Our Havelock scuba dive shop is open year-long for scuba diving.
Based out of Island Vinnie’s Tropical Beach Cabanas, our scuba diving centre in Havelock offers daily scuba diving trips to the best sites in the area, as well as a full array of PADI & SSI diving courses, from Intro to Scuba to learning to dive (Open Water course) all the way up to Divemaster and Instructor.
As far as the islands go, Havelock is one of the more “developed” destinations: we now have 2 ATMS, taxis and even regular ice-cream! And of course, great white sand beaches, diving, snorkeling, fishing and a lot more.
The island is roughly oval-shaped, with the main jetty (where the ferry arrives) at the northern end. This is village number 1 (all locations in Havelock are numbered). Running down the north-eastern side of the island are Beaches 2, 3 and 5. We don’t know what happened to 4, btw – if someone discovers it, do let us know. On the south-western side of the island is beach 7, with village 6 being somewhere in the middle of the island. The rest, making up a majority of the island’s area, consists of paddy fields and prime growth tropical forest.
Most resorts and activities are located in the north-east stretch (1-5) or along beach 7.
You can walk from beach 1 to beach 5 in less than an hour. To get to beach 7, which is some distance away, you can choose from: the hourly bus, a rickshaw, a taxi or rent your own moped or scooty (a gearless scooter).
The main sources of livelihood in Havelock, other than tourism, are farming and fishing. Until the mid-80s, timber-logging was a popular occupation as well; however, a Supreme Court ruling has put an end to all logging activities. This has resulted in not only several local timber operations shutting down, but has also caused the island’s few elephants to become jobless.
This island is where we have tied our own hammock and set up our first base.
Havelock now has a wide range of accommodation, from Rs 500 per night going up to Rs 30,000 per night. As tourism grows, prices are ever inching upwards, and more and more rooms are coming up. However, the good news is that “developed” for Havelock is still a long, long ways from being developed when compared to most other tropical destinations.
Getting to our dive center in Havelock
MAINLAND (CHENNAI / CALCUTTA) > PORT BLAIR > HAVELOCK
To get to Havelock from Port Blair, you have to take a ferry. There are departures early in the morning and early afternoon. Unless you are staying in Port Blair the previous night, the early morning ferries leave before your flight lands – but you can take the afternoon ferry over.
On the way back, the ferries leave in the afternoon – so it is possible to do 2-tank dives on the day of your departure. And you get enough of a surface interval to fly the next day as well. There are also morning ferries which get in by mid-day, letting you take an afternoon flight back.
There are two types of ferries operating between the island – government ferries and private ferries (ie, privately-operated). Govt ferries are cheaper but it is very hard to get tickets in advance. Private ferries are more expensive but nicer and it is possible to buy tickets in advance.
More info on this, including up-to-date ferry timings, in the Trip Planning section
We offer (and strongly recommend that you avail of) a Meet and Greet facility which includes airport pickup, transfer to the jetty (including round trip ferry tickets), transfers in Havelock, return transfer to the hotel in Port Blair and then to the airport on your departure. Please let us know in advance, preferably at the time of your booking, if you would like us to arrange the same for you.