Tuesday, December 31, 2019

INDEX

THAILAND

Ao Sadet from Silver Cliff's restaurant - east coast of Ko Phangan

INTRODUCTION - WHICH ISLAND OR BEACH?
ADANG
ANG THONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK
BU BU
BULON LAE
CHANG (big Chang eastern Gulf)
Little Ko CHANG, Andaman side
CORAL ISLAND
JUM
KANCHANABURI
KRADAN
KRABI, RAILAY, TON SAI
KHANOM
KHAO LAK
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
KHO KHAO
KUT (KOOD, KUD)
LANTA
LAO LIANG
LIBONG, HAT YAO
LIPE
MAK (MAC, MAAK)
MAYA BAY/THE BEACH/PHI PHI LEY
MUK (MOOK)
NANGYUAN
NGAI (HAI)
KO PANYI/PANYEE
PATTAYA
PHANGAN
PHANGAN PART 2
PHANG NGA BAY
PHAYAM
PHRA THONG
PHUKET
PHI PHI
PHI PHI NEWSPAPER ARTICLE BY TEZZA
RAILAY, TON SAI AND KRABI TOWN
RAYA/RACHA
ROK
SAMET
SAMUI
SIBOYA
SICHON
SIMILAN ISLANDS
SIMILAN ISLANDS LIVE-ABOARD 
SUKORN
SURIN ISLANDS
TARUTAO
TAO
WAI (WHAI)
YAO NOI
YAO YAI



General Thailand Information

SOME TIPS ON NOT DROWNING
WET WEATHER INFORMATION
SNORKELLING IN THAILAND
THAILAND'S NICER BEACHES


INDONESIA:
Approaching Gili Trawangan, Lombok on Perama's direct boat from Bali

BALI
BALI'S BEST BEACHES - incl THE BUKIT PENINSULA
BALI - AMED
BALI - BEDUGUL AND LAKE BRATAN
BALI - CANGGU
BALI - JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES
BALI - JIMBARAN
BALI - NUSA LEMBONGAN
BALI - NUSA PENIDA
BALI - NUSA DUA, TANJUNG BENOA AND GEGER BEACH
EAST BALI - PADANGBAI AND CANDIDASA
BALI - LOVINA
BALI - MEDEWI
BALI - MUNDUK
BALI - PEMUTERAN AND MENJANGAN ISLAND
BALI RICE TERRACES EAST - SIDEMAN
BALI RICE TERRACES CENTRAL - TEGALLALANG
BALI RICE TERRACES WEST - KEBUN VILLAS
BALI RICE TERRACES TIRTAGANGGA + WATER PALACE

BINTAN

LOMBOK - THE GILI ISLANDS
LOMBOK - THE KUTA LOMBOK AREA

PERAMA SLOWBOAT - FLORES/KOMODO/LOMBOK

SERAYA & KANAWA ISLANDS + LABUANBAJO - FLORES



MALAYSIA
Taking it easy on Tioman Island, Malaysia

GORGEOUS TIOMAN ISLAND
CHERATING BEACH
KAPAS ISLAND
LANGKAWI
LANG TENGAH
PERHENTIAN ISLANDS
REDANG ISLAND
SIBU ISLAND



AUSTRALIA


Cruising down Whitsunday Island

CRUISING TROPICAL ISLANDS ON A BUDGET
BUDGET RESORTING ON THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS NTH QLD
SPENDING TIME AT AIRLIE BEACH - NTH QLD
CAPE TRIBULATION - NTH QLD
DUNK ISLAND - NTH QLD
FITZROY ISLAND - CAIRNS -  NTHE QLD
CRUISING THE SOUTH WEST PACIFIC ON LINERS
BYRON BAY - BEACH PARADISE
NOOSA HEADS - MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE
MAGNETIC ISLAND NTH QLD
TOP END - DARWIN
TOP END - DARWIN BEACHES
TOP END - KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
TOP END - LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
TOP END - NITMILUK (KATHERINE) GORGE and KATHERINE TOWN
TOP END - MANDORAH and WAGAIT BEACH
TOP END - MATARANKA THERMAL POOLS
TOP END - THE TIWI ISLANDS



