Palm Islands Nature Reserve
The Palm Islands Nature Reserve is a cluster of three small limestone islands a few miles off the coast of Tripoli. They have some ancient remains, but of primary interest on the islands is the sanctuary these UNESCO-protected areas give to endangered loggerhead sea turtles and monk seals. The islands are also transitory rest stops for migratory birds, and they abound in medicinal plants and coral reefs. The crystal blue waters are rich in sea sponges, fish and other sea creatures. Swimming is allowed in parts of the reserve during summer.
Palm Island itself has designated walking trails extending from its boat dock, and the smallest island, known alternatively as Rakine and Fanar, has a solar-powered lighthouse and old cannon emplacements. Palm Island was also the scene of a horrific massacre by Mamluks, who hunted Tripoli residents down there after they fled the city while it was being sacked.
The islands are easily reached by hiring one of the many local boats on the Tripoli corniche, the owners of which will likely spot you before you spot them.
The islands are easily reached by hiring one of the many local boats on the Tripoli corniche, the owners of which will likely spot you before you spot them. The trip will takes 35 minutes. They can also be accessed from any seaport on the Lebanese coast.
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