Guam may be famed for its military bases rather than its tourism sector, yet this far-flung tropical destination is a hidden paradise for holidaymakers in the know. The Micronesian nation offers beautiful white beaches, exotic wildlife, and intriguing culture and history.

    Naturally, many vacationers go there to enjoy aquatic pursuits. Mesmerising coral-clad reefs and ancient shipwrecks lie beneath the surface, forming vivid underwater worlds that teem with marine life. Above the surface, water sports like jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, and paddleboarding provide everyone with plenty of fun in the sun. Best of all, if you’re from the US, there's no need to bring your passport to visit this official American territory.

    What are the best things to do in Guam?


    Tumon Beach

    Beautiful beaches abound

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    Tumon is arguably the most famous of Guam’s stunning beaches and serves as the country’s focal point. It's lined by a palm tree-fringed promenade full of lavish beach resorts and hotels. A string of upmarket restaurants and bars line the shore, creating a festive atmosphere that continues into the early hours. And despite the crowds, Tumon is an idyllic spot to soak up some rays or partake in your favourite water sport. 

    If you prefer something a little more secluded, Guam has plenty of blissful empty beaches to explore. Talofofo is worth a look for its unique green sand, while Gun Beach and Ritidian Beach offer natural beauty away from the masses.

    ที่ตั้ง: Tumon Beach, Tamuning, 96913, Guam


    Ritidian Point

    The ideal nature escape

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    Ritidian Point resides within the Guam National Wildlife Refuge, a 1,203-acre park that’s teeming with native fauna. It's tucked away on the northern tip of the country, about 35 minutes from Tumon. Tree snails, Mariana fruit bats, geckos, toads, butterflies, and monitor lizards are just some of the species that roam the thick jungle. Exploring is easy, as the refuge has 3 family-friendly nature trails to traverse: Latte Loop (0.75 miles), Nature (1.25 miles), and Ritidian Caves (0.5 miles).

    After working up a sweat on the trails, cool off in the crystal-clear waters of Ritidian Beach for some much-needed rest.

    ที่ตั้ง: Guam National Wildlife Refuge, Yigo, Guam

    เปิด: Daily from 7.30 am to 4 pm

    โทร: +1 671-355-5096


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    Apra Harbor

    The ultimate underwater novelty

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    Scuba divers in search of something different should book themselves a trip to Apra Harbor, where 2 historic shipwrecks literally lie side by side. The oldest is a German vessel, the SMS Cormoran, which the US Navy sunk during WWI. By chance, the US Navy downed a Japanese passenger-cargo ship in the exact same spot almost 20 years later during WWII.

    Both shipwrecks lie right next to each other and are close enough to touch at the same time. It’s the only place on Earth where you can dive wrecks from both world wars and the experience grants you cool bragging rights. Other superb diving spots are scattered around the island, offering an abundance of marine animals and colourful coral.

    ที่ตั้ง: Apra Harbor, Piti, Guam


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    Chamorro Village Market

    A Chamorro culture fix

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    A visit to the Chamorro Village Market is an excellent way to experience the ancient traditions of the island’s original inhabitants. If possible, arrive on a Wednesday evening when the market is usually in full swing. Around this time, captivating dance performances, intriguing cultural presentations, and kid-friendly water buffalo rides make it a memorable event.

    Even so, it’s still worth visiting on other days to sample tasty Chamorro cuisine or pick up traditional handicrafts as a souvenir. The market is about 20 minutes west of Tumon.

    ที่ตั้ง: Chamorro Village Market, Hagåtña, 96913, Guam

    เปิด: Thursday–Tuesday 10 am to 10.30 pm, Wednesday from 10 am to midnight

    โทร: +1 671-475-0375


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    Climb Lamlam, the world’s tallest mountain

    An easy record-breaking climb

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    Even an unfit hiker could reach the Lamlam summit, earning you the right to brag about scaling the world’s tallest mountain (Everest being the highest). As the loftiest peak in Guam, Lamlam protrudes 37,820 ft from the bottom of the Mariana Trench, which is known as the greatest elevation change on Earth.

    Lamlam is only 1,332 ft above sea level, making for a leisurely 2-hour ascent that’s doable by anyone in good health. If you decide to hike the mountain, be sure to bring sunscreen, enough snacks and plenty of water on the hike. The trailhead is within a 40-minute drive south of Tumon Beach.

    ที่ตั้ง: Mount Lamlam, Agat, Guam


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    Marvel at the magic of Encore!

    A magical night out for the whole family

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    Clever comedic routines, death-defying stunts, and unbelievable illusions define Encore!, a glitzy magic show that’s become a Guam institution since opening night in 2016. A state-of-the-art theatre within the Fiesta Resort sets the stage for the stars of the show: a magician, a silent comedian, a circus performer, and a white lion named Rio.

    The extravaganza has a strong focus on audience participation, so don’t be surprised if one of the performers invites you to hop on stage. Encore! often receives rave reviews, particularly among children who adore the hour-long show. There’s plenty of entertainment for the adults as well, however, making it a truly all-ages event.

    ที่ตั้ง: Fiesta Resort Guam, 801 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tamuning, 96913, Guam

    เปิด: Monday–Saturday from 8.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    โทร: +1 671-647-7227


    Get a history fix at the Pacific War Museum

    Understanding Guam’s military past

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    Head 20 minutes west of Tumon to the Pacific War Museum to learn about Guam’s military history. Guam’s strategic location near the Pacific’s major maritime powers led the tiny island to become a crucial U.S. military base, from WWI right up until the present day.

    The museum mostly focuses on the US Marines who fought the Japanese for control of the island during WWI. After initially losing the land, the Americans regained power in 1944 and have maintained a strong presence ever since. These days, about 7,000 military personnel work in the Anderson Air Force Base and the Guam Naval Base. Military top brass often refer to the island as America’s “permanent aircraft carrier.”

    ที่ตั้ง: 6th St, Hagåtña, 96910, Guam

    เปิด: Daily from 9 am to 4 pm

    โทร: +1 671-477-8355


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    Explore the uninhabited Alupat Island

    Enjoy a quiet respite just outside the city

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    Marooning yourself on a deserted tropical island is all too easy on Alupat, an uninhabited isle just off Tumon Beach. The tiny island is less than 1,000 ft from the shore so you can kayak, jet ski, or swim your way there.

    There isn’t much to do other than relaxing on its picture-perfect sandy cove, so consider packing some food and drinks for the trip. Outside of the high season, you might even have the whole place to yourself – it’s an authentic desert island experience to remember! Access to Alupat is via the Onward Beach Resort.

    ที่ตั้ง: Onward Beach Resort, FQWG+22 Tamuning, Guam

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