When the beach gets just too lazy, head off into the jungle to see the interior of the island, and spot a monkey or hornbill.
Footpaths of varying difficulty connect Saracen Bay to the western beaches and the southern lighthouse.
Saracen Bay to Lazy Beach is an easy 20-minute walk on a flat sandy path through jungle and open scrubland. The trail begins just past Sun Island Eco Village resort on Saracen Bay and emerges behind Lazy Beach bungalows. We walked back through there in the dark one evening, after enjoying a delicious dinner at Lazy Beach, and loved the cool, still air on the walk back. Don’t forget to bring a torch, or phone with a strong flash, if you’re planning on doing the same.
Saracen Bay to Sunset Beach -- home to Robinson's Bungalows and Huba Huba -- is a more challenging 45-minute trek on a jungle track, with a steep climb and equally steep descent. Flip-flops are not recommended. The trail begins behind The Beach on Saracen Bay and emerges on the beach close to Robinson's Bungalows.
This part of the forest in particular seems to be home to a whole army of birdlife. Armed with our zoom lens, we would cheerfully have spent a month in there chasing them down for snaps.
There is a branch path, about half-way between Saracen and Sunset, which leads off to a place called Good Vibz, where monthly full-moon parties are hosted, though we understand these will soon be coming to an end as of 2016. It’s a lovely path though, and challenging in places, so worthy of an exploration.
Allow five hours for a round trip from Saracen Bay to the lighthouse at the southernmost point of the island for stunning views of the islands. The trail begins past the northernmost pier on Saracen Bay. Take adequate water and food, and flip-flops are not recommended.
Trails are clearly marked at their start with timings and are obvious to follow as they are well-trodden.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 24th June, 2016.