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    Scuba Diving In Piti Bomb Hole (2)

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    Part two of my Scuba diving in Piti Bomb Hole with more Scuba in Bomb Hole Pictures

    The Famous Piti Bomb Holes is one of the most popular of the scuba diving sites around guam due to the easy accesibility of the area and the relative shallowness of the reef and the bomb hole. This is a good area for the amateur scuba divers and beginners. The Piti Bomb Holes are easily accessible from the beach. This dive is great for novice divers because of its shallow depth, 21 ft to 33 ft, and the abundance of schooling fish. The holes were originally thought to be left by bombs used during the WWII US amphibious landing, but it has since been discovered that they were formed by underwater caves that collapsed. Piti is a marine reserve so there is no fishing allowed.

    The fish eye marine park is in the middle of the Bomb hole.

    beautiful to the bomb hole the reefs finding nemo wow
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    Scuba Diving In Piti Bomb Hole (1)

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    Part One of my Piti Bomb Hole Scuba Diving Tips

    The Famous Piti Bomb Holes is one of the most popular of the scuba diving sites around guam due to the easy accesibility of the area and the relative shallowness of the reef and the bomb hole. This is a good area for the amateur scuba divers and beginners. The Piti Bomb Holes are easily accessible from the beach. This dive is great for novice divers because of its shallow depth, 21 ft to 33 ft, and the abundance of schooling fish. The holes were originally thought to be left by bombs used during the WWII US amphibious landing, but it has since been discovered that they were formed by underwater caves that collapsed. Piti is a marine reserve so there is no fishing allowed.

    The fish eye marine park is in the middle of the Bomb hole.

    scuba divers Bomb hole Map shallow area from the beach just beside the Fish Eye Park
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    Piti Village and Bomb Holes

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

    Piti is a Village which means port in Chamorro. The village is famous for the Piti Naval Guns, a destination for world war II buffs. another famous destination in piti is the Nautilus Submarine where you can get under the sea for 30 minutes in Piti Bay for $ 90 per person and the Piti Bomb Holes (they thought that the crater holes where made by world war II bombs, but was found out to be a natural reef formation), where there are shallow coral reefs where you can go scuba diving or just view the reefs and the reef fishes at the Fish Eye Marine Park or do underwater sea walk along the sea floor for 15 minutes by a company called Sea Walker, the cost is $ 40 per person.

    I will have a separate tips for the Fish Eye Marine Park and the Piti Bomb Holes.

    piti bay view along Marine Corps Drive cruising Observation deck of fish eye park me going to the two lovers bridge of piti
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    Agat and Mount Lam Lam

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 19, 2012

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    Mount Lam Lam (lightning in Chamorro), the highest peak in Guam is located in Agat Village here in Guam. There is not much things to do in Agat besides Visiting the War in The Pacific Memorial Park but if you want to experience Boonie Stomping to the Peak of Mount Lam Lam, this is the place to be. You can just park your vehicles along the Highway and climb to the peak. The climb takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on your pace. At 1,332 feet (406 m), it is the highest peak in Guam. The distance from the peak to the bottom of the nearby Mariana Trench is the greatest change in elevation on Earth over such a short distance at more than 38,000 feet (11,000 meters) combined.

    mount Lam Lam with the Good friday crosses cruising parking area for the hikers to mount lam lam the highway
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    Umatac

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    Umatac is the first Village Discovered by the world renowned Portuguese Explorer Ferdinand Magellan, he first discovered Guam via Umatac Bay and landed here in the 1500's and named the islands "las Isla Ladrones" of the Island of Thieves since some Chamorro Locals were stealing provisions from his galleons. Before the Spaniards came to colonize this beautiful island-nation, this village was considered Guam’s “cradle of creation”. Umatac is one of the leading tourist spots in Guam. It is located at the southwestern coast of Guam, the most popular landmarks are two ancient forts and their cannons that served as lookout points to protect passing and docked Spanish ships (One is the Fort Soledad). It also has the newly built Chamorro Spanish Welcome Arch, featured prominently in the Visit Southern Guam Brochures.

