Havelock Island Tourism Information
Havelock is the largest island in Ritche’s Archipelago, and the most intensively cultivated, settled like many in the region by Bengali refuges after Partition. Thanks to its regular ferry connections with the capital, it is also visited in far greater numbers than anywhere else in the Andamans. There can now be as many as five hundred tourists holed up here at any one time during peak season, which makes some parts of the island feel overwhelmed and can create accommodation shortages. The boat journey here from Neill, skirting a string of uninhabited islets with shadowy views of South Andaman to the west, is wonderful, and wildlife both on land and in these remains abundant, despite intensive settlement and deforestation.
Havelock Island General Information
Havelock’s main jetty is on the north side of the island, at the village known as Beach. After registering with the police as you disembark, it’s best to make your own way where you plan to stay, though if you’ve booked in advance, most places arrange a pick-up. There’s a small tourist shop to the right of the road that leaves the jetty but it’s neither official nor all that helpful. Five daily buses run to Radhanagar but only one morning route heads down the east coast, where the bulk of the accommodation is located. Instead, you can take a Rs 40-50 auto rickshaw ride or tent a scooter, motorbike (both Rs 200 to 250 per day) or cycle (Rs 50 per day) for a few days. The only place to change money, the State Co-operative Bank is at the main bazaar, 2km inland. The Internet arrived on the island in 2006 but the three places that have it, the jetty tourist shop and two of the guest houses listed below, charge an exorbitant Rs 120 for a slow dial-up to Port Blair the inevitable arrival of broadband will change that, however.
Havelock Island Accommodation
As Really the only developed tourist scene in the Andamans, Havelock now has over twenty establishments to choose from, offering everything from the most basic unlock able huts to luxuriously furnished cottages, although hotels in the conventional sense are non-existent. Prices codes here indicate rates through most of the season. They can rise by fifty percent from mid-December to mid-January, and drop considerably between May and September.
Havelock’s hub of activity is not the jetty village, which just has a few stalls, a couple of dowdy lodges, the odd restaurant and the police station but the Main Bazaar, which you came to if you follow the road straight ahead from the Jetty.