Well worth it
Published/Last edited or updated: 18th April, 2016
If you’re not a surfer, or the surf just isn’t happening, consider asking around to hire one of the boats laying around for a half-day visiting some of the outlying beaches. If you thought Jelenga was pretty, you haven’t seen anything yet.
We joined in on a trip from Wood Garden in Jelenga that took us out and over the reef then around the headland to the north, where we saw at least eight pristine white-sand beaches. None of these can be reached by any means other than boat and they are all utterly deserted.
Unfortunately on the day we visited there were jellyfish in the water, so we couldn’t swim, but the beaches were gorgeous all the same. On the way back we got the boat to stop outside the reef where we did a quick bit of snorkelling — visibility was very good and the reef was in pretty good shape, but there were not all that many fish around.
You can also organise a boat to take you around the headland to the south where there are a few more white-sand beaches, before another headland that marks the northern edge of Benete Bay (and the mine and ferry terminals there).
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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