From outdoor activites, culture experience, shopping to nightlige. Explore all that in Guam, and we are sure you will not be disappointed!
Home to most of Guam’s inviting resorts, Tumon Bay is fringed by a gorgeous crescent of soft, sandy beach. Protected by reefs, the bay itself is shallow, warm, and calm—ideal for swimming or zipping around in kayaks or on stand-up paddleboards. For a more remote and rugged experience, consider the eastern shore’s Tagachang and Talofofo beaches, which offer protected swimming and are surrounded by lush natural scenery. You’ll find one of the most stunning beaches on the island at Ritidian Point, at the northern tip of Guam. The surf is rough here and unsafe for swimming, but this is a beautiful spot to gaze out at the endless turquoise surf.
If it’s underwater fun you’re after, you’ve come to the right island. Several companies offer Scuba diving and even certification, and Tumon Bay is amazing for snorkeling. A must for venturing beneath the sea: Fish Eye Marine Park has both a scenic above-ground observation deck and an underwater observatory some 30-feet beneath the ocean’s surface. Or take a one-of-a-kind tour of the island’s reefs on the 65-foot-long Atlantis Submarine.
A haven for golf, Guam has six popular courses, including the acclaimed LeoPalace Resort & Country Club and the Guam International Country Club. For its sterling views of the ocean and coconut-tree-flanked fairways, it’s hard to beat the Country Club of the Pacific golf course.
Other top treks include the challenging climb through the jungles of Piti to towering San Carlos Falls, the breathtaking ramble to Guam’s highest peak, 1,332-foot Mt. Jamullong Manglo, and Pagat Cave, which rewards adventurers with a swim through a splendid freshwater grotto. Several tour companies offer guided hikes, and nonprofit Guam Boonie Stompers, Inc. leads public hikes throughout the island on Saturday mornings.
Guam is justly famous for “boonie stomping,” as this activity is known locally. Mesmerizing trails lead to dramatic waterfalls, including legendary Tarzan Falls and several cataracts in Waterfall Valley—family-friendly Tinaga Falls is a favorite.
Start in island’s capital, Hagåtña, with a stroll around Plaza de Espana and its gardens, kiosko, and preserved structures, three dating from Guam’s period of Spanish control (from the late 17th through late 19th centuries). Also note the stately Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica. Learn of Guam’s more recent past at the exceptional War in the Pacific National Historic Park’s T. Stell Newman Visitor Center. Poignant interactive exhibits and a 10-minute movie relate the story of Guam’s pivotal military and geopolitical role throughout the past few centuries and especially during World War II. The park also comprises key war battles sites, including Agat Beach, Ga’an Point, and Asan Bay Overlook.
For a glimpse into Guam’s ancient past, make the scenic drive to Valley of the Latte Adventure Park for a narrated boat ride along the Talofofo River and to visit a re-created ancient Chamorro living-history village and botanical garden with ancient latte stones and traditionally attired Ulitao guides. Continue south around the island, stopping in Merizo to admire the mid-19th-century Merizo Combento, and in Umatac to visit Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, built by the Spanish in the early 1800s high on a bluff overlooking Umatac Bay.
In Hagåtña, view a captivating art exhibit at the gorgeously designed Guam Museum, which opened in 2014. Tumon Bay is home to delightful UnderWater World, offering amazing up-close opportunities to view reef and zebra sharks as well as colorful orangespine surgeonfish and black whiptail rays. The aquarium offers dinner and “diving with the sharks” packages, too. Nearby, experience a magical island sunset at Puntan Dos Amantes, or Two Lovers Point, a majestic overlook set atop sheer seaside cliffs 368 feet above the sea. A cantilevered observation deck that offers stupendous views of Tumon Bay and the Philippine Sea.
The island’s major shopping centers abound with exciting shops. There’s Guam Premier Outlets, the island’s only outlet shopping destination, where you can check out such popular brands as Calvin Klein, Forever 21, Guess, Nike Sports, and Tommy Hilfiger. In nearby Hagåtña, Agana Shopping Center contains about 70 different stores and eateries. And just a few minutes’ drive from Tumon Bay, explore more than 100 shops as well as a large theater at Micronesia Mall—highlights include Lacoste, Gap, Folli Follie, the Original Levi’s Store, and Macy’s.
There are popular food courts with both national chains and local eateries at these shopping centers.
Spend the afternoon in Tumon, where you can either stroll or get around by trolley along Pale San Vitores Road. An absolute must is recently renovated Tumon Sands Plaza, where you’ll find such vaunted names at Balenciaga, Chloé, Furla, Givenchy, Gucci, and Rolex. Next investigate the offerings at T Galleria, home to Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Hermès, Prada, Miu Miu, and Marc Jacobs among others, plus fine spirits like Glenfiddich and Hennessy.
And finally, no shopping adventure on San Vitores Road is complete without a stop at The Plaza, where you can browse the latest styles from Bottega Veneta, LeSportsac, Vivienne Westwood, and Longchamp.
