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Guam is famously "Where America's Day Begins" and is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States. It is a stunning tropical island in the Micronesian region of the Pacific Ocean. It is the westernmost territory of the United States. Guam is only a small island, so it is possible to see all of its must-see attractions on one trip; there are a number of guided tours to consider while in Guam.

Guam is a very interesting and curious island and one that is ideal for both beachgoers and history buffs. As a territory of the United States, no visa is required for American visitors. That being said, even U.S. citizens are required to possess an American passport when going there (although sometimes other proof of citizenship may be accepted).


Guam - Where America's Day Begins

Guam was colonized by Spain in 1668 but was won by the Americans during the Spanish-American War of 1898. It was one of the few pieces of US territory that were occupied by the Japanese during World War Two. Today the island is noted for its tourism and significant U.S. military presence.

  • Capital: Hagåtña
  • Most Populous Village: Dededo
  • Population: Approx. 170,000

Guam is only a smaller island that is around 30 miles long and between 4 and 12 miles wild. So one can explore any point of the island during the day regardless of where one is staying.

  • Length: 30 Miles or 50 km
  • Width: 4-12 Miles or 6-19 km
  • Size: 212 Square Miles

One of the best ways to explore Guam and get the most out of it is to take guided tours of the island.

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Guam Adventure River Cruise

Guam is tropical and has jungles to explore. These are best explored with a river cruise along the Talofofo & Ugum Rivers. On tour, guests see replicas of an ancient Chamorro village and see the practices of leaf weaving and fire making. Also, see Guam's mysterious latte stones and visit a cave.

  • Attractions: River Cruise, Ancient River Village Replica, Fire Making, Coconut Leaf Weaving, Latte Stones
  • When: Daily
  • Duration: Morning Tour 5 Hours, Afternoon Tour 3.5 Hours

The tour includes hotel pickup, with the morning pickup times being between 7.25 am, and 8.15 am and the afternoon times between 12.55 pm and 13.45 pm.

Regular Prices:

  • Adult: $106.00
  • Child: $69.00 (Aged 5 to 11)

The price includes transportation for and from one's hotel, a guide, admission to the River Village, and a drink. For another $15.00, one can also have a professional photograph to take home as a souvenir.

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Guam Kayak Adventure Tour

Another great way to explore Guam is with a kayak tour. Jump into a two-person kayak and explore two of Guam's tropical rivers. Experience and learn about the culture and wildlife of Guam. Be guided on Guam's exotic rivers and see a different perspective of the island.

This tour, offered by Turtle Tours Guam, also offers hotel pickup. The pickup is between 7.25 am, and 8.15 am - the tour starts at 9.00 am. Transportation from and to the hotel is included as well as a guide, kayak, and lunch.

  • Attractions: River Cruise, Ancient River Village Replica, Fire Making, Coconut Leaf Weaving, Latte Stones
  • When: Daily (Except Sunday)
  • Duration: 5.5 Hours With Hotel Pickup or 4 Hours without
  • Age Restriction: 12 Years Old and over
  • Price: $124.99

On tour, guests paddle up the Talofofo River and see crabs and fish while learning about the life around the river. After a few hours on the river, it's time for lunch (BBQ Spareribs, chicken, potato & Daigo salad, and rice). After lunch, the tour heads to explore an ancient village and see Latte Stone - that's over 1,500 years old. Learn about basket weaving and the native Chamorro culture.

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Guam City Sightseeing Tour

Another tour option is to take Turtle Tours Guam's Guam City Sightseeing Tour. This tour delves into the nature, culture, and historical spots of Guam. The tour leaves from T-Galleria, with everyone needing to be there by 10.15 am. The tour lasts 3 hours and has no age limits.

  • Included: Guide And Admission To Pacific War Museum and Two Lovers Point Observatory
  • When: Daily
  • Duration: 3 Hours

Regular Prices:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Child: $23.00 (Aged 5 to 11)

Next time planning a trip, consider America's far-flung island territory on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.