Barefoot, Andaman

If you’ve heard that the Andaman islands are just a sight of boundless beaches, mangroves, primitive natives and, of course, rainforests, you’ve heard it just right. And your visit to Barefoot, a rare kind of resort, your perceptions will take wings. The name itself was chosen in a bid to give it a ‘back to nature’ feel. This environment-friendly organization lives up to its name. Definitely. The name also assures the guests that the resort is safe enough to ‘go barefoot’ all around.


The Barefoot Group is into high-end resorts and related tourism infrastructure development. You will be entering into a totally different realm of living in this resort. The group also owns Barefoot Airtours Pvt Ltd, an in international airline charter and tour operator to the Andaman Islands and other destinations in India.
Barefoot is located on Beach No. 7, on Havelock Island. it is two hours by ferry, from Port Blair. Tall Mahua trees embrace the walk up to the resort. It is set in seven acres of plush forests and has 18 wood and thatch villas and cottages. The rooms and bathrooms are built with indigenously available materials. The resort’s employees are mostly from the Andamans itself. We harvest rainwater and draw water from a natural spring on the resort’s premises.


The resort conducts half-day and one-day eco tours and treks. There are many packages that you can choose, depending on your liking, health and duration of stay. About 150 animals and birds are endemic to the islands. We provide you the best of facilities to explore them. And we haven’t started about underwater expeditions! From birds and wild animals to fishes and sea creatures, all these things can be viewed in close proximity on our tours.


Researchers from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Environmental Trust (ANET) have been dedicated for more than two decades in exploring the islands and scouring them for information. They train local teachers, school children, tourists, settlers, people from the armed forces and naturalists so that they can join the conservation movement. They’ve been able to document the lives of the peoples as well as that of the animals. Barefoot tries to reach out to nature by educating its guests and other tourists about the islands. On an eco tour, you can experience the wild and rugged beauty of these islands through a specially designed set of eco-tours.
Areas around Havelock Island are explored through kayaking and boating. Dense mangrove forests can be visited only on kayaks and canoes. Snorkel underwater to track sharks and other fish. Beautiful coral reefs beckon you! We provide for you excellent wildlife trackers and tribal guides, who the islands and the forests in and out. Camping within the jungles and the mountains is a great way to set your adrenaline rushing. On such a camp you can go waterfall rappelling, mountain climbing and hiking.


The eco tours start at the Eco-Tours base, at Beach No. 1, near the ferry terminal on Havelock Island or at our resort, Barefoot at Havelock. Here the guests are debriefed and instructed about the tours, given directions for diving and snorkeling. We strictly follow a policy of neither establishing contact with indigenous tribes nor entering any tribal reserves. This helps to maintain the pristine islands and their peoples.


Barefoot Eco-tours has a small fleet of boats comprising two motor launches, a few long-tail boats (called dunghis) and a large number of single-seater and twin-seater sit-on-top kayaks. Life jackets and snorkelling kits are provided to all eco-tour participants.


As part of a conservation project, The Barefoot Group and Seacology jointly created a community initiative for the purpose of enabling protection under existing environmental laws of a 2,175-acre marine area for a minimum period of 10 years at Radhanagar beach, Havelock Island, in January 2006. Seacology, a world renowned nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that seeks to preserve environments and cultures of islands throughout the planet, funded the construction of an Environmental Education Center, and to buy plastic waste collection containers for the Havelock Community area. We have stationed a crew of dedicated personnel, who oversee the functioning of the centre.

Another group of Barefooters ensure that there is no sand mining from the beaches, no disturbance to turtle nesting or poaching of protected species of turtles. It also checks the extraction of corals from the reefs, poaching of dugongs or dolphins or other protected marine life within the marine area.

 

 

 


features

Island Resorts

Island Resorts

The white sandy beaches, blue waters, and coral reefs with lot of marine life including dolphins, turtles and fish are a great way to spend your evenings. It’s an ideal location for scuba diving.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

The best way to enjoy underwater life is to go Scuba diving. Beginners as well as experienced divers can find a lot of places to dive. Different colours and varieties of corals can be seen here.

Cruise Lines

Cruise Ship

The Andaman group of Islands is well connected by air and sea. Passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakapatnam