Request a Guam tour here:
Please email me at walt@discoverguam
with the names of folks in your group, your desired date, arrival times, interests, special requests, mobility requirements, etc.!
Cruise Ship Visitors Welcomed!
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Where is Guam????
Guam; Chamorro: Guåhån is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. It is the western most point and territory of the United States, along with the Northern Mariana Islands. The capital city of Guam is Hagåtña and the most populous city is Dededo. The inhabitants of Guam are called Guamanians, and they are American citizens by birth. Indigenous Guamanians are the Chamorros, who are related to other Austronesian natives of Eastern Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Guam has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983.
In 2016, there were 162,742 people living on Guam. Guam has an area of 210 square miles (540 km2; 130,000 acres). In Oceania, it is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands and the largest island in Micronesia. The highest point is Mount Lamlam at 1,332 feet (406 m) above sea level. Since the 1960s, the economy has been supported by two industries: tourism and the United States Armed Forces. [From Wikipedia]
A Bit of History
The indigenous Chamorros settled the island approximately 4,000 years ago. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, while in the service of Spain, was the first European to visit the island, on March 6, 1521. Guam was colonized by Spain in 1668 with settlers, including Diego Luis de San Vitores, a Catholic Jesuit missionary. Between the 16th century and the 18th century, Guam was an important stopover for the Spanish Manila Galleons. During the Spanish–American War, the United States captured Guam on June 21, 1898. Under the Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded Guam to the United States on December 10, 1898. Guam is among the 17 non-self-governing territories listed by the United Nations.
Before World War II, there were five American jurisdictions in the Pacific Ocean: Guam and Wake Island in Micronesia, American Samoa and Hawaii in Polynesia, and the Philippines.
On December 7, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Guam was captured by the Japanese, who occupied the island for two and a half years. During the occupation, Guamanians were subjected to beheadings, forced labor, rape, and torture. American forces recaptured the island on July 21, 1944; Liberation Day commemorates the victory.
An unofficial but frequently used territorial motto is "Where America's Day Begins", which refers to the island's close proximity to the international date line.
Your Tour of Guam
Your tour of Guam will feature culture, history and/or scenic sites! We can customize your tour to focus on more of what you like and less of what you don't!
How it all started:
"I was all over the internet looking for a guide for a private tour....nothing!"--Susan
Walt Goodridge, on Guam
My name is Walt Goodridge, nomadpreneur author
, blogger and part-time tour guide on Saipan!
If you've visited my DiscoverSaipan site
, you'll read that I started doing tours on Saipan because a woman named Suzanne needed a last-minute tour of the island. Well, I branched out to referring customers to unique guides on Guam because another woman named Susan (different spelling! I swear I'm not making this up!) was visiting Guam on a cruise ship and couldn't find a guide to accommodate her. Susan wrote:
"I was all over the internet looking for a guide. I think I saw one guy on a private tour site. But there was nothing else on that site to tell me his background or reviews or anything. I thought there has to be more to Guam then a lookout point! You are the closest person to Guam I know so I thought why not ask!
Yes, Susan is correct! There is more to Guam than a lookout point!
So, I referred her to a certified Guam guide to give her a great experience!
Through this site, I refer my choice of licensed Guam guides so you can have the same experience that Susan had on Guam, and that meet the same standard of uniqueness that I offer on Saipan!
Meet Ed Feeley, licensed Guam guide!
Since we're on the topic, I'd like you to meet one of Guam's licensed guides! I'll let Ed Feeley tell you a little about himself:
"I was born and raised in Maine, USA. My son and I came to Guam over 30 years ago, and I spent 21 years working for the Guam Public School system. I've done a lot of WWII research and travel in the Pacific as I traced my father's military exploits. He was one of the Guam Liberators. I lived a traditional Chamorro lifestyle in Southern Guam, learned the language, explored the island, and listened to a lot of stories from the manamko (Chamorro elders). I'm proud that most people call me Chamoule*. After losing much of my retirement money to the recent stock/investment scandals, I've spent the last 7 years leading trekking, WWII, historical, and customized tours around the island for our tourists to supplement my income. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing the island's history and culture, so I guess I have a dream job now."
*Chamoule = "Chamorro and Haole" (Haole: origin: Hawaiian, used throughout the Pacific region: a person who is not a native Hawaiian, especially a white person.
Felix, Lorrin & Nina and Ed on Guam (2019)
A Special Tour for one of the "Guam Liberators!"
Residents of Guam refer to the US troops who recaptured Guam from Japanese control during WWII as the "Guam Liberators." I had the opportunity to give a tour to one such individual--who had been on the USS North Carolina.
Read more here!
Time for YOUR tour of Guam!
Now, I can't promise you the royal treatment that returning veteran Lloyd Glick received, but
Sign up for a Guam tour here: Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of folks in your group, your desired date, arrival times, interests, special requests, mobility requirements, etc.!
NOTE: While I build up a slew of happy "I want to see Guam" customers for this site, check out these reviews from my Saipan clients
and rest assured that I look for the same
level of care, professionalism, attention to detail, fun and adventure from the guides you'll have for your Guam experience!
And, if you're coming to Saipan before or after your visit to Guam,
sign up for my DiscoverSaipan experience!