What Is Guam Famous For?

What Is Guam Famous For?
Trip101 Editorial
Trip101 Editorial 
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If you’re seeking a destination for your next getaway, there’s no reason Guam shouldn’t be on your radar. This small island in the western Pacific Ocean is an ideal spot in case winding down under the shade of willowy palm trees, with beach weather all year round, sounds like your dream holiday.

Guam - with its star-sand beaches, bright and vibrant culture, and warm, friendly locals - is ready to welcome you with open arms. If it’s your first time visiting the area or if you don’t know much about this little Micronesian gem, you’ll be glad to know there’s much to discover on your trip. Wondering, “What is Guam famous for?” Read on to learn more.

1. Guam's Air V&V program

Air V&V Guam - Vaccination and vacation
Source: Air V&V Guam

The recently launched Air V&V program, a collaboration between Guam Visitors Bureau and Guam’s medical and tourism partners, urges unvaccinated visitors to fly to Guam to receive their doses. Among the pioneering programs for the emerging trend of “vaccine tourism”, Air V&V invites people to stay and experience the wonders of Guam, while anticipating their vaccines. The program includes the administration of vaccines, COVID-19 tests, digital vaccine records, and concierge medical services at any of the participating hotels.

Air V&V Guam

Click below for more information about Guam’s Air V&V (vaccination and vacation) program.

2. Mount Lamlam

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


In the language of Guam’s local Chamorro people, “lamlam” means “lightning”, but it can also describe something “shiny”. Jutting through thick jungle, Mount Lamlam is Guam’s tallest peak and is indeed a sight to behold. One more interesting fact about Mount Lamlam is that it is technically the world’s tallest mountain, rising from the bottom of Marianas Trench.

Go on a hike (or as locals say, a “boonie stomp”) on your Guam visit and be awed by the breathtaking views from the top. Plus, earn bragging rights after conquering the world’s (technically) tallest mountain!

3. Star-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters

White beaches and crystal-clear waters in Guam

The beaches in Guam are among the most renowned in the world, and once you experience digging your toes into white sand while witnessing the sunset, you’ll immediately understand why. Tumon has white-sand beaches and amazing opportunities for snorkeling and other water activities. The northernmost Ritidian Point is a wildlife refuge and features limestone cliffs and a jungle. Tanguisson Beach, meanwhile, is perfect for coastal hikes.

4. Diving spots

Looking into the Tokai Maru
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Foxegurl266 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Guam is also famous among diving enthusiasts, with fascinating underwater wrecks and teeming coral reefs. Its premier site is Blue Hole, named so as it is a crater in the reef that goes as far down as an unreachable 300 feet (91 meters), but enjoys clear visibility. It is also famed for its distinct heart-shaped opening. As for the shipwrecks, look out for the WWI German Cormoran and the WWII Tokai Maru.

5. Chamorro culture

Chamorro Village

The Chamorro people are indigenous throughout the archipelago. Chamorro customs are kept alive in Guam’s vibrant way of life, making it one of the most unique cultures you might ever come across.

Revel in the festivities at a village fiesta or fandango (each of the 19 villages has a special festival day), and jive along to the music of a belembaotuyan, a traditional instrument. Chamorro Village Market in Hagatna is a must to check out splendid cultural events and a bustling outdoor market.

6. Chamorro cuisine

Kelaguen 1534 (14529937155)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user photosbybonbon671 used under CC BY 2.0

An aspect of Chamorro culture you simply cannot miss is the food. Chamorro cuisine is just as festive as the culture.

Some dishes you must try include: kelaguen, a dish made with protein (seafood or meat) marinated in lemon juice, hot peppers, salt, and grated coconut; eskabeche, a nod to Spanish escabeche, made with fish cooked in vinegar sauce; Chamorro bistek, beef stew cooked with annatto-flavored water, vinegar, black pepper, and onions; and Chamorro barbecue, usually made with pork ribs or chicken.

7. Latte stones

Latte Stones at Senator Angel Leon Guerrero Santos Memorial Park
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Kevin Wang used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Guam’s famous latte stones are ancient Chamorro structures. These are made up of stone pillars and capstones, which are symbolic of the enduring strength of the Chamorro people. Typically arranged in parallel rows and comprised of eight to fourteen pairs, these structures were used as foundations for buildings.

The biggest latte is the Latte of Freedom in Hagatna, standing at 80 feet (24.3 meters). You can also check out Senator Angel Leon Guerrero Santos Latte Stone Memorial Park to view the set of latte which the park was built around.

Senator Angel Leon Guerrero Santos Latte Stone Memorial Park

Address: W O'Brien Dr, Hagåtña, 96910, Guam

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

8. World War II history

Square tunnel on Tumon Bay
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mathwizard44 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

In the archipelago today, visitors can still find remnants of Guam’s dark history related to the World Wars. Guam was invaded in 1941 by the Japanese, merely hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In 1944, Guam was recaptured by the Americans during the second Battle of Guam.

In Tumon, visitors can check out the Japanese tunnel system and find pillboxes and guns in the fortifications. There are also a couple of war museums dedicated to military history that you can visit if you’d like to learn more about Guam’s role in the wars. Stop by Gun Beach, which features another historical site: a Japanese coastal gun.

9. Tax-free luxury shopping

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Tumon Sands Plaza on Thursday, March 1, 2012

While there are plenty of opportunities for exploring golden beaches and trying various cultural experiences in Guam, no trip is complete without a shopping escapade. Eager shoppers will be thrilled to know that all shopping is tax-free in Guam. Expect great buys like jewelry, perfume, cameras, and watches.

Tumon, the center of shopping in Guam, houses various shopping complexes, including T Galleria By DFS and Tumon Sands Plaza. Beyond Tumon are other meccas for avid shoppers, including Micronesia Mall in Dededo, Agana Shopping Center in Hagatna, and Lotte Duty Free at the airport.

Tumon Sands Plaza

Address: Pale San Vitores Rd, Tamuning, 96913, Guam

Website: Tumon Sands Plaza

Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)

A tiny island with huge spirit

Get to know all the things Guam is renowned for by flying to this Micronesian paradise and experiencing it all for yourself. With its pristine natural splendor and unique culture, you’ll be certain to leave this tiny island with huge spirit nothing short of captivated.

Air V&V Guam

Click below for more information about Guam’s Air V&V (vaccination and vacation) program.

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