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The Islands of Tripoli

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In Brief

Just offshore from tripoli is a string of small islands. They are divided into two parts: those close to the shore (accessible), and those away from the shore (natural reserve not open for the public).

The most important islands (close to the shore) that can be accessed either by walking, swimming, or by boat are:


Baqar (Cows) Island

The island is also colloquially known as AbdulWahhab Island. It was also known during the Crusades period as Saint Thomas Island because it was home for the historical Saint Thomas Church. The church is demolished and only ruins remain. The Baqar Island is the closest to the shore and can be reached via a small bridge that was constructed in 1998.


Bellan Island

Named as such because of a plant common on the island and used in making brooms. Some people claim that the name comes from a blue whale (in French 'Baleine') that appeared close to the island early in the 20th century. The island includes a small cavern on the west side.


Fanar (Lantern) Island

1600 meters long. It has a functional lantern to guide sailing boats in the night.


Additional Islands

AlRomayleh: is one the smaller islands its name is derived from the existence of a small beach on it.

AlTenieh (the second): also known as AlOshaq (lovers) Island.

AlTelteh (the third): is a flat rocky island midway between the coastline and Ramkeen Island.

AlRabea (the fourth): also known as AlMaqatii (the cut off), is the smallest island and is used as a docking place by fishermen while out at sea.

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Photo Album
Satellite image of the Tripoli Islands
Satellite image of the Tripoli Islands.

High resolution satellite image of AlBaqar Island
High resolution satellite image of AlBaqar Island.

Aerial view of AlBaqar Island. Note the bridge connecting the island with the main land.

A view at AlBaqar Island.

A view at AlBaqar Island.

High resolution satellite image of Bellan Island
High resolution satellite image of Bellan Island.

Aerial view of the Bellan Island.

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