WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT the andaman islands
- Virgin paradise islands that are truly remote and unspoilt.
- World class diving.
- Hiking, fishing and kayaking on your doorstep.
- Luxurious new properties to stay in that have lifted the standard.
- Improved connectivity with the Indian mainland.
a little more about the andaman islands
Lush tropical rainforest, coral reef, mangroves, white sandy beaches and an exotic collection of flora and fauna make a holiday to the Andaman Islands a favourite for nature lovers and those wanting to completely cut themselves off from the rest of the world in a virgin paradise.
Located midway between India and Myanmar, the remote Andaman Islands are a short flight from Chennai or Calcutta to Port Blair, followed by a two hour boat ride or seaplane service from Port Blair. With a limited number of places to stay, two of our favourite retreats, hidden in the serene confines of Havelock Island are Barefoot at Havelock and Jalakara Private Villa Hotel.
what to do In the andaman islands
Havelock is a small island, so wherever you stay you are generally no more than a 15 minute drive away from anything. To be truly independent during your stay on Havelock, hire a scooter or a bike. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are readily available to get you safely from A to B or if you are feeling like you want to experience transport island style - catch the regular, uncrowded, extremely cheap and rather jolly bus service.
- Radhanagar Beach - Also known as Number 7 is a seriously stunning beach. A wide arc of white sand and playful waves backed by majestic stands of mahua trees. Try going to the far left or far right for complete seclusion. Food and drink is available at Barefoot Jungle Resort or from the shacks by the main car park.
- Snorkelling - Elephant beach, Turtle Beach and Nemo Reef are the best spots on the island for snorkelling. Masks, snorkels and fins are available for hire.
- Diving - Diving is one of the most popular activities on Havelock and is often spectacular with abundant fish life and coral.
- Fishing - There are lots of fish in the pristine waters around Havelock, some of which are very large indeed. Try your luck landing a fish of a lifetime. Tuna, grouper, giant trevalley, sailfish, marlin, barracuda are all out there.
- Boat Trips - A boat trip around the uninhabited islands of Ritchies Archipelago and the Rani Jhansimarine nature reserve is not to be missed. These trips can be tailored but typically involve snorkelling and island hopping to remote beaches.
- Nature Walks - Guided jungle nature walks of between two and four hours are a fantastic way to explore the flora and fauna of Havelock’s rainforest.
- Sea Kayaking - We can arrange sea kayaking trips through the mangroves to discover this unique eco-system. Ask about sunset trips and full moon or dark moon night kayaking for unforgettable memories.
- Night Life - Havelock’s nightlife is centred on the “strip” along Beach no.5. Full moon cafe has some great food in a relaxed informal setting and Cicada is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for drinks and dancing under the stars.
- Elephant Bathing - Rajan, the Havelock Tusker, takes a bath every morning on Radhanagar beach. If you would like to give him a scrub and feed him some bananas, let us know and we can arrange a one-to-one for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity.
when to go to the andaman islands
The tropical climate across the south of India rarely gets above 35 degrees celsius; however, the humidity is the variable factor to consider. The best months to travel are between November and March. For keen divers, November to February are ideal.