27 miles from Port Blair
This anchorage is the main point of entry to Havelock Island with daily ferries arriving from Port Blair and other islands. There is also a daily seaplane service from here to Port Blair.
The village has a friendly atmosphere with a variety of stores selling fresh goods and general supplies. Land your tender on the beach to the west of the jetty. There are a couple of suitable places to anchor on either side of the marked channel.
On approach, call Havelock Port Control on Ch.16. The approach to this anchorage is well marked and lit. When approaching from the east, watch the northern point of Havelock, as the reef extends further than expected.
On the southern point of Peel Island, opposite the jetty, there is good holding on a sandy bottom in 8-12 metres. This is away from the jetty and the noise of approaching vessels, but is prone to mosquitoes.
With a small yacht you can anchor among the fishing boats immediately to the west of the jetty in 6-8 metres on a sandy bottom, but space is tight inside the reef. Otherwise anchor in 10 metres in the mangrove fringed bay to the west of the lighthouse and use your dingy for the short trip to Havelock jetty.
To the east of Havelock are many reefs and ledges with great diving. Minerva Ledge is extensive with many dive sites but strong currents. It has a mooring buoy at 12°3.899N, 12° 3.899N, which should be used in preference to anchoring on this coral bank.
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