The settlements of Rock Sound and Tarpum Bay are the largest on the southern quarter of Eleuthera.  The southern end of Eleuthera is far less developed and is relatively unvisited by tourists, and often one can walk the secluded beaches for hours and not see another human. The coral reefs on the south end are more prolific as well. These reefs run nearly up to the beach and are easily accessible by snorkeling.  The AIP Field Station, based at the Northside Resort, is situated on the Atlantic beach about 5 miles southeast of Rock Sound.  The Field Station is perfectly secluded and it provides an ideal setting to forget the fast-paced life of the US, and focus on the marine ecosystems in this true paradise.