Given all the fantastic things to see and do around the island, be sure to set aside a little of your time at one of the island’s serenely elegant spas, most of which are conveniently located at Tumon’s inviting resort hotels. Pamper yourself with the 120-minute Pure Bliss Ritual at the Outrigger Guam Beach Resort’s Navasana Spa, which includes a tropical body scrub, a special bath with floral petals, and either deep- tissue or aromatic Balinese massage.At Angsana Spa inside the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort, guests rave about the 30-minute Honey-Sesame body-nourishing treatment, which you might follow with a full-body custom 90-minute massage.
At sleek and serene Devarana Spa Guam in the Dusit Thani Guam Resort, treat yourself to the luxurious three-hour After Sun Reviver package, a wonderful way to rejuvenate your skin after all that time you’ve spent relaxing in Guam’s sunshine. A more affordable option is Chandan Spa, where you can book a rejuvenating bamboo massage or romantic couples’ massage. It’s inside the mid-priced Pacific Star Resort & Spa, which has been a strong supporter of Guam Pride.
Other favorite venues include Lavender Spa by L’Occitane at the Western Resort Guam, Spa Bali at Guam Plaza Resort, Spa Ayualam at the Hilton Guam Resort &amp; Spa, Island Sirena Spa at the Hyatt Regency Guam, and Olive Spa at the Guam Reef Resort.
In Hagåtña, playfully named Coffee Slut Guam, a supporter of Guam Pride, takes its java seriously, serving first-rate nitro coffee and some delicious signature blends. Look to cheerful Infusion Coffee &amp; Tea in Tumon for tasty espresso drinks as well as smoothies, crepes, and panini.
Breakfast is a popular meal on Guam. For a genuine slice of Chamorro culinary culture, visit a restaurant that’s popular with locals, such as Shirley’s Coffee Shop, a bustling gathering spot known for delicious island favorites, such as milkfish-and-eggplant omelets and Chamorro sausage with corned-beef hash. One of the best lunch spots on the island, Pika’s—and its younger sister Little Pika’s—serves Hawaiian-style loco moco burgers, Korean barbecue, and salmon tinaktak. And Terry’s Local Comfort Food in Tumon is a fantastic place to sample traditional Chamorro fare. Whatever you eat as your main dish, save room for the heavenly deep-fried banana lumpia, or a bowl of champulado, a chocolate rice pudding.
Other great lunch options for authentic island fare include Meskla Bistro (which has a few different locations), Three Squares, and Da Local Grind House, which is especially beloved for its hearty soups and stews. Or if you’re in the mood for a modern fusion-inspired take on Chamurro food, try Proa— which has two locations and a menu that blends local and international styles. The Hawaiian rock salt-pressed rib eye steak is a favorite. On the deck of the open-air Terraza at Puntan Dos Amantes restaurant, sip signature “Two Lovers” cocktails and enjoy a relaxing dinner—maybe chicken and shrimp kelaguen—while you watch the sun fall gently over the sea.
Some of the Guam’s most romantic venues are at resorts. Among the standouts, softly lighted Soi, at Dusit Thani, serves such imaginative Thai fare as Kurobuta pork with Thai eggplant and panang curry in a high-ceilinged dining room with stunning ocean views. Also consider Issin at the Westin for authentic sushi, Roy’s Restaurant at the Hilton—which is renowned for modern Hawaiian fusion cuisine—and elegant Avenue Steak & Lobster at the Outrigger Guam Beach. Many resorts also have popular buffets, such as La Seine at Lotte Hotel and Cafe Kitchen at the Hyatt, which is a favorite for its lavish Sunday brunch.
You’ll discover a wealth of globally inspired restaurants on Guam, including excellent Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Italian, and Thai options as well as an increasing number of eateries specializing in inventive fusion fare. Hip Kitchen Lingo produces some of the most artful farm-to-table cuisine on the island, from hamachi collar with carrot- ponzu to smoked short ribs with black garlic beets. Steampunk-themed Rotten Apple Gastro Pub also turns out creative dishes, such as ahi tartare and smoked duck breast with brandy-orange sauce.
For many, nightlife in Guam consists of listening to the gentle surf of Tumon Bay, or just maybe dropping by the hotel bar for a nightcap. But the island does have plenty of lively LGBTQ-welcoming bars and clubs, the majority near Tumon hotels.
Late in the afternoon, grab a seat at the open-air Guam Beach Bar, where you can sip a mango madness cocktail and munch on nachos as you watch the magnificent sunset. On Thursday nights, head to Club Icon for their legendary weekly queer dance party, Gender Bender, a spirited celebration with captivating drag performances. Icon is fun and welcoming any night of the week, as is the island’s biggest dance venue, Globe Night Club, which hosts popular LGBTQ parties during Guam Pride. Finally, the trendy lounge Drop is a relaxing spot for conversation and first-rate craft cocktails.