As just a little dot on the map in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Guam is a remote island which should be part of your bucket list! Secluded white sandy beaches, hidden hiking trails, jungle adventures and crystal clear waters mix together to make Guam one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Keep reading to learn about my 5 highlights of Guam and enjoy 30 stunning photos of this hidden paradise!
Hilaan Beach and Sharks Cove Beach
Guam is a tropical paradise with hidden sandy beaches that are tucked away between palm trees and cliffs.
Some of the most remote and secluded beaches in Guam are Hilaan Beach and Sharks Cove Beach. As with any off-the-beaten-path location, getting to these paradise gems is not always easy.
Both beaches are connected with the more popular (especially among local fishermen) Tanguisson beach.
You first need to take the short trail winding through the trees to get to Hilaan Beach. With the first glimpse of Hilaan Beach, you will see the famous Mushroom Rock formations rising out of the water. The views are spectacural with the white sandy beach lined with palm trees and turquoise water. Approximately 300 feet/90 meters away from the coast you will see the ocean breaking on the large coral reef surrounding the area and serving as a natural protection. Don’t stop there because with good water conditions and an adventurous spirit you can wade through the water and around the rocky coastline to an even more secluded part of Hilaan Beach, also known as Sharks Cove Beach.
Sharks Cove Beach is a white pristine beach, not very well known among tourists and you might be able to enjoy it all to yourself. Find a good spot under the shade if you want to just relax at the beach. If you have brought your snorkeling gear, make sure to use it. With its rich underwater wildlife and colorful corals, Sharks Cove Beach is one of the best spots for snorkeling and diving.
Hilaan Beach and Sharks Cove Beach are some of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen. As two stunning off-the-beaten-path locations, the beaches are totally worth the adventure and you can easily spend an entire day relaxing at the beach, snorkeling or just admiring the breathtaking ocean views.
Two Lovers Point
Your travel itinerary to Guam would not be complete if you do not admire the spectacular views from Two Lovers Point! Rising to 368 feet, the observation deck is one of the most popular tourist spots on the island.
Sitting on top of the steep cliffs and surrounded by endless turquoise waters, Two Lovers Point is the best place to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Guam and the Pacific.
If you would like to skip the crowds, you can visit Two Lovers Point early in the morning. We decided that sunset at Two Lovers Point sounds better and even though a bit crowded, it was totally worth it!
We enjoyed a gorgeous golden sunset as the sun rays were breaking through the fluffy clouds. The sun lit a yellow path across the calm, silky water as it dipped behind the horizon. Here we enjoyed the romantic scenery and stopped for a moment to praise the beauty of nature.
Ritidian Point is a national wildlife refuge, located at the northernmost part of Guam. The area is mostly known for Ritidian Beach – one of the most pristine beaches on the island.
We enjoy offbeat paths and hiking, so the not so often visited trails of Ritidian Point immediately got our attention. Little did we know that we were about to embark on a full jungle adventure.
The refuge area offers three trails. We decided to do the Latte Loop trail, which is approximately 0.75 miles. It was a bit of a gloomy day with high temperature and humidity. I was immediately impressed by the feeling of being in an exotic tropical jungle. A tiny dirt path meanders through the tall palm trees. The first part of the trail was mystical, as we were slowly making our way through the greenery.
We quickly realized that nobody has been here in awhile as large spiders had spread their webs undisturbed. The silence was only occasionally broken by our steps and sounds of hidden lizards quickly scattering into the bushes. The trail now seemed even gloomier and darker as we moved deeper into the jungle and further away from the beach with large limestone cliffs standing to the right of the hiking path. Then, just as I was secretly thinking that this is starting to get a bit creepy, we heard a loud grunting noise. Next thing, I knew a wild pig erupted from the jungle across the hiking trail in front of us. At this point, we rushed to finish the loop. My heart was still racing as we got back to the car!
This little hiking path was certainly an unusual experience, as I have never been anywhere that resembles a jungle as much as this trail. Later on we found out that there are guided tours that also provide a lot of information about the history of the location. It will be much safer and the chances of being attacked by a wild pig are much lower.
Jeff's Pirates Cove
You might be surprised that a restaurant would be part of my top 5 highlights of Guam. Jeff’s Pirates Cove, though, is no regular burger place.
After enjoying our delicious late lunch, we decided to explore the surrounding green area around Jeff’s Pirates Cove. We were lucky as we got to experience the place all to ourselves as there were barely any other people.
Except the small beach, Jeff’s Pirates Cove also has a large open backyard with stunning ocean views. The tall palm trees are scattered by the turquoise water offering picture perfect scenery. We spent a good amount of time just taking in the beauty of this secluded space. It is the peace and quiet of this spot, combined with the fresh ocean breeze that make Jeff’s Pirates Cove worth stopping by!
Nestled between palm trees and surrounded by the island’s green flora, Priest’s Pool was one of the highlights of our trip to Guam. A small unmarked dirt path will take you through the tall grass to the secluded pool.
Situated on top of a hill, Priest’s Pool is connected with other smaller pools through a series of beautiful cascades. The refreshing water of the Yledigao river is quietly babbling as it flows down the hill.
Being approximately 8 ft / 2.4 meters deep, the main pool is relatively large and you can even take a dip into the water. Hike down the hill and explore more of the little waterfalls connecting the various pools for an ultimate adventure. Make sure to wear good shoes as the rocks can get a bit slippery. As this was an unplanned pitstop that we decided to take while on our southern drive across the island, I was not prepared and was wearing just flipflops. Even still we got to enjoy some awe-inspiring views of the island!
Guam is by far the most remote place I have ever been to! Coming from Eastern Europe, it took me 3 flights and more than 24 hours of traveling to get to this little paradise in the Pacific Ocean. The photos don’t do justice to the beauty of this place. Everything in Guam was picture perfect, from the stunning green scenery to the amazing white beaches with their turquoise waters! Have you been to Guam or did you get inspired to also visit Guam? Let me know in the comments below!