GREECE
Cute church - Naxos

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING


TURKEY

Beach, forest-clad medieval ruins and up-valley budget accommodation at Olympos in Turkey
BUDGET CRUISING AND PARAGLIDING THE TURQUOISE COAST
THE NORTH AEGEAN COAST
THE SOUTH AEGEAN COAST



SPAIN
Looking south to Tossa de Mar
INTRODUCTION
BARCELONA
IBIZA
L'HOSPITALET DE L'INFANT
MALLORCA/MAJORCA
MONTSERRAT

PYRENEES
SAN SEBASTIAN
SITGES
TOSSA DE MAR


USA - SOUTH WEST

THE BEACHES

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY

GRAND CANYON TREKKING

YOSEMITE TREKKING



USA - HAWAII

- OAHU'S BEST BEACHES
OAHU - PEARL HARBOR
OAHU - OTHER NEAT PLACES:SOUTH EAST COAST
OAHU - TREKKING THE HONOLULU MOUNTAINS
OAHU WEST - THE KAIELIA TRAIL and adjoining trails

MAUI'S BEST BEACHES
MAUI: THE ROAD TO HANA
MAUI - HALEAKALA VOLCANO
MAUI - THE IAO VALLEY
MAUI BEST DAYTRIP - LANAI ISLAND
MAUI - OTHER NEAT PLACES



USA - NORTH EAST
NYC BEACHES
UPPER AND CENTRAL LONG ISLAND BEACHES


SOUTH WEST PACIFIC ISLAND BEACHES

KAIBOLA BEACH - KIRIWINA ISL - PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MYSTERY ISLAND - VANUATU
YEJELE BEACH - MARE ISLAND - NEW CALEDONIA
ISLE OF PINES - NEW CALEDONIA
NOUMEA BEACHES - NEW CALEDONIA
EASO BEACH - LIFOU ISLAND - NEW CALEDONIA

READERS' TRIP REPORTS
Trip reporter Rachael and Andy on Ko Muk

Read the trip reports or submit your own


THE FORUM


Yon Cassie has a lean and hungry look (image Deco Dermots)

Questions, comments, shoot the bull.


GENERAL

Sammy BinLiner steps out to the hot-tub seminar in The Worry Collective

JUST FOR LARFS - PART 1
JUST FOR LARFS - PART 2: STONES FROM THE JOKER IN THE GLASS HOUSE (1 thru 11)
JUST FOR LARFS - PART 3: THE WORRY COLLECTIVE

ABOUT THIS SITE


LADY TEZZA'S TRAVELLING JAPAN

Sumo grand champion Hakuho.

The basics - Osaka - Kyoto - Hiroshima & Himeji - Takayama - Tokyo - Kyushu - Daytrip to Mt Fuji National Park - Accessing your money - Other helpful stuff







Saturday, November 17, 2018

EASO BEACH LIFOU ISLAND

visited Nov 2018


"EXPLORER OF THE SEAS" off Easo Beach


LIFOU
LIFOU (please excuse spelling on map - it ss too time consuming to correct) is the largest of the LOYALTY ISLANDS of NEW CALEDONIA - it is about 100km north of the main island of GRANDE TERRE and only 60odd km from MARE.


EASO VILLAGE and BEACH are on the north coast of SANTAI BAY. This is an excellent cruise ship anchorage with natural protection from the SE TRADE WINDS which blow here more often than not. As a matter of fact it is protected from most winds of the area - you don't get too many westerlies in these latitudes. I can only see problems arising during and after the rare TROPICAL CYCLONES (aka HURRICANES and TYPHOONS in other parts of the world).


EASO BEACH is a short distance west of the village and has 4 sections - the MAIN SECTION WEST OF THE PIER - a continuation of this strip of sand EAST OF THE PIER (yellow arrow denotes eastern limit) - and 2 other small sections FURTHER EAST (black arrows).. 
Note the NATURAL AQUARIUM the other side of the headland - this is the top snorkelling spot of JINEK BAY. Locals charge $15 entrance so I gave it a miss - perhaps next visit.
Note too the cruise-ship sitting off ESO.
Click-expand image to make labels clearer.

