📞 918917313559

How To Reach Havelock Island

Complete Guide to Reaching Havelock Island

Havelock Island, a jewel in the crown of the Andaman Islands, beckons travelers with its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and lush rainforests. But before you can sink your toes into the soft sand, there’s the matter of getting there. This guide will be your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about reaching Havelock Island, from choosing the right travel mode to handy travel tips.

The Gateway: Port Blair

Havelock Island itself doesn’t have an airport.  Your journey will begin by landing at Port Blair Airport, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  Several airlines operate regular flights to Port Blair from major Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai. Flight time varies depending on the origin city, but typically ranges between 2-4 hours.

Onward to Havelock: Ferries and More

Once you’ve arrived in Port Blair, it’s time to set sail for Havelock Island. Here’s a breakdown of your travel options:

The most popular and budget-friendly way to reach Havelock Island is by ferry. You can choose between two main options:

Government Ferries: These ferries are a great choice for budget travelers. They are slower than private ferries, taking around 2.5 hours for the journey. Tickets are typically inexpensive and can be booked up to three days in advance. However, availability can be limited, especially during peak season.

Private Ferries:  Offering a faster and more comfortable option, private ferries like Makruzz and Green Ocean take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Havelock. These ferries are air-conditioned and often have amenities like cafeterias and entertainment facilities onboard. Tickets can be booked online in advance, ensuring a hassle-free arrival.

Helicopter: For those seeking a quicker and more scenic option, helicopters are available for hire. The flight time from Port Blair to Havelock Island is a mere 15 minutes, offering stunning aerial views of the archipelago. However, this is the most expensive mode of transport.

Seaplane: While not as common as helicopters, seaplanes are another option for a luxurious and scenic journey.  The travel time and cost are comparable to helicopters.

Choosing Your Mode of Transport:

The best option for you depends on your budget, travel style, and preferences. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide:

Budget Traveler: Opt for a government ferry for the most affordable option.

Time Conscious Traveler: Choose a private ferry for a faster journey.

Luxury Seeker: If budget isn’t a concern, consider a helicopter or seaplane for a unique experience.

Prone to Seasickness: If you’re prone to seasickness, a helicopter or seaplane might be a better option compared to ferries.

Distance and Travel Time:

Here’s a quick reference for the distance and travel time from Port Blair to Havelock Island:

  1. Government Ferry: Distance – 70 kilometers (approx.), Travel Time – 2.5 hours
  2. Private Ferry: Distance – 70 kilometers (approx.), Travel Time – 1.5 to 2 hours
  3. Helicopter: Distance – 70 kilometers (approx.), Travel Time – 15 minutes
  4. Seaplane: Distance – 70 kilometers (approx.), Travel Time (Varies depending on the specific seaplane) – Typically around 30 minutes

Booking Your Tickets:

Government Ferries: Tickets can be booked up to three days in advance at the Andaman Sheelabhavan Booking Counter in Port Blair.

Private Ferries: It’s recommended to book tickets online in advance, especially during peak season (October to March) to avoid disappointment. Websites of the ferry companies like Makruzz and Green Ocean can be used for booking.

Helicopter/Seaplane: Bookings for helicopters and seaplanes can be made through private charter companies operating in Port Blair.

Important Travel Tips:

  • Plan in Advance: Especially during peak season, booking your ferry tickets or flight (if opting for a seaplane) well in advance is crucial.
  • Carry essentials: Pack light clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and comfortable walking shoes. Don’t forget seasickness medication if you’re prone to it while traveling by ferry.
  • Check the weather: The Andaman Islands experience heavy rainfall during the monsoon season (May to September). Aim for the dry season (October to March) for the best weather conditions.
  • Carry Cash: While some ferry operators and shops accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to carry cash for smaller purchases and emergencies. ATMs are available in Port Blair and Havelock
Read More Read Less
Havelock Island

Get Your Best Tour Experience​

Explore More

Best Seller Package Andaman

Things to Do In Andaman

Top Attractions in Andaman

Explore More About Andaman

Family Andaman Tour

Get Your Best Tour Experience​

Why Spice Holiday