Kayaking in Havelock

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Kayaking in Havelock

One of the best ways of exploring the sublime beauty of the Andaman Nicobar Islands is by kayaking in Havelock along the shoreline. Kayaking, a perfect water-sport for all age groups, has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. It offers a unique experience of not only getting a glimpse of the islands from a different perspective, but also paddling around in the calm waters of beaches, bays and mangroves. At the same time, you also get to observe the flora and fauna of the island whilst being away from the crowd.

There are various kayaking in Havelock packages that are listed on The Great Next website, ranging from INR 3000 to INR 4500 per person - depending on the time and location. These packages take you to along the shorelines of the Havelock island and let you explore beaches, bays and mangroves. The kayaking in Havelock package costs include kayaks, paddles, and life jackets along with the services of an experienced kayaking expert.

If you’re not a swimmer but love the water, you can still try out a scuba diving experience in the Andamans. See more in our blog for Scuba Diving in the Andmans for Beginners.

Night kayaking in Havelock

An even more off-beat way to explore Havelock is night kayaking, where you go kayaking when the sun makes its way over the horizon. On night kayaking in Havelock, you are treated to mesmerizing views of the evening sky over Havelock, thousands of stars, and the beach and mangroves in the night. And you'll also get to see the bioluminescence on the shore and under your kayaks. Watching this bioluminescence is an enchanting experience that should not be missed!

Havelock, officially Swaraj Dweep, is one of the largest islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island belongs to Richie's archipelago, and is located between Peel and Neil islands, in the north-east of the capital city of Port Blair.

Havelock Island is a tropical paradise surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. Seven idyllic, white-sand beaches make up the shoreline of this island - lined with sweeping coconut palms and few shacks serving lip-smacking seafood. The island is also home to dense tropical forests and mangroves, along with a rich flora and fauna that thrives not only in the woods but also the waters around the island. Manta rays, dolphins and sharks are also the visitors of this gorgeous island. All these things come together to create a perfect blend for a tropical getaway.

Kayaking in Havelock: Itinerary

For kayaking in Havelock, you have to report to the Havelock jetty on the given time and meet your team and instructor there. Then, the instructor will give you a short briefing about kayaking and safety guidelines that you need to follow. You then gear up and begin your 2.5 hour kayaking session. You'll get to paddle around in the blue waters and explore the mangroves of Havelock before you return to the jetty. There, you'll return your gear and head to your next adventure. The kayaking in Havelock trip ends here.

Kayaking in Havelock: Safety

Kayaking, in general, is a very safe water sport that only requires basic fitness. It is rare for a kayak to capsize or turn over, and it usually only happens when it is hit by a big wave or when the kayaker is fooling about in the water. Since you'll only be kayaking in calm waters, and as long as you follow all the safety guidelines, your kayak will not capsize. And even if it does tip over, in rare circumstances, you will be wearing a certified life jacket which will help you float and have an instructor close by to help you get back on the kayak.

Apart from this, the tour operators put safety before everything else, and your kayaking session will only take place when the weather and water are favourable. In case of high tide or heavy rain, the operator will wait for the conditions to improve or reschedule the session.

Reaching Havelock

To get to Havelock, you first have to reach Port Blair. You can reach Port Blair either by flight or cruise. And of the two, flying is the most convenient option. The Veer Savarkar International Airport of Port Blair is well connected to most major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, etc. with regular flights. If you have a few days to spare, then you can take a cruise from Kolkata, Chennai or Vizag to Port Blair. These cruises take around 70 hours to cross the Bay of Bengal, so plan your trip accordingly.

From Port Blair, there are government run ferries and catamaran ferries to Havelock that run regularly. Government run ferries are cheaper but take 2.5 hours to reach Havelock, and catamaran ferries, though comparatively expensive, only take 90 min to reach Havelock.

If you're looking for some adventure, then you can book a seaplane from Port Blair to Havelock. These Cessna seaplanes are run by Pawan Hans, connecting to the islands, but are expensive and run on a sporadic basis.

Getting around in Havelock

The best way of travelling within Havelock is walking, it is a great way of exploring the island and you don't have to rely on public transport. Other than this, there are 2 rickety buses running across the islands along with a few shared jeeps. You may even rent a car with driver for INR 550 for 35 km, or a motorcycle for INR 300-400 for a day. These prices are subjective.

Best time to go kayaking in Havelock

The best seasons to go kayaking in Havelock is during the months of summer and winter. During the summer months, the weather is warm but pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 37 degrees Celsius. In winter, the weather is serene and breezy, but still moderately warm with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. During the two seasons, the sea around the island too is calm and stable, offering perfect kayaking conditions.

However, most water-sports are inaccessible during the monsoon months due to strong winds and heavy rains that lash Havelock. If you're planning to visit Havelock for its various water-sports, then it is recommended you avoid the monsoon season.

Connectivity in Havelock

There are only 2 ATM's in Havelock run by SBI and Axis bank. Most hotels also don't practice online transactions, so it is a good idea to carry sufficient cash with you when visiting Havelock.

As for mobile connectivity, BSNL works best. Airtel and Vodafone also has cell-towers in Havelock but the network is sporadic and weak. Many cafes and hotels also offer Wifi but it can be slow and expensive.

Check-out other adventure activities to do in Havelock,click here. And click here to go scuba diving in Havelock to explore the gorgeous marine life that thrives in the Andaman Sea.

