About Guam

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.

Currency in Guam

The legal tender in Guam is the U.S. Dollar.

Entry Requirements

US citizens are generally allowed to enter Guam and re-enter the US with a valid US photo ID card, though passports are recommended.

Guam’s entry requirements make concessions for the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Citizens or nationals of VWP Designated Countries may travel to Guam without a visa for the purpose of pleasure, for a period of 90 days or less, with prior approval obtained from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and with qualifying travel arrangements and supporting documentation

Visitors to Guam are recommended to hold a valid passport/travel document with minimum validity of six months beyond the period of intended stay. Visa requirements vary for different countries of origin.

Guam’s Cuisine

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.

While the island has a variety of cuisine including American, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Filipino and Mexican dining options available, it is highly recommended that you keep a lookout for traditional Chammoro restaurants when you are dining out in Guam.

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.

Guam has plenty to offer the adventurous explorer – from kayaking, hiking, windsurfing, parasailing, jet-skiing to dolphin watching. You can also tee off at its world renowned golf resorts.

Diving & Snorkeling in Guam
Stunning coral reefs and clear crystalline blue lagoons, teeming with colourful aquatic life ring Guam’s white sand coastline.

With its military history and significance in the World War I and II, Guam’s appeal to scuba divers is especially strong in its shipwrecks. Wreck dive the Tokai Maru and SMS Cormoran where you can get to touch a shipwreck from World War I at the same time as another from World War II.

Guam’s proximity to the Mariana Trench, the deepest portion of the Earth’s oceans, also brings with it a mind-blowing variety of marine life and terrain for divers and snorkelers to explore.

Turtles, spotted eagle rays, and white tip reef sharks abound as octopus, large tuna and unicorn fish come out to play with giant eels and spinner dolphins giving divers a spectacular visual treat that often comes just once in a lifetime.

Shopping in Guam

The Chamorros are skilled craftsmen known for their intricate weaving of accessories and trap. Bring a piece of Guam home with you when you pick up traditional woven bags, hats, boxes and such at Gef Pa’go, Inajaran, where you can also learn to weave.

Apart from souvenirs, duty-free shopping is a delight at the Tumon Bay area, where a gleaming DFS Galleria is located a short distance away from Tumon Sands Plaza, a shopping haven filled with luxury labels.

Factory outlet shopping can also be done at the Guam Premier Outlets and Ross Dress for Less, where plenty of bargains await you.

Another must-go is the Kmart in Guam – touted to be the largest in the world.

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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.

In 1521, Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived on Guam and forged a link between Spain and the Chamorros lasting over 300 years until the island became a US Territory in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. The Japanese briefly occupied Guam until 1944 when it was liberated by American forces.

As such, Guamanian charm and warmth is an eclectic blend of Spanish, indigenous Chamorro, Pacific, Asian and Western cultures and traditions.

Languages in Guam

The two official languages in Guam are English and Chamorro. You can get by perfectly by conversing with the locals in English.

Culture & Beliefs

The Guamanian people are a geniunely friendly lot, so be sure to return the “Hafa Adai!” greetings that come your way.

While years of Spanish and American influence has converted most of island’s population to Christianity, traditional superstitious beliefs still abound.

Chamorros believe that ancestral spirits, or TaoTao Mona, still roam the island’s forests and jungles. As a sign of respect to the ancestors, it is prudent to first seek permission from the spirits before entering the jungle.

While the Guamanian population is now a diverse range of ethnicities, the Chamorros are the native people of Guam, so do take note of whom (and how) to address a Chamorro.