Havelock Island is an administrative district in Southern Andaman, located northeast to the capital city of Port Blair, at a distance of about 70 kms north. Havelock Island, also referred to as Swaraj Island, is one of the largest islands made up of a group of smaller islands. Named after Sir Henry Havelock, Havelock Island is known for its clear water apt for diving, serene mangroves and its pristine beaches. It is the most popular island in Andaman and visited by hundreds of tourists every year. Similar to the weather in other parts of Andaman, Havelock experiences two kinds of weather – the dry season and the wet season. The dry season typically begins from October and goes on till May, the summer and the winter months fall within this period. The wet season overlaps with the monsoons, starting from June to September, characterised by heavy rains, strong winds and cyclonic weather. The dry season is the best time to visit Havelock Island as the weather is suitable for outdoor activities. We recommend visiting Havelock during this time. While the rainy season can be good for budget travellers and explorers, it might be risky to travel with children and senior citizens around this time, as multiple tours have been cancelled due to bad weather.
- Havelock harbours two kinds of weather, the dry season (October to May) and the wet season (June to September)
- The best month to visit Havelock is typically October and ends in May, as the weather is ideal and the rainfall, temperature and humidity are much lower.
- The monsoon period between June and September undergo heavy rainfall and is not ideal for planned tours. Travellers keen on taking advantage of low prices and less crowd, visit Havelock during this time. If one is planning to travel to Havelock during the rainy season, we suggest keeping the trip flexible as most activities during this period are dependent on weather conditions.
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Havelock being the definitely go-to island for all travellers planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it’s important to know the month-wise temperature and weather variations, as given below.
Havelock Island Tourism- Best time to visit
As Havelock is rich in scenic beauty and harbours one of the best dive sites in all of Andaman, we recommend staying here for at least two nights. The tourist season falls between October and May, which is also the rush season as the weathers are favourable and mainland holiday seasons overlap during this period. Most of the activities at Havelock are based outdoors, like scuba diving, kayaking and snorkeling. Travellers interested in exploring water sports and outdoor activities, must keep it in mind to plan their trips between October and May, as weather plays a big role. Similarly, monsoon months should be avoided, typically between June and September, as rainfall and strong winds make it difficult to go sightseeing. Because of the off season, chances of tours getting delayed and light and sound shows getting cancelled are high. Water sports are not conducted during unfavourable weather conditions and most hotels undergo renovation during the monsoon period.
Havelock (October to May)
Weather in Havelock between October and May is the best season to visit for sightseeing and outdoor activities. In Havelock Island, the best time to visit is when the temperature and humidity is low, and visibility is high. Good weather conditions are important for water sports like scuba diving and snorkelling. Scuba diving and snorkelling are the highlights of the picturesque Havelock Island, and glass bottomed boats that allow a sneak-peak into the marine life. Since this is also the rush period, hotel prices and flight tickets are going to be costlier than usual, and hence it is advisable to book them at least six weeks in advance.
- The Island Tourism Festival: Organised by Andaman and Nicobar Administration, this festival celebrates tourism and the culture of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The festival is hosted in the month of January and goes on for about 10 days. Tourists flock to the island for the festival
- Diwali: The Hindu festival of lights is celebrated all across India. On this day, Havelock Island is lit up and celebrated by the locals wearing traditional attire, and bursting crackers.
- Holi: Holi is a celebration of togetherness and colours. Holi is typically celebrated with friends and family, using powdered colours. It is also a time for people to come together to celebrate the festivities.
- New Year/Christmas Week: One of the highlights of the year is Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Most resorts in Havelock organise special dinners, parties and events to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
- Turtle Nesting Season: The month of November usually marks the start of the turtle nesting season in Andaman, and lasts till March. The ideal place for female turtles to come ashore to lay eggs in the sand is at Diglipur. To get to Diglipur, one will have to travel to Port Blair first and then further to Diglipur, as there is no direct transportation available.
Havelock (June to September)
The monsoon season all throughout Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a time for heavy rainfall, cyclonic weather and low visibility. Similarly, for Havelock Island, travellers who are keen on sightseeing and water sports should steer clear of the wet season. Multiple tours and outdoor activities get cancelled around this time, due to poor weather conditions. However, this is the best time to visit Havelock Island if one is looking for a relaxing vacation and comfortable staying indoors. Mostly budget travellers, backpackers and explorers visit Havelock around the monsoons, as the beaches are less crowded and various discounts and offers can be availed at hotels and restaurants
- Ganesh Chaturthi: Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the advent of Lord Ganesh. The festival stands for happiness and prosperity across India, and is celebrated with pomp and laughter in Havelock.
- Independence Day: Indian Independence Day is celebrated on the 15th of August, in all of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, including Havelock. One can expect to witness the hoisting of the National Flag, parades and illuminated ships of the Indian Navy and Coast Guards. Historical heritage sites like The Cellular Jail in Port Blair hosts special light and sound shows on this day.