Above The Water
Despite its numerous American military bases and Honolulu atmosphere, Guam is a surprisingly beautiful island and has a rich culture and history. Guam is a city of entertainment, with countless bars and restaurants lining the streets in Tumon. The island is tax-free, so there are numerous shopping opportunities including a DFS mall. Guam also holds the title to the questionable honour of having the world’s largest Kmart. Island tours are available, and you can go to Two Lovers Point, where thousands of couples have attached engraved locks on to the fence, and see the church where a ship’s figurehead is kept with reverence. There is enough in Guam to keep you entertained for at least two or three days.
Below The Water
It is normally used as a transit point for other destinations but the diving is good, and here you can even see wrecks from WWI and WWII on the same dive. Please see below for some examples of some of the fantastic and varied dive sites:
WRECK: TOKAI MARU & SMS CORMORAN
Perhaps the most well known dive sites on Guam, this combination of wrecks from two different world wars is the only such dive site in the world. Both wrecks are unique dives on their own, but a chance to touch both at the same time is a memorable achievement for any diver’s bucket list.
OCEAN FLOOR CREVICE: THE BLUE HOLE
Considered to be Guam’s signature natural feature dive, the Blue Hole is a crevice that opens into the ocean floor off Orote Peninsula. The dive begins at 50’ and lets out at 135.’ The visibility in this area can be an incredible 100’+. Look out for large tuna, unicorn fish, and reef sharks on this beautiful blue ocean dive.
REEF: 11-MILE REEF
More experienced divers should check out this deepwater ocean site. Eleven miles off the coast of Guam, the ocean floor rises to around 100 feet creating an oasis of sea life. You’re likely to spot reef sharks in these exceptionally clear waters.
ISLAND: COCOS ISLAND
Often done as a drift dive, ride the currents as you pass over fish-filled coral beds off the east and west coasts of Cocos Island. Keep an eye out for turtles, spotted eagle rays, and white tip reef sharks. Like many of the dives further off the coast, the visibility here is much clearer than at reefs closer to Guam, so bring your camera.