Best Beach in Havelock Island
Hello everyone, hope you found the Itinerary of our trip to the Andaman Islands helpful. Today, I am going to tell you about the best beach in Havelock Island (now Swaraj Dweep) to visit with kids. This is not only a beautiful beach but it has also been ranked as Asia’s one of the best beaches by Time Magazine. Any guesses which beach I’m talking about?
Well, it’s the Radhanagar beach!
It is undoubtedly the most beautiful and one of the cleanest white sand beaches in the Andaman Islands. Although there are some 4-5 beaches in Havelock Island, Radhanagar beach is the ideal one to visit with kids. In case you want to check out the other beaches in Havelock Island, you can visit Vijyanagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach, Elephant Beach & Govind Nagar Beach.
How to reach Havelock Island?
There is only one way to reach Havelock Island and that is BY WATER! One needs to take a ferry from Port Blair to reach this most visited island in the Andaman archipelago.
There are 2 kinds of ferry services available – Government ferry & Private ferry.
I have been on both and as per my experience, a private ferry is a good option when traveling with babies or young children.
All private ferries operate under Makruzz & Green Ocean cruise. These are air-conditioned, have comfortable cushioned seats & even have a small cafe on board. We have traveled through Makruzz.
One can book a premium, deluxe or a royal class on Makruzz depending on their budget & requirement.
I would suggest booking a premium class as it is cost-effective and offers the best view of the sea since it is on the lower deck.
Book tickets well in advance, even before booking a hotel and better to book on your own either online or directly at the jetty.
The ferry service may not operate for tourists during the monsoon months, June, July, and August so do check before planning your vacation.
A visit to Radhanagar Beach – Our experience
Our day was quite exciting from the time we started from our resort until we came back in the evening. Since we were on a budget, we chose to travel like locals. Hence, we decided to take a bus instead of booking a cab to Radhanagar Beach. I would not recommend taking a bus if you are traveling with babies less than a year old.
We hopped on a bus which took around 30 mins from our resort (Havelock Island Beach Resort) to Radhanagar beach. The journey was one of its kind, we were dancing to the rhythm of the bus with each turn. And, every breaker made us realize some bumps on the road are for our own good since the driver seemed to be in a race with time.
It was Nemit’s first bus ride and he was quite thrilled throughout the journey. While my husband and I were trying to keep our balance & not to fall on each other, our mothers were having a blast remembering their childhood days.
It was an experience we will never forget. For the next 2 days, Nemit tried stopping each and every bus that he saw on the road, ‘Bhaiya, roko roko’ is what he shouted to every passing bus. These memories will stay with me forever. We can never get such a fun experience in our metro cities.
Nemit used to take 2 naps in a day when he was 2 years old. So, when we reached the beach, it was already time for his first nap. While he was sleeping we decided to have some ‘we’ time & left him with his grandmothers in an eco-hut on the beachside. We spent a good time swimming in the shallow water & jumping on the waves.
After an hour, when Nemit woke up, it was time to pull the grannies into the water. It was such a delight to watch them enjoy & have fun.
If you want to gift something to your parents, take them on a vacation with you and let them be kids once again.
Time went by so fast that we totally forgot about the lunchtime. We wanted to stay in the water for some more time. But we could not ignore the hunger pangs after doing all the acrobats. There is only one restaurant near the beach by the name ‘The Mohwa‘. We were lucky to get some authentic local vegetarian food at the restaurant even though we were quite late for lunch & they were about to close.
By the time we finished our meal, it was already 4 pm and also the time for the last bus to depart. We had to rush to the parking lot to catch that last bus. Nemit decided to take his 2nd nap on our way back in the bus while we gossiped about how none of us were able to keep our balance in the water. And, how the life guard was giving us stern look perhaps for behaving like small kids.
Now if you plan a vacation to the Andaman Islands, I would like to suggest you book a hotel near Radhanagar beach and stay for at least 3 days in Havelock Island.
I am sure now you know why Radhanagar beach is the best beach to visit with kids. In case, you are still in doubt check out some more reasons below.
10 Reasons why Radhanagar Beach is the best beach in Havelock Island to visit with kids?
When one thinks of a beach holiday with kids, they want the beach to be clean, less crowded, safe, and the water to be calm & shallow. And, you get all this at the Radhanagar Beach.
Check out the below reasons-
- It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Andaman with soft white sand & pristine blue waters.
- It is the most famous beach in Havelock Island yet less crowded and has an almost 2km long shoreline.
- There are no shacks & shops around the beach which makes it quite a peaceful site to relax.
- The waters are calm and waves are smooth. Making it an ideal beach for kids to enjoy swimming or playing in the water.
- There are lifeguards seated for the safety of tourists.
- There are no water sports/activities available making it a perfect site for swimming & relaxing.
- It is yet not commercialized. But offers all the basic facilities like lockers, changing rooms and shower area at very nominal charges.
- There is one restaurant located inside the park area alongside the beach which offers lunch option on the buffet.
- There are eco-friendly huts, swings for kids, and benches to sit under the tall mohwa trees.
- The eateries & shops are located outside the main gate of the beach area in case you want to buy something for the kids.
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