Guam: 10 Things to Do on this Pacific Island Paradise

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Administered by the USA, Guam still boasts of its own traditional Chamorro culture prevailing on the island since ancient times. With a range of different water activities, breathtaking scenery and a myriad of pretty beaches for you to relax on, Guam is the perfect Pacific getaway. Here are ten of the top things you can see on the island.

1. Mount Lamlam

The highest peak on the island's rugged landscape, Mount Lamlam offers panoramic views over Guam and into the Pacific. The trail is fairly easy but provides a nice alternative to spending all day lounging around on the island's many beaches. For those wanting a longer walk, Mount Jumullong Manglo is also close to the mountain and can be seen from the top. Apart from the breathtaking views, you'll also find a bunch of old wooden crosses that were erected in 1980 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Guam's oldest villages.

2. Slingshot Guam

Perfect for the adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers visiting the island, Slingshot Guam is a human catapult propelling passengers over 70 meters at speeds of 160 kilometers per hour. This innovative attraction is well worth the $25 entrance fee for this highly unique ride. It's also fun to sit outside, watching people get propelled into the air, although it might look a little intimidating and unsafe, the slingshot is completely controlled and feels perfectly safe.

3. Chamorro Village

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Before you enter Chamorro you'll probably be pulled towards the complex by the mouth-watering smell of barbecue wafted towards you. The village is a great place to sample locally made produce and delectable bites to eat. Stalls full of handmade clothes and items also make for perfect souvenirs to bring back. Although it's open everyday, it's best to head their on Wednesday evenings when the bustling market organizes various shows and cultural performances.

4. Two Lovers Point

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Arguably the best lookout point on the island, Two Lovers Point offers stunning views over the Pacific and coastline of the island from its vantage point 300 meters up the side of a cliff. The spot is also the famous location for one of Guam's legends where a high-ranking lady and her lover threw themselves off the cliff to escape an arranged marriage, hence the reason for the name.

5. Underwater World

One of the longest underwater tunnels in the world, UnderWater World is a huge aquarium featuring many of the marine life found in the surrounding waters. For a more hands on experience you can even pay extra to enter the water and swim with the aquatic creatures.

6. Fish Eye Marine Park

Another of Guam's popular marine life observatories, Fish Eye Marine Park takes visitors down to the ocean floor without the need to get wet. From the observatory you can see the different types of coral and marine life as they swim up to the underwater bunker. Those who don't mind getting a little wet can also opt to dive down into the waters around the observatory along with lessons in how to dive and snorkel.

7. Cocos Island

A short boat ride from the southern tip of Guam, Cocos Island is a picture-perfect paradise offering some of the best beaches in the area. Also known for the variety of water activities on offer there, visitors can choose from a range of different sports like jet skiing, snorkeling, kayaking and parasailing as well as diving down to view the beautiful coral and marine life found around there.

8. Tumon Bay

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The liveliest, vibrant section of the island, Tumon Bay is full of restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues along with a thriving nightlife scene of bars and nightclubs. Along the bay is also one of the island's most popular beaches, which stretches for about two kilometers with pure white sand and beautiful turquoise waters.

9. Ypao Beach Park

A great relaxation spot if you want to get away from the more crowded areas of Tumon, Ypao generally tends to be a bit emptier as it's a little further up the coast. The beach also has facilities for barbecues which locals often take advantage of grilling some Guam-style meats. With the shallow water and abundance of coral in the area it also makes a great place for snorkeling and observing marine life.

10. Coco Palm Garden Beach

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The perfect spot to enjoy this Pacific paradise, Coco Palm Garden Beach is located in the northern tip of Guam, away from the crowded sightseeing spots in the Tamun Bay. The Beach operates as a day resort, and it is accessible to all visitors staying on Guam through a shuttle service which returns after five hours. The resort offers range of different activities such as kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and diving along with several restaurants and bars.

Conclusion

Although known for its picture-perfect beaches, crystal-clear waters and tropical marine life, Guam offers a whole range of activities to keep you busy for any length you decide to stay on this Pacific paradise. Don't just take our word for it, see for yourself why Guam is often rated as paradise on earth.

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