Inarajan Falls

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The town of Inarajan is most famous for a set of pools fed by ocean water that are good for swimming, and also some nice views.

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Malojoj Falls is more of a hidden gem. You drive up to the middle school, and park outside the fence. There’s a road into the jungle, and you follow it out of the trees and into the open plains.

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The red dirt is pretty and the tall grass is full of ground orchids.

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You can even find passion flowers at the right time of year.

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If you follow the trail, it will take you over a stream and into a bamboo forest.

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Keep going down hill, and you’ll come to the falls. I recommend bringing gloves, because there are ropes you need to hold to get down the steep parts.

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The falls are bigger after the rainy season, but they are nice any time of year.

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There is a set of smaller waterfalls when you first come down the slope, and then if you go upstream, you’ll see a taller waterfall.

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There’s a nice little spot to sit and listen to the water, and there is even a hammock (above you can see my husband laying in it.)

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The owner of the land is fine with people visiting, as long as they clean up their trash. Make sure you pick up after yourself. If you sit and relax for awhile, you will see butterflies come up to drink from the lower falls, and to eat from the flowers that are planted all around. It’s a really nice place to spend an afternoon.

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Again, make sure to bring lots of sunscreen and water! Wear plants because some of the plants have thorns, and definitely A hat for crossing the sunny plains.

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Green Sea Turtle

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There is a green sea turtle that lives at Fish Eye Marine Park on the island of Guam. We call him Larry, but I have no idea what he calls himself.

Anyway, he is tagged, and I am wondering if anyone on the Internet would happen to know how to look up information on a turtle based on the tag. His number seems to be “PI2775.”

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He has a pretty bad injury from what seems to be a boat propeller. His shell is broken in places, and one of his back fins is split in half. These injuries are healed, but the scars are permanent.

He is extremely friendly and seems to really love people, so I think he is from a hatchery¬†or a rescue. If he was born in the wild, I don’t think he would be so excited about people.

So, does anyone know how I might find out more?

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Dive Off Agat

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On Guam, most dives are off of a boat.

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This is because it’s hard to walk out past the reefs with tanks on.

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Mostly, we have bays with a reef at the edge. The good diving is past the reef. However, it’s typically a long walk.

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Thankfully, it’s not very expensive to get on a chartered boat dive.

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I got my certification through MDA, and so I go on their boat dives.

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There are other companies, but they all go the same places.

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It’s a small island, so there are only so many places to go.

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Ocean Views From Guam

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I thought some of you might like to see pictures of the ocean from my time in Guam, so here are a few of the best.

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Nine.

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Ten.

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Eleven.

 

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Twelve.

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Thirteen.

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Fifteen.

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Seventeen.

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Eighteen.

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Twenty.

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Twenty One.

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Twenty Two.

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Twenty Three.

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Twenty Four.

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Twenty Five.

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Twenty Six.

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Twenty Seven.

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Twenty Eight.

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Twenty Nine.

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Thirty.

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Thirty Two.

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Thirty Three.

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Thirty Four.

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Thirty Five.

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Thirty Sex.

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every day outside my window

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Dive at Fish Eye

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My husband got dive certified after me, and his instructor let me tag along. (That’s me above; not that you can tell.)

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We went to Fish Eye, which I have snorkeled several times. It was interesting to dive there.

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The class went around the base of the Fish Eye tourist attraction.

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I followed along, and got pictures of them feeding the fish.

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There are all kinds of fish, including groupers and barracudas.

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It was a short dive. We only stayed down for about 45 minutes.

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However, we got to see a lot of things in that time, and it was fun.

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If you are in Guam, I recommend going to Fish Eye Marine Park.

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It is a long walk out from shore, but there is a path to follow under the bridge, so it’s not so bad.

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And now, my husband and I are both certified to dive!

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Tropical Sunsets

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Guam might not have clubs or a lot of job opportunities, but it does have beautiful sunsets. I could post a picture every few days, but it seemed better to put all the sunsets in one Gratuitous Sunset Post.

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So here is that post. Please enjoy forty sunsets from me to you.

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Three.

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Seven.

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Nine.

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Ten.

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Eleven.

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Twelve.

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Thirteen.

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Fourteen.

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Sixteen.

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Seventeen.

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Eighteen.

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Nineteen.

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Twenty.

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Twenty One.

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Twenty Two.

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Twenty Three.

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Twenty Four.

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Twenty Five.

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Twenty Six.

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Twenty Seven.

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Twenty Eight.

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Twenty Nine.

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Thirty.

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Thirty One.

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Thirty Two.

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Thirty Three.

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Thirty Four.

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Thirty Five.

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Thirty Six.

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Thirty Seven.

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Thirty Eight.

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Thirty Nine.

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Forty.

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Forty One.

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It turns out that Forty is the maximum amount of photos that this format allows me in one post, so there will definitely be a part two.

These were taken all over the island, but mostly at various spots in Tumon Bay (where I live.)

Dive at Gab Gab

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I got my dive certification recently. It’s inexpensive on Guam. I paid $200 for the class, and was able to do lots of classroom time and several practice dives.

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My first dive by myself was with my friends Ashley and Jason. We went to Gab Gab, which is a beach on the Navy Base.

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Gab Gab is a nice place to dive because the entry point is a short staircase. Many beaches require a long walk out past the reef, but at Gab Gab you can just walk down the stairs.

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Traveling out past the reef, you can see all kinds of fish and even some sea turtles.

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Hiding in the coral you can find anemones with clown fish living in them.

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It’s a beautiful beach, but the pictures don’t come out as well as snorkeling pictures because there’s less light lower down.

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We had a really good time, but I am still learning.

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