    the famous arch wonderful views Umatac Church the bay majestic
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    Fort Soledad

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    Fort Soledad is a Spanish Fort Constructed in Guam in the 1800's. It is located at Umatac Bay where it was built to Guard the bay from pirates and buccaneers by the Spanish.It is also Known as the Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. The fort was one of the last Spanish Forts constructed in the 19th Century in support of the Spanish Galleon trade. Sitting on the cliff just to the South of Umatac, Fort Soledad has a commanding view of the Bay and all Ocean approaches. The Fort was restored in 1995 and today the cannon of Fort Soledad still point out over the Pacific Ocean and Umatac Bay where Magellan landed in 1521 to make the first contact between Guam and the West.

    Located at the High point of Umatac Bay, admission is free

    the spanish Guns the fort me group pose facing the philippine sea
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    Merizo and Cocos Island

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    Merizo is the southern Most village of Guam and it is here that the Pacific Ocean meets the Philippin Sea. The village host a number of privately owned beaches and the famous Cocos Island and Lagoon which is uninhabited and that the facilities in the Island are only available for day tours. There is a ferry ride to and from cocos island at the Merizo Pier and the ride is 15 minutes either way and is available every 30 minute and the cost is $ 10 for a Round Trip.

    Not much to see at Merizo itself but the Cocos Island host Scuba Diving Spots, other water sport activites, jet skis and white sand beaches since it is located in a lagoon with a mini barrier reef. You can Book a Separate Day Tour to Cocos Island either to swim or to Scuba Dive at Discover Guam Tours.

    Cocos Island from Merizo closed up zoom of cocos island from the hills of merizo view from the merizo pier along merizo
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    Inarajan and Pago Bay

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    The Village of Inarajan is at the Southeastern Corner of Guam, facing the Pacific Ocean. You can go to the village via rental cars since taxis are very expensive or take the southern island tour by Discover Guam Tours where it will take you to Inarajan at Geff Pa'go Chamorro Village or Talafofo Falls area. Or you can Take the Guahan Bust Trolley Let's Go South Bus for $ 45 a day and you can wander here for as long as you like and just wait for the next trolley bus to arrive to get to the other southern villages of Merizo, Santa Rita and more. Places of interest include the village's pre-World War II church, statue of Chief Gadao, the Gef Pa'go Chamorro Village, the ancient Paintings of Chief Gadao's Cave, and historic village architecture plus the picturesque Pago Bay where you can do surfing and limited swimming Activities

    the Chief Gadao Statue welcome pacific ocean view Pago Bay beautiful
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    Talafofo Bay

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 19, 2012

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    The Talafofo Bay and Look out is a popular destination for locals and tourists who are into surfing since the waters in the eastern side of Guam facing the Pacific Ocean are rough hence swimming is discouraged. Located on the southeast coast of Guam in the Village of Talafofo, Talofofo Bay is popular for its fine dark-brown sand that contrasts with the surrounding white limestone cliffs that border the bay on both sides. From a distance, it may look like mud but it is actual fine sand. The water, too, looks murky and muddy. There’s a spot in the beach that locals call the “Surf Side.” This is the best place to go surfing and body-boarding while in Guam, when weather conditions are right.

    It is just a 10 minute drive from the Talafofo Bay to the Talafofo Falls Park.

    the Talafofo bay the pacific ocean view group pose me road going to talafofo bay
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    Yokoi's Cave (2) Improvised Monorail Ride

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 19, 2012

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    If you don't want to walk the 400 meter (1/4 mile) trek going to Yokoi's Replica Cave from the Talafofo falls area, you can ride the Improvised Noisy Monorail ride. The 5 minute ride goes to and from the cave and it costs $ 2 for a single ride and $ 4 for a round trip for a maximum of 5 person (the payment is $ 4 for all, not per person).

    Going to Yokoi's Cave is part of the Admision Price of the Talafofo Falls.

