Will I be able to swim?

Yes – swimming is possible in the Arabian Sea, although there can be big waves and an undertow. The sea is excellent for paddling, jumping through the waves and body-boarding. With well-trained lifeguards to keep an eye on everyone’s safety, swimming is possible on most days.

You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas for a small amount daily. Nearby (5 minutes in a rickshaw – or 20 minutes walking) is a beach where the sea is usually calm.

If you prefer swimming pools, there are several open-air ones within walking distance – available for use for a small daily fee (about £3).