Havelock is one of the most visited places in the Andaman group of islands and is accessible through many other islands in the Andaman archipelago; however, to get here one must enter Port Blair first.
Port Blair is the entry point to the Andaman Islands.
HOW TO REACH HAVELOCK
Transfers between Havelock and other islands is possible in 3 ways:
Havelock is connected to Port Blair (1.5 Hours) and Neil (1 hr) by private ferries.
Havelock is connected to Rangat, Neil, Long Island, and Port Blair by government ferries. Find schedule here.
Three times a week, a ferryboat also leaves from Long Island to Port Blair, stopping by Havelock and Neil. However, for government ferries, only 4 days advance booking is possible. (If you are a foreign tourist, don’t forget the photocopies of your passport, visa, and permit before queuing up to buy the ticket.)
Helicopters ply to Havelock almost every day unless bad weather and strong winds make it impossible to fly. The tickets are often difficult to get as they are sold one day in advance and mainly meant for locals and/or emergency purposes.
THE BEST AND MOST RELIABLE WAY TO GET FROM:
Port Blair to Havelock and back
While government ferries and helicopters are available, the private catamarans are the best, most reliable, and the fastest way to reach Havelock from Port Blair.
Ferries ply about once a day, mostly in the mornings and take between 90 to 120 minutes. Ferries do not usually ply post 4 pm. Timings keep changing depending on the season.
Havelock to Neil and back
Just like from Port Blair, getting to Havelock from Neil is most convenient on a private ferry, mostly because of the easy booking process. Ferries ply about twice a day. Timings keep changing depending on the season but are usually operational around 10 am and 2 pm every day.
Find schedule of government ferries here
Tickets from Havelock to Neil can be booked here.
Book a ticket on Makruzz and Green Ocean here.
Havelock to Rangat and back
Government ferries ply about six times a week from Port Blair to Rangat and take a stop and Havelock. Similarly, ferries ply from Rangat to Port Blair via Havelock. Find out ferry schedules here
M.V. Makruzz – a popular private ferry connects Port Blair, Havelock and Neil Island.
Green Ocean – a popular private ferry that connects Port Blair with Havelock.
DIRECTORATE OF SHIPPING SERVICES
Government-run boats are the lifeline of Andaman. They connect almost all islands in the Andaman Islands (including the Nicobar group of islands).
Bookings happen from counters only.
If you are not an Indian citizen, make sure you are carrying your Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to each of these booking counters, without which booking will not be allowed.
GETTING AROUND IN HAVELOCK
Getting around Havelock is fairly simple. Roads are narrow and straight. It is almost impossible to get lost as everything is just by the road and the locals are all very helpful. It also helps that Havelock’s beaches and villages are categorized with the help of numbers.
The easiest way to move around is by renting a scooter. You can hire them on a daily basis at approximately INR 400 per day. Fuel Stations shuts by 5 pm. Auto rickshaws are also available and cost around INR 50 to 200 depending on where you have to go. You can even try to negotiate with an auto driver to take you to far-off Radhanagar for about INR 500.