You guys, I’m having a heck of a time finding time to blog. Suddenly I’m swamped with doula clients and this holiday bazaar I decided to organize (because, you know, I’m not busy enough) and Halloween week festivities and… you know. Blahblahblah. I’m busy.
So instead of doing a whole series on Guam, I’m gonna bombard you with a whole big post. I’m gonna keep it short and sweet and share a few photos (which I’m not even watermarking because…), and tips about our experience. All in all, we had a good time. Guam ain’t no Hawaii though, you guys. Living in Hawaii for sure spoiled us to beaches. We still haven’t found anything to compare!
Gab Gab Beach
We visited three beaches during our trip, but none more frequent than Gab Gab Beach. Located on the Navy base, it was very beautiful and calm and perfect for what we were looking for! The water was incredibly warm and clear, and since we went during the week, it wasn’t very busy at all. They even have a pool type place carved out of the beach, though we only jumped in there once! The sand was nice here. The water was rocky as you went further in, so I would recommend water shoes. Actually, I recommend water shoes for every beach. In Hawaii, we never used them. Here it was almost a must!
You can’t get on the base without a military ID or an escort, but if you’re military, I recommend going!
San Luis Beach
This beach is located just down the way from Gab Gab, and we sort of wished we had visited it sooner! We liked the location of this one better. The beach was flatter, though more rocky in spots, and it was covered with hermit crabs and seashells. Both times we went we had the place to ourselves! It’s also located on the Navy base.
I got yelled at by a park ranger at this beach. I guess we had wandered too far to a location off limits. Whoops? The guy was kinda mean and I was grumpy already, so I huffed off. But other than the mean rangers, it was one of the most beautiful locations we stopped at! This beach is at the end of a pot-hole filled road (it was like a video game trying to drive up there) at the northern most point of the island. Very beautiful, but a lot of coral and rocks. The current was strong too, so we had to keep an eye on Penny or else she went floating down the beach 😉
Fish Eye Marine Park
This park was pretty fun! Out at the Piti Bomb Reserves, a popular diving spot. In fact, the water was filled with scuba divers, most of them training for their certifications. If we didn’t have Penny with us, we would’ve totally scuba dived there! Anyway, the Fish Eye is a building built out in the reef that goes about 20 feet below water. It has portholes where you can watch the fishies swim around and eat and do their fishy thing. Penny sure enjoyed it! And the price was good for us too. The water was the prettiest out there, so turquoise and clear.
Uh so I forget the company we used. Turtle Tours maybe…? Anyway, we did a dolphin tour! Except the surf was so bad we couldn’t even see any dolphins, so it ended up being more of a cruise-around-the-bay-and-snorkel tour. In the end, we didn’t mind. Penny had a blast on the boat ride, her first one, and we enjoyed the sunshine and the waves! I sure love riding on catamarans and hanging out on the netting in the front. One of my favorite things. I didn’t snorkel (someone had to keep an eye on the kid) but B did!
Two Lover’s Point
This is, apparently, the prime Guam attraction. It’s at the top of a cliff on the other side of the big city. The myth is two lovers, like a Romeo and Juliet thing, flung themselves off the cliff because they couldn’t be together otherwise. It was a massive cliff with crashing surf at the bottom. Very beautiful though! And in true Brandon fashion, he refused to have a lock on the place… oh well. That’s like the third place we could’ve had a lock and haven’t. We’re like ghosts 😉
Chamorro Night Market
This was so much fun! The Chamorro Village lights up at night on Wednesday’s with music and food and shopping. There were tons of souvenirs and plenty of food to choose from. We decided to get some meat on a stick (see above) and Thai food, because… obviously. We didn’t buy any souvenirs but there’s plenty to get if you’re into that.
I don’t have any good photos of this because it was all underwater, of course. I was freaked out the whole time. Something about a tube 120 feet under the water… meh. But Penny loved watching the fishies and coral, and Brandon thought it was cool too. I wanted to do this sub tour in Hawaii but never got around to it. It was cool!
The Southern Coast
One of my favorite days involved driving around the Southern Coast of the island. Actually, this was the day after the dolphin tour. I think it was the most beautiful part of the whole island, with tiny towns, little beaches, and lots of GREEN. The tour was filled with tons of historical spots, like a really old bridge (the second photo) and the beach where Magellan landed in 1521. How cool right? Our tour ended at Talafofo Falls, a place I didn’t expect to go, but when we learned the Sgt Yokoi’s cave was there, we had to visit. This guy lived in this hole from the end of WWII until like 1972 when he was discovered. He thought the war was still going! The Talafofo Resort Park, if you can call it that, was kind of… weird. It had these old amusement park rides that looked like they hadn’t been used in ages and a weird erotic park we walked through because we were curious ;). The place looked abandoned almost! But the falls were pretty. Watch our for mosquitoes, by the way. Yikes.
For some reason I didn’t know how key Guam was to WWII. The whole island was peppered with WWII historical spots! Brandon was in heaven. Actually, I thought it was cool too, being a history nerd and all. There were Japanese bunkers hidden in the weirdest spots – beaches, hills, caves, whatever. There were guns around some beaches. Our last day there, we stumbled upon this bunker and walked through, though apparently we weren’t supposed to. The park rangers were nice though! The War in the Pacific Museum was really cool, I recommend going there, and then visiting the different parks around the island. Very eye opening!
We visited this on our tour of the southern coast, but I wanted to mention it here. It was a small fort on the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean and all down the coast. It was breathtaking! The fort didn’t have much to see except that guard tower and some old cannons, but it was just cool still. I love old places. It looked over the bay where Magellan landed in 1521. Just awesome!
Plaza de Espana
The Plaza is the site of the old Governor’s palace. Most of it was destroyed during WWII bombing, but there are still three buildings standing. We enjoyed walking through the complex and seeing the old stuff!
Guam was fun! No doubt about that. We needed a vacation big time. I think we expected it to be more like Hawaii, but heck, we compare every beach to Hawaii. It was more rundown and the beaches were more rocky. The biggest tips I have are rent a car and bring water shoes! I think we stayed a couple days longer than we should’ve. Five days is better than eight! I’m glad we went though. We all got good tans!
Honorable mention: The flights. They were great! We flew with JinAir and they were good. The flight down was awesome, and the flight back was… entertaining. Penny hit her head at the ticket counter, puked at the gate, and then puked as the plane was taking off. Yikes. But she was happy afterward 😉