MAIN BEACH WEST OF THE PIER
This proved the most popular location. About 400m long but quite narrow - in parts the high tide line left only a meter or so of dry sand. Lotsa marine debris both weed like and eroded coral on the sand. Plenty of shade in back of the beach. Water was of medium clarity close to shore. featured a lot of marine grass and some dead coral. A few fish hanging around but nothing to get excited about. I noticed some good coral patches further out on the tender trip into the beach (the water seemed much clearer out there too) but at 73 I couldn't be bothered swimming out to check it.

Landing pier from the beach - the outer part is actually a converted WW2 landing barge.

Landing barge from the ship with a little telephoto cranked in.

eastern part of MAIN BEACH from the landing pier. Less than 100m long. The further arrows point to two patches of sand further east -each abt 120m long. Can be reached easily on a track just behind the rocks.

Behind the pier locals had set up a market and cultural exhibition (singing and dancing).

To the west most of the area behind the beach was a PARK with lotsa trees, some picnic tables and even a camping area. Very relaxing.

FIRST EASTERN BEACH 
This is the nearer of the two eastern beaches to the landing pier. It's only 150m from the landing pier on a but despite this had way fewer people. Looks to be the place to go if you value seclusion.

NEARBY
There are some easy walks from the pier area. The village starts about 350m west of the pier and there is JINEK BAY and a couple of nice churches to check out.

EGLISE CAHTHOLIQUE NE DREHU CHURCH  abt 900m east of  the landing pier on the other (eastern) edge of the village.

NOTRE DAME de LOURDES church on the end of EASO POINT which separates EASO BEACH from the natural aquarium of JINEK BAY. It's an easy 15-20m stroll west along the road past the turnoff to JINEK BAY.

JINEK BAY NATURAL AQUARIUM
This is from the headland church - I didn't go up here so I pinched this one from ADVENTURES ALL AROUND.COM.
The bay apparently has excellent snorkelling and is abt 500m walk SW from the pier - see map up page. Next LIFOU call in (yep, LADY TEZZA has already booked another cruise for Jan '19) I intend to spend the $15 admission and have a look.


ATTENTION.
IF YOU HAVE EXTRA INFO OR SEE MISTAKES PLEASE POST BELOW. BUT IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE ASK THEM IN THE FORUM SECTION OF THIS BLOG, ACCESSED FROM THE INDEX. I VISIT THE FORUM FAIRLY FREQUENTLY WHEREAS I SELDOM GET BACK TO INDIVIDUAL PAGES LIKE THIS.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

UPPER AND CENTRAL LONG ISLAND BEACHES
visited September 2018

THE HAMPTON BEACHES - UPPER LONG ISLAND




The HAMPTONS region takes up about the eastern-most third of LONG ISLAND. There had been much debate (rec. read - some amusing comments) about whether a place is in the HAMPTONS or not - but the general consensus is anywhere east of the SHINNECOCK INLET/CANAL is in these days EXCEPT for SHELTER ISLAND (maybe all that hoi poloi partying upsets the sensitivity of the rich dudes). Note WESTHAMPTON west of the line misses out - from what I can gather many of its residents are glad not to be associated with over-rich "citidiots".
Originally the HAMPTONS was regarded as that area around the towns of EAST HAMPTON and SOUTH HAMPTON but over the past 50 years more and more rich folk from NYC looking for a not too distant beach/near-beach escape have expanded it to its present size. 
Note SOUTH ARM and NORTH ARM. The latter is way more rural but because it has WINE GROWING and wide open spaces for the big country retreat, has equal cachet with the snobs.

