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So, you’re thinking on a holiday in lovely Guam – congratulations, you’ve good choice. Now, what can help you push yourself from ‘thinking’ to the ‘deal-hunting and booking’ stage? Well, if you want… we have this blog on the top things travellers should do while on a holiday in Guam. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Tumon Bay is at the core of the island’s tourism scene. With its pale gold beaches, and glassy aquamarine waters, it’s veritable a paradise for beach aficionados. The Tumon Bay offers more than just sunbathing and swimming, it’s a hub for watersports such as snorkelling, jet-skiing, parasailing, and kayaking. As the sun sets, the Tumon skyline comes alive with an array of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, making it a vibrant spot for both relaxation and entertainment.
Perched on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Two Lovers’ Point is more than a scenic viewpoint; it’s a daring setting to a truly death-defying legend. According to Chamorro lore, two lovers, forbidden to be together, leaped from this very cliff-edge into the ocean – united in their eternal love. The point offers breathtaking panoramic views at all times, but especially during sunrise and sunset. Visitors can also explore the two lovers’ statue and learn about the full story that has been passed down through generations.
If Tumon Bay is Guam’s tourist-y heart, then the Chamorro Village is the heart of island’s culture – a gateway to its very soul, if we say so. Every Wednesday evening, the village transforms into a bustling market where locals and visitors come together. The air is alive with aromas of Chamorro delicacies like red rice and chicken kelaguen. Handicraft stalls showcase traditional weavings, wood carvings, and exquisite pottery. The village also hosts cultural performances such as traditional dance and music, offering a chance to immerse oneself in Guam’s vibrant heritage.
Step into history at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park. This poignant site commemorates the bravery and sacrifices made during World War II. The park encompasses various sites, including the Asan Bay Overlook, where you can reflect on the events that unfolded here. The T. Stell Newman Visitor Centre offers a deeper understanding of Guam’s wartime history through exhibits and artifacts. Guided tours provide insights into the battles and the resilience of the people of Guam.
Nestled in Yona, Coco Palm Garden Beach is a secluded haven for those seeking a tranquil escape. The beach offers a serene atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and soaking in the natural beauty. The gently swaying coconut palms create a picturesque backdrop as you relax on the soft sands. The clear waters invite you to take a refreshing dip or explore the vibrant marine life while snorkeling. It’s an ideal spot for picnics, beachcombing, and simply basking in the serenity of the surroundings.
Nature enthusiasts will find their paradise at Ritidian Point Wildlife Refuge. This pristine stretch of coastline boasts unspoiled beaches, lush forests, and diverse wildlife. The Ritidian Beach Overlook provides panoramic vistas that encompass the azure ocean meeting lush landscapes. The refuge is home to endangered species like the green sea turtle and the Mariana fruit bat. Embark on guided hikes through the coastal strand and explore the ancient latte stone quarry, a testament to Guam’s indigenous Chamorro culture.
Step into the heart of Chamorro culture at Lina’la Cultural Park. This immersive experience takes you on a journey through the island’s indigenous heritage. Learn about traditional practices, crafts, and storytelling that have been passed down through generations. Engage in hands-on activities like weaving, coconut husking, and fire-starting, guided by skilled Chamorro artisans. The park serves as a living museum, offering a glimpse into the daily life and customs of Guam’s original inhabitants.
Constructed by Spanish colonizers in the late 17th century, this fort was strategically positioned to defend the island against potential threats from pirates and other European powers. Located on a coastal cliff in Umatac, Fort Soledad’s stone walls and cannon emplacements stand as a testament to Guam’s resilience and strategic significance.
As you explore the ruins of Fort Soledad, you’ll be transported to an era of maritime defense and colonial struggles. The site also features an ancient Spanish bridge, ‘Puente de Umatac’, that once connected the fort to the town, adding an extra layer of historical intrigue. While much of the fort is now in ruins, the stories it holds and the panoramic views it offers make it a captivating stop for history enthusiasts.
Learn about Guam’s rich history and cultural heritage at the Guam Museum. The museum’s exhibits cover topics ranging from prehistoric times to modern Guam.
Dive into Guam’s azure waters for snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, and paddleboarding, or take a sunset cruise along the coast. Travellers can also embark on trails like the Lost Pond Trail or the challenging Mount Lamlam hike, offering rewarding views and opportunities to discover the island’s natural beauty.
With its captivating landscapes, vibrant culture, and array of activities, Guam offers an unforgettable holiday experience that caters to all types of travellers. Whether you’re exploring historical sites, indulging in delectable cuisine, or soaking up the sun on pristine beaches, Guam promises an enriching and memorable getaway. Check out our other blogs on Micronesia, or head over to browse some of the season’s best Micronesia holiday deals. Want something bespoke – like a romantic South Pacific escape tailored to your exacting requirements? Not a worry, just call our South Pacific Specialists at 1300 991 751!
All pix courtesy of Visit Guam.
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