Andaman Islands : Travel Photography

November 10th, 2012

[ WARNING : Very image-heavy post ]

Eight days on the Andaman Islands. Six on Port Blair [ it was a family vacation with 9 people so there really wasn’t any consideration for individual preferences – if I had my way, I would spend all eight days at Barefoot Resort, Havelock Island ]. Two blissful days were spent at Barefoot, Havelock and from a not-so-large number of images, the following will tell the entire story of this vacation.

Below: The otherworldly sunrise that greeted us on the Air India flight connecting Delhi-Bhubaneshwar-Port Blair.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Trees and water were highlights of the trip – no kidding *grin*. These were just outside where we were staying at Port Blair.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Beautiful native hibiscus rosa flowers were everywhere. This particular bush lined the path next to the Port Blair golf course on our way to the “Nariyal Bageecha”, which is a private beach for Armed Forces Personnel.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Crab in a shell. At Nariyal Bageecha. A few of us – the fair and tall ones – were mistaken as foreigners and the Military Police personnel actually came over to make sure we weren’t. The beach itself was quite rocky – it was low-tide and the vintage Japanese bunkers on the tide line were visible.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Sunset at Nariyal Bageecha. The coconuts were insanely HUGE. And Rs. 15 a pop. The coconut water in one coconut was almost 500ml.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: On the walk back from the beach to the room, a view of the Golf Course just after the sun had set.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: View of the Moon from the terrace of the Seashell Restaurant – one of the few places with decent ambiance in Port Blair. The food was quite terrible though. Food almost all over Andamans is terrible – Havelock has some lovely options though.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Reflection of the light from the lighthouse. View is still from the terrace of Seashell.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Leaving for Havelock on a catamaran. When I had visited in 1999, there used to be just one ferry that used to take +4 hours from Port Blair to Havelock. On my second visit in 2006, there was a helicopter service [ it’s Rs. 4,500 approximately and takes about 8-10 minutes I think – haven’t tried it yet ] and the ferry took 2 hours. Now, in 2012, the catamaran took an hour and twenty minutes. The only disadvantage being that you are stuck inside with the air conditioner. Both my previous trips, I had stood on the deck / near railings and squealed delightedly when dolphins were sighted. In the catamaran, I suffered bad television and went to sleep.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: First view of Havelock from the jetty where the catamaran dropped us off.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: And Radhanagar Beach. Beach no. 6 on Havelock Island. Also home to Barefoot Resort and the loveliest of waves, crystal clear water and lovely sand. As someone commented, the forest looks like something right out of Jurassic Park.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: The oldest resident dog at Barefoot Resorts, called “Paani”, wouldn’t stop barking and when John [ the manager ] walked up to him to pacify it, we discovered he’d found a snake. A non-venomous variety that eats frogs and crabs.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: View of the reception area and bar from the restaurant at Barefoot.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: During the day you will find critters no bigger than the size of your thumbnail. At night, however, the sizes can vary from your fist to your head. This one was about the size of two of my fists and we found it while walking toward the beach from Barefoot. It’s barely 200 meters and residents are not allowed on the beach post 1800hrs due to Govt. regulations – but I really had to make photos that I’d had in my head since 2006! So @shadeheart and I stuck out our torches and headed out for a bit.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: The result of that “heading out” at night was the following four images. [ You see what I was talking about John? Thank you for helping me make this happen. I have more plans too! ]

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Directions to our rooms. Barefoot is a lovely little place indeed.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Our room at Barefoot. Double bed plus a lovely bathroom and a couch. No air-conditioning – believe me, you don’t need it – especially if you’re a beach-baby. Barefoot does have air-conditioned accommodation though.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Lovely variety of flora on the Barefoot premises. They’ve grafted Orchids too!

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: I know it’s a weird way to show a wave but I like it.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Radhanagar beach isn’t all sand. Walk along it towards the right and there’s rocky patches that are visible during high and low tide.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: This section of the Radhanagar Beach is called The Aquarium. It’s almost like a mini-lagoon with gentler waves. This is a series of images I made as I walked along the beach till there was sand.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: More rocks beyond The Aquarium. From a distance, I couldn’t see any strip of earth I could walk on AND I could no longer see any footprints in the sand apart from my own. I think I freaked out a little and I also had a 5pm massage appointment at the resort.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Walking back toward the resort and crossing the Aquarium again. I also caught a sunset.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: This is what you see when you walk from Barefoot to the beach. On both sides. Towering, ancient trees.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Our room at night. More starry skies below it.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: The entrance to the restaurant area and the entrance to the rooms have these pots of water accompanied by larger pots – to wash your feet of sand before you get in.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: A final sneak peek of the Radhanagar beach again just before we leave to get on the catamaran back to Port Blair.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: For the sake of scale.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: We had rented two-wheelers and while that’s a nice experience, the roads on Havelock are bumpy as hell. Pot-holes yes but the road’s been laid in quite a shitty manner as well.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: View from the catamaran. Approaching Port Blair.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Dining options in Port Blair are limited in my opinion and our driver recommended this place. Below this photo are two additional photos of the actual VIEW. Emerald my ass.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: The Cellular Jail and its resident bats. The sound and light show is not what it used to be and I killed time making photos of galaxies and incoming flights.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: Lobsters. The New Lighthouse was another place recommended to us for food. Although the ambiance isn’t much to talk about, the staff is lovely. I did not particularly enjoy the food either.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: This was my favorite part of The New Lighthouse. A real Patton Tank! Hilarious.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Below: And bye-bye Andamans, hope to see more of you soon.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

Andaman Islands, Havelock, Barefoot Resort vacation and travel photography as captured by photographer Naina Redhu.

All Rights Reserved. All images photographed on the Nikon D800. If you would like to purchase prints or digital versions of any of the images on my blog, email me on [email protected] Same if you would like to commission me for a photography / blogging assignment.

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What people have to say

15 Comments

  1. Wonderful captures… surreal… I generally follow all of your work, but this is just beautiful. Very very nice

  2. Your beautiful.

  3. The picture of the wave was just so amazing. I love your pictures. Whenever I feel low I like to look through your site. Your work just lifts my spirit. :-)

  4. Naina,
    Beautiful.. absolutely GORGEOUS pictures…. andaman’s been on my must-visit list since forever and these pictures are making me realise what I am missing….

  5. Beautiful and awesome pics of Andamans…really loved it…reminds me of my stay at Portblair for 5 years :)

  6. This is what I call home..

  7. Great pictures. Mind sharing a trade secret – what lens did you use?

  8. I LIKE ANDAMAN

  9. I think that you captured the essence of Beach Number 7 beautifully and particularly that of the resort. I have just returned from here myself and it is so lovely to see in your photographs, what really is there. It really is just like this! Really lovely work – thank you for sharing.

  10. Absolutely love your captures… I have never been to Andamans but surely I’ll be there this year, all thanks to your photography….

  11. The most beautiful photos, the islands of our country, we should see at least once in life

  12. its b’ful..naina.
    bt it wil seem more b’ful without logo.

    • Thank you Varun. I’m ok with it not being “more” beautiful :)

  13. Was going through blogs on andamans…. Just got the right blog ” naina”
    I loved the way u described every detail… Was looking for such a description…..
    Photography just touched my soul !!! Loved it …..
    Write more about other places u chkd out in andamans

  14. Pingback: Barefoot Resorts, Havelock, Andamans | Travel photographer Naina | La Raconteuse Visuelle for Luxury Brands : Naina.co's Photography Blog

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