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The most populated of the Micronesian islands (as of April 2015), Guam – also known as Guahan – is situated to the east of the Philippines, west of Hawaii and north of Papua New Guinea. It is the largest island of the Mariana Chain, and has seen human inhabitation for over four thousand years. Its strategic location in the middle of the North America and Asia continents, though, has resulted in it being much fought-over in the past – it was once colonized by the Spanish, Americans and Japanese, eventually ending up as a U.S Territory after being ceded to the United States.

Being primarily supported by its tourists, Guam’s tourism infrastructure is well-developed; English is commonly spoken, hotels and boutiques are a-plenty and touristy activities boundless. Take a walk along the glitzy Tumon Bay, where you can laze on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach and swim in warm, crystal clear sea waters before heading for an exquisite dinner and some retail therapy in one of the region’s many great restaurants and boutiques. Head over to the country’s little villages for a dose of Chamorro culture, or visit the famous Underwater World Guam, a world-class aquarium with one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world. Take a submarine down into the island’s watery depths for a look at its beautiful coral reefs, and finish the trip off with a dolphin-watching boat tour off the shores of Guam.

Getting around

Guam is a rather small island, so getting around generally isn’t difficult. Though many of the island’s attractions can be accessed on foot from the city centre, getting a rental vehicle is recommended for those who might want to have a taste of the far-flung attractions. Driving is generally alright on Guam, even for first-time tourists, as road conditions are decent.

Public buses are not recommended for tourists, as they do not run on a very frequent basis (as of April 2015).

What to see and do

If you’re in Guam, don’t miss a visit to Ritidian Point, the northernmost tip of the island. One of the most beautiful beaches on the country, Ritidian Point is classified as a national wildlife refuge due to its significance as a nesting zone for endangered green sea turtles. Besides that, the area is characterized by its gorgeous clean white sands and clear blue-green waters, mostly untouched by human contamination.

Next, have a look at the Gef Pa’go Chamorro Village for an intimate understanding of the traditional lifestyles of the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands, the Chamorros. Observe and try your hand at local crafts such as weaving ropes from tree bark, making coconut candy, baking bread in clay ovens, separating salt from saltwater and much more.

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