OVER-HYPED and OVER-PRICED. 
My take on the HAMPTONS:
These past 50 years I've read heaps about New Yorkers escaping to THE HAMPTONS for an upmarket weekend or holiday - how very rich dudes have the BIG ESTATE there. I thought this must be somewhere VERY special - maybe a bit like the COTE D'AZUR.
 It 's NOT.
By world standards this is a very ordinary area with pretty underwhelming countryside (most of LONG ISLAND is the result of glacial outwash and sand deposition so you are looking at fairly flat very ordinary countryside - UPPER NY STATE kills it with some genuinely lovely areas) and ordinary beaches (none I saw would make my top 1000. Hell the best wasn't as good as the worst of the 4 in my home town (pic down page) - and THAT wouldn't make my1000). 
But the thing is all those rich dudes have bid up the price of real estate and hyperboled the pretense that this is somewhere very special. By world standards it's not. I can think of dozens of places in the GREEK ISLANDS and SPAIN alone would kill it.
The giggle is, thanks to Australia's ridiculous real estate boom, I could sell my fairly modest seaside home not far from SYDNEY and buy a pretty good HAMPTONS' joint - not one of those huge trophy spreads but far better than the average. And I'm a retired dude on a very skinny part-pension. Take that NYC rich poseurs.

MONTAUK BEACHES
The KIRK PARK section of MONTAUK BEACH

Montauk is as far east as towns go at LONG ISLAND/THE HAMPTONS. It's a bit over 3 hours by train from MANHATTAN - and abt 120 road miles. 20 years ago it was considered a dormitory area for HAMPTON service workers, but the inevitable expansion caused by trendoids seeking a beach escape place has it now firmly entrenched as part of the real deal.

UNDERWHELMING MONTAUK BEACH
This is SOUTH EDISON BEACH, the closest to town central. As you can see it aint exactly a picture - sand closer yellow-brown than yellow-white, lotsa churned weed defacing the swash zone - not all that wide particularly at high tide as the tide-line shows and one of those looong, featureless, no headlands strips of sand which do nothing for me. It actually extends 2m/3.2km east in the background, becoming at some point DITCH PLAINS BEACH. A few hundred meters behind camera is west-central  MONTAUK's KIRK BEACH.

Note the relative lack of beach goers early afternoon on a nice SEPT Sunday - but we are talking maybe 2 weeks after LABOR DAY, the official end of summer - and several sources said people just STOP going to the beach after Labor Day. This is a bit of a surprise to me - from my travels in OZ, the MEDITERRANEAN and SE ASIA I've found the month or more after HIGH SEASON (what we would call SHOULDER SEASON) is an excellent time for low budget dudes to travel - weather is still excellent and prices/vacancies way lower. Seems NE US has no Shoulder Season.

What worries me above are those dune-perched motels and units - next super storm they face storm surges with the associated wave attack and undermining. Thing is this FORE-DUNE is pathetic protection-wise by world standards - central MONTAUK is just behind and faces inundation. 
There are precedents - EG several communities on a similar stretch of FIRE ISLAND beach (to the south of MONTAUK)_have lost first row beachfront residences to STORM SURGE/WAVE ATTACK during SUPERSTORM SANDY in 2012. As recent as MARCH 2018 the "new" beachfront properties suffered bad storm wave cut.


MONTAUK VIA GOOGLE EARTH
  Not exactly a wide barrier between ocean and town.



Turning the camera 180 degrees from the 'UNDERWHELMING" shot a bit up-page finds MORE Underwhelming stuff. Arrow points at the KIRK PARK section of MONTAUK BEACH. At least the beach appears a bit wider from the full tide mark.
From here the beach continues 110mi/180km west - past inlets like SHINNECOCK mentionsed above, along several BARRIER ISLANDS. all the way to CONEY ISLAND/ROCKAWAY BEACH near JFK.


Mmmmm - WEATHER NERDS like me will probably be wary of booking beachfront joint like this (if we can afford them - MONTAUK accommodation is EYE-BLEEDINGLY EXPENSIVE even after LABOR DAY). Others won't give a damn, and good luck to them. I mean, how often does a SUPERSTORM fire up??

IN GOOD TIMES
Aware that my visit might not have been at the best time to showcase MONTAUK BEACHES, I went looking on GOOGLE IMAGES for a pic showing it at its best - came up with this one from NEWSDAY.
OK, so it shows DITCH PLAINS some distance east of my pix - but DP is still a MONTAUK BEACH - I find most interesting the crowd - obviously HIGH SEASON before LABOR DAY.

