21.03.2011 - 05.04.2011 30 °C
Everyone who comes to the Andaman’s pays a visit to Havelock and it’s not hard to see why. Home to one of Asia’s most beautiful beaches the island is filled with friendly locals, clear waters perfect for snorkelling and trees laden with fresh mangoes.
We decided to treat ourselves for our stay on this island and stretched the budget to a whopping £6.25 a night to get a swish beach hut. This turned out to be a wise move as we spent the first four days watching the unseasonable tropical downpours from our balcony whist reading and eating mangoes and fresh coconut – no food miles here!
Luckily, the rains relented and the sun returned for the rest of our stay. Most days were spent snorkelling and swimming on our beach which we tended to have to ourselves bar the odd fisherman or stray dog. We did venture out on one day to go diving at a wreck two hours away – and despite the fact that much of the corals in shallower waters were bleached last year due to increased water temperatures there was still abundant marine life to catch our eye.
Having heard that there was great snorkelling at Elephant Beach a short walk through the jungle we decided to take a look for ourselves. Unfortunately, having taken a wrong turn this little jaunt soon became a two hour jungle adventure, barefoot and bikini clad. Things didn’t quite descend into Lord of the Flies but tempers certainly frayed when Kirstin was nearly eaten alive by their winged friends – the ravenous mosquitoes. On the upside, we didn’t come face to face with any of the local crocodiles or cobras.