Hafa Adai Guam!

I was back on this beautiful island to visit a friend of mine, and also a few other friends. One thing I love about Guam is that its a very small island and you could go from end to end in 2 hours by driving. The last time I was here, I went here with my friends and to visit her family here. This time I came to visit my friend who is the spa assistant manager at hotel Nikko.

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We stopped somewhere to swim

What is there to see in Guam? The last time I was here, we did mostly eating. Eating everything and everywhere (haha) especially at Panda express. We also took plenty of Combat classes because my friends mom is a combat instructor here at Guam. This time I did more sightseeing with my friend. We drove from end to end, the north of the island is where you will see the air force and the south part of the island is the navy base.

The island is really very small and the most you could do is really just to go shopping and snorkelling in Tumon bay and some paddle boarding. If you are lucky, you will experience the BIPOLAR weather of the island where it will be sunny one minute and rainy like (stormy rains) after a while then sunny again. If you are looking for an easy laid back style place. Then Guam is a great place to be, especially for people who love discount shopping.

I am not a big brand shopper but this place is PACKED with big discounts. All the designer brands you could name is here, its probably what I could compare to Ginza in Japan but so much cheaper. Another thing I love about this place are the giant grocery places and malls. K mart, Cost U less and Micronesia mall are some of the places you could probably visit if you are a big shopper. I’ll be adding a new list of places to eat on my “HUNGRY BALLERINA” on Guam link. ❤ If you’re ever in Guam. A few days is enough to explore. Here are some places to add to my first list in my first blog post.

WHEN ON GUAM ( link to first blog post)

  1. Cocos Island

We went to visit Cocos island, this is in the south area of Guam. Probably a 1 hour drive from Tamuning to the cocos island ferry. If you rent a car and use the GPS you should be fine. The island is filled with Japanese people. Their ferry rides from the island of Guam to Cocos island   is 10am, 11am and 12nn. You can book everything on the day itself and it will cost you $40 to visit the island. On the island you can do some snorkelling and swim to bikini island which is a sandbar.

2. Natural Museum, Fish eye 

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This is a very near alternative to Cocos island. Very nice museum too, you just go here and pay $20 to see the fishes underwater from a natural museum. Its really nice to come here just to sit down and watch the fishes. Maybe come here on a sunny day so that the water is not so murky. You will see plenty of fishes and it is very relaxing.

3. Two lovers point 

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The last time we were on Guam we didn’t go up to two lovers point. It is just a 10 min drive away from Tumon. It is really near if you have a car, there are plenty of tourists here and you have to pay $3 to go up to the lovers point but it is worth the beautiful view, even without your lover. The story behind the two lovers point is also very nice so you are into a little bit of history its nice to look it up or read before coming to lovers point.

I really recommend renting a car online before coming to Guam. It is a much more practical alternative to taking the shuttle bus around or booking a tour. Because one bus ride will cost you $4 and the round trip is $8 and the whole day pass is also quite pricey. I rented a car for only $200 and so I would think that having control of your own time would be better than taking a cab or a shuttle bus around the island.

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Heres the view from the Beach bar. Its right next to Hotel nikko, a great place to hang out with friends and meet people. Enjoy!

When on Guam

Guam is the largest and southernmost part of the Marianas. I think that Guam is not really that known to a lot of people except probably to Japanese, Russians, Chinese and Koreans. It is clear that their main source of income comes from Tourism and I guess the US armed forces. I enjoyed my 17 day stay here only because of the generosity of my friends family who lives on Guam.  It was really nice to experience the island with locals and not just as tourists because Guam is pretty tourist infested in most areas.

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Tourist Infested Area. Everything designer on discount.

Guam is a really beautiful island with  bipolar weather. One minute its sunny and the next you’ll have a downpour of rain. It’s a bit difficult to go around the island also if you do not have a car or aren’t part of some tour. Japanese tourists would take buses but its a 4$ ride going only to specific places. We were lucky to have my friends parents to take us around the island and to bring us to local restaurants and movie theaters. It was really a nice experience, and if we ran out of things to do there was always the tourist infested beach to walk to.

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We found a hidden area behind Westin hotel. If you plan to go to the beach you should try going here.

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Sleeping on the Beach trying to get a tan.

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The hidden area with mangroves. Really nice here.

 We also had the chance to meet some locals who were friends of my friend Mariel. Athletes from Guam who introduced us to their young locals. I will miss Guam a lot. If any of you are ever in Guam you should try a Pump or a Combat class with my friends mom Tita Ann at Paradise Fitness. You don’t need 2 weeks like us to go around Guam in fact I think a weekend trip is enough of a stay here. In fact it only takes 2-3 hours to go around the whole island by car. So I suggest that you rent a car when you come here so you can go and explore the island. There are a lot of different things you could do, or you could join a tour. A quiet peaceful getaway and everything designer is always cheap and on sale on Guam. So shopaholics will enjoy shopping here and at the same time you get some sun! I would love to come back just for the beach and more shopping.

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The day we toured the island we had the Chance to go the the Inarajan Pools and the place where the Spanish invaded.

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View of the small island of Guam from the airplane. Hafa Aday Guam! Until next time again.

Hafa Aday all day everyday! I’ll also be inserting a where to eat post on Guam on the Hungry Ballerina.