Now here's the thing - plenty of people may come and have a great day under idyllic conditions - I'm thinking one of those high-summer days with a hot light offshore breeze blowing. And afterwards some dude from the upper west side doesn't get to the beach often fires in a TRIPADVISOR review saying MONTAUK BEACH is the best beach in the world. It's not. By a long shot.

MONTAUK TOWN.
Thing I got from walking around the town was TRY-HARD. This is an OK coastal town but so many places do it better - in the NE check out CAPE MAY in NEW JERSEY. Internationally there are thousands: hell, SAMOS, not anywhere near the best GREEK ISLAND, has half a dozen coastal towns/villages way better.


MONTAUK fancies itself as a bit of a SURFERS' town. Lotsa surf-shops and I have to admit - post LABOR DAY sales offering some pretty good gear at non-rip-off prices. But here's the thing - the prevailing wind around here is the SE onshore SEA-BREEZE which tends to produce pretty sloppy surf conditions. Plus there are no headlands for protection. I didn't see GABRIEL MEDINA and pals waiting around for the good stuff.

MY MONTAUK ACCOMMODATION
I kinda thought post LABOR DAY and a Sunday night would get me some discounted accommodation. But as mentioned up-page, Montauk places tend to be EYE-BLEEDINGLY EXPENSIVE. Like airbnb places at a thousand a night?? Shoulder season?? 
The only place I found at a somewhere acceptable price was DAUNT'S ALBATROSS MOTEL Even then, I ended up paying the most of my 4 week NE US trip which included a night at an ANTLANTIC CITY CASINO. A few steps up from DAUNT'S.


 DAUNT'S like the town and beach was a bit ordinary. For those interested in Montauk accommodation, I posted my findings on DAUNT'S here under "A TALE OF TWO RATINGS"

CONCLUSION - some of you may be thinking I was less than gruntled about MONTAUK. Not wrong kemodabes. Pretentious poseurs' paradise.


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EAST HAMPTON BEACH.

In my pre-trip research I found a NEW YORK POST article claiming EAST HAMPTON MAIN BEACH was the BEST IN THE USA. Jeez, I thought, have to check THIS out!
So I jumped off the bus from MONTAUK at EASTHAMPTON RW STATION and started the 2mi/3.2km trek to the beach (bottom budget travellers don't catch taxis). Trouble is it was raining and 5 minutes into the walk POURING, with gusty winds making the H20 come sideways. I HATE THAT!! - so I gave up, retraced my steps and jumped on a waiting bus to PATCHOGUE abt half way down LONG ISLAND where I had an airbnb room booked prior to going out to adjacent FIRE ISLAND next day.
So I can't tell you too much about EAST HAMPTON MAIN - I'll give you some pix I found and my impressions of them.


Another long featureless beach - but it does appear WIDER than MONTAUK, somewhat whiter and somewhat cleaner. Pic from TROVER has to be taken in low season or very early AM in high. Protective foredune doesn't look impressive in this shot - but see below.


Don't like this joint's chances too much next SUPERSTORM - seems to be a beach club built at the FRONT of the foredune. However the latter seems higher than at MONTAUK - check arrow. Nevertheless it seems locals have built houses on its top - I can see chimneys behind the edge of the beach club's veranda - coastal erosion wonks will tell you NOTHING should be built on ANY coastal dune, let along the FOREDUNE (image - DPW ALERT)


Obviously high season - once again in the right conditions no doubt you would be able to have an idyllic beach day here. Pic WHALEBONE.

GOOGLE EARTH shows a situation not too different from MONTAUK - a loong beach with headlands no-where to be seen (the nearest is past DITCH PLAINS 15mi/25km east - to the west the beach [under many names] extends over 75mi/120km to near JFK only broken by tidal inlets between barrier islands). You can see the high tide mark in this pic - beach does not look all that wide - may have been shot at a time of super high tides (KING/SPRING) or after a period of beach erosion.

TO SUM UP - I'm not sure. Seems to me I've seen heaps better beaches in the USA - a couple on the west coast, one (CAPE MAY) on the east coast (but I haven't been to FLORIDA and nearby states yet) and several in HAWAII. The guy doing the rating is STEPHAN P LETTERMAN aka DR BEACH who loses a lot of credibility with me by rating HAMOA BCH on MAUI #2. Second best beach in the US? Hell, I thought at least a dozen other MAUI beaches way better. And nearby OAHU has at least another half dozen.

