We finally made the trip to Fagatele Bay which we've been told for some time has some of the best snorkeling the island has to offer. The Bay is not far from our house and is adjacent to Larson Bay which we have visited several times. While the northern portion of Larson Bay had a large sandy beach and very shallow coral, Fagatele Bay has a rather small beach, but the shallow coral gives way to 20 to 30 foot depths with coral troughs.
The drive to the trail head was rough and almost requires 4-wheel drive but we made it. The hike in is all down hill and steep enough to require a rope for support in some spots.
The trail ends on a small sheltered beach on the eastern side of the Bay.
You can't tell from the photo above, but the beach was mostly shaded by trees which caused a bit more of a mosquito problem than we liked... not forgetting the dengue fever and chikungunya outbreaks recently. As a result of the mosquito's, small beach and impromptu soccer game that occurred on the already limited beach... our time here was short. Noah and Mom splashed around for a half hour while Dad went to see what the snorkeling was like.
I didn't spend more than a half-hour snorkeling, but it's definitely one of the best spots I've been to on the island. Lot's of fish and the water is deep enough to dive down and explore. I swam along with a sea turtle for a bit and saw a Spotted Puffer on my way back to shore. Luckily the ocean was calm, because getting back in over the shallow reef in rough conditions would be very treacherous. A friend of ours badly hurt his foot and ankle last year and now I know why. The depths got from about 10-15 ft to 6 inches instantly, even in calm water the waves pushed you around as the broke at the reef. I am definitely looking forward to exploring here again!
The Jaskowiak Family
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