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Things To Do In Guam: Tarzan Falls

 

I went on the quick, muddy hike to Tarzan Falls a couple of months ago. Once you spot the multiple pairs of shoes hanging from the power lines, you’ve arrived! Even though this is an extremely easy hike, try to stay on the path because there are sudden drops and lots of mud. At one point, I had to crouch and slide down a muddy hill because I had absolutely no traction on my shoes. I stepped in mud that came up to my ankle! Definitely bring your hiking boots, bug spray, sun block, water and a swim suit. Although, the water looked a bit too murky for me so I decided not to swim.

During the hike, Peter and I were talking about how all our friends and family back home think we’re living in some jungle, 3rd world country with crazy animals. We then started talking about the animals in Guam, including wild boars and what to do if we come across one. While I was laughing and mocking my friends (sorry!) I heard a rustling in the bushes. It sounded like it was getting closer and following me. I slowly turned around and saw a large bush moving wildly. I froze in my place as an animal jumped out of the bushes and came racing toward me! I yelled for Peter! At first I couldn’t recognize it, but as the animal came pouncing closer I realized….it was just a happy dog! I felt pretty stupid. My legs were shaky after that!

I’m from Oregon, so I’ve seen some really beautiful waterfalls. Tarzan Falls is very tame compared to the other falls I’ve seen. Still beautiful, the surrounding jungle just adds to its beauty.

I recommend this hike to everyone. If you visit Guam, this is a must see! 🙂

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Marbo Cave

If you don’t know already, I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat. So visiting Marbo Cave for the first time was scary to me on its own, but doing it at night while my friends were talking about being attacked by wild pigs and being in the jungle just set my nerves nearly over the edge! Walking down to the cave was a bit slippery and very hard to see, amazingly we found two Coconut Crabs along the way (post about that to come soon)! I’m not quite sure what the plan was for Marbo Cave, but it looks as though the beginning of a park was built. As you walk down to the cave entrance, there is a platform just over the blue water (I have an obsession with blue, clear water in case you haven’t noticed). BUT! The best part is just to the left and over the large rocks. Behind that you will find the deepest part of the pool. Looks like the water is at least 30 feet deep. Perfect for jumping in and swimming. You can also swim under rocks and onto the other side. How can a scaredy-cat  jump into water this deep you ask? Well, I was pushed in! I swam around until I found a part of the cave wall that was suitable for holding and I hung on for dear life!

This is a fresh water pool so after swimming in the ocean for the last few months, it was quite a work out. It’s also very deep and very dark. We brought along candles and waterproof flashlights and snorkel gear. The pictures you see are from my second trip to the cave, during the daytime and minus the swimming.

If you walk into the jungle a bit you will come to a cliff that looks out beyond the ocean. Beautiful view!

Update: I recently found out that the fresh water in the cave was used for the soldiers during WWII .

Things to Do in Guam: Talofofo Falls

From Tumon, it was kind of a long drive; kind of cheesy; and kind of tourist-y, but it still can be a ton of fun! As we walked to the entrance, a group of pigs gathered for feeding time. Of course, I had to have my photo taken with them! Guam has wild pigs that charge at people, and these are the closest I plan on ever getting to wild pigs. To enter the park, it will cost you $12 per person. The price includes a ride on a cable car with an extraordinary view of the jungle, river and waterfall. We’d heard that there was an area for swimming and a rope that you can swing off of and jump into the water. We came prepared to swim, unfortunately, it was closed off to swimmers and with good reason. The water looked like a chocolate milk brown, very uninviting.

To get to the rest of the park, we had to cross a suspension bridge which led to the top of the falls and the museum. Don’t expect to be moved by a wealth of knowledge, the museum looked like it was put together by a middle school student for a class project. It did have air conditioning, which was much needed after the walk through the jungle. I found the “Legend of Chamorro” to be nice and further into the jungle was the story of Yokoi Shoichi, the Japanese soldier from WW2 who hid in the jungle for 28 years!

If you’re not too impressed with waterfalls or you’ve already seen beautiful waterfalls, I’d say skip this adventure. The cable car ride was worth it to me because of the view.

Finally, we ended the day visiting another small park called “Love Land,” which we thought was just going to be a park full of pretty flowers. It wasn’t until AFTER I’d walked through it did I realize why all the signs said, “19 and older only.”  To our surprise “Love Land” turned out to be a pornographic statue park! Oddly, “Love Land” was randomly placed right next to a children’s theme park.