MAYBE YOU CAN HELP - I feel a bit of a phony judging a beach I've not visited. Thing is at 73yo and 10000mi/16000km from EAST HAVEN I can't see me making a return trip to check it out. So if any reader does, feel free to lob in a report, maybe some pix via the prompts on the TRIP REPORTS PAGE. Or to keep it simple, a description via the COMMENTS section at the foot of this page. I'll transfer your input (whether you agree with me or not) up to this section of the page.

STOP PRESS - coincidentally an email about TRIPADVISOR'S TOP 25 WORLD BEACHES 2018 lobbed into my inbox when writing this page. Some of those places look idyllic. But I'm a bit sceptical about others. LA CONCHA at Spain's San Sebastian #6? Been there, was undewhelmed. I visited a dozen Spanish beaches better. BOURNEMOUTH England #14? MANLY Sydney #16? Sydney alone has a half dozen better, Australia hundreds.
TRIPADVISOR doesn't explain its methodology but judging by some of these selections it seems it could be on the number of reviewers' EXCELLENT ratings or maybe something slightly more sophisticated like reviewers' EXCELLENT ratings per 100 reviews. Anyway I've always thought readers' ratings a bit dodgy - too many seem to use the system as an affirmation of their marvelous choice and dish out EXCELLENTS to places which in no way deserve them.

MY TOP BEACH WORLDWIDE
I can hear you thinking this TEZZA dude is way critical - so what is his idea of a world class beach? See below:

WHITEHAVEN BEACH - HAMILTON ISLAND - QUEENSLAND
This 6km/3.7mi long strip of blindingly white silica has sand so fine it squeaks when walked on. Offshore island location means it is uncrowded - gets a few visiting boats each end. My last visit saw thousands (no hyperbole) of small rays in that inlet at right.
HAMILTON ISLAND looks flat in this shot but is quite mountainous - with many patches of tropical rainforest.
Pic from WHITSUNDAYS AUSTRALIA com
This GOOGLE EARTH image gives perspective.
Note I usually prefer compact beaches which 6km IS NOT - but this place is a standout.
Note too I may be a bit presumptuous claiming WORLD'S BEST when I haven't seen all the world's top beach areas - some of those on the TRIPADVISOR list look pretty good to me.

MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE BEACH
Not the best I've seen but the one I like most. This is WHITE BEACH in BROKEN HEAD NATURE RESERVE near BYRON BAY northern NSW. Suffering badly from storm wave attack not long after a TROPICAL CYCLONE (aka TYPHOON/HURRICANE) swell  - the normal beach line is around the arrow. Note too the sand is wet above which darkens the normal white colour.
This beach ticks all the boxes for me: it's compact between 2 protective headlands, backed by rainforested slopes, gets good surf, few people because of difficult access and is clothing optional like most beaches in this area (I've been a naturist since childhood).
GOOGLE EARTH image shows more normal width and colour.
If you ever visit be aware of rip-currents both ends and usually 2 or 3 along the beach. No worries, relax and go with the flow, stick your arm in the air to attract the few surfer dudes who are usually hanging around here. An ok rock pool in rocks (der) top end.
FUN FACT - there have been several shark attacks this section of coast (not this beach) in recent years. The good news - only one fatality.

WORST BEACH IN MY HOME TOWN
Not exactly shabby, and a hell of a lot nicer than MONTAUK in my humble opinion
Bottom of my town list because it rarely attracts decent surf....and is not clothing optional (nor are the other 3). Although I once saw 2 young ladies....
Best feature is I live overlooking a nice little bay 300m from the far end.


