The old Waterfall and Mount Lamlam
Iâ€™ve been looking forward for this road trip since I had read how beautiful Guam is, and it was awesome! Today is the day since Rijo, my good friend in Palau will take me around! We took off from the middle of Guam on the west coast, not far from the Ariport and headed south to a village called Agat. Our first stop was the War in the Pacific Museum, a small war museum about Guam during World War II. From there we headed along scenic roads with rolling hills in site to Umatac, a small village where Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer landed in the mid 1500â€™s. It took awhile to drive there but the view along the way to Umatac was totally amazing. We couldnâ€™t resist stopping and taking pictures even though it was drizzling. We stopped at Sella Bay Park where we could see Mount Lamlam and an old waterfall up at the top of the mountain.
The next stop was Cetti Bay Park where Cocos Island can be seen from very far away across the lagoon. We continued our driving and stopped at Plaset Memorias Para I Lalahi-Ta Park. This park is devoted to all US Soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.
View from Cetti
The weather got clear out when we finally arrived at Umatac, we passed over the Umatac Bridge and headed up to Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad which was built in the late 1500â€™s. The fort is in ruins, but still has a great view from above Umatac Bay including Funa Rock.
The view to Inarajan
From Umatac we continued our driving to the village of Merizo. We stopped by at Merizo Port. Normally people who will go and visit Cocos Island will depart from here. I saw some people were swimming and barbequing around. It was indeed a good day to be out.
From Merizo we went to Irajana. As far as I can see was blue greenish crystal clear water, white sandy beach and big pounding surf hitting the large rock along the rugged shore. It was a marvelous view. We stopped at Inarajan Tidal Pool which is a naturally formed pool that is a popular swimming hole for local people. This pool is protected from the big waves by coral and volcanic rock.
We continued driving and stopped in Talofofo where a Famous W.
W.II straggler Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi spent 28 years in the Talofofo jungles after the end of the war and was discovered in 1972. It is a place where we had lunch at a touristy, yet comfortable place called Jeffâ€™s Pirates Cove, that has a great view of the coast line as well as fantastic cheeseburgers! This area was very windy and even though it had become quite hot, the strong breeze made it comfortable. Jeffâ€™s was crowded, but the waitresses were working hard and paid great attention to us.
From there we headed home back to Tamuning. A drive around southern Guam only requires a couple hours. If you want to hike some of the interesting trails, a couple hours would be needed for any of them. All in all, the scenery is fantastic, dominated by lush green hills (almost mountains), and blue-green ocean with surf. There are plenty places to stop and get snacks or even to picnic or barbecue.
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Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad was one of the last Spanish Forts built in 19th century on the cliff South of Umatac Bay where Ferdinand Magellan, a… read entire review