More than 1 million people travel to Guam annually. It is a US territory and is also the largest of the Mariana Islands in the northwest Pacific. It makes you wonder why there’s so much interest on the little unassuming island. Visitors are often pleasantly surprised to find the island to be a hub for adventure seekers and nature lovers.
WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?
It’s “beach weather” all year through, with an average temperature of 26 to 30 degrees Celsius. There are only 2 seasons in Guam. The dry season is usually from December through June, and it’s rainy from July to November. The downpours on the island are usually short and brief, so it rarely gets in the way of anyone’s fun.
WHAT LANGUAGE DO THEY SPEAK?
Guam has 2 official languages: English and Chamorro.
WHAT IS THE LOCAL CURRENCY IN GUAM?
Being a United States Territory, the official currency in Guam is the US Dollar.
DO YOU NEED A VISA WHEN TRAVELLING TO GUAM?
You will need to present a valid US visa whenever you travel to Guam. Citizens of the United States are required to show a valid passport to gain entry.
HOW DO YOU GET AROUND GUAM?
Most hotels offer courtesy airport transfers. There are hotel hotline telephones that are located at the airport, just outside the customs exit.
Car rental firms, both international and local, operate from counters at the airport, or other locations around the island. Rates are pretty much the same as in the mainland, and most companies accept major credit cards. You’ll need to present a valid driver’s license to book this service.
The Guam Mass Transit Authority (GMTA) provides mass transit service around Guam. Buses operate on 9 routes, connecting almost all the villages on Guam.
Taxis are available at all hotels and major shopping centers. Standard flag rate is $2.40 and $4.00 for the first mile, and $0.80 every ¼ mile thereafter.
There are also trolleys available at a reasonable rate of $3.00 per ride. They can be found at all hotels, major shopping centers and along Pale San Vitores Road. There are also free shopping shuttles from the Guam Premier Outlets to Tumon Sands Plaza.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN GUAM?
Nature Trails – What you might know as “hiking,” the locals refer to as “boonie stomping.” 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 interesting bits of information to you. Enjoy the lush, green landscape either on foot or on a bike. You can also enjoy a custom adventure where you can explore the trails on your own All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Enjoy a sensational trip along an off-road route surrounded by breathtaking views.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling – Revel in the sight of Guam’s most exotic reefs and marine life. The water is crystal clear and the dive sites are amazing. Piti Bomb features lush coral craters, while Apra Harbor boasts of WWI and WWII ships that sunk almost beside each other. Gun Beach is where stingrays go for breakfast. Divers and snorkelers will definitely leave in awe.
The Beach – Guam’s beaches are among the best in the world, where you can enjoy stunning views and unforgettable sunsets every single day.
Encore! – One particular activity that you shouldn’t miss is the magic show at the Fiesta Resort Guam. Encore! Where The Magic Happens is known as GUAM’S BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT around. Your visit to Guam will never be complete unless you’ve indulged yourself in an evening of pure entertainment of comedy, magic, illusions as well as amazing feats and talents. The show also features Rio!, Guam’s only white lion. All performances are family-friendly and guaranteed appropriate for all ages.
Shopping – There is more than enough retail therapy all around Guam. Your shopping experience can range from large shopping centers to souvenirs and handicrafts at the Chamorro Village Night Market. Luxury designers from all over the world have boutiques in Guam. What makes shopping in Guam even better is that all retail purchases on the island are tax-free.
Guam is a little island packed with a whole lot of surprises. You won’t regret choosing Guam for your next holiday, whether alone, with friends or family. There is definitely something for everyone to fill their memory banks with. So go ahead and start planning!