    A Caveat: this is not the real location of the cave, it is located 2 miles (3.3 kilometers) east of the replica cave here (was destroyed by a typhoon in the 1970's). they just redid the cave for tourism purposes. This replica cave is a 400 meter (1/4 mile) walk from on a trail from the talafofo falls area. If you don't want to walk to and from, they have an improvised noisy monorail available and a round trip ride is $ 4 for a group of 5.

    Opens: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Admission price is $ 20 for adults
    $ 8 for children

    included in the admission price is the Cable Car Ride to and from the falls, Yokoi's Cave, Ghost House, Historical museum except the Monorail ride to Yokoi's Cave

    the ride fun hehehe ok hop on now
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    Yokoi's Cave (1) The Replica Cave

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    Going to Yokoi's Cave is part of the Admision Price of the Talafofo Falls.

    A Caveat: this is not the real location of the cave, it is located 2 miles (3.3 kilometers) east of the replica cave here (was destroyed by a typhoon in the 1970's). they just redid the cave for tourism purposes. This replica cave is a 400 meter (1/4 mile) walk from on a trail from the talafofo falls area. If you don't want to walk to and from, they have an improvised noisy monorail available and a round trip ride is $ 4 for a group of 5.

    According to wikipedia:

    Shiochi Yokoi was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War. He was among the last three Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945, found in the jungle of Guam in January 1972, almost 28 years after US forces had regained control of the island in 1944.

    On the evening of January 24, 1972, Yokoi was discovered in the jungle.[2] He was found by Jesus Dueñas and Manuel De Gracia, two local men who were checking their shrimp traps along a small river on Talofofo. They had initially assumed that Yokoi was a villager from Talofofo; he thought his life was in danger and attacked them,[3] but they managed to subdue him, carrying him out of the jungle with minor bruising.[1]

    "It is with much embarrassment, but I have returned", he said upon his return to Japan. The remark would become a popular saying in Japanese.[4]

    For twenty-eight years, he hid in an underground jungle cave, fearing to come out of hiding even after finding leaflets declaring that World War II had ended, believing them to be false Allied propaganda.[1]

    Yokoi was the third-to-last Japanese soldier to hold out after the war, preceding second lieutenant Hiroo Onoda (relieved from duty by his former commanding officer March 9, 1974) and private Teruo Nakamura (arrested December 18, 1974).

    The Talafofo Falls is one of the must see destinations in the Talafofo area of Southeatern. The area is hom to the Talafofo Falls and Yokoi's Cave (a japanese world war II straggler who was found near the falls and was hiding for 28 years). The whole area os owned by the family of the current Governor, Eddie Calvo and is now a tourist destination. This 30-foot waterfall in the Ugum River cascades into a deep pool framed by steep bluffs and level rock ledges. The area is accessible by car or foot, and tourists can also ride a cable car to get to Talofofo Falls. Other features within Talofofo Falls Resort Park include the Guam Historical Museum, Yokoi's Cave, Observation Tower, and Ghost House and an improvised monorail ride going near Yokoi's Cave.

    Opens: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Admission price is $ 20 for adults
    $ 8 for children

    included in the admission price is the Cable Car Ride to and from the falls, Yokoi's Cave, Ghost House, Historical museum

    me facing the replica cave pictures plaque a buddhist shrine near it the replica cave
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    Talafofo Falls (5) Various Views around the park

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    This is the LAST part of my Talafofo Falls tips with pictures of in and around the Talafofo Falls park.

    The Talafofo Falls is one of the must see destinations in the Talafofo area of Southeatern. The area is hom to the Talafofo Falls and Yokoi's Cave (a japanese world war II straggler who was found near the falls and was hiding for 28 years). The whole area os owned by the family of the current Governor, Eddie Calvo and is now a tourist destination. This 30-foot waterfall in the Ugum River cascades into a deep pool framed by steep bluffs and level rock ledges. The area is accessible by car or foot, and tourists can also ride a cable car to get to Talofofo Falls. Other features within Talofofo Falls Resort Park include the Guam Historical Museum, Yokoi's Cave, Observation Tower, and Ghost House and an improvised monorail ride going near Yokoi's Cave.

