Tarzan Falls Hike

extreme close up of ground orchid
Off route 16, there is a trail head for Tarzan Falls. Once you park in the lot by the windmill, you start your hike.

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There are a lot of trails, but all of them go down to the falls.

love these crispy ferns

I recommend taking the trails to the left, because they are drier.

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If you go to the right, you’ll be on trails mostly used for ATVs and other vehicles. That makes deep ruts which fill with water.

me with the topmost level of the falls

Either way, you’ll get down to the top of the falls.

group shot with richs eyes open

The first set are very pretty, and also small. Usually there are a lot of people at the top, so you should be able to get someone to take your picture. This is our hiking group!

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When you follow the posted sign and climb down, you’ll see the largest of the falls.

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Make sure you have good hiking boots, because there is a lot of mud.

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Also, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.

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There is a swimming hole, so bring a bathing suit if you want to swim.

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If you plan to go onto the rocks, use caution because they are very slippery.

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There is a rope swing on the left side of the pool for swinging into the water, but again, be cautious of the rocks.

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After you see the big falls, head downstream along the smaller trail.

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There are two more sets of waterfalls that you can get to.

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I recommend bringing snacks, so that you can eat when you get down to the end of the trail.

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There are lots of good spots to swim or wade. There aren’t many fish, but you may see tadpoles or fresh water shrimp.

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The hike is only 1.4 miles total, but bring lots of water. It’s a long and difficult hike back up.

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This is one of the easier hikes on Guam, so it’s excellent for beginners.

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Hamamoto Fruit World

Hamamoto Fruit World is a tourist attraction on the island of Guam.

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It’s really geared towards Japanese tourists, but anyone is welcome.

dragon fruit in a basket

I am a real lover of plants, and I thought it was exciting to get the chance to learn more about the plants that live on the equator.

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The park it basically a long, looping road.

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You can use your own car, or you can take the park shuttle.

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I recommend taking your own car. That way you can take as long as you want to see things.

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We actually ended up stopping and getting out of the car a lot, so we could have a closer look at the plants.

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In particular the coffee plants (above) were fascinating to my husband. He loves coffee.

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Of course, I like the agave, since that is what is used to make tequila.

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The park is located off route 16, and the road there is a little rough.

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Once you get there, you can enjoy the small garden before doing the looping drive.

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Also, there are places to take picture with the very of the center of the island.

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You will see all kinds of flowers, bushes, and trees.

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My favorite is the ginger. The plants are beautiful, and they come in red, pink, and white.

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Ginger is used as a spice, but it can also be used in tea.

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Some of the best fruit on Guam is the Dragon Fruit and Mango, but we also have star fruit and other exciting things you don’t find outside the tropics.

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Hamamoto fruit world is a wonderful place to see what kind of plants live in “Zone Nine,” or the equator.

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We also have pineapple, wax apple, herbs for tea, and all sorts of other exciting things.

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Remember sunscreen, since there are places to get out and walk.

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When you pay, you will get a small information packet so you can identify the fruits.

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It was $3 per person to tour the place, so it’s certainly the most affordable thing to do on Guam.

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It’s fun trying to figure out what plant goes with what picture.

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Some I had seen before. For example, coconuts and bread fruit grow all over the island.

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Other plants, like the sugar apples, were new to me.

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Before you leave, be sure to stop at the gift shop.

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They make their own honey, Popsicles, and other products from the fruits in the park.

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Plan on spending about an hour there, although you could spend all day if you really like plants!

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