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Every summer, the Palm Islands, a chain of islands rich with native flora and fauna, offer a diverse set of visitors a sun-soaked respite less than 10 nautical kilometers from the embattled city of Tripoli. Consisting of three main offshore islands, the UNESCO-protected site offers visitors a forgotten environmental treasure in Lebanon's northern waters for a ferry fee of LL5,000 . Vacationers queue daily around Tripoli's port, to hitch a ride with local fisherman to the Palm Islands.Salim Anous, one of the Tripolitan sea captains, is a boat owner and fisherman. During the hot summer days, he leaves his fishing work to ferry visitors to the islands. The next stop is the largest of the three islands, Palm Island, more commonly known as Rabbit Island due to the great numbers of rabbits raised on it during the French mandate.After the main island, the boat makes its final stop at Ramkine Island, also known as Fanar Island. One of environmental committee's proposals would establish specific sea routes to the islands and offer official ferries for visitors.
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