    Opens: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Admission price is $ 20 for adults
    $ 8 for children

    included in the admission price is the Cable Car Ride to and from the falls, Yokoi's Cave, Ghost House, Historical museum

    guam wild pigs illustration of yokoi's cave guam deer the replica of yokoi's cave japanese tourists waiting for the cable car
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    Talafofo Falls (4) At the Upper Falls

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    This is the FOURTH part of my Talafofo Falls tips with pictures of in and around the UPPER falls area. The natural pool here in the upper falls is cleaner than in the lower falls and locals do swim here as there are shaded picnic areas around

    The Talafofo Falls is one of the must see destinations in the Talafofo area of Southeatern. The area is hom to the Talafofo Falls and Yokoi's Cave (a japanese world war II straggler who was found near the falls and was hiding for 28 years). The whole area os owned by the family of the current Governor, Eddie Calvo and is now a tourist destination. This 30-foot waterfall in the Ugum River cascades into a deep pool framed by steep bluffs and level rock ledges. The area is accessible by car or foot, and tourists can also ride a cable car to get to Talofofo Falls. Other features within Talofofo Falls Resort Park include the Guam Historical Museum, Yokoi's Cave, Observation Tower, and Ghost House and an improvised monorail ride going near Yokoi's Cave.

    Opens: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Admission price is $ 20 for adults
    $ 8 for children

    included in the admission price is the Cable Car Ride to and from the falls, Yokoi's Cave, Ghost House, Historical museum

    the upper falls area group pose again the hanging bridge going to the upper falls me going to the upper falls
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    Talafofo Falls (3) At the Lower Falls

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 19, 2012

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    This is the third part of my Talafofo Falls tips with pictures of in and around the lower falls area. will have a separate pictures for the upper falls area

    The Talafofo Falls is one of the must see destinations in the Talafofo area of Southeatern. The area is hom to the Talafofo Falls and Yokoi's Cave (a japanese world war II straggler who was found near the falls and was hiding for 28 years). The whole area os owned by the family of the current Governor, Eddie Calvo and is now a tourist destination. This 30-foot waterfall in the Ugum River cascades into a deep pool framed by steep bluffs and level rock ledges. The area is accessible by car or foot, and tourists can also ride a cable car to get to Talofofo Falls. Other features within Talofofo Falls Resort Park include the Guam Historical Museum, Yokoi's Cave, Observation Tower, and Ghost House and an improvised monorail ride going near Yokoi's Cave.

    Opens: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Admission price is $ 20 for adults
    $ 8 for children

    included in the admission price is the Cable Car Ride to and from the falls, Yokoi's Cave, Ghost House, Historical museum

    panoramic shot pose the start of the lower falls not that clean me again
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    Talafofo Falls (2) Cable car Ride

    by machomikemd Written Apr 19, 2012

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    This is the second part of my Talafofo Falls tips with pictures of the Cable car ride going to the falls. It is included in the admission ticket and is a 3 minute ride going eitherway and you would see the falls while going up and down the cable car.

    The Talafofo Falls is one of the must see destinations in the Talafofo area of Southeatern. The area is hom to the Talafofo Falls and Yokoi's Cave (a japanese world war II straggler who was found near the falls and was hiding for 28 years). The whole area os owned by the family of the current Governor, Eddie Calvo and is now a tourist destination. This 30-foot waterfall in the Ugum River cascades into a deep pool framed by steep bluffs and level rock ledges. The area is accessible by car or foot, and tourists can also ride a cable car to get to Talofofo Falls. Other features within Talofofo Falls Resort Park include the Guam Historical Museum, Yokoi's Cave, Observation Tower, and Ghost House and an improvised monorail ride going near Yokoi's Cave.

    Opens: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

    Admission price is $ 20 for adults
    $ 8 for children

    included in the admission price is the Cable Car Ride to and from the falls, Yokoi's Cave, Ghost House, Historical museum

    fun to the cable car the ride me at the cable car ok
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