at the Havelock Islands. It has about 10 clean cottages with double beds. Non AC double rooms cost Rs 800 and AC rooms cost Rs 1500.
The beach is clean and it has a small restaurant. Don't miss the Onion Pakodas with hot tea.
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My favorite little island of the Andamans, I spend a good time here doing exactly nothing. Well, that is apart of reading Dsotojewski, walking up and down to the beach and eating and drinking. Perfect getaway!