Here's 20 selfies you just have to take on Guam
Here's 20 selfies you just have to take on Guam
What better way to say “Been there, done that” than with a selfie? Sure, they’re a bit self-congratulatory, but in the Instagram Age, you will win more friends than you lose over fabulous vacation photos with your head filling two-thirds of the frame. Guam has no shortage of sites begging to be photographed at arm’s length with an iPhone.
Of course, we use the term “selfie” loosely, as many of these activities require the use of two hands!
2. Playing an Ill-Fated Romantic at Two Lovers Point
Two Lovers Point is not only the site of Guam’s most famous legend but also one of the best places to really see the beauty of Guam. Guam’s Romeo and Juliet story is every bit as tragic as the original.
According to the legend, the daughter of a wealthy high-ranking family falls deeply in love with a lowly Chamorro warrior. To avoid her arranged marriage and a pursuing army, the maiden and her lover throw themselves over the cliffs of Tumon Bay.
3. Standing on Top of the World’s Tallest Latte
The Latte Stone is one of Guam’s most well-known historic symbols. The Latte of Freedom can be called the World’s Largest Latte Stone. Set atop a conspicuous stone point overlooking both Agana bay and Asan Bay, the Latte offers a beautiful view of the ocean as well as a unique perspective of the island. It is certainly a sight to see and it’ll only cost you $2.
4. Standing Next to a Man in a Loin Cloth
There are three top spots to snag this shot: Ypao Beach in Tumon, Lina’la’ Chamorro Cultural Park, and Chamorro Village. You can genuinely hashtag #chamorro #onlyonguam.
5. Shaking Your Money Maker at a Cultural Dance Performance
Audience members are commonly called to the stage at cultural performances, especially when the humor quotient can be multiplied as infinitely as pictured above. Check out the Pacific Fantasies Dinner Show and read our pick of the top 5 cultural dance shows at Guam.Stripes.com.
Pacific Fantasies Dinner Show Revamps
It was always entertaining; now it’s spectacular. The Pacific Fantasies Dinner Show at Pacific Islands Club (PIC) has been revamped and is now bigger, brighter, faster, and stronger. This ensemble group led by the talented Dr. Benjie Santiago delivers a high octane performance inspired by Chamorro, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, and Kiwi cultural dance. The performance is set against the lush backdrop of terraced waterfalls and pools and includes an island-themed dinner buffet.
On Sept. 4, PIC hosted a grand opening of the revamped show. PIC management, Guam Visitors Bureau, and the Governor’s Office were all represented and gave remarks at the packed event.
While the PIC grounds and landscape has been upgraded, the biggest change is the show’s new modern feel. Having explored both Hawaiian and Vegas acts, troupe directors Trina Cruz and Santiago were no doubt inspired to inject a bit of house music and disco beats giving the show a more contemporary edge. Daring fire dance meets ‘hip-notizing’ hula all performed by dancers in colorful floral, grass, and feather costumes. It’s a dazzling show and certainly one of Guam’s biggest and best.
Pacific Fantasies Dinner Show happens nightly at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Email email@example.com for your reservation or more information.
6. Admiring the View at Cetti Bay
Cetti Bay and the chain of a thousand foothills are part of Guam’s Territorial Seashore Park. The area is generally considered a geological delight with the rock formation providing clues to the volcanic origins of southern Guam.
The twin hills below the Cetti Bay Overlook and to the north, called Attelong Acho, or Black Rock, are examples of pillow lava formed underwater during ancient volcanic eruptions. To the south in the distance Cocos Island can bee seen just off Merizo village.
Coconut crabs can weigh up to 9 lbs. with a leg span of more than 3 feet. Locals are adept at handling the crabs and sometimes keep them as pets. Stop by the Chamorro Village Night Market on Wednesday and Friday for a photo opp of you or someone brave petting the crab.
8. Parasailing Across Agana Bay
Want to do something adventurous but not ready for the fear-for-your-life intensity of skydiving? Parasailing offers the perfect level of sky-high adventure for those who prefer to stay closer to home.
Float in the sky above the ocean with the help of a parachute while you’re pulled along Guam’s beautiful coastlines by a speedboat. For more information about parasailing, contact Alupang Beach Club or the Ocean Jet Club.
