While Guam has traditionally been associated with beach holidays and World War 2 tourism, it also has some of the best opportunities for trekking of all the Pacific islands. With a combination of hills, lush vegetation, waterfalls and relics of the Pacific theatre of the Second World War there’s no shortage of sights for those trekking in Guam.
As the island is relatively small, only 209 square miles, most of the trails here are suitable for day walks. The highest point on the island is Mount Lamlam located in the South West. At just 406 metres it’s an easy walk for almost all and offers great panoramic views across the island.
Hiking, or as locals call it Boonie Stomping, through the jungle is a popular hobby among locals. Perhaps the best trek is to the Tarzan Falls in the centre of the main part of the island. It offers the chance to find crossings over the rivers and enjoy the islands fauna. Guided tours are available, but many prefer to self-guide as the walk is only about three hours.
A less natural waterfall worth trekking to is the Fonte Dam dating back to 1910 which was used to supply the island with water. It’s worth viewing mostly for the contrast between the red bricks of the dam and the surrounding green jungle.
If you like coastal trekking Guam may be for you – head to Favian Cove on the Mangilao coastline. The limestone cliffs here are dotted with coves and inlets and are great for a easy relaxing hike with spectacular views across the ocean.