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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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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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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Gab Gab Snorkel

 

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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.

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At first I couldn’t figure out why everyone said it was good. I was trying to snorkel from the beach wading out.

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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.

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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.

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However, when it is safe and the water is calm, it’s a wonderful place to go.

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I had never been snorkeling until I came to Guam.

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It’s a steep learning curve trying to study all the names of the fish.

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After all, in Arizona there isn’t much call to learn fish names.

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However, it’s really a beautiful place to check out, even if you can’t name the fish afterwards.

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Tumon Bay Snorkel

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Tumon Bay is in the center of the tourist part of the island.

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Most of the large hotels are right on the bay.

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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.

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However, you can still go around and see some nice things.

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It’s very shallow, so it’s a good place to go if you have children.

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Mostly, you’ll find stag coral and trigger fish. Oh, and a lot of sea cucumbers.

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