Down on the coast, the village of LA GAULETTE feels more of a travellers’ haunt than anywhere else on the island, with kitesurfers contributing to the cool, laidback vibe. Off-duty fishermen make the crossing from here to crescent-shaped Île aux Bénitiers, where you can have a blissful day snorkelling and picnicking on a budget beneath coconut trees on the island’s lovely sandy beaches. Boat trips anchor at “Crystal Rock”, a rocky outcrop good for snorkelling and a swim.

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