Looking to vacation at a relatively unexplored tropical paradise? Then plan a holiday to Guam, a beautiful island in the western North Pacific Ocean and one of Micronesia's most populous island. The oversees territory of the United States is about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. Beach-a-holics will enjoy flocking to this destination for it is laden with soft-sandy beaches, exquisite coral reefs teemed up with extraordinary underwater life.
Head over to Hagatna for it is the capital of the island and the seat of the government. Spend Wednesday nights at Chamorro Night Village Market to get the local feel and culture of the islet. Due to Spanish colonization, marvel at the many colonial buildings in the picturesque old town. Stroll around and relax amidst the stunning Latte Stone Park.
Exploring Guam's underwater world and indulging in water-sports is one of the many delightful activities about the island nation. It is one of the top dive sites out there. Some of the underwater attractions comprise of WWII wrecks, colourful coral reefs and plenty of aquatic life. If you're lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the spinner dolphin, which are usually seen in the island's shallow bays. Some of the water-sports that you can have fun with are jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and fishing. One of the activities that ought to be tried in snuba diving, meshing snorkeling with scuba. Be sure to also enjoy marine universe using a Seawalker, which is a unique helmet filled with air.
Spend some time in Gef Pago Park - a living museum in Inarajan Village and observe the traditions and lifestyle of the Chamorros. In the outskirts of Hagatna, in South Pacific Memorial Park is the site that pays tribute to those killed in WWII and the Pacific National Historical park is the location of five battle sites with a museum showcasing war photos and relics. Be sure to also head over to the Guam Museum. Its displays talk about Chammorro culture and tell the story of Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese soldier, who hid in rural Guam until 1972 and did not know the war was over.
This one's a little eerie but you can check out Two Lovers Point. As per legend and folklore, two star-crossed lovers jumped 115m (378ft) to their deaths from this vantage point. Tourists can head over there to soak in the breathtaking views of Tumon Bay. Drop by at Apra Harbour to catch glimpses of the harbour. There is a commemorative monuments that lists out those who passed away during the three-year Japanese occupation. Today, the harbour is a bustling cruise and cargo ship port.
In need to immerse yourself in nature? Then head over to Namo Falls Botanical Gardens in Agat, laden with orchids, bougainvillea, mango trees and much more. It is an incredible sire for wild swimming. Bathers can paddle in pools below two waterfalls, referred to as Guella and Guello ('Grand-mother' and 'Grand-father'). Hikers ought to climb Mount Lamlam, highest point on Guam at 406m (1,334ft) and be rewarded with fantastic scenic vistas of the island.
When it comes to shopping, there are big shopping complexes such as Agana Shopping Centre and Guam Premier Outlets, Micronesia Mall and DFS Galleria and the planet's biggest K-Mart. Owing to the island's duty-free status, there are other items to procure such as watches, perfume, jewellery and so forth.
As for cuisine, be sure to try some of their local specialities such as Kelaguen (chopped chicken, lemon juice, grated coconut and hot peppers), Mahha Titiyas (coconut tortillas) and so forth. The stay options in the island nation is abundant with the best luxury hotels, comfortable apartments and cheap lodgings available for the tourists to decide which to kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Guam experiences tropical marine climate. The best time to visit would be January-May, the dry season.