Hailed as the gateway to Micronesia as its transportation and communications hub, the undiscovered Pacific gem of Guam offers tourists a picturesque terrain that is a beautiful combination of limestone plateaus, volcanic hills, lush jungles, quiet seaside villages, stunning coral reefs and clear crystalline blue lagoons.
Guam’s tourism is made popular among holiday-makers by its pristine beaches, championship golf courses, world-class diving, and snorkeling.
The island’s central offers modern conveniences of suburban living, with restaurants, bars, shopping centers and international class resort hotels fronting the Tumon and Agana Bays.
When is your turn to kick back in the balmy tropics of Guam for a well-deserved tropical beach holiday getaway to the Pacific Islands?
Guamanian People & Chamorro Culture
People in Guam
History and geography have given Guam a vibrant cosmopolitan population of 167,000.
Guam’s earliest settlers, the Chamorros, who now make up 37% of the population, are thought to have arrived by canoe from South-East Asia, living isolated from the rest of the world as an advanced fishing, horticultural, and hunting society for centuries.
Asking around, I find a good handful of people have never heard of Guam, Micronesia. However, word of its uniqueness is beginning to spread. With a 17.1 percent visitor increase between 2015 and 2016, it seems people are starting to take notice. It’s no surprise: Guam boasts a rich culture, gorgeous beaches, year-round tropical weather conditions and some of the most hospitable inhabitants in the world.
Things to Do In Guam
Places to Visit In Guam
Visit beautiful limestone forests unique to Guam and view the indigenous plants, like the pahong, used for its waxy lining and edible seeds that the Chamorro people still use today.
Go on a river tour to experience Guam’s native culture and lush jungle or take a trip back in time to visit Guam’s six historical parks. Abandoned tanks, pill boxes, guns and bomb and shell craters, some being reclaimed by the jungle, stand as sombre testaments to the Guam’s violent past in the World Wars I and II.
Chammoro Food & Places to Eat in Guam
Try out traditional kelaguen, made with meat marinated with lemons and hot peppers, on the side of red rice infused with achote seeds, onions and garlic. Spicy stewed marinated chicken, or kadon pika, goes well with red rice.
The Chammoros know their marinades well, so their barbecued meats grilled atop blazing tangan-tangan wood fires are a must-try too and you can end your meal with a bite of Chammoro caramelised coconut candy.
Getting around Guam
Buses and trolleys provide affordable transport around Guam, connecting most major hotels to shopping centres and districts. It is also easy to grab a metered taxi with a cheap starting flag rate of US$2.40. Taxi fares increase by US$4 for the first mile and with increments of S$0.80 per subsequent mile.