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Slave Chambers and Coral Caves:

Just north of Mangapwani Beach, on the northwest it that, following the abolition of the slave trade this cave was used by illegal traders to secrete their slaves before spiriting them away through the tunnel to awaiting pirate ships. It is somewhat surprising that, despite its location and convenient and arcane access to the sea, there is no evidence this cave was ever used for this clandestine purpose.

The nearby Slave Chambers, however, were specially constructed for holding slaves prior to transportation. Some 3km north of the Coral Cave, one can see two large sloping stone slabs, just above ground level. These slabs are actually roofs, which cover a set of small underground chambers in which over one hundred slaves would have been packed, awaiting the arrival of the merchant ships to transport them away. To descend the steep and moss-covered steps leading down into this “bottomless pit” is, even now, like entering the gateway to doom. This could be a bit claustrophobic for the sensitive visitor.