talafofo river

Things To Do: Guam Jungle River Boat Cruise

One of my favorite things to do when I’m living somewhere new is sightseeing! There are so many tourist friendly things to do on Guam.  I’d been trying to catch this river boat cruise but missed it once. There are two departing times I think the first is around 9:00am and the second is 1:30pm. I caught the later one. Tourists pay $55 per person (personally I think that’s ridiculous!!) while locals/military pay $25 per person.  I definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Guam. At first I thought it might be disappointing and short, but to my surprise it was well worth the money to see parts of the country that I would otherwise not get to see.

Deeper than I’ve ever been in the jungle, the cruise follows the Talafofo & Ugum Rivers. Led by a tour guide, who speaks both English and Japanese, the tour was quite animated and fun. Good for people of all ages. We stopped along the river to feed chickens, throw bread crumbs at strange fish and feed coconut crabs!  We were able to leave the boat and wander through ancient pillars used in homes called latte stone and were lucky enough to see multiple iguanas! I was amazed by everything from the way the trees lined the river to the peacefulness of the jungle.

At the end of the cruise, after seeing the latte stone and walking to a cave we walked to a small covered area. Here, a lady who had been weaving baskets, fans and other items met us. We had ice cream and tea and watched as they set coconuts on fire and had us play rock, paper, scissors to win the woven items! They also had captured and caged coconut crabs, brown tree snakes, iguanas and turtles.

If you’re planning on taking this boat cruise bring bug spray, sunscreen and walking shoes…oh and your camera!!