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Essential Andaman in 8 night / 9 days - Detailed Travelogue - Day III
Day 3 - 19th Jan
It was a day of transfer to Havelock Island through Boat Journey
from Port Blair. We were booked on
private ferry called Green Ocean. The ferry was scheduled to Depart the Marine
Jetty at 0645. We got ready, checked out and reached the Jetty at 0600
(realized later that we were expected to report one and half hour prior to
departure). First we had to stand in security clearance queue and later in the
check in queue (reverse of the sequence at Airport routine). Finally we made it
to the boat at 0640, just in time.
Posing opposite Green Ocean Boat
The boat left for Havelock island at 0645, on time. It is a one
and half hour journey. Green Ocean is a Air conditioned boat. There is a deck
also which is open to air and thus not air conditioned. Initially, till the
safety briefing is done (about 30 min in the journey), no one was allowed to go
to upper deck. Once the briefing was over, people were allowed to go to upper
deck which had a small counter selling eatables and tea, etc.
In the Boat
While the boat was reasonably stable there were few people who
were feeling motion sickness (called sea sickness by mariners). Those people
were first ones to rush on upper deck. It was a good feeling for all of us to
be on upper deck and enjoy sea breeze on our face. After spending some time and
having a cup of tea, we returned to the below deck air conditioned space,
however, our friends continued on upper deck.
After about an hour in the journey we were surprised to hear some
music. Music in the middle of the ocean? Upon trying to find out, we realized
that upper deck has been cleared in some areas and a DJ is playing songs.
People were dancing to the tunes of those songs. Surprise, surprise, those who were
supposedly sea sick for most of the journey also were dancing away.
The fun dance came to an end about 10 minutes short of our
reaching Havelock. Upper deck was cleared and people were sent down so that
crew could prepare the boat for going alongside the Havelock jetty.
Once the boat was alongside, we came out of jetty and looked for
our local tour organizer. Once he was located he gave us a vehicle to go to our
place of stay, TSG Resort on Radha Nagari Beach road and also told us our
After a short road trip we reached the resort. The first feeling
was, this is the place to stay. Right from the reception to cabins, everything
was in wood finish. Two bed room cottages were not big were good and
functional. After settling down and relaxing for some time we had lunch.
Corridor of cabins
TSG Blue Havelock Accommodation
restaurant at TSG
I had a swim in the swimming pool in the afternoon and at about 4
pm we walked to Radha Nagari beach which was a small walk of about 20 min.
Radha Nagari Beach is famous for its sun set similarly, every place in Andamans
has a beach for sun rise and a beach for sun set). It is a long stretch of
pristine white sand with some sitting areas and also change rooms and bathrooms
for people to use post a dip in the ocean.
After lounging into the sea for considerable time and doing lot of
“masti” in the water and playing with waves we came out and waited for sunset.
Sun was going down at its own pace and then a villain landed up between us and
the setting sun, a thick and big cloud. The fun of watching setting sun was
killed by that cloud and we had to just gulp it. Who can win against the
Approach to Radha Nagari Beach
Young Couple at Radha Nagari Beach
Enjoying the Surf
Promising to make yet another trip tomorrow to Radha Nagari beach,
we had our bath and returned to resort. By that time it was already dark. We
had a good cup of tea, rested yet again (what else is the objective of
holidays) and then went to the restaurant.
Day ended for us after dinner and a stroll post dinner.