A look at quick trips on Guam for all ages
Get off of base and check out these fabulous spots!
There’s more than meets the eye at scenic Talofofo Falls
Explore one of Guam’s most popular waterfalls through the Talofofo Falls Resort Park. A cable car allows stunning aerial views of the 30-foot waterfall.
The resort park also boasts Guam Historical Museum, Sergeant Yokoi’s Cave, Observation Tower and Ghost House.
Travelers with children may want to bypass “Loveland,” an erotic statue park. There is also a gift shop and outdoor shooting range. A small admission fee is charged to get into Talofofo Falls Park.
Inarajan Pools: The water is more than fine
For rugged beauty and photo appeal, Inarajan Pools have 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 very young snorkelers to test out fins and goggles. Here, swimmers and divers can also be seen making use of a tall diving platform and other amenities, including barbecue pits and covered seating areas.
History, beauty, snorkeling abound at Gun Beach
The World War II-era gun for which Gun Beach is named is located in the far right end of the small lagoon created in part by a massive cliff on the north end. But this is not the only one of this local destination’s attractions.
On the left of the old gun is an entrance to another secluded cove called Fai Fai Beach. Gun Beach also features snorkeling and a beach bar for visitors to enjoy after working up a thirst under the surf.
The snorkeling is good at Gun Beach when safe conditions prevail; there is a dive site with steep reef sides and a cable trench leading into deep water. Protective beach shoes are a must for Gun Beach.
The entrance to Gun Beach has recently been improved with a gravel-paved road. Upon entry, the beach is to the immediate right and the water is soon in sight. Parking for beach activities is exclusive to the right side of the larger parking lot. The Beach bar, located to the left, has a large separate lot for their patrons.
Ypao Beach draws tourists, locals alike
Family activities abound at Ypao Beach. The local spot for seeing and being seen, Ypao beach is adjacent to one of the largest public parks on Guam.
Recently updated covered seating is in abundance and walking paths surround the area. There is also an outdoor shower for swimmers and beachgoers. Events are scheduled regularly for this location, and there is a bandstand for concerts on the lawn. This section of beach is groomed and manicured regularly.
Tourists can also be seen enjoying this park as its proximity to hotels and shops is so convenient. Parking is usually full on holidays and weekends and locked after sunset.