Guam things to see and do

Tourist offices

Guam Visitors Bureau

401 Pale San Vitores Road, Tamuning, GU, 96913, Guam
Tel: (671) 646 5278/9.
www.visitguam.org

Things to see and do

Apra Harbour Overlook

From this vantage point, one glimpses the harbour just like the Japanese soldiers did when the Americans invaded the island. A commemorative monument lists those who died during the three-year Japanese occupation. Today the harbour is a busy cruise and cargo ship port.

Diving

Transparent, turquoise waters, jungles of coral, denizens of the deep and numerous wrecks make Guam a diver's dream. Snorkelers can just wander into the water at Ypao beach (Hilton Hotel) to view awesome underwater life.

Gef Pago Park

This living museum in Inarajan Village focuses on the traditions and lifestyle of the Chamorros. Demonstrations reveal how natives made sea salt, wove rope and how coconut was more than just food; husks served as insect repellent, fire starters and insulation.

Hagåtña

Spain ruled the islands for 333 years and Hagåtña, the capital, has many historic buildings dating from this era. Also of interest are the relics of the Chamorro period (a culture which remains alive today, albeit much modified).

Hiking

Climb Mount Lam Lam, the highest point on Guam (406.6m or 1,334 ft) or be a 'boonie stomper' (one who wanders off the beaten track) and discover Sigua, Tarzan or Namo Falls.

Inarajan Shore Botanical Garden

There are three botanical gardens in Guam: the Inarajan Shore Botanical Garden by the sea in the southern part of the island; the Nano Fall Botanical Gardens in Agat, where swimming can be enjoyed in the Nano River under rushing cascades; and the Pineapple Plantation in Yigo.

Latte Park

Other parks include Latte Park, located at the bottom of Kasamata Hill; and Merizo Pier Park, a resort surrounded by a clear lagoon which is the location of the annual Merizo Water Festival. Beach parks include Talofofo Bay Beach Park, located at the mouth of the Talofofo River and a surfers' paradise; and Ipao Beach Park, once the location of an ancient Chamorro settlement, later a penal and leper colony, and now one of Guam's most popular recreational areas.

Reef fishing

Reef fishing with net and rod is popular, as is spearfishing for groupers and skipjacks and deep-sea fishing for marlin, tuna, wahoo, barracuda, bonito and sailfish.

South Pacific Memorial Park

The South Pacific Memorial Park in Yigo commemorates those killed in WWII, and the War in the Pacific National Historical Park is the location of five WWII battle sites with a museum of war photos and relics. Guam has another small museum with sections dedicated to Chamorro culture and the Japanese soldier who hid in the interior until 1972, unaware that the war was over.

Tumon Bay

Tumon Bay, just up the coast from Hagåtña, is the main tourist centre. There are fine coral reefs around the coast. The interior is mountainous, particularly in the south. There are several spectacular cliffs on the north coast.

Two Lovers Point

Two star-crossed lovers leapt 115m (378ft) to their death from this point that showcases Tumon Bay and central Guam. Adjacent to the overlook, a small museum has a mock-up of the cave digs of Shoichi Yokoi, the Japanese soldier who lived in the jungle for 28 years unaware of the war's end.

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

This park consists of six different WWII battle sites where war relics, caves, foxholes and tunnels still exist. A must when visiting the park is the T Stell Newman Visitor Center, which features the award-winning movie, Liberating Guam: The U.S. Comes Back, and a gift shop.

Watersports

Guam's beautiful waters lend themselves to an array of water-based activties, including jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and fishing.

Wreck diving

Attractions for divers include WWII wrecks, reefs and a variety of marine flora and fauna. The spinner dolphin inhabits the island's shallow bays. A number of creatures which hide in the corals during the day can be seen on night dives. Surfing facilities are available at coastal resorts.

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