We went to Long Beach just beyond Incinerator Rock and breathed in the sea air. Long Beach is part of the Pacific Rim National Park, and spans 16 km, running all along the west coast of the island. The most striking thing about the beach is the smooth trunks that are washed up on the shore. These are often quite large, bleached by the sun and worn smooth by the waves, and they litter the beach like giant matchsticks.

Those with cars need a day ticket for the national park, but it is relatively inexpensive and gives you access to the parking all along the coast within the boundaries of the National Park. We were told that the fine for non-payment of parking is only a little more than the parking itself, and we couldn’t see anyone checking.