CENTRAL LONG ISLAND BEACHES

FIRE ISLAND - DAVIS PARK-WATCH HILL BEACH
Watch Hill beach looking eat towards Davis Park

The above is part of the beach which starts a few km west of MONTAUK runs more than 100miles/160km down the Atlantic side of LONG ISLAND to near JFK in south QUEENS. In some sections it dives across inlets as BAY-HEAD BARRIERS to create what coastal geomorphologists call COASTAL LAGOONS. We would probably class them as COASTAL LAKES. In other areas the coast kinks a bit inland and the sand continues in a straight line as as the seaward side of an offshore BARRIER ISLAND running parallel to LONG ISLAND (the whole barrier island is actually sand built up from millions of years of deposition) separated from the land by a stretch of sheltered water. Because of tidal and river flows there are gaps in these offshore barriers - SHINNECOCK INLET mentioned up-page is one.

NOTE - you tend to get BARRIER ISLANDS on coasts with relatively shallow water offshore. They are a major feature of the US Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.
FIRE ISLAND is one of the more eastern of LONG ISLAND's barrier islands.


The sheltered stretch of water between FIRE ISLAND and mainland LONG ISLAND varies in name - from the south GREAT SOUTH BAY - NICOLL BAY - PATCHOGUE BAY. 
DAVIS PARK is 4.5mi/7.2km from the ferry pier in SOUTH PATCHOGUE.
FIRE ISLAND is over 22mi/38km long but very narrow like most barrier islands - only 350yds/320m at DAVIS PARK. 
Bay is a different colour than ocean because it is much more shallow. These bays can fill in over time - this appears to be happening in several spots along the JERSEY SHORE south of NYC


Not real wide. DAVIS PARK is a small settlement of mainly holiday houses - WATCH HILL a short distance east is primarily a MARINA, no settlement here although the nearest DAVIS PARK places are a half mile/800m from the piers. 2 marinas so close together suggests a bunch of boaties come across here nice days in high season.



Sea mist still hanging around on arrival at DAVIS PARK MARINA abt 0930 - soon burnt off.

This great pic from FIRE ISLAND AND BEYOND newsletter  was shot MARCH 2018 showing a STORM SURGE high tide from much the same position/turn 180degrees from my arrivals pic above this. STORM SURGE looks abt. 2m/6.5ft. At least there are no destructive waves adding to the chaos here - but I wouldn't like to be over on the beach side.

THOUGHT - I wonder how much of the above flooding may be due to FRESH WATER run-off from storm-filled"mainland" (Long Island) rivers and streams, which can't get out to sea thru the narrow gaps between the barrier islands fast enough? 
Maybe the storm surge on the ocean side wasn't as high (although if you click the above link, the storm wave damage was),
Thing is we don't have barrier islands where I live and so I don't know much about this stuff.

WATCH HILL BEACH looking west. This is turn 180 degrees and shoot from the opening shot.
The western end of FIRE ISLAND is about 8km/5mi up there in the mist.
As you can see the beach (at least in mid SEPT 2018 is nothing to get excited about. Narrow (check the high tide mark - I'm glad I didn't have  to walk the 1300m/1430yds up here from DAVIS PARK at high tide [actually there is a path behind the fore-dune]), plenty of weed debris not all that attractive.

This is the staircase up from the beach to the cross dunes track to WATCH HILL MARINA.
As you can see plenty of new timber on the structure suggesting damage in the March storm. 
Beach hasn't rebuilt much - check the high tide mark.
At least the fore-dune here is a bit higher than at MONTAUK.


Back at DAVIS PARK I shot this around 1130 - the locals had decided to do a bit of beach time - 'til then I'd only seen 2 other people on the beach on a reasonably nice day. As I was warned, near NYC beach areas die after Labor Day. But okay, it was a Monday.
Thing that gets me was how the area had not rebuilt much after the March storm 6 months before. Compare the above to the newsletter pic below....
....given enough fine weather, beaches usually rebuild after a bad storm. Looks like Spring/Summer did not have much fine weather here.
Arrow shows storm wave "cut" on fore-dune - which doesn't appear as high as along the beach at WATCH HILL. But that happens when you build on dunes.
A lady in PATCHOGUE told me she used to holiday in a dune-front place on FIRE ISLAND back in the day but the whole street disappeared with SUPERSTORM SANDY. The above may have been one street inland.









NOTE - THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, SHOULD BE FINISHED IN A FEW WEEKS.
tezza OCT21.



DAVIS PARK DAMAGE MARCH 2018

SANDY