The island-nation of Guam in the middle of the Pacific Ocean offers so many reasons why people from all over the world should come for vacation. One of the reasons is Cocos Island located about a mile off the southern tip of Guam within the Merrizo Barrier Reef. It is an uninhabited island that is 1.6 km long and only 200 to 300 meters wide.
Things You Can Only Experience in Guam
Guam is a warm and idyllic tropical paradise complete with pristine beaches and friendly locals. This is a top destination for beach lovers, and tourists who simply want to enjoy a big dose of sun and sand. Guam is also the best place for surfing. Aside from the usual beach-related activities like swimming, getting a tan, playing beach-volley, surfing, jet skiing, and the like, there are a couple of other fun things you could do to enjoy Guam.
One is scuba-diving, particularly to check out a particularly unique shipwreck. On the seabed near the Apra-harbor rests two ships that were wrecked during turbulent times. There is also a German ship that sunk during World War I, as well as a Japanese ship that sunk during World War II. These two relics of the past are almost touching each other, despite coming from two very different times. It’s a sight to behold when you explore these huge shipwrecks resting on the seabed.
Another thing to do in Guam is hiking. The trails here are beautifully diverse. In fact, it won’t be difficult for you to walk by forests, waterfalls, and arid landscape. You won’t get bored with the changing landscape and the hiking challenges that each place will bring, whether it’s a slippery hill covered in flowing water or a steep surface covered with vegetation.
You can also try riding a carabao just for the fun of it. These huge lumbering buffalos can reach 2000 pounds, and they have been used in Guam for centuries to help farmers till the land. Some places in Guam allow you to ride a carabao around different parts of the island. It’s a novel activity because you can’t go anywhere far since carabaos walk very slowly. While we’re on the subject of animals and wildlife, why don’t you go ahead and catch a coconut crab near the beach. Coconut crabs are the largest arthropod species on earth, but they are actually pretty friendly despite their size. These critters are a common site in Guam’s shores.
The municipality of Tamuning is very important to Guam, because it is the country’s center of tourism. People flock to Tamuning, specifically to the city of Tumon. Tumon is not the largest city but it draws a large number of crowds each year for its many tourist attractions, including Tumon Bay.
Located in the Pacific Ocean near the Mariana Trench, Philippine Sea and the equator, the island of Guam is one of the leading tourist destinations. It is very popular to Japanese tourists since Japan is only 3 hours away by plane. In contrast, visitors from the United States must travel 13-15 hours total. As a US territory, Guam is home to a US Air Force base to its northern part and a naval base to the south. These US bases, as well as the country’s tourism industry, are essential to Guam’s economy. Tourists from all over the world come here for the glimmering beaches, world-class dive sites, and interesting [Read more…]
Located in the capital city of Hagatña, Umatac Village is a very important village in the legend and history of Guam. Before the Spaniards came to colonize this beautiful island-nation, this village was considered Guam’s “cradle of creation”. According to Guam legends, life began in Fouha Bay in northern Umatac. “Fouha” means “to spew”, and ancient people believe that life first spawned here.
The natives of Guam are the Chamorro people and they spoke the Chamoru language. The name of the village is from the Chamoru word “umatalaf”, meaning “to catch a gautifi”, which is a popular fish in the area. [Read more…]
In Guam, when tourists are not busy swimming in the beautiful beaches, diving in the world-class dive sites, or simply having fun with the friendly locals, they are hiking or climbing a mountain trail. Hiking in Guam is a popular activity because there are just so many interesting trails that pass through amazing forests, grasslands and limestone cliffs.
A few of the most trekked paths are Favian Cove, Fonte Dam, Priest Pools, and Mount Sasalaguan. Fadian Cove involves a hike along the picturesque Mangilao coastline along rugged limestone cliffs. The view at the north side of the coastline is simply spectacular. Make sure you have your camera with you. The trail leads to a series of four small coves or coastal inlets, the furthest south of which is Fadian Cove. After the hike, you deserve to cool off and [Read more…]
While in Guam, check out War in the Pacific National Park, a historical park that was constructed in 1978 and is now considered a protected area. Quite obviously, this national park was established to honor those who participated in liberating the Pacific area during World War II.
As World War II erupted in 1941, Japanese troops arrived and seized the island for their own. After Pearl Harbor was attacked, the Japanese began the two-day strafing of this tiny US territory until eventually the naval governor surrendered. On July 21 1944, American forces came back to reclaim Guam during the War in the Pacific, which involved many other nations such as Australia, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Thousands of lives were lost as more than 1,700 American servicemen were killed. Soldiers and heroes from several nations are honored in [Read more…]
Who doesn’t know Tarzan, the legendary man-ape who is lord of the jungle? But what about Tarzan Falls in Guam? The legendary Tarzan may have nothing to do with the Guam waterfalls but both are equally engaging.
Guam is a small island-nation in the Pacific Ocean that is blessed with so many wonders of nature and cultural treasures. Throughout its 210-square-meter land area are mountains, jungles, beaches and waterfalls, all getting the attention of thousands of tourists coming in every month. Tourists from the United States, China, Malaysia, the Philippines and most especially Japan visit Guam for its many tourist spots, balmy weather throughout the year, exotic culture, arts and music, and hospitable people. Forty-three per cent of the island’s population is made up of the Chamorros, the native people of [Read more…]