Guam's salt water pool offers rare swim with nature

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A swimmer enjoys Inarajan Salt Water Pool as the majestic waves of the Pacific Ocean turn tranquil after hitting the natural rock formations that help create it.
A swimmer enjoys Inarajan Salt Water Pool as the majestic waves of the Pacific Ocean turn tranquil after hitting the natural rock formations that help create it.

Guam's salt water pool offers rare swim with nature

by: Kayan Macabunga | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: July 13, 2017

When you arrive in a new place, the first thing that comes to mind is finding out where the must-see spots are. Whether you are into photography, the outdoors, road trips or just “chilling out,” you look for the right places to do your thing. Inarajan Salt Water Pool is one place on Guam that suits all of these desires.

Inarajan is a town in the southeastern part of Guam. The village name was derived from the local Chamorro term “Inalahan,” which later became Inarajan during Spanish colonization. It has the best preserved Spanish-period communities and is well known for its rich history and culture.

Going there is far from difficult. It’s just 45 minutes or less from Andersen Air Force Base and about 30 minutes from Guam Naval Base. It’s easy to navigate to since the town is along the main highway, Route 4.

You will encounter winding roads along the mountainous greeneries. You will see a lot of different faces of the ocean – along the cliff, along the shore, along the mountains. Some parts offer violent waves and in some areas the ocean is just sleeping.

Inarajan pool is a natural salt water reef area which is also called the Salugula Pool. The ocean waves reach at least 6-feet high as they approach the pool. Remarkably, the waters then come to a calm, clear, quiet water once it hits the natural reef barriers.

Concrete gazebos are built surrounding the pool - perfect for families who want to go picnicking. Beyond the gazebos is a quieter area where cars park along the shoreline. You can watch the waves as they lull you to relaxation. It becomes even more magnificent as the sun begins to set while the waters and foliage start to paint a monochromatic picture right before your eyes.

Snorkeling enthusiasts can enjoy floating on the pools and observe the many colorful fish swimming beneath. I saw lots of children playing in the pool. Some areas are only waist deep and some parts are for the “pro” local kids who go there regularly. The park has a small concrete tower about 6 foot high where kids climb up and show off their own unique plunges into the water.

For the non-daredevils, you could sit atop and breathe the wind.

A small mart is across the park, thus all your snacking needs and rest-room issues can be taken care of.

If you’re planning stay indoors all day, look out your window. Don’t waste the beautiful day; take advantage of the weather. Inarajan is an enjoyable place for anyone - adventurous or not. It’s within reach and it is such a unique piece of nature.

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