I spent a week diving from this very well run resort. Reservations were promptly and efficiently handled by Internet prior to arrival. (If you are visiting in the Dec.-April high season advance bookings are essential.) The PADI 5 Star Dive shop is deservedly the focal point of attention here as the diving is very good and even gives you the chance to scuba dive or snorkel with the last diving forest elephant in the world--an amzing expereince not to be missed!
I had pre-paid my accommodation and transfers and was picked up from the Makruzz catamaran and dropped back on time. A friendly reception with a welcome fruit juice awaited me and my room was ready immediately even though it was only 11:30 AM. (They ask that you check out at 10 AM to have the room ready for the next guest and late check-out—for an extra charge-is only available if there are no in-coming guests.)
They have a wide variety of accommodation available ranging from sea view cottages to tiny but cute bamboo thatched backpacker “chicken huts” with just a mattress and shared toilet and shower for $2. If there is a booking error in high season they also have a few pup tents. None of the options have air-conditioning or TVs, but that’s not what you come to Havelock for. I opted for one of the “tents cottages” which was spacious and airy with mosquito protectors, sun shades and large fans—a necessity during the day. The tent is attached to a large ensuite bathroom and toilet. There’s a shower with piping hot water, shampoo and soap dispenser. The tent was cleaned every day and towels changed every two days. (Beach towels are available from reception.) It was very comfortable but next time I will opt for a cottage because the lighting in the tent was poor and I like reading and editing my photos at night. The tent also has no lock, but this proved not to be a problem. The room boys are scrupulously honest and reception watches comings and goings during the day and a watchman patrols the premises at night.
Note that there is no WIFI on the premises, but there are a few Internet places a short walk down the road into town. They are all VERY VERY slow so don’t plan on doing any work or uploading photos! There is a mobile signal though.
There are lots of excellent places a short walk from the Barefoot Scuba Resort, which is good as the Café Del Mar on the premises is very average and not that friendly or efficient. To get your breakfast on time before your dive, you have to push! That is a definite weak spot of this otherwise well run facility.
Bottom line if you are a diver stay here, as the dive operation is firts class. The only annoying thing is to arrive on time and have to wait 30-90 minutes for other guests--this happens mostly on the mixed snorkel/dive boats and not when there are only serious divers on a boat. Other dive centers on the island only have traditional dunghi slow, shallow bottomed boats and distances between dive spots and Havelock are far, so you are far better off diving with Barefoot Scuba (they also have top notch divemasters). If you have kids it’s better to stay here too as there is more going on. However, if you are looking for an upmarket experience or a romantic get away stay at the Havelock Resort on Beach No. 7.
You can pay with a credit card at all Barefoot Resorts on Havelock. Check out is quick and efficient—the dive center takes payment for accommodation too and their book keeper is tops!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barefoot Scuba Resort is the only 5 star PADI Istructor Development Dive Resort in the Andamans.With 4 types of rooms to suit budgets ranging from 3 Euros per day to 50 Euros per day,this resort has always been renowned as a melting pot of Havelock where you get to interact with a wide variety of fellow divers & travellers.Also famous for Cafe Del Mar the oldest and best known restaurant at Beach No.3. ... more less