At the southern most point of the island is the Cape of Gerakas. The beach of Gerakas forms the eastern part of Laganas bay and is a protected area and part of the National Marine Park. Gerakas beach is one of the most beautiful on the island and the shallow turquoise waters combined with the golden sand and rocky formations in the distance make-up an impressive spectacle. Gerakas is virtually unspoiled by the mass tourism on the island and there are very few hotels and restaurants in the vicinity. There is a strong local initiative led by the villagers to maintain the natural beauty and ecological significance of Gerakas and the wider area of Vasilikos.