The best swimming near town is at the Blue Bayou, a twenty-minute walk west of the centre. You can also snorkel further out; there’s a US$1.50 charge to use the area, which also boasts a small sandy beach. Closer to town, where the road ends beyond Driftwood, Chepes Beach offers a narrow strip of sand, shallow water and a bar. East of town, Bando Beach (or Airport Beach) offers good snorkelling just offshore, as does the little reef beyond the lighthouse. The path from the end of the airstrip up the east coast of the island leads to a couple of small coves – the second is good for swimming and sunbathing.

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