REACHING SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
Government ferries run by the Directorate of Shipping Services connect Phoenix Bay jetty, Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) daily and vice- versa. Govt. Ferry
BY PRIVATE LUXURY CATAMARANS / CRUISES
Private luxury cruises / boats Makruzz, Makruzz Gold, Makruzz Pearl, Coastal Cruise operated by M/s Mak Logistics, Port Blair; Green Ocean- 1 & Green Ocean- 2, operated by M/s Green Ocean Seaways Pvt. Ltd.; Sea Link operated by M/s Sea Link Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd. and Bhagya Express operated by M/s Crystal Shipping Co. ply from direct sector Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) and via Shaheed Dweep (Neil Island) daily and vice- versa.
Makruzz Gold Makruzz
Coastal Cruise Green Ocean- 1
Green Ocean- 2
Bhagya Express Sea Link
The Civil Aviation Dept. of A & N Administration operates regular helicopter services from Port Blair airport (helipad) to Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) and back with 5-9 seating capacity helicopter services from Pawan Hans Ltd.
Pavan Hans Helicopter
STAY AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK ISLAND)
Stay options at Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) range from high-end resorts to camping sites on the beach. There are more than 50 resorts at Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) and the most sought after is the Dolphin Resort, run by Tourism Department. Reservation at Dolphin Resort can be secured from the Tourist Information Center in the Directorate of Tourism at Port Blair by advance payment. The Tourism Department put up domes during the tourist season at Radhanagar beach.
Radhanagar Beach lies on the south coast of Swaraj Dweep (Havelock). It is about 12 kilometers from the Islands ferry pier. Radhanagar is a Grade A beach of outstanding quality. This beach is also rated as one of the best beaches in Asia by TIME Magazine. It has an overall length of two kilometers and an average width of 30 to 40 meters. The sand is white and very fine in grain. The beach has a gentle gradient of around 1:20 and continues out into the sea as a sandy bottom for over 100 meters.
Vijaynagar Beach, Swaraj Dweep (Havelock), is a long stretch of sand on the east coast of the Island, punctuated occasionally by rock section. Most of the beach is lined by mahua trees, whose trunks grow along the ground for many feet before they begin to climb vertically. These trees have lent a distinct character to the sea front and provide shade, close to the water. Vijaynagar Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea. Dolphin Resort run by the Tourism Department and many other hotels are also located on this beach.
This beach is another ideal site for snorkeling. It has a rich coral reef formation and amazing underwater marine life. One can reach Elephant beach by small cruise boat from Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) Jetty in about 40 minutes. By road one can go up to the Forest Camp which is 8 Kms from the Jetty towards Radhanagar side and from there by walk to the Elephant beach which will take another 40 minutes. Private ferry operators organize tours to Elephant beach from Swaraj Dweep (Havelock).
This beautiful silver sandy beach located 12 km from Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) jetty is slowly gaining visitors footfall, though proper facilities are yet to be established.
ACTIVITIES AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
Beach-combing, sunbathing, scuba diving, seawalk, snorkeling, water-sports, surf riding, swimming, game fishing, watching the sunset or sunrise, elephant ride, bird-watching, trekking, sailing, kayaking and many more.
SCUBA DIVING AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
The abundance of marine life around Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) provides a rich variety of varied diving sites. ‘Seduction Point’, ‘Aquarium’, ‘Lighthouse’, ‘Pilot Reef’, ‘Mac Point’, ‘Minerva Ledge’ and ‘Turtle Bay’ are promising areas for diving.
SWIMMING AND SNORKELING AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
One can enjoy swimming at the calm and clear waters of Radhanagar, Vijaynagar and Elephant beach. Snorkeling is available to view shallow areas of the coral reefs without going underwater with scuba equipment. Under the water, one can glide along the coral shelf and experience the strange and striking coral formations. One can see fish swim, nibbling at colorful algae, sea anemones and plankton right next to you.
ELEPHANT RIDE AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
Swaraj Dweep (Havelock) is logged using elephants. The spectacle of elephants working in the forest and bathing and swimming in the nearby sea is a special attraction. The Elephant Training Camp managed by the Forest Department at Kalapathar open its doors to tourists occasionally.
BIRD WATCHING AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
The Island is surrounded by emerald lagoons and tropical evergreen forests. In some stretches, mangrove swamps line the shores. It is a landscape of primeval splendor. White-headed mynas or the woodpecker with a white-barred black mantle and red crown, sulfurous-breasted woodpecker are endemic to the island. The olive-backed sun-bird and Andaman swallow are other endemic birds in the islands, which are a birdwatcher’s paradise.
GAME FISHING AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
For fishing enthusiasts, the sea of the coasts of Swaraj Dweep (Havelock), in the Ritchie’s archipelago offer some of the best catches.
KAYAKING AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
Kayaking is also gaining popularity in the Swaraj Dweep (Havelock). Safe and clam creeks offer an excellent scope for kayak lovers.
SAFETY & PREVENTIVE MEASURES AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)
Andaman & Nicobar Islands have many sandy beaches and coral reefs. But only some of these beaches are supervised for safe swimming, snorkeling and diving. Though Andaman water is generally safe for swimming and looks inviting, it also has some potentially dangerous marine animals, which may come in conflict due to mistaken identity such as prey or to defend their territory. Though such incidents are extremely rare, visitors are advised to observe the following precautions for a safe and enriching swimming experience.
WHAT TO DO AT SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)?
Find out about safe swimming or diving area from the Tourist Information Center, Local Tour Operators and Forest Department Staff. Do not swim in Protected Areas to avoid dangerous animals. Look for the safety sign boards. They help you to identify potential dangers. Ask a lifeguard on duty for some advice on swimming conditions like local currents, tides, visibility, and the presence of dangerous marine creatures etc. Swimming conditions can change quickly, so seek prior advice from a lifeguard before entering in water in an unpatrolled area. Get a friend to swim with you so that you can look out for each other’s safety and get help, if needed. Children should always be supervised by an adult. Avoid swimming in the dark. Raise your hand up for help if you get into trouble in the water. Stay calm and wave your arm for help.
WHAT NOT TO DO IN SWARAJ DWEEP (HAVELOCK)?
Do not dangle your arms or legs in the water during boat rides. Do not swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Shiny jewellery or bright colored clothes resembles fins of small fishes and may attract predatory fishes. Avoid such accessory or clothing while swimming. If you have an open wound, please avoid swimming. Many predatory fish are attracted to blood odour. Avoid diving or swimming amongst school of fish. This may attract predatory fishes such as sharks. Avoid night swimming or diving. Look out for harmful marine animals as below:
Their sting may cause pain and giddiness. Don’t touch or play with them. Get ashore if you see a large school of Jelly Fish. In case of a sting, apply vinegar or an ice pack. Do not rub.
Normally present in open sea and some parts of coral reef areas. Avoid swimming or diving alone and don’t enter the water with open wounds.
Some sea snakes are poisonous and are usually recognized by their paddle-like tail. They can be aggressive if handled or stepped on. Stay well away from them.
Present in shallow coral and rocks or camouflaged in mud and sand. It has venomous dorsal spines and its sting could be lethal. To avoid sting never walk on coral reef area. Never lift rocks or corals. Wear sturdy sandals while walking in shallow coastal waters.
Salt water crocodiles:
Noticed in creeks, mangrove areas, sheltered waters and mouths of creeks. Please avoid swimming or diving in these areas. If you spot a crocodile, get ashore and alert the authorities. Crocodiles also move large distances in the open sea and can be found in coral reefs as well.