Guam receives a million visitors a year. Literally. If you’re wondering why, the crystal clear waters, pristine beaches and breathtaking views all around are the reasons why. Guam is an extraordinary combination of old and new. From Spanish forts that date back few centuries to shopping malls and designer stores, Guam is where ancient culture and contemporary lifestyle meet. This seemingly little island has an endless list of things to see and do for every kind of traveller.
Depending on what kind of adventurer you are, and the amount of money you’re willing to spend, we’ve listed the top considerations when you’re planning your Guam vacation.
TRANSPORTATION. Public transportation is available on Guam. There are buses that operate on 9 different routes that connect to almost all the cities. Taxis are also readily available in all hotels and in the larger shopping malls. But if you really want to maximize your time and get the most out your days in Guam, perhaps renting a car would be a more reliable option.
- BUSES. Service intervals are between 30 minutes to 2 hours on all routes 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. No service on Sundays and holidays. Hours of service are from 6:30am to 7:30pm. The standard fare is $3.00/day or $1.00 per ride. Discounts are given to senior citizens, students and to people with disabilities. Young children from 6 to 18 years of age and people over 55 years old are charged $0.35 per trip or $1.00 a day.
- TAXIS. All taxis are equipped with regulated meters. Standard flag down rate is $2.40, with $4.00 for the first mile and $0.80 for every quarter mile after. A typical one-way fare costs $5.00 to $6.00 from the airport to hotels in Tumon Bay. A round trip fare from Tumon to all the way south of Guam is about $80.00 to $100.00.
- CAR RENTALS. Renting a car in Guam can be quite affordable at up to $25.00 for 24 hours. There are many local car rental companies and there are the world-wide known rental brands as well. It’s best to choose among the options in Tumon, which is near the airport. It saves time picking it up and dropping it off before catching your flight out of Guam at the end of your visit.
FREE ADMISSION. Guam has many sights and walking trails that do not require admission. They are definitely worth checking out because Guam is very rich in history and culture that will surely be fascinating to learn. Here are a few parks and trails that might interest you:
- Hagåtña Heritage Walking Trail. Trek a distance of about 1.6 miles (2.5km) where we guarantee nothing short of incredible sightseeing along the way. This will take about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
- War in the Pacific National Historical Park. This park was established to pay tribute to the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of the people who played a role in World War II. This is a pretty huge park, with many outdoor sections to explore. Take your time taking in the beauty all around you at the Asan Bay Overlook, Piti Guns Unit, Ga’an Point, among many others. The indoor visitor center showcases Guam’s World War II history as well as the history of the War in the Pacific as a whole.
- Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. Before arriving at the fort, you will find yourself in the sleepy town of Umatac. Feel free to walk around and explore. The view at the top of this Spanish era fortress is a sight to behold. Surely a favorite among visitors.
- Inarajan Natural Pool. As you head North of Guam, you’ll stumble upon this very pretty body of water. It could be a perfect place to jump in for a quick dip. It is protected from the strong currents by a natural coral ring. Wade, snorkel or just hang out and enjoy the view.
OTHER HISTORICAL SIGHTS AND EXCITING ACTIVITIES. With Guam’s colorful history and very rich culture, there is so much to preserve and they’ve done quite well in doing so. There are many amazing places to immerse yourself in with the beauty and intense culture of the Chamorro people. There are also many thrilling and exciting activities to do all around Guam that will definitely make your visit a memorable one.
- Two Lovers’ Point (Admission is $3 USD per person, children below 6 years old are free). Head north to the Puntan Dos Amantes, where you can appreciate the sweeping cliff views and the bittersweet love story between 2 sweethearts, where a forbidden love between a Chamorro local and the captain’s daughter led the 2 to jump off the 378-foot cliff together. Lovers all over the world can profess and seal their love at Two Lovers’ Point by leaving notes and a love letter to your special someone.
- The Latte of Freedom (Admission is $3 USD per person) This is a monument overlooking the Asan and Agana bays on top of a prominent stone. It invites guests to see and learn about the local culture of the people of the island. The Guam Museum complex includes a tower that is accessible by an elevator as well as ramps to the top.
- Chamorro Village in Hagatna. Immerse yourself in the traditional Chamorro lifestyle by walking through the exotic village. Learn how they live and conduct their customs and traditions. Many interesting Chamorro artifacts are on display for your viewing pleasure. You can find inexpensive souvenirs in the market and enjoy fresh local food and get a glimpse of Guam’s local cuisine at reasonable prices. You can get a BBQ stick of either chicken or pork for as low as US$1 or as much as $5-$9 for a plate. The outdoor mall is open everyday, but the main event happens every Wednesday night from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
- Encore! Where The Magic Happens is a family entertainment show with optional dinner package at the Fiesta Resort Guam. Choose from a great selection of dinner options. From a buffet style dinner, Fiesta BBQ and Polynesian, steak and seafood to an All-American meal with your choice of a burger, local BBQ and Fish & Chips — there is something for every palate! Package rates range from US$99-US$130 and includes round trip transfers from your hotel. Children ages 4-12 years old have special rates. The show itself is in a plush and cozy theater within the hotel Fiesta Resort Guam. Encore! Where The Magic Happens is described as the Best Family Entertainment on Guam! Enjoy a dynamic evening of comedy, magic and illusions and wondrous feats and talents. The show features Rio!, Guam’s only white lion, who has been captivating audiences since 2015. All the performances are family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the world-class Encore! Where the Magic Happens. We promise you that it will be a perfect evening you won’t forget.
- Guam Zoo (Admission is $15 for 12 years old and above; $8.50 for 11 years old and below). With over 40 species of local and endangered marine and wildlife, as well as to numerous exotic and domestic animals from all over the world, your visit to the zoo will definitely be an amazing learning experience.
- Fish Eye Marine Park (Admission is $26 for adults and $13 for children). The Fish Eye is an observatory that is 30 feet below sea level. It is visited by about 180,000 visitors every year. It is perhaps the only observatory like it throughout Micronesia.
- Go-Kart Racing (Rates are $55 for adults, $40 for children inclusive of hotel transportation and safety gear) Zoom around the track behind the wheel of a cool go-kart. Put your karting skills to the test as you enjoy a friendly competition between you and your friends. Enjoy twisting and turning as you navigate the Guam International Raceway.
- Biking and Hiking Adventure (Rates are $85 for adults and $40 for children) Bike through the beautiful Guam National Wildlife Refuge, and hike along a coastal trail surrounded by trees and with far-reaching views of the breathtaking blue sea.
Getting around and relishing in everything Guam has to offer does not necessarily have to break the bank. This price guide should help you plan your days in Guam more accurately. This way you can enjoy everything on the island with minimal hitches and unexpected surprises.