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Beyond Alicudi Porto, the island's beaches (more stony inlets than real beaches) are largely concentrated on the eastern coast of the island, near the port area but only accessible by sea. You can either hire your own boat or catch a ride with the fishermen at the port for a few euros. A full trip around the island is strongly advised; the full glory of the steep and inhospitable western coast can only be appreciated from the sea. The best beach is at Bazzina, which -- compared to the rest of the island -- has relatively shallow waters close to the shore and is excellent for snorkeling (rental equipment is not always available on Alicudi; it's best to rent your mask, snorkel, and fins from another island). A stiff climb not for the faint-hearted to the highest area of the island, Filo dell'Arpa ("Harp String," 675m/2,215 ft.), reveals a marked difference in vegetation from the lower 300m (984 ft.), as the olives and prickly pears give way to ferns and chestnut trees.

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