As surprising as it sounds, there’s not much to do in Guam. Our family had to search websites, read brochures to find activities or else we would end up being bored or worse go shopping! This was definitely not a shopping trip! haha 🙂
We made Hilton Resort our home for the next few days. We checked in, unpacked and we were out of the hotel at 6PM on our first day! My Auntie (Tata Vicky) joined us for this trip. She’s my moms youngest sister. We have a 10 year gap but I’m very close to her and she was my roommate, best bud and big sister rolled into one.
We headed out to Micronesia Mall to look for Docomo Telecom to buy pre-paid sim cards. Tata Vicky and I just had to get data service on our phones and it would too expensive if we turned on our data roaming service. Sadly, everything was closed. The picture of my brothers is the only picture we have from this mall. It’s a good thing we ate at a really good Japanese restaurant for dinner for our not so good 1st day.
DAY 2 If you have read a lot of my travel posts, you probably noticed that in the morning we always swim. The sun is not to harsh as my mom would say. To be swimming in the pool or at the beach to be more specific is such a delight. I used to hate being in the sea: the seaweed, salt water and sand that I could barely get off of me was such a nightmare. Well now, I love it! And I say that even if I always scream from the tiniest sea creatures I encounter.
That afternoon we went on a submarine ride. The fact that we had the experience of going inside a submarine is amazing already! Honestly, the sea life down there in Guam is nothing compared to the Philippines. My family and I are privileged to have dove/snorkel in places in The Philippines like El Nido, Coron and Tubbataha Reef and not even 20 feet below there’s so much color and lively sea creatures. Nonetheless, the submarine ride was exciting especially if you haven’t been underwater that much.
After, the submarine ride, we continued to explored Guam. We went to a memorial park, famous landmarks, roamed around a few malls but I was most definitely surprised by the SM store! You read that right, there is an SM store in Guam. The SM store layout was more like a K-Mart or Wal-Mart. Not exactly the same as the ones in Manila but the SM Kids Fashion section looked bright, bold and big just how it is back home. All the walking and driving made it seem like we’ve done so much, its only now I noticed it wasn’t a super busy day after all.
As usual, I woke up early the next day but this time not to swim in the pool or the beach, we were going sea trekking. We headed to Underwater World Aquarium where we would actually be in the same water with the black-tip and white-tip sharks, Manta Rays, turtles and many more. We were given wet-suits that was impossible to put on and our helmets were 72 pounds heavy! Thanks to the buoyancy in sea water, the weight dropped to 15 pounds. We were all excited except for my dad who was not so keen on swimming with the sharks! As we got into the water one by one, the sea creatures didn’t mind us, it’s like we were one of them. They would swim past us and did nothing. The sea trek was astonishing, even better than the submarine ride if you ask me! A bit pricy but this is something I highly recommend if you go to Guam, just keep in mind it’s pretty cold down there.
For lunch, we went to a pretty familiar place. Anyone heard of Chuck E Cheese’s? My cousins and I would always go there whenever we visited them in Seattle. Lucky for us, there was one in Guam. It’s like a timezone extended with a restaurant. My brothers and I would play on the arcade games trying to get as many tickets as possible, and after we would eat Pizza and Buffalo Wings. Actually, we love their Pizza! It’s a great place for families to hangout. I heard from a grapevine that soon it will be opening in Manila too, I sure hope it’s true!
That afternoon we were out of Hilton again to go to the water park in Pacific Islands Club. The slides were FAST and I mean it. What’s great about the slides was that everyone was allowed to go on it, even people as tall as my dad. There were also other activities like tug-of war and this rotating log I could barely stand on. Who knew two weak ones like me and Tata Vicky could beat my dad at a game of tug-of war? It was all about balance not strength. What a proud moment 🙂
Our day was not over just yet. Still at Pacific Island Club, we attended a dinner show. We watched performers do hula and fire dances. Wow if only you all were there to see them, they were incredible! I’m curious how they can dance that fast, or not get burned by throwing their fire-sticks in mid-air. My dad told me that all their gestures told a story, but he didn’t know what it meant. If only I understood! We left pretty late and I was able to catch the performers practice their routines. Just by looking at them, I know it must be hard to be a hula and fire dancer. Day three was busy, tiring but certainly enjoyable. The things we did and the places we visited are what I would suggest doing if you visit Guam.
DAY 4 You can call our last full day a lazy day. We couldn’t find anything else to do in the websites and brochures. So, that morning we swam again, what was different about it is that we unexpectedly went fishing at the beach with our little poles and hotdogs we bought from K-mart. You definitely read it right, we used hotdogs as baits. A japanese family was using them as baits and we followed. There was so much fish out there but most of them were nibblers! It’s pretty hard to get a fish hooked. My brothers caught 5 altogether, Tata Vicky and I just caught one.
Stepping away from our adventurous morning, after lunch we visited a few places to shop and eat. The most Tata Vicky and I shopped was at Macy’s! And it wasn’t even that much. I also bought pasalubongs for my school friends which is quite difficult knowing that they aren’t girly girls like me and the choices were limited :). So there’s another thing about Guam, there’s not much places to go shopping contrary to what people say about this place. Also, I really did not want to miss the sunset so we had to stop at Outrigger hotel to take some photos. Isn’t it crazy how my dad took pictures of me? Telling me to “Look in the distance” just made me laugh :).
That night, we headed back to Underwater World to watch the dive show and get free smoothies. I saw some familiar faces as the divers were our instructors when we went on the sea trek. I still didn’t understand how they could make bubble rings! You can watch a video of underwater world on my Instagram account. Do you see all those sharks! Those were the same ones we swam with just the day before. Anyways, that ended our lazy day and we still managed walking to loads of places!
Once again, on our last day we headed out to the beach and went fishing. I don’t think we’ll ever get tired of it. We weren’t as lucky that time around and didn’t catch anything only my brother Rico caught 2 little fishes. We didn’t really go anywhere on our last day, except going out for lunch and one mall to pick up something. But that was it and our next stop was the airport.
Excuse me for heaps of sentences and paragraphs but for a place I thought would be boring we did so much that I just had to write about it! My first time at Guam has been another highlight to my summer of 2013. For a family like mine that likes to be on the go and do multiple activities in a day Guam was a bit slow for us. But if you don’t mind lazing around and taking it easy, Guam may be one option for you to visit.
Just one more week and I’ll be back in school, summer break is almost over! 🙁