This afternoon we took a boat ride around the outside of the atoll. It was actually official business since the boat will be driven to Kure Atoll (about 60 miles away) next month and we had to figure out how much gas it would use and how fast it would go with 5 people and gear. It took us an hour and 10 minutes to go 26 miles around the outside of the atoll, so it probably take about 2 1/2 hours to Kure, depending on the conditions. We saw quite a few birds and some flying fish, but mostly it was just a nice ride around the atoll.
This is the Safeboat that they'll take to Kure Atoll.
This is what Sand Island looks like from the north. It was pretty humid today so you can't see the island that well over the exposed reef.
This is from the south. The edge of the reef is a lot closer on this side of the island. This is the pillbox, old hangar, and water tower.