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A feather star feeding on the reef-bed. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee.
A feather star feeding on the reef-bed. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee.

Havelock, Andaman Islands: Sweetlips deep down

Off Havelock Island, a burst of colour and aquatic life

Havelock, the largest island in Ritchie’s Archipelago, east of Great Andaman, is one of the most popular diving destinations in the Andaman islands. Below the turquoise waters is a forest of corals, sponges and seaweed, growing from the vertical columns of rocks.

These sea quarters are home to a variety of marine life. You will discover sweetlips, lagoon rays, turtles, Napoleon wrasses, firefish, moray eels, octopuses, bannerfish, crabs, cuttlefish, pufferfish, lionfish and many other species.

Getting there

Go

Havelock is just a ferry ride from Port Blair, which is connected by air to most major Indian cities. But ferry timings from Havelock to Port Blair are not synchronized with flight timings to the mainland, so tourists usually have to spend a night in Port Blair.

Stay

There are a number of resorts to choose from. Island Vinnie’s Tropical Beach Cabanas (www.islandvinnie.com) and Barefoot (www.barefoot-andaman.com) at Havelock are highly recommended.

Do

Havelock is a diver’s paradise. The warm waters offer one of the largest varieties of coral and fish life anywhere on the planet. DIVEIndia, headquartered in Havelock, offers a range of recreational scuba training courses.

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