We had heard of airport beach, and even read about it before our arrival, but nobody we talked to on island had actually been there. It seems that a 20-30 minute hike deters way more people then I would have thought... but not us!! We packed up a couple bags of food and beach necessities and headed out for an adventure. As you could probably guess our destination beach is located very close to the airport. We hiked for what I think was 20 minutes, but I can't be sure since this is an island and it was the weekend... who needs to look at the time?! The trail was along the airport fence which skirts the southern shoreline of the island. The first part of the walk consisted of waves breaking on the shore creating dramatic splashing and blow holes. We had to walk almost directly over one blow hole which is intimidating even though you know its just air and water, they can be super loud. I'll try and post a video of one in the future. As we continued on the shore became more protected by reef and we arrived at a small but very secluded beach.
We had this place to ourselves for the entire day! Alone on a tropical beach... poor us! The reef here is amazing, at low tide you can see fish and live coral in ankle deep water... it's incredible. When I put a mask on and looked underwater I laughed out load in amazement, it is literally like being in an ocean documentary. This motivated me to buy the underwater camera I had been meaning to pick up, so there will be fish pictures in the near future. I finally saw a turtle as it swam past me in knee deep water, I can't wait to swim along side one in the future. Here is a pic of the reef from above the surface... (it got more impressive as you moved out, but I wasn't risking the camera)
Ever see a blue starfish? They seem to be common around here...
We spent the whole day swimming, eating and collecting shells/coral. There are definetly worse places to sit and nurse a baby...
Noah absolutely loved the whole day. He played in the sand and looked for shells onshore. As we walked out in the water (careful not to step on live corals) he was looking everywhere and pointing at the fish.
This beach also included a little piece of history. During WWII measures where taken to protect the island, this included the installation of shore defense locations consisting of cement housing or "pill boxes". Two of these still remain along airport beach.
We have also made some recent stops at Sliding Rock and discovered a small black sand beach just off our road. We were pretty surprised nobody had mentioned the beach before and when I asked our neighbor she seemed to think that black sand wasn't nice. Ha! More beach for us.
TIPS FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: Don't got to airport beach :)
The Jaskowiak Family
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