On Guam, most dives are off of a boat.
This is because it’s hard to walk out past the reefs with tanks on.
Mostly, we have bays with a reef at the edge. The good diving is past the reef. However, it’s typically a long walk.
Thankfully, it’s not very expensive to get on a chartered boat dive.
I got my certification through MDA, and so I go on their boat dives.
There are other companies, but they all go the same places.
It’s a small island, so there are only so many places to go.
My husband got dive certified after me, and his instructor let me tag along. (That’s me above; not that you can tell.)
We went to Fish Eye, which I have snorkeled several times. It was interesting to dive there.
The class went around the base of the Fish Eye tourist attraction.
I followed along, and got pictures of them feeding the fish.
There are all kinds of fish, including groupers and barracudas.
It was a short dive. We only stayed down for about 45 minutes.
However, we got to see a lot of things in that time, and it was fun.
If you are in Guam, I recommend going to Fish Eye Marine Park.
It is a long walk out from shore, but there is a path to follow under the bridge, so it’s not so bad.
And now, my husband and I are both certified to dive!
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.
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.
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.
Traveling out past the reef, you can see all kinds of fish and even some sea turtles.
Hiding in the coral you can find anemones with clown fish living in them.
It’s a beautiful beach, but the pictures don’t come out as well as snorkeling pictures because there’s less light lower down.
We had a really good time, but I am still learning.
Gab Gab beach is a lovely place to snorkel. It’s on the Navy Base, and it’s a hard coral reef with lots of beautiful fish and turtles.
At first I couldn’t figure out why everyone said it was good. I was trying to snorkel from the beach wading out.
However, if you go around to the pool and take the stairs, you can go out past the reef. That’s where the real excitement is.
It is always dangerous to go past the reef, so make sure that there aren’t high winds. Those will cause currents, and that can be a problem.
However, when it is safe and the water is calm, it’s a wonderful place to go.
I had never been snorkeling until I came to Guam.
It’s a steep learning curve trying to study all the names of the fish.
After all, in Arizona there isn’t much call to learn fish names.
However, it’s really a beautiful place to check out, even if you can’t name the fish afterwards.
Tumon Bay is in the center of the tourist part of the island.
Most of the large hotels are right on the bay.
Because of this, you don’t really see as many fish and coral as you would other places. The coral can often be damaged by tourists.
However, you can still go around and see some nice things.
It’s very shallow, so it’s a good place to go if you have children.
Mostly, you’ll find stag coral and trigger fish. Oh, and a lot of sea cucumbers.