Have­lock, In­dia

In­dian Ocean idyll

Action Asia - - ISLANDS -

Ask 100 peo­ple to name a clas­sic desert is­land and chances are that none will men­tion Have­lock, or any other is­land in the en­tire ar­chi­pel­ago to which it be­longs. Your ad­ven­ture starts at Port Blair on South An­daman, the is­land chain’s cap­i­tal. From there you can take a gov­ern­ment ferry, an air-con cat or even a sea­plane on to Have­lock. The most vis­ited of the An­damans, it re­mains a back­wa­ter. Granted, Have­lock has re­cently gained its first ATMS, but the most pop­u­lar form of trans­port is still your own two feet and any­way, if the pace of devel­op­ment seems too fre­netic, you sim­ply de­camp to one of the many un­in­hab­ited neigh­bour­ing is­lands. As you’d ex­pect, the ac­cent is on wa­ter­sports. Divers should check out the likes of Bare­foot Scuba, http:/di­ve­an­damans.com/ and DIVEINDIA, http://diveindia.com/ for de­tails be­fore­hand to ar­range gear and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

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