9. Riding a Carabao
These docile mammoths are the water buffalo of Guam. Weighing up to 2,000 pounds, this national symbol of Guam has been used for centuries in farming. Visitors can ride the carabao, albeit very slowly, at a few locations around the island, such as Chamorro Village and Fort Señora Nuestra de la Soledad in southern Guam.
10. Jumping Into Inarajan Pools
For rugged beauty and photo appeal, Inarajan Pools has the most intriguing geology. Natural bathing spots surround a public park on the main road that circumnavigates the island.
Coral outcroppings resembling the lava flows of volcanic islands loom at 15 to 20 feet above the horizon, blocking the view of the reef beyond. On days with heavy seas this natural protection shields this beauty spot from wave action, allowing only ripples into the shallow pools resting in the shadows of the black rocks.
Tropical fish and other creatures can be observed in their natural habitat. The calm water is a perfect place for the very young snorkeler to test out fins and goggles. Swimmers and divers are observed making use of a tall diving platform and other amenities including BBQ pits and covered seating.
Though Mount Lamlam is only 1,332 feet high, the distance from the peak to the bottom of the nearby Mariana Trench is perhaps the greatest change in elevation on Earth over such a short distance. The Marianas Trench reaches a maximum known depth of 6.78 miles.
If Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth at 29,040 feet, was set in the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, there would be 6,760 feet of water left above it. Hikers can reach the mountain trailhead across from Cetti Bay Overlook and summit in about 30 minutes.
12. Repeling Down Tarzan Falls
Tarzan Fall is a moderately difficult hike that is very simple to find and follow, especially by Guam standards. It is only about 30 minutes away from Tumon Bay, the commercial and hotel center of the island, so it’s an easy morning or afternoon trip.
The trail is 1.4 miles long and should take you under three hours, including generous amounts of swimming time. The first portion of the trail is fairly flat, but then it takes a turn for the steep. In the wet season, it is basically a river in some places, but the footing is secure during the dry season.
There are a couple of nice overlook spots, and even a bench or two, along the trail, and the main trail is both clearly visible and marked with colored plastic tape.
13. Ziplining Over Tumon Bay
Do you seek the thrill of soaring through the air without the need of flying or skydiving? Visit Zip Guam, the island’s first zip line, where you can safely glide your way across six courses made of steel cable, 25 feet off the ground!
Zip Guam is located at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa in Tumon. This hour-long experience will give you a unique and memorable panoramic view of the hills of Guam and of Tumon Bay. It’s an experience not to miss!
And the best part of Jungle Rules Adventure Tours? You get to drive. Fulfill the dare devil desire to speed up and down the dunes, jumping blindly (camera tight in hand) over steep slopes.
Time: Monday through Saturday: 9am and 1pm
Experience Guam to the extreme as you venture through some of the island’s most scenic off-road trails. Set against beautiful scenic Guam, you’ll traverse through rugged red dirt terrain and enjoy breathtaking ocean vistas. There’s nothing quite like it! Whether you’re behind the wheel, or riding alongside, our professionally guided UTV tours accommodate all skill levels including families, beginners, and experienced riders.
Gear up for the adventure of a lifetime with Jungle Rules…”No Rules, Just Ride!”
- Adults: $120 (*$80 local/military)
- Youth: $60 ages 6-12 years (*$40 local/military) Tour not suitable for children 5 and under
- Includes hotel transfer (pick up 60 min prior to scheduled tour)
- Local rates are $80 for adults and $40 for children from 6-12.
Head to Leo Palace and try out globe-riding for yourself at Zorb Guam. Described as a cross between a waterslide and a roller coaster, Zorbing is a unique thrill you won’t soon forget!
Zorb Globe Ride offers thrills on Guam
Described as a cross between a roller coaster and a water-slide, Zorb rides are intended to quicken the pulse and elicit thrills. The New Zealand company set up shop this month at Guam’s Leo Palace Resort. Zorb Guam has two unique tracks called the “Double Dippers” and offers both Zydro and Zorbit rides.
If you’ve ever wondered how a gerbil feels racing across his wheel, Zorb is for you. Riders are placed inside a giant 12-foot inflatable globe and rolled down a 700-foot hill on one of two specially designed tracks. Thrill seekers may choose to add water and experience the Zydro Ride, slipping, sliding and spinning to the bottom of the hill. Up to three people (who really like each other) may ride together.
The dry jaunt, Zorbit, is known as the ‘astronaut-in-training’ ride. Strapped securely into a safety harness, single riders are sent tumbling head-over-heels down the hill.