Kayaking in Havelock Summary

  • State: Andaman Nicobar
  • Nearest city: Havelock
  • Total days: 1 days
  • Grade: Easy
  • Season: Summer and winter
  • Avg temperature: 20 to 37 degrees Celsius

Kayaking in Havelock

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Go kayaking in Andaman

  • kayak type: 1/2-person kayak
  • Kayaking duration: 2 hours
  • Meet-up point: Havelock jetty
  • Enjoy pretty views of the Havelock island

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Report at the Havelock jetty in the morning. There, meet the instructor who will give you a briefing about kayaking and its safety guidelines. You'll then begin your kayaking session that will last for 2 hours. You'll get to explore the gorgeous shoreline of Havelock. You'll then return to the jetty and return your gear. The kayaking in Havelock trip ends here.

Inclusions

You will have one 2-hr session of day kayaking and all equipment required for kayaking: one/two-person kayaks, life jackets, paddles etc. included in the package. Services of experienced kayaking guide will be provided. All applicable taxes are inclusive.

Exclusions

Travel arrangements between home city and Havelock Jetty and any accommodation or meals at Havelock Island are not included. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc. will be additional. Personal expenses such as meals or beverages etc. are not included. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.

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Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Go kayaking in Andaman

  • kayak type: 1/2-person kayak
  • Kayaking duration: 2 hours
  • Meet-up point: Havelock jetty
  • Enjoy pretty views of the Havelock island

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Report at the Havelock jetty in the morning. There, meet the instructor who will give you a briefing about kayaking and its safety guidelines. You'll then begin your kayaking session that will last for 2 hours. You'll get to explore the gorgeous shoreline of Havelock. You'll then return to the jetty and return your gear. The kayaking in Havelock trip ends here.

Inclusions

You will have one 2-hr session of day kayaking and all equipment required for kayaking: one/two-person kayaks, life jackets, paddles etc. included in the package. Services of experienced kayaking guide will be provided. All applicable taxes are inclusive.

Exclusions

Travel arrangements between home city and Havelock Jetty and any accommodation or meals at Havelock Island are not included. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc. will be additional. Personal expenses such as meals or beverages etc. are not included. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.

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Best time to go/Weather

For kayaking in Havelock, the best time is during the months of winter and summer. During the summer months, the days are warm and pleasant with temperatures ranging from 24 to 37 degrees Celsius. And in winter, the days are breezy and relatively warm, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. During these seasons, the sea around Havelock is also calm and stable, providing perfect kayaking conditions.

During the monsoon season, most watersports, including kayaking, are inaccessible due to heavy rains, strong winds and high tides. Hence, if you're planning a visit to Havelock for water sports, then you should avoid the monsoon season.

Getting there

To reach Havelock, you first need to reach Port Blair, the capital of Andaman. It is home to the Veer Savarkar International Airport which is connected to most major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, etc. via regular flights. You can even take a cruise from Chennai, Kolkata or Vizag but do note that they take around 70 hours to cross the Bay of Bengal.

From Port Blair, you can catch either a government run ferry which takes about 2.5 hours to reach Havelock, or a catamaran ferry which reaches Havelock in 90 min.

You can even book a Cessna seaplane run by Pawan Hans to reach Havelock, but these flights are expensive and sporadic

What to wear

For kayaking in Havelock, you only need to wear basic clothes like shorts/pants and t-shirts. Though you should avoid wearing restrictive clothing like denim jeans along with expensive jewellery and watches. Also wear sunglasses and a cap to protect your skin from the sun.

What to carry

The tour operator will provide all the equipment required for kayaking in Havelock, including kayaks, paddles and life jackets. Additionally, you should carry spare cash, personal essentials including a towel, extra pair of clothes, sunscreen, etc.

Preparation/Fitness

You only need basic fitness for kayaking in Havelock. As long as you are not scared of water or darkness (for night kayaking in Havelock), you can easily go for kayaking.

FAQs about Kayaking in Havelock

Is kayaking in Havelock safe?

Yes, it is completely safe to go kayaking in Havelock. If you're concerned about your kayak capsizing or tipping over, then rest assured as it rarely happens and only if you're joking around or kayaking in rough waters. And kayaking sessions will only take place when the water conditions are stable and calm. Additionally, you will be wearing a life jacket and the instructor will always be nearby to help you throughout the session.

What equipment will be provided for kayaking in Havelock?

For kayaking in Havelock, the tour operator will provide kayaks, life jackets and paddles for the kayaking session. Depending on availability, you will either be given a single person or a two person kayak.

What happens if my kayak capsizes or tips over?

Kayaks rarely capsize or tip over, and this happens only when it is hit with a big wave or if the kayaker is not being careful. So you don't need to worry about your kayak capsizing. However, if this does happen, then you'll be wearing a life jacket which will help you float and the instructor who is always near you will help you get back on your kayak.

Do I need to know how to swim for kayaking in Havelock?

No, for kayaking in Havelock, swimming is not required. As long as you're comfortable in the water and not afraid of the dark (for night kayaking in Havelock), you can easily go kayaking in Havelock.

Do I need any kind of experience or certification to go kayaking in Havelock?

Kayaking is a low effort activity that does not require any kind of certification of experience. Anyone who has basic fitness levels can sign up for kayaking in Havelock.

Do we go kayaking in high tide or heavy rains?

No, kayaking does not happen when the sea is rough, during high tides or heavy rains. This is the same reason why kayaking in Havelock does not happen during the monsoon season.

What is the best season for kayaking in Havelock?

The best seasons for kayaking in Havelock is summer or winter. During the winter months, the weather is calm and pleasant, with the sea being calm and temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. And in summer, the weather is warm with temperatures ranging from 24 to 37 degrees Celsius, and the sea around the island is also calm. These conditions are perfect for kayaking.

During the months of monsoon, almost all the watersports are inaccessible in Havelock due to heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas.

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