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 lose any 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!
Bonus points to any visitor (or local) who nails all 20 #selfies. Hint: tag @theguamguide to be featured!
Perching on a Rock at Tanguisson Beach
PHOTO: Aaron Brimhall via Instagram
Standing Next to a Man in a Loin Cloth
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Holding a Coconut Crab at Chamorro Village
You may be hesitant to pet the largest land-living arthropod in the world, but go ahead, the coconut crab doesn’t bite. 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 Wednesdays for a photo opp of you or someone brave petting the crab.
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.
Catching Air on an Off-Road Adventure
Adrenaline junkies and nature lovers will agree — off-roading through Guam’s rugged terrain is both thrilling and serene. And the best part of Let’s Ride Guam? 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.
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.
Standing Atop the World’s Tallest Mountain, Mt. Lamlam
Mount Lamlam (meaning lightning in Chamorro), located in the southwestern village of Agat, is the highest peak on Guam. 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.
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.
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.
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!
Leaping Into Sigua Falls
This hidden waterfall begs for a thrilling leap into the coffee-colored pools beneath. Bring your GoPro and read our step-by-step guide to the trail.
Swimming with the Fishes at Fish Eye
Go down into the ocean with a unique design 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.
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.
There’s nothing like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane to spike your adrenaline. 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.
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!