Guam is nothing short of a bucket-list worthy haven of scuba diving, pristine white beaches, crystal clear waters, hiking, a vast collection of flora and fauna and breathtaking views all around. It is home to about 200,000 people, and the largest island in Micronesia.
Guam’s history dates back to 2000 B.C. with the native Chamorro people. With their colorful history involving the Galleon Trade in the 1500’s, the Spanish colonization, and the Spanish-American War, their number have dwindled over the centuries. But their love for life and fiery nature remain intact and alive even today. This is fully attributed to the matriarchal culture of the Chamorros, where women take the lead role in households and the very reason the Chamorro culture has survived.
With so many things to do and see in Guam, it can get rather overwhelming to get your travel plans organized. Here’s a quick guide to help you plan your dream adventure on the beautiful island of Guam.
Official Language: Chamorro, but most people on the island speak English.
Weather: Temperatures range between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Best to travel during the months of January to April, which is their official dry season.
Getting around: Although there are buses and taxis available to get around the island, it might also be a worthwhile idea to rent a car from the airport, with the affordable rental rate of only $25/day. There is also the red trolley that takes you from your hotel to the shopping centers in Tumon, the Chamorro Village and the street market.
Things to do:
IMMERSE IN THE CHAMORRO CULTURE AT VALLEY OF THE LATTE ADVENTURE PARK
Valley Of The Latte Adventure Park boasts of a huge selection of awesome views and activities. From surfing at Talofofo Bay to kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding through the dense jungles along Talofofo and Ugum rivers.
Go ahead and enjoy a cruise out into the ocean to see the dolphins in their natural habitat. At the same time, you can revel at the sight of breathtaking views of Guam as you coast along the water. If weather conditions are favorable, you can jump in to snorkel and feed the fish.
The Valley Of The Latte Adventure Park attracts both adventure seekers and cultural enthusiasts. You will be met by men and women wearing traditional clothing, giving you an idea of ancient Chamorro life.
SCUBA DIVE IN THE WORLD’S DEEPEST OCEANS
Guam is home to quite a few dive shops, which may be music to your ears if you’re an avid diver. It’s every diver’s dream to explore the many dive sites, including wrecks, dynamic reef systems and the calm tropical weather. You will also be thrilled to know that The Challenger Deep is located in the Marianas Trench, just 250 miles southwest of Guam. The Challenger Deep is the deepest point of the ocean of about 6.8 miles down.
Shipwrecks from 2 world wars and from 2 different countries can be found below the water of Apra harbor. The German ship SMS Cormoran, was defeated in World War I, while the Japanese cargo ship named Tokai Maru was sunk in World War II. Both rest 110 feet below, right next to each other.
BOONIE STOMPING (a.k.a. HIKING) & BIKING ADVENTURE
The locals refer to hiking as “boonie stomping,” and there are so many things to explore in Guam. You can begin your experience at the Guam Adventure Center, where you will be fitted with your bike and gear.You will have to listen to a quick safety briefing for an easy lesson on how to put those bike handling skills to use. Then you can follow your guide into the trail and enjoy the lush, green landscape.
Zoom through the downhill ride into the Guam National Wildlife Refuge, the panoramic views of the coast will surely take your breath away. Continue on until you arrive at a quiet beach. Stop for a while to catch your breath, while you explore the rest on foot.
Hike the nature trail that is filled with a combination of Chamorro culture and Spanish history. Your guide will be more than happy to share tidbits of information to you.
SEE THE WORLD’S LARGEST LATTE
The Latte of Freedom is a monument overlooking the Asan and Agana bays that sits on top of a prominent stone. It allows guests to see and learn about the local culture of the people of Guam.
As you enter the Latte, relish the amazing views from the windows as you feel the cool and constant breeze blowing through them. There are displays explaining the purpose and motives behind the construction of the monument. You will learn and appreciate many interesting facts about the Chamorro culture and history. The Latte of Freedom is a worthy symbol of Chamorro strength and resilience.
SEE ENCORE! WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS
You haven’t seen all of Guam if you haven’t seen Encore! Where The Magic Happens. Presented in a cozy and comfortable theater at the Fiesta Resort Guam, this show is considered the best family entertainment.
Enjoy an entertaining evening of comedy, magic and illusions and wondrous feats and talents. The show features Rio!, Guam’s only white lion, who has been captivating audiences since 2015. All the performances are family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.
Guam is very popular as a Duty Free Shopping Haven. All major shopping malls are open 24/7 and carry most luxury brands.
Are you planning your next great adventure? There is no shortage of things to see and do in Guam. From snorkeling, diving, hiking, surfing to shopping, there is definitely something for everyone on the beautiful island!