Blessed with spectacular natural beauty and rich cultural history, the Island of Guam boasts scenic views, tropical beaches, and historical landmarks.
Guam is known as “the small island with a big spirit” and, when you visit, you’ll understand why. The dramatic coastline and white sand beaches are framed by coral reefs and crystal clear waters, while historical sites are plentiful.
Guam port guide.
Guam is an island in Micronesia, in the western South Pacific. At just 30 miles (48km) long and less than 9 miles (14km) wide, it is the largest of the Mariana Islands, yet easy to explore during your cruise.
The port is located on the western side of the island and is close to many of the island’s attractions.
Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about Guam.
Top landmarks and sights in Guam.
Close to the port of Apra, you’ll find one of the island’s best-known landmarks, the Asan Overlook. This World War II memorial site has the names of the men and women who endured the war during the Japanese occupation, carved into the walls. It also offers a breathtaking view over Apra Harbor.
Two Lover’s Point is another must-see attraction in the area. Forming the northern tip of Tumon Bay, the tower offers an incredible view along the Philippine Sea and into central Guam.
Things to do in Guam.
With its tropical climate and rich history, there’s plenty to see and do on the island of Guam.
Apra Harbour, the island’s port, is a destination in itself, with beautiful waters, underwater history, and historic buildings dating back to Spanish rule.
The island isn’t short of beaches where you can relax and unwind. For swimming and snorkeling, the beaches of Tumon Bay offer bright white sands and clear, calm waters. Close by in Ypao Beach Park, you’ll find long stretches of sand and grassy spots that are ideal for games, while Tolofofo Beach on the southeastern coast is one of only four green sand beaches in the world.
Offering a tropical sanctuary for local wildlife, the Guam Zoological, Botanical & Marine Gardens are home to more than 20 species of endangered animals, as well as animals from all over the world. Enjoy a peaceful walk through the botanical garden, meet the animals, or get hands-on and feed the sharks.
For history, the Pacific War Museum and Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica provide an insight into the Island through different periods, while South Pacific Memorial Peace Park symbolizes peace and friendship between Japan and the US, with a 49-foot high tower representing hands praying for eternal peace.
If you want an insight into what life was like in the early days of the island, make time to visit the cultural village at Gef Pa’go in Inarajan, or visit the Valley of the Latte in Talofofo to see the past come alive through re-enactments.
Eating and drinking near Guam cruise port.
Despite its size, the island is home to restaurants that suit all tastes. From Japanese, Korean, and Filipino cuisine, to steakhouses, fresh seafood, barbecue and more, there’s something different to try on every corner.
Many of the popular restaurants and eateries are located around Tumon Bay and Hagatna, just a short distance from the port. Alfredo’s Steakhouse. Tasi Grill, Pika’s Café, and PROA are all popular spots.
Within the capital city of Hagatna, you’ll find the Chamorro Village, where visitors and residents congregate to shop, eat, and drink. The market aims to promote local businesses and products, so it’s the ideal place to find authentic souvenirs and try local produce.
Culture and History of Guam.
Offering a unique mix of American, Pacific, and Spanish cultures, Guam has over 4,000 years of history and more than 130 sites of historical interest.
The last 400 years of the island’s history are marked by administrations of three colonial powers – Spain, the US, and Japan. After the Spanish-American War in 1898, Guam was ceded to the United States as an unincorporated territory.
In World War II, Japan invaded the island shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. For the next three years, Guam was the only US territory occupied by Japanese forces until the Americans reclaimed the island in 1944.
This varied and turbulent history can be seen in many of the buildings and landmarks today.
Shopping in Guam.
Perhaps surprisingly for a tropical paradise, Guam has a robust shopping and retail offering, with international fashion houses and luxury brands.
In the Tumon Bay district, the island’s main tourist center, you’ll find the heart of the shopping scene, with luxury boutiques alongside unique local handicrafts. Popular stores include the DFS Guam Galleria, The Plaza, and Tumon Sands Plaza.
Elsewhere on the Island, The Agana Shopping Center in Hagatna, Guam Premier Outlets in Tamuning, and Micronesia Mall in Dededo all offer a great shopping experience.
Getting around, Guam transport.
Guam has a limited bus system that can be used to travel around the island. However, many visitors choose to take taxis instead.
Guam port facilities.
Apra Harbor is a deepwater port on the western side of the island, close to the Mariana Islands and the Mariana Trench – the deepest part of the earth’s oceans. Acting as both a US naval station and Guam’s main commercial port, the harbor is considered to be one of the best commercial ports in the Pacific.
Shuttles are provided to Tumon, where most of the island’s hotels and shopping malls are located.
Guam quick tips.
The official currency of Guam is the US dollar (USD), and you’ll find banks and ATMs close to the port, as well as around the island.
As you’d expect from a tropical island, Guam enjoys warm weather throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from 80°F (27 °C) in January, to 82°F (28 °C).
The island has two distinct seasons – January to May is the dry season, while the rainy season runs from July to November. Typhoons can occur at any time of year, but they are most likely between July and September.
Although English is widely spoken throughout the island, Guam’s residents also speak their native Chamorro language, and some older residents speak Japanese too.