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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Also, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Pagat Cave and Marbo Cave

cave two

Visiting some limestone caves is always a fun idea. Neither Pagat Cave or Marbo Cave are seeping, so you won’t see a lot of cool stalagmites and stalactites. However, you will see beautiful fresh water pools for swimming.

cave thirteen

Let’s start with Marbo Cave (see link for directions):

cave nine

It’s a short hike so you don’t need much more than a liter of water and a bathing suit. We brought snacks because we wanted to have a picnic in the cave, but if you’re just going to see it you don’t need to bring much.
cave tweleve

Follow the trail down, and the cave is right there at the bottom. You don’t need a flashlight because it is well lit from the surface (the opening is large.) There’s two swimming spots, one easy to get to and one that you climb over slippery rocks to get to. Both are cool, fresh water.

cave sixteen

Warning: There are two places where you can swim under rock into a tunnel. Don’t do this! Several people have drowned in the cave after trying to do this.

cave twenty

After you enjoy the cave, turn back if you like. Or, continue on the trail until you get to the cliffs. The view is very nice. Make sure you bring sunscreen if you want to walk out to the cliffs. It’s not a long walk, but it’s hot and sunny.

Next up: Pagat Cave (follow the link for directions):

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is a much more difficult hike. You will need at least two liters of water and a snack. In addition, you need: Water shoes, a bathing suit, a flashlight, bug spray, sunscreen, and gloves. I recommend a waterproof camera as well, because you don’t want to lose your footing and get you camera wet unless it’s meant to be in water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The trail is flat in some places, but mostly it is very steep. There are ropes in places to hold while you descend, so keep your gloves on.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

At the bottom, you’ll see a hole in the rock to your left. It doesn’t look like much, but that’s the way in.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hold the rope and walk carefully down. When you get to the bottom, change into your bathing suit and water shoes, and store your pack along the side of the trail.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Walk through the first pool, which is only ankle deep, and proceed through the small hole into the large cavern beyond.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If you wear glasses, you might get used to hiking with your prescription sunglasses on and leaving your regular pair in the car.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

However, once you enter the second cavern it is completely dark and you will need a flashlight and glasses to see anything.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was completely unprepared, as I thought it was a little cave like Marbo. Now I know better, and can go back dressed properly and with the right glasses.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
There are no tunnels or side caverns so you won’t get lost. The only danger is if there is a flash flood, so check the weather and don’t go on a day when there is a lot of rain expected.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And don’t forget to reapply sunscreen and bug spray before you start the long trek back to your car.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA