The gem of the Mariana Islands, Guam is a must see attraction for every traveler who longs for tranquil white-sand shores and enticing diving and snorkeling sites.
Come and visit with your partner at the Two Lovers Point or experience the hospitality of the locals that you will meet at the Guam Beach and Culture Park. The sinkholes and coral reefs of the Piti Bomb Holes Reserve are the ideal spots to understand the marine wildlife. Party, dine, and mingle at one of Tumon’s exuberant disco bars, or engage yourself to the artistic and theatrical performances offered at the Sandcastle Entertainment Complex.
Here are the top ten not to be missed places when in Guam.
is a long tourist area that stretches up to 3 kilometers. The clear waters of Tumon Bay will not leave anyone indifferent. It has a rich underwater world that shelters a rich treasure trove of small tropical fishes that are visible to the naked eye. Wear your shades and sunscreen as you take a long walk on the beach with the bright tropical sun reflected in the water, the white sand, and the rich coral reef.
On the beach front there are lots of restaurants, equipped with sun loungers, and a variety of marine rental accessories and amusement areas. The sea is calm, clean, no waves and show a lot of species of fish, be sure to bring your mask with a tube, otherwise feel all the beauty of the underwater world in just a couple of feet away.
The movement of the waves is a little affected by the tides due to the configuration of the bay which is a kind of lagoon with the advent of low tide. Still, it is a very clean beach; the water is affectionate and enjoyable even when you go into the water up to the ankles.
But the bottom is not sandy, so you need to bathe in special sneakers. Overview, there is no jellyfish or sea urchins, but there are a lot of small crabs. The water at the bottom is warm and milky and often called by the locals as “fresh milk”. Sandy beach in some places, it is public, the locals are friendly, cheerful and sociable.
Two Lovers Point
Two Lovers Point
is a place that is certainly recommended when visiting Guam. You can get to it very quickly and easily, just turn right across from the Micronesia Mall. The famous landmark is on a cliff located on the observation deck that is composed of 2 – tiers. The first tier show several stalls with inscriptions for taking pictures of loving couples, a bunch of locks, and heart notepads. The second tier and the highest point of attraction, is the vertigo view from the cliff where you can see the bay, the nearby cliffs, and hear the crashing sound of the waves to the rocks. It is an extraordinary place that is associated with the romantic legend and death of the two lovers who leaped together from this point.
The Cape of Two Lovers is a small beautiful park with a specific platform. However, to get up there, you need to pay $ 3. But from there you can make very beautiful pictures, because the panorama of the open harbor is simply awesome. Near the cape, there is a small souvenir shop where you can buy small locks, write the message, and hang on the fence. At this point is where couples go and perform the ritual of the promise of love, honoring the legend of the two lovers who brought fame to the place.
Ypao Beach Park
Ypao Beach Park
is definitely worth a visit because the area is loaded with interesting structures and convenient parking near the site. Guam has really stunning beaches with dazzling turquoise clear water and this is one of the beaches can attest to that fact. The huge park consists of urban hotels, bed and breakfast places facing the gorgeous beach. It is truly interesting to watch the underwater world and feed the brightly colored tropical fishes. Since there are many corals, it is better to have special shoes. Snorkeling is desirable in some vantage points of the beach and offers a possible opportunity to observe a wide variety of marine life.
In between, it has a rocky coastline; the sea on one hand can just commit at low tide but only in bathing dresses as you surely will get wet in the shallow clear waters. The Ypao Park, together with the Gov. Flores Beach Park can be easily reached by car. It also has plenty of visitors every Sunday, as it is teeming with locals who are swimming here and having the typical American picnic. Over all it stays nice and well-maintained. It has shade and a toilet facility, where you can get a quick shower and change clothes after a good swim.
Guam Beach and Culture Park
If you are fond of cultural performances in the open air, you can visit the
Guam Beach and Culture Park
. This park recreates the Chamorro Village. Upon entering the park you will be treated with a delicious fruit punch in cups of coconut shells. Then you spend time with the guide of the park who talks about the way of life on this village. You will see how they lived before; see bamboo huts that stand on the rocks, and their animals (chickens, ducks, pigs, goats). Also, you will be treated with bananas ripped off immediately with palms (very tasty) and show how to make palm oil.
They even teach how to weave a bamboo fish basket (they do it constantly and well trained). You can also watch a mini-fight between two youths fighting it out with the use of chamortsami sticks.
After that, the guide will accompany you to the sea shore, where they offer dinner (food is included in the ticket price, but you have to pay for drinks separately). Salads can be taken as much as necessary. There is a good buffet and each individual is served with hot pot. To be more precise, you bring a dish, which is fresh meat, chicken, shrimp, fish, sausage, corn, and you do the whole cooking thing, fry on the grill over charcoal (in the center of the table recess in which lie the coals and grill).
Plus they are more then all of these products separately, so that we can take further what you like. After dinner, right on the seafront the locals arrange a dancing show, and then lead you back to the park, where the rest of the show is yet another representation. After the program, you can be photographed with all participants. There are also shops with handcrafted souvenirs to bring back home.
is a perfect place to spend at least an hour in the afternoon in Guam. It is quite a long tunnel and has a very large variety of fauna. The site ends with several aquariums. Take a good camera. You can make a pretty funny photo inside the tunnel. For children this is very ideal and educational. Inside, there are a lot of different living creatures (sharks, manta rays, turtles, eels, morays, and various tropical fishes and coral species which float over you in a hard glass tunnel.
There are several aquariums with jellyfish and exotic fish. You can enjoy a cocktail or dinner right in the tunnel. Just put in the tunnel tables, you sit down, order cocktails and snacks (for a fee), and you float over various sea creatures. By the way, you can swim in the aquarium with live sharks along with an experienced diver. Don’t forget to take pictures beside the toothed shark at the entrance. There is free Wi-Fi and you will learn a lot about the marine wildlife on this walk through underwater aquarium. A cute souvenir shop featuring the marine animals can also be found inside the site.
Guam Pacific War Museum
Guam Pacific War Museum
is a great way to learn about the horrors and indifference of war. As you browse to the numerous exhibits showing the war in the Pacific, you cannot help but sympathize to the soldiers, families and everyone that became victims of the war. A short video welcomes every guest, afterward a guide will lead you to the exhibit room where the remnants and images of World War 2 is presented. You can read articles, documents of the declaration of war, news clippings and archived documentaries made about WW II.
The museum created a balanced and fair interpretation of the American and Japanese side during the course of the historic events in the 1940’s. Everything is nicely done, and the atmosphere is quite solemn as every visitor try to reminisce through the help of the showrooms the determination, patriotism, and courage of both countries. It is also quite noticeable that the majority of visitors to this museum are Japanese. The museum is quite small but it shows a good collection of war memorabilia’s like, the vehicles, weapons, debris of a war plane, remains of the zero fighter trucks and equipments used during that era. After a visit, it leaves a strong impression that will make you view the meaning of war in a different perspective.
Piti Bomb Holes Preserve
For all diving enthusiasts the
Piti Bomb Holes Preserve
is the ideal place for a good diving experience in Guam. Diving classes for newbie’s and family diving is also offered by the PADI certified divers who work in this complex. For the less adventurous, you can enjoy looking at the family and other couples that dives from the sea observatory.
Snorkeling and swimming is also provided for the inexperienced divers. These protected areas are designed to preserve the rich coral reefs where the range to snorkel starts from the shallow depth up to the deep waters. It is advisable to wear the proper gear and equipment if planning to go scuba diving with the experts, there are gears for rent as well as masks and snorkeling tubes to complete that underwater adventure.
is worth a visit at least once as it’s not like all the other beaches on Guam. The nearby tropical forest looks like a fairy tale. It is a kind of beautiful jungle where many butterflies are flying around. Swimming at the beach is only advisable depending on the colors of the flag hoisted near the bay. A red flag signifies a strong current and people are allowed to only splash and swim near the shore.
In the forest there is a kind of parking zones, each zone has a table with bench. It is very convenient and you can organize a picnic in the shade there. Clear turquoise sea, white sand, amazing views of the sea or the tropical “forest”. The clear turquoise sea, white sand, amazing views of the sea makes Ritidian truly a sight not to be missed.
Latte Stone Park
Latte Stone Park
is a curious phenomenon that is worth visiting in Agana, the capital city. It got its name from stones on which the Chamorro (the indigenous people of Guam) allegedly built their houses. The Latte Stones served as the foundation of their homes and are unique in the world. One has the feeling that pots were placed on pillars. They consist of two parts: the Halagi or the supporting pillar of coral and its head, and the Tasa. The eight Latte Stones were transported from Me’pu in Südguam to the park.
In the park itself there are rest benches and tables that explain the history of these stones and their use by means of sketches. Also a rear exit of the bunker of the Japanese can be visited. Here, it is only allowed and possible to explore a few meters into the tunnel. The park is a little uneven, so be careful, but works thanks to this curious flower pots also pretty special and invites on the park benches to relax. Very interesting trees at the entrance to the park, huge, sprawling, and all trunks have overgrown leaves that offer perfect shade on a sunny tour.
DulCe Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica
Founded in 1966, the
Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica
is the largest cathedral in Guam and the Mariana Islands. It has neat and tidy appearance and colorful stained glass windows that draw the faithful and devoted to her presence. The frescoes of all the saints are well done on the side and truly impressive. The stained glass impressions look more stunning once the sun sets and cloths the whole atmosphere with its red orange streak. A few steps away are the structures built by Spain in the 1800’s like; the Plaza de Espana and Fort Apugan.
The cathedral stands right across the Chamorro Village, a market that sells souvenir products, delicacies, food, and artworks made by the indigenous people from Guam. In front of the church is the statue of the late Pope John Paul II. It was constructed to commemorate his visit to Guam during the 1980’s.