The Zorb family began in the tourism hub of Rotorua, New Zealand with the opening of Zorb Rotorua in 1995. Zorb Rotorua is the company’s flagship site and hosts more than 50,000 riders a year.
Prices at Zorb Guam range from $24-72, depending on the number of rides and riders. Riders must be eight years or older. No reservations are required.
To find Sigua Falls it is easiest to follow HWY 1 to Hwy 4 at Agana. Take HWY 4 through town and up the hill toward Ordot. At Dero Road turn right and follow the signs for Leo Palace.
There is also a “No Trespassing” sign at the barricades but both the signs and barricades are for people that want to take off-road vehicles in on the property. At this point walk in and turn to the left to start the hike.
There are literally dozens of ATV trails in this area so it is recommended you take someone that has been on this hike in the past. From the trailhead to the first stop is all ATV trails and easy to hike.
The best and worst time of year for this hike is in the middle of rainy season. It is best because there will be a lot more water coming over the falls.
It will be the worst time because there will be extra water on the trails that lead up to the falls.
About 30 minutes into the hike you wll come accross a WWII Sherman Tank.
This is a great place for a break, look around and take some photos of the area.
To the right of the Tank is a hill with an overlook. This photo is the view from the hill of the valley below. From here, you follow a footpath to the valley and then back up to the ridge on the other side.
At the bottom of this hill are two streams that you need to cross. The first stream is quite small but the second one is a little deeper and wider. At the top of the next hill the foot trail connects to an ATV trail.
Once past the two streams and about another 30 minutes of hiking you will come to the Sigua Falls overlook.
This is the view of the falls from the overlook area. On the left side of this overlook is the footpath that leads down a ridgeline to the falls below.
Once at the base of the ridge, the trail drops extremely fast and becomes necessary to use ropes (already in place) to make both the descent and ascent to and from the falls. It is highly recommended that you bring gloves for this part of the hike.
This is the primary falls that you can visit year round. During dry season the water is not running quite this strong.
This is a secondary (seasonal) falls to the left of the primary falls. This is not normally here during dry season.
The falls look about the same year-round, even after a strong rain. The best time to vist this area is after about four or more weeks of heavy rain. The water in the swimming area is a little muddy during rainy season but is still refreshing.
Here is a view of both the primary and seasonal falls from the opposite side of the swimming area. This is a wonderful place to visit. The total hike time is four and a half to five hours. Take your time and enjoy the view and beauty of the island.
17. Swimming with the Fishes at Fish Eye
Go down into the ocean with a uniquely designed helmet filled with air. This safe and easy activity lasts about 20 minutes and you will always have the helping hand of a guide.
Seawalker is perfect for young and old no matter what your water experience. Enjoy feeding friendly fish and seeing natural coral life such as anemones. After your dive, enjoy the beautiful view from Fish Eye Marine Park or explore the ocean via paddleboat or kayak. Book through Seawalker Guam Tours.
18. Going Into the Deep on Atlantis Submarines
The Atlantis Submarine Expedition allows up to 48 passengers to get up close with aquatic life aboard a comfortable 65-foot submarine. The Underwater Adventure Tour takes off from Apra Harbor.
Passengers will first board a double decker boat and can admire the clear blue skies and refreshing sea breeze during the 15-minute jaunt out of the harbor. During the tour through Gab Gab, a popular snorkeling spot, guests may see colorful striped Moorish Idols, clown fish, giant elephant ear sponges, sea turtles, and even nurse sharks.
The captain will delight participants by plummeting to a maximum depth of 45 meters. Guests of all ages are welcome for this one-of-a-kind adventure!
19. Diving with Sharks at UnderWater World
There’s always a chance you will run into a shark or two while diving at Gun Beach, Cocos Island, or Gab Gab II, but it’s never guaranteed. It is absolutely guaranteed at UnderWater World on their island-famous shark dive!
In addition to sharks, you will swim with stingrays, guitarfish, sea turtles, and a host of tropical reef fish. Not a certified diver? They’ve got you covered. Contact UnderWater World to schedule a shark-diving adventure.
Take the plunge and experience the one-of-a-kind thrill of free-falling through the sky during a tandem jump with Skydive Guam. Take in some breathtaking island views from up above and walk away having experienced the ultimate rush.
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