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    Water Safety

    by bmiller39 Written Oct 1, 2004

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    From the air, guam appears to be surrounded by large beautiful beaches. These are actually underwater coral. It is possible to walk out on these coral shelves a considerable distance and the water will only be two or three feet deep. Further in the distance at the edge of the shelf, you can see the surf. This is the danger spot called the "kill zone"..the edge of the coral drops off abruptly into a very deep ocean. The currents and the surf can easily drag you off the coral shelf into the open ocean and it is very very difficult and exhausting to get back onto the shelf. The better course of action is to relax and wait for some time of help.
    Beware of the deceptive beauty of the surf and the shallow depth and accessibility to the reefs edge. Guam has a number of deaths every year from tourists who are unaware of the seriousness of this area. All military personnel are required to view a film on water safety within 24 hours of their arrival.

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    Boonie dogs are all over the...

    by Texapina Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Boonie dogs are all over the island. If you're coming up Nimitz Hill from the Veterans Cemetary, there's one black dog that will jump out to chase your car.

    The speed limit is 35 mph, even on Marine Drive... those of you with lead feet, beware! And local drivers are not in a rush to get any where.

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    Don't go roaming through the...

    by Texapina Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Don't go roaming through the jungles after dusk...for the superstitious, there are 'taotaomonas' (ancient Chamorro spirits) in there. For the tourist, there are wild boars still roaming around the island (as well as non-poisonous rat snakes). One morning, while waiting for the rest of my 'team,' I watched with glee as 3 wild boar ran down the well-trimmed lawn in front of our quarters. I was so excited that I forgot to take photos!

    Boonie dogs are all over the island. If you're coming up Nimitz Hill from the Veterans Cemetary, there's one black dog that will jump out to chase your car.

    The speed limit is 35 mph, even on Marine Drive...

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  • If you come here between July...

    by hunterguam Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you come here between July to November there is a good chance your vacation can be disrupted or ruined by a typhoon. If you are here and the news says one is heading to Guam, go to Kmart and buy lots of bottled water. DONT DRINK WATER FROM FOUNTAINS OR SINKS AFTER A TYPHOON AND LOSS OF POWER.

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    Guam is situated right in the...

    by Trina2383 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Guam is situated right in the middle of typhoon alley. Guam sees an average of four to five storm threats each year. Guam gets hit by a storm with 40+ MPH winds or higher many times a year. Typhoons can occur any time of the year, but the least likely months are February and March.

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    Break-ins are extremely...

    by Trina2383 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Break-ins are extremely common, especially of cars. If you frequent beaches or hiking trails, you can expect to have your car broken into from time to time. It doesn't help to leave the car unlocked, because the thieves don't stop to check if the door is open; they just smash the window immediately. The best defence is to drive an ugly, old 'Guam bomb,' since fancy cars get hit more often than ugly old ones. You can also judge the relative safety of a parking area by the amount of broken car window glass on the ground. If you see a big pile of it, it's best to park elsewhere or leave someone behind to guard your vehicle.

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    By far the biggest problem...

    by Trina2383 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    By far the biggest problem with crime here, however, is that the judicial system is essentially non-functional. There aren't enough police officers or employees in the Guam Prosecutor's office. If you report a crime, police will come and write it up, but that's as far as it will go. (No one has been prosecuted for shoplifting for many years.) Most cases are dismissed by the Prosecutor's Office because their allotted time runs out before they can get to the cases.
    Nevertheless, Guam is not a particularly dangerous place. Normal precautions generally suffice to keep people and property safe.

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    Most violent crime here is...

    by Trina2383 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Most violent crime here is either drug-related or is related to family violence. The violent crime rate seems to be about on par with other United States urban areas.
    Drug abuse, especially use of methamphetamine ('ice'), is a big problem, and results in a high level of theft, burglary, robbery etc. It is one of the most debilitating problems on Guam.

