Marooned in the Pacific Ocean, Guam is a vision of palm-fringed beaches and aquamarine bays. The U.S. territory is the largest island in the Marianas Island Archipelago, with a footprint of 540 square kilometres. There are plenty of Spanish colonial sites and World War II battlefields to explore, as well as colourful Chamorro cultures and traditions.
Things to do in Guam
A balmy tropical climate and year-round temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius make Guam a paradise for beach lovers. Ritidian Point is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand, backed by rugged limestone cliffs and lush jungle. Secluded Tanguisson Beach is a great place to soak up the sunshine and escape the crowds, with excellent reef snorkelling just offshore.
Guam boasts one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the Pacific, with hundreds of coral and fish species to admire. Advanced divers can explore eerie shipwrecks, including the SMS Cormoran II German cruiser and Tokai Maru Japanese freighter.
Perched high on a limestone clifftop, Two Lovers Point commands one of the most spectacular vistas in Guam. A larger-than-life statue recalls the story of two Chamorro lovers who are said to have jumped to their deaths at the lookout.
Hagatna is the island’s captivating capital and is an excellent base for exploring Guam. Enjoy breakfast at a lively café in the Tumon district, then admire the beautiful colonial architecture and centuries-old churches in Plaza de Espana. A visit to Chamorro Village immerses you in the rich cultures and traditions of the indigenous population.
Guam is brimming with history and has more than 130 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pacific War Museum showcases the important role Guam played during World War II, while the South Pacific Memorial Peace Park pays tribute to the American and Japanese soldiers who lost their lives during the Pacific War.
Getting around Guam
Pedestrian-friendly Hagatna is compact and easy to get around on foot. The city is also serviced by local buses and taxis and open-air trolleys run between major hotels and shopping centres. Rental cars are a convenient way to explore the island at your own pace.