Travel Planning

Getting to Havelock requires first getting to Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman Islands, and then taking a ferry from Port Blair to Havelock.

Port Blair, the capital city of the Andamans, is connected to Chennai and Kolkata by both air and sea. The most convenient and quickest way to get to the islands is to fly. Kingfisher Airlines, Jet Aiways and Indian Airlines have daily flights into Port Blair from Calcutta and Chennai. The fares range from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 12,000 depending on the airline chosen, and the flying time is about 2 hours. Tickets can be purchased online. For current flight schedules, fares and baggage allowances visit these sites:

Kingfisher and Indian Airlines have daily flights to Port Blair from Chennai. Jet Airways and Indian Airlines have daily connections to Port Blair from Kolkata and passengers from Delhi have the option to fly to the Andamans with Jet Airways via Kolkata.

Ships also ply between the mainland and Port Blair, with departures from Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Chennai. Tickets for the ships do need to be booked in advance and the 3-day journey can be arduous given the basic amenities on board. For ship schedules to the Andamans visit www.and.nic.in/spsch/sailing.htm or call +91-22-2202 2431.

Although the ship is an option for travellers on a low budget and without time constraints, we recommend flying into the Andamans. With the advent of low-cost airlines flying into Port Blair, ticket prices have reduced significantly, and the short durations, greater convenience and comfort of the flights compared to the ships justifies spending the extra money. Also, spending 3 days on a ship means that you get 2 days less diving!!

Once you have landed in Port Blair, Havelock is just a ferry ride away. There are three ferries that ply between Port Blair and Havelock on a daily basis. All incoming flights arrive in Port Blair in time for travellers to catch a ferry, allowing you to reach Havelock on the same day. Havelock has one jetty at Beach No.1, and Barefoot Scuba at Beach No.3 is a 10 minutes auto-rickshaw or taxi ride away.

Travellers can choose between the slower Government ferry and the faster new Catamaran depending on their arrival time in Port Blair as well as their budget. Below are the ferry timings with duration and approximate cost. Please note that timings and cost are subject to change without notice. Do recheck with us at the time of booking.

 

From Port Blair to Havelock:

Departure timings of Government Ferry: 6 am and 2 pm
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Approximate cost in Government Ferry: Rs.200 to Rs.400 per person per way
Departure timing of Catamaran: 9 am
Duration: 1.5 hrs
Approximate cost in Catamaran: Rs.850 to Rs.1,000 per person per way

 

From Havelock to Port Blair :

Departure timings of Government Ferry: 2 pm and 4:30 pm
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Approximate cost in Government Ferry: Rs.200 to Rs.400 per person per way
Departure timing of Catamaran: 4 pm
Duration: 1.5 hrs
Approximate cost in Catamaran: Rs.850 to Rs.1,000 per person per way

 

Meet and Greet services:

Barefoot offers to meet its guests at the Port Blair airport, transfer them to the Phoenix Bay jetty from which the ferries depart, organise ferry tickets to Havelock, and transfers them from the Havelock jetty to the resorts. On the return leg, we organise all car transfers, ferry tickets, hotel drop in Port Blair for the last night and airport drop in time for the return flight.

Single person round trip transfers are charged at Rs.1,800 and Rs.2,800 is charged for a couple. These prices are inclusive of ferry tickets by Government ferry only and upgrades to the faster Catamaran are possible at an additional Rs.400 per person per way.

 

Please note

Ferry timings from Havelock to Port Blair do not correlate with flight timings to mainland India, all tourists must spend the last night in Port Blair. It will be our pleasure to book you into a nice hotel room for this last night depending on your requirements and budget.

 

Private transfers

Private transfers to Havelock on Barefoot's motor-launch are also available upon request. This way, you can relax, stay an extra night in Havelock , avoid the last night in Port Blair and leave the running around to us. If you are staying and diving with us, and wish to avail of these services then simply e-mail us at dive@barefootindia.com.