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    Which do you want first,...

    by Trina2383 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news? The good news? Well, the good news is that Guam has no malaria, no rabies, and no mysterious and horrible tropical diseases such as yellow fever, sleeping sickness and so on. The bad news? Occasionally a case of dengue fever turns up, but as I understand it, the afflicted people seem to have caught it off-island. There is a certain incidence of leprosy among the immigrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, which you may be in danger of catching if you get intimate with someone who has an active, untreated case. The worst public health problem here is tuberculosis, and that problem is world-wide. There is also a high incidence of diabetes here, as well as a high rate of teenage pregnancy.

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    Brown tree snakes....their...

    by Trina2383 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Brown tree snakes....their fangs are in the back part of their mouth so they have to chew to be able inject the venom. The only time you really should watch out for them is at night.
    The snake below is trapped to help prevent it from hitching a ride on the aircraft that leaves Andersen AFB.

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    A lot of people specially...

    by frir Written Aug 26, 2002

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    A lot of people specially tourist drawn in Guam, since the currents are so strong and the tie goes up and down very fast; so just be careful if you go pass the reef that surrounds the island, it can get very dangerous.

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    In case you are rather naive,...

    by marciaca Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In case you are rather naive, anything in Guam called a 'Massage Parlor' is just a whore house. There's plenty of them there too. (It's another popular recreation for Japanese businessmen). In case you are wondering, no, I didn't go.

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    Wow, you will see, how the...

    by yumi53 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Wow, you will see, how the weird weather they have!! Maybe it's SUNNY at this moment, then just rainning in few seconds later!!! But, don't worry, the rain there is always only a shower!! You will see CUTE SUN very soon!!! ha!

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  • Check under the toilet seats...

    by Phoonman Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Check under the toilet seats for snakes before you sit down.

    The roads get slippery when wet, sometimes from the toads that get gooshed when they get run over, sometimes from algae growing on them. Go slow anyway, so you don't miss the scenery.

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  • As with most places, you have...

    by belfastlass Written Aug 25, 2002

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    As with most places, you have your pic pockets, so you do need to be aware. Some of the military chaps have told me that at places like the mall, the locals have hasseled them, but not too much.

    My concern is the ocean. Guam is surrounded by a coral reef, which makes the ocean calm like a lake. So you combine this with the drink and you have a dangerous situation waiting to happen. More and more tourist got swept out to sea. They get on a floatie, relax too much and fall asleep and are out to sea before they know it. So, again, be aware of your surroundings.

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  • Dec 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I read this trashy book before moving to Guam, it's crude but after living here awhile I found out that its pretty accurate. amazon.com/Gallivanting-Guam...

  • Sep 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I'm amazed on how loathsome and disparaging are the comments on this site. I'm not disputing all negative comments made about Guam, just the ones that are seriously, down-right ***in' ridiculous. Even a simple-minded twit would at least do some research before traveling to a new place; and I would like to think that a simple-minded twit wouldn't bad mouth an entire group of people from a few bad experiences. A lot of these nasty comments can be said about places, or should say considered FACT about places all over the world including the "wonderful" United States. It's also so ***in' ironic how majority of the comments posted about Guam reference that the 'locals are uneducated'---vast majority of the statements on here are so completely ignorant, it's a clear display of the intelligence level of those that are spouting them. If you're accustomed to metropolitan areas, road-trips, high-end amusement parks, the changing of the seasons, shopping at mainstream department stores, driving over 50 mph, that yield-on-green-then-go-when-safe-to-do-so type ***----Guam is not for you. Every single negative, insulting comment I've read on here, I can state with a FACT that I have experienced at least numerous times in the different places I've traveled to in the states, from South Carolina to Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and California---YES, I visited these places. I spent most of my time stateside in Texas and traveled all over the state. However, I wasn't an idiot and decided that I didn't like Houston because I thought it to be more horrendous than San Antonio or Abilene. Speaking from my own experience, being born and raised on the island, Guam has the lowest crime rate for a tiny island that is so densely populated. Seeking employment is challenging because the job market is much more competitive in a place that is land locked (think about it). The Chamorro people have a lot of pride and know when they are being looked down upon or when some stupid 'state-sider' is making some nasty judgments about their island because it isn't up to par with their 'standards'. Just because Guam is a U.S territory and the locals speak English, don't treat it, view it or EXPECT it to be like any other suburb of the United States. The Chamorros are not the uneducated-idiots you think they are; they know an *** when they see one and will treat he or she accordingly.

