Beachin’ good fun on base

by Mike Thornton
Stripes Guam
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Naval Base’s Gab Gab Beach
Gab Gab Beach, or Fab Gab as we like to call it, is truly a hidden gem and easily our family’s regular go-to place for no-frills low-cost weekend fun.
Great for picnics, birthday parties, unit gatherings, hail & farewells, snorkeling, swimming, diving, sand volleyball, SUP’ing and all sorts of water play. The beach umbrellas and grill grates can be rented for a meager amount, and camping is allowed by reservation with the Outdoor Recreation Center. There is something for everyone.
Gab Gab is located on Naval Base Guam, so you’ll need base access to get to it, its also one of the most popular shore dives on Guam, and any given day of the week you’re likely to find divers exiting or readying to enter the water via the easy stairs next to the “3-sided pool."
If you get there early enough, make a leisure surface swim due North out to the Atlantis Submarine Tender buoy, and drop down on the plateau reef at about 50’, known as Gab Gab II, where baited buckets attract the fish for the viewing pleasure of the underwater tourists.  You’re almost guaranteed to get an up close view of the docile Nurse Sharks, large schooling fish, and possibly a moray eel in the artificial reef ball. Also look out for anemones teeming with clown fish at various locations on the reef. 
Steer clear of the submarine while diving, but be sure and give a wave to all the tourists peering out the portholes.
It’s also a beginner snorkeler’s paradise.  Enter the water via the stairs and your only yards from colorful coral, sloping reefs, an abundance of fish and there is always a greater than average chance of seeing a turtle along the reef edge.  Note, no forms of fishing or collection of marine life (live or dead) is permitted at Gab Gab.
Bathrooms are provided, and outdoor showers are just steps away from the water stairs - convenient for divers and snorkelers exiting the water to rinse their gear and themselves.  During your surface interval enjoy some beach volleyball, relaxing under the umbrellas, barbecuing in the poolside grills.
Enjoy Fabulous Gab Gab, but be sure and clean up after yourselves when you leave.
Things to know
• Open 24 hours a day unless otherwise noted.
• Please note there are no Lifeguards on duty at Gab Gab Beach throughout the year.
• Planning on heading out to the beaches this weekend but don’t have the proper outdoor equipment? Don’t let it ruin your plans! Drop into Rec-N-Crew and inquire about all your  outdoor needs. Call 564-1826.
• There is a $20 rental fee for Cabanas on the right –hand side of Gab Gab Beach. This is required to guarantee that a spot will be reserved for your function. Patrons can still used unreserved Cabanas for free. For more info, call 564-1826. (Fee is waived for Command Functions. Contact David Callaway at 564-1846 for more info).
Andersen’s Tarague Beach 
Whether you’re with a group of friends or looking for some personal time, Tarague Beach on Andersen Air Force Base is your answer to camping on Guam.
Make the most of the day at the beach enjoying activities such as swimming, snorkeling, beach volleyball or barbeque. The beach also provides a playground for kids, a nature trail for hiking and exploring the different historical highlights and agriculture in the area.
Tarague Beach offers 30 campsites along the sandy beach. Most of the campsites are shaded by beautiful pine trees and the ocean breeze keeps you cool. Each campsite includes a picnic table and grill.  Bathrooms and showers are centrally located so all patrons can use them conveniently.
You also have the option to enjoy dinner or cold refreshments at Bamboo Willies beachfront restaurant.
As the evening approaches, catch a breathtaking sunset, roast marshmallows or make smores.
Camping at Tarague is open all year round. However, December through February usually offers the best weather conditions: slightly cooler with a little less rain and humidity. This makes for perfect camping.
• If you don’t own any camping equipment, Outdoor Recreation has all your supplies such as tents and other camping equipment for rent. Reservations for campsites as well as supplies can be made online at under Outdoor Recreation or by calling (671) 366-5204 or 5197.
– Tennille Bueno
Outdoor pools
The Navy operates three swimming pools on the island. At Naval Base Guam, the swimming pool is located near South Tipalao Housing and the barracks area. Call the pool at (671) 564-1822.
At the Naval Communications Station, the pool is located on the main drive of the base, next to the laundromat. For more information, call (671) 355-5091.
At the Naval Hospital, the pool is located near the housing area. To reach the Naval Hospital pool please call (671) 564-1822/355-5091.
On Andersen, cool off on a hot, sunny day at Capehart Pool.
The pool features a kiddie pool, designated times for lap swimming, a diving board and a children’s slide. Capehart Pool offers a wide variety of swim lessons for all ability levels. And Capehart’s best feature is that admission is FREE! Andersen’s Capehart Pool is next door to the youth center.
Capehart Pool is also a fun place to throw your next squadron or birthday party. Whether you’d like a private after hours event or your own reserved area during pool hours the Capehart Pool has a plan for you. Two party areas are for rent and each includes a 20x20 canopy, 4 picnic tables and a BBQ grill.
Situated on scenic Apra Harbor on Naval Base Guam, Sumay Cove Marina offers a variety of activities for water sports enthusiasts.  Enjoy a day of sightseeing, fishing or diving on one of its powerboats, or rent the “party barge” pontoon boat for larger groups. The Marina also offers Fishing and Dolphin Watching Trips on our 23’ Pro-Line charter boat.
For boat owners, two boat-launch ramps are provided as well as outdoor dry storage pads and wet slips at the Marina pier. And the Marina makes it easy for you to get your small boat license – all you have to do is pick up a study packet, take a multiple choice test, and schedule a Harbor Familiarization Class for just $10 per person. For more information, call (671) 564-1846.
Rec-N-Crew at Naval Base Guam has camping equipment, canopies, kayaks, bicycles and sports equipment for rent. Tickets can be purchased through the Rec-N-Crew for local recreational and entertainment events. Rec-N-Crew also offers Sailors a chance to take advantage of the L.I.B.E.R.T.Y. (Life Is Better Everywhere Recreation Takes You) Program.
The program offers “boonie stomps” and kayaking to historical and scenic areas on Guam for single Sailors and geographical bachelors. For information, call Rec-N-Crew at (671) 687-4725.

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