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“My favorite location in the Andamans” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Havelock Island

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Havelock Island, India
Bong in Mumbai
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“My favorite location in the Andamans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

We landed at the Havelock Island thro' a cruise vessel - Makruzz from Port Blair. We were put up at the cottages next to the sea at Symphony Palms.

After refreshing ourselves, we set out for the beaches. The tide was high, the sky was blue, waves lapped our feet. The sea in front of us were of different shades of blue, because of the corals below & slanting rays of the sun.

We proceeded to Radhanagar Beach, proclaimed to be one of the best beaches in the world. The pristine sand at our feet, the languid sea and gentle sound of the waves was a mesmerizing experience. We walked barefoot on the clean white sand, till the place was dark. There were myriad of creatures under our foot - we could see a few tiny crabs & shells dart into their burroughs, when the waves wash ashore or our approaching footsteps.
From a distance you could see these creatures in front of you; as you come closer, they would vanish. The sky & the surrounding turned into various hues of orange, before darkness enveloped the surrounding.

Next day, we woke up early to catch a glimpse of the sunrise. The tide was low & we could wade into the sea, through the corals. There were some cloud cover, but soon the sun made its magnificent appearance and the view was magical.

We moved on to the next big attraction at Havelock – Scuba diving. The languid life & time, the mysteries of the sea, the huge trees on the way to the lumber camp, warm & friendly hosts – all these added to the once in a lifetime experience !

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Delhi
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Indias Hawaii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

The place where you feel like going to again and again is this beautiful island in Andaman islands.....Havelock.
The virgin beaches with white sand and aqua water with coral showing in clear water makes you fall in love with this place at first sight.
Such a huge and breath taking beach is Radha Nagar beach , the way is through winding roads on hills with cocunut and palm trees on both sides, somewhere along you can also find ponds of fresh water with lotus flowers and ducks enjoying in them.
The people here are very simple and affectionate, NO CRIME at all, absolutely opposite from main land India, where we have to be careful all the time.
Kala Pather and Elephant beach are some other beaches with clear water, lately many good hotels have come up.
This time we stayed at Manjau , a nice and well kept resort at vijaynagar beach, excellent food and curteous staff.
Many new eating places have come up and the weather is almost same round the year..max 30 deg C ..hot in afternoons but cool at night..
Now you can reach Havelock from Port Blair by makruzz in just 90 min.
A must visit place in Lifetime

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Chennai
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“Unwind and relax in Havelock Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2010

Last year we visited Havelock Island, a lesser known place in India's tourism map and one for the nature lovers. It is about a 2 hour ferry ride from the Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can also get there by private boats or a helicoper. The place was far away from the crowds and a quite a break away from my hectic lifestyle. The ferry ride itself was quite an experience - water all around and a beautiful sunset at the backdrop.

Being a lesser known getaway, the island has retained its natural wealth. We stayed in a wooden cottage at the Silversand resort amidst the coconut trees and close to the private beach. I did well by booking the cottage on my own and not through a travel agent; the staff provided great service - gave us a free ride to buy some essentials (there were only a few shops in the island and far away from the resort) and help us plan our tours around the island. And the food tasted great too. Beware there are no ATMs in the entire island. I didnt have enough cash but the staff agreed to take the money after we got back to Port Blair.

We started all our days looking at the sunrise and walking along the empty beach. During our stay, there were two other beaches that we went to - Kala Pathar and the Radhanagar beach. The Radhanagar beach is one of the best I have seen in my life. Watching the sunset there is a real pleasure. We left only after it become completely dark.

Snorkelling is a must-do during a trip here - the corals and colorful fishes give you a true IMAX experience. Even better you can learn and try Scuba diving too. We only did snorkelling for about two hours.

Overall it was a trip that we will remember for a long time.

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Bangalore
2 reviews
“India's Hawaii”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2009

This is "beach country" entirely. Pristine 532 islands in the Andaman Sea of which, only 30 have been explored. Completely wild rain forests and white sand beaches greet the eye at every corner. This is India's own Hawaii. Great for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters that have an abundance of colourful corals.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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25 reviews 25 reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Discover your own paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2009

This is a nature lover's paradise. Still unspoilt, I wonder for how much longer though! The sheer beauty of this island is enough to make a poet out of even the most unimaginative of men. Radha Nagar Beach is everything it is cracked up to be (pristine white sands, great swimming and snorkelling, picture perfect sunsets etc etc), but there is lots more to Havelock Island than this (by now) well know beauty.

Hire a cycle or a scooty and set off to discover your own spot of paradise. I found mine on a deserted four mile long beach that no website or tour guide book will tell you about. Not a soul in sight, only the clear blue sky over my head, the soothing emerald sea to my left, the dense mahua forests towering away from my right, and the powdery white sand under my feet.

There is much more to savour. The island has a large variety of bird life, and even wild boar & snakes if you venture into the forests, not to mention the varied & unusual flora. I saw a few snakes in the woods, but no wild boar (sorry, Obelix)!

Walk through the charming villages dotting the island, stop to chat to the amazingly warm and friendly locals. Take time off to see baby elephants and their mothers at the elephant training camp. Play hide n seek amongst the unending parade of driftwood washed up on the white sands.

For the more adventurous, the waters off the island offer several superb scuba diving fields. Some of the scuba shops in Havelock are top class - I dived with the Barefoot Scuba.

And finally when the day is done and you've downed your dinner, go back to the beach, lie on the sand and be dazzled by the zillions of diamonds in the sky.

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