  • Aug 15, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Be smart. Anyone can write a comment. Don't believe everything you read online. Many of the warnings and negative comments here are things that apply anywhere in the world. Also, it is never accurate or fair to use blanket statements about any place or group of people. Anyone who has matured emotionally past adolescence knows this. I've lived in Texas, California, S. Korea, Japan, Philippines, and Guam and it's the same everywhere. There are jerks everywhere. There is crime everywhere. Do your research before you go anywhere and learn how to be safe.

  • Jul 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Okay, because everyone is SO damn perfect that they get to talk *** about Guam. Guam is different from your "state side" life. That's why people go here. There are numerous, beautiful beaches you can go to that are only a few minutes away. Yes, everything is costly and the islanders suffer from that. But they manage just fine and work hard. People focus on the unemployed, but no one cares to mention the hard working people that break their backs daily to make a living. It's a small island. Everyone knows everyone and they're all family. The people of Guam are very hospitable if you give them a chance. If that wasn't your experience, then you probably had it coming. The Chamorro culture is based primarily on respect. They get very defensive when it comes to outsiders looking down on them, thinking they're better than everybody. And big deal, some douche bag Magellan guy who disturbed Guam's peace and named it "The Island of Thieves." That was almost 500 years ago. You will find thieves everywhere. People make it sound as if you can't walk out your door step without something getting stolen. Guam is such a small, tight-knit island that murders are rare and the crime rate is low. The point is, every place has pros and cons. If you focus on the negativity like an arrogant, pessimistic ***, then you obviously won't have a good time. But if you surround yourself with wonderful people in a great place, Guam will be a paradise.

  • May 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    The truth about Guam. I think that both the positive and negative really need to be explored when talking about Guam. First, come prepared and know what you're getting yourself into... that means either knowing someone here or finding a way to get the locals to like you, I did the second.

    So let's talk about the seedy side of Guam, yes, it's hugely corrupt and you're an outsider, so you'll get screwed just for that reason alone. I have had to pay double for stuff like towing (after getting run over by one of Guam's notoriously bad drivers). The locals do think that you owe them respect, that you should be deferential to them, and are extremely proud of their culture. That said, a little deference goes a LONG, LONG way. Once you have established yourself as not being the typical "Haole", the people here will go out of their way to help you avoid much of the non-sense that others are forced to deal with, and that others report below. Yes, there is a lot of things that are less than optimal about Guam, Dept of Taxation (aka DMV), the social security office, and the local police registration section are among some of the places that are a PITA to deal with. Yes, Guam is full of overweight, undereducated, and unproductive people and enjoys an unemployment rate of 14%. It sometimes seems like the whole population is on public assistance at times, but if you look a little harder you'll find that there are beautiful women (who are not strippers) that are educated, physically attractive, and employed.

    Sounds pretty horrible, and it would be, if it were not for the actual beauty of Guam and the way you get treated once you get past the bravo and BS. Guam is gorgeous, my back yard is a beautiful view of Pago Bay, I live in a gorgeous house (for $2200 per month), and my commute to work is a predictable 10 mins every day. This was by design, and I was quite deliberate in finding something off the beaten path. My power, internet, cell phone, and water have been generally reliable. It's a modern take on 3rd world living to be sure, but, I live in a great area near needed resources and away from most problems associated with living in more populated areas. It's 80F every single day. Swimming in the ocean at Gab Gab is like swimming in someone's aquarium, just unbelievable.

    I have no dog in the fight here about Guam, but I have found a way to make it fun. You can stay relatively safe, secure, comfortable, and not constantly taken advantage of in Guam. I have been in Guam now for 8 months, and it's been pretty good to me. Invest the time in making it work for you, and it can, if you expect it to be like your home town you'll be disappointed, if you expect it to be completely different and approach it as a foreign country you'll do far better.

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