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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Five.

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Seven.

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Eight.

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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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Fifteen.

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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 Sex.

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Thirty Seven.

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Thirty Eight.

coconut trees at gab gab beach on a sunny day

Thirty Nine.

every day outside my window

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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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Five.

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Six.

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Seven.

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Eight.

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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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Fifteen.

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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.)

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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Fish Eye Marine Park

 

 

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Since I loved to Guam, I feel like I spend a lot of my time underwater. One of the best places to do that is Fish Eye Marine Park.

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Grab your snorkel and wade out under the bridge. When you get into water that is too deep to stand, start swimming to the left.

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This is bring you through an ancient forest of coral, and give you the opportunity to see a lot of cool fish.

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Normally, you wouldn’t want to feed the fish in the ocean. However, they already feed them as the fish eye tourist attraction, so sometimes I bring along some rice to give them.

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They are so used to eating food from humans that they swam all around and it’s cute.

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I am trying to learn all the names of the fish, but unfortunately the locals want to teach me the Chamorro words. That’s not something I will ever use outside of Guam.

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Once I find a fish guide for this (very remote) part of the Pacific Ocean, I will try to caption future fish pictures with the names of the fish.

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In the meantime, here are some pictures of things you can see at Fish Eye.

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I think this is a butterfly fish.

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And, I know this one is called a flounder.

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As for this little guy, I know he’s a rainbow parrot fish.

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This seems to have a shape like a damsel fish.

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And, this one I do know. It’s a Picasso Triggerfish. They bite, so avoid them.

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Here’s a star fish. Ours our blue, but usually they have five arms. I am not sure why this one has six.

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And, this is a Picasso Triggerfish with a Wrasse. I really enjoy the different kinds of Wrasse, but I don’t know all their names.

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Whatever this one is, it has a great pattern. Shame they’re always digging up the sand so it’s hard to get a good picture.

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This is another kind of Triggerfish, but I don’t know its name.

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And this is a stag coral forest full of fish. This is to the left of the Fish Eye, swimming into the Piti Bomb Holes. However, there is a lot of stag coral to the right of the bridge as well.

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Some of the bomb holes are very deep, but there are lots of shallow places too. Don’t be afraid to swim over the deep parts to get to the shallower parts.

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You can go all the way out to the reef, which is past the Fish Eye bridge and the Fish Eye structure at least another 100 meters.

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There are great views and huge coral forests covering a huge area, so look around a lot!

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Where is Guam?

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Guam is a US territory located in the Pacific Ocean. The United States took ownership of Guam for the Japanese during WWII, and since then the islanders have been trying to work with the US government in partnership.

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I moved to Guam when my husband got orders here in 2015, and we will make it our home until the Fall of 2017 when he leaves to do a year of sea duty in the middle east.

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At first it was hard to adjust, because it is a very small island and it is very isolated. That means giving up things like fresh fruit and vegetables (which mostly don’t grow here because the island is coral.)

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However, it also means new experiences and being on a tropical island, so that is an exciting change. I had always wanted to be on the equator because I love plants.

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I will make sure to tell you all about the exciting things that I learn about Guam.