I didn't realize Guam was right next to the Marianas Trench, with the lowest ocean depth, nearly seven miles from the surface. It is 7,044 feet down than Mount Everest is tall. Here are ten things you can only do on Guam, including diving the Marianas Trench. Mind you, you can't quite get to the bottom unless you're in some kind of bathyscape. However, you can pet a coconut crab:
There is another way to Guam, United 154. The Island Hopper 3 times/week stops on Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll, Pohnpei Island and Micronesia, before landing in Guam. It takes 15 hours, and economy class prices range from $800 to $1400, depending where you stop.
tricky ways to reduce costs. TravelingDad only paid $318, total, from Newark-HNL-MAJ-KWA-PNI-TKK-GUM-MNL-PEK-ORD-BWI. There is also some intrigue, as you can't leave the plane and take photos around Kwajalein, for there are strategic defense hardware systems. You need to transfer to United 737 in Guam for stops on Koror and Palau to reach Manila. That's an extra cost. You should read this before taking on UA154.
Guam and Molokai are somewhat similar, with Molokai slightly larger (260 square miles to 210 sm). They are somewhat the same long shape, with Molokai mostly in the east-west direction and Guam north-south.
Guam International Airport is less than 4 miles from Tumon, where my hotel, the Westin, is located. For some reason, their airport shuttle costs $30.
Not only is Guam, but I was surprised to learn that Hawaii is also considered to be part of Oceania:
The island is known as an unincorporated and organized territory, although it is more an American military colony. The U.S. has seventeen non-self-governing territories in the Pacific. Not sure what this means.
love-hate relationship between Guam and the U.S. Military. It will get worse when the 5,000 Marines now on Okinawa move to Guam in 2022, with a current contingent of 6,000. The original announcement said 8,600 service members plus 9,000 dependents, a position assailed by locals. American culture ranges from roads named after war terms like Purple Heart Highway to other street names after naval officers. The military occupies 28% of the land. Guam will remain important to the USA because of China. Nothing much will change for a long time to come
local dishes, and among them are:
- chorizos breakfast bowl: chorizo is a Spanish sausage
- kelaguen: kind of like ceviche with grated coconut, but any meat is used, with chicken the favorite, but Spam also popular
- kodon pika: a spicy stew, with chicken and coconut milk
- coconut candy: coconut candy
- red rice: like Spanish rice, after all, they were part of the early culture
- famous for barbeques, especially using the tangan-tangan wood, providing a smoky flavor