With snow-white beaches, teal shallows, a coast crammed with beach huts and some of the best diving in South Asia, Havelock has a well-deserved reputation as a backpacker paradise. For many, Havelock is the Andamans, and it’s what lures most tourists across the Bay of Bengal, many of whom are content to stay here for the entirety of their trip.
Diglipur & Around
Those who make it this far north are rewarded with some impressive attractions in the area. It’s a giant outdoor adventure playground designed for nature lovers: home to a world-famous turtle nesting site, Andaman’s highest peak and a network of caves to go with white-sand beaches and some of the best snorkelling in the Andamans.
As far south as you can go in the islands, Little Andaman has an appealing end-of-the-world feel. It’s a gorgeous fist of mangroves, jungle and teal, ringed by beaches as fresh as bread out of the oven. It rates highly as many traveller’s favourite spot in the Andamans. Badly hit by the 2004 tsunami, Little Andaman has slowly rebuilt itself.
With its friendly island community and lovely slow pace of life, Long Island is perfect for those wanting to take the pace down a few more notches. Other than the odd motorcycle, there’s no motorised vehicles on the island, and at certain times you may be the only tourist here.
Mayabunder & Around
In ‘upper’ Middle Andaman, Mayabunder is most famous for its villages inhabited by Karen, members of a Burmese hill tribe who were relocated here during the British colonial period. It’s a low-key destination and will appeal to travellers looking for an experience away from the crowds.