Barn Island

Barn Island is also called Parau Island.

It is the double shaped island that you can see from the mainland NPA, from Umagico as well as Seisia and Loyalty Beach.

Its very distinctive double shape reminds a bit of the Double Island in Cairns,
(northern Beaches, Palm Cove), 

... but Barn is obviously far more remote and (as opposed to Double Island) thankfully that means no resort.


If you have a boat, you can take off from Seisia boat ramp, next to the wharf.

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The water is usually beautifully blue and you get a glimpse of the coastline.


The island is actually very close, it is surprising how quickly you get there.


And as you approach you can see more and better just how small it is, you can just about count all its trees.


As opposed to Double Island (the direction of which is more east to west),


... Barn aka Parau Island lies in north southerly direction,


... meaning its long sides are the eastern and the western side.


The western side is the windier one and consequently has the best beach,


... but the eastern side also has beaches, particularly in the northern end.


In the middle there is a little hill which you can see from far away,


... and in each end are higher hills.

The middle is narrow so you can easily walk from one side to the other,


... and with some time you can climb the hills.


The beaches are beautiful with shells and pieces of coral,


... and the vegetation is lovely with some casuarina and pandanus palms.


The waters are nice all the way around,


The northern side can be rougher if the winds pick up.


On the way back to Seisia you pass by the Red Island,


... and there is a shipwreck if you look closely.


It is worth waiting for a calm day, or time of the day that is less windy.


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