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Resort life in Guam.
Resort life in Guam.
Shopping in downtown Guam.
Pacific paradise.
Guam in Micronesia.


Thursday, March 7, 2002
A getaway with a difference — a pinch of star spangled banner in the pacific ... the gateway to 2000 islands of Micronesia.

Guam is the gateway to the 2000 islands which make up Micronesia, and is an unincorporated US territory. In 1950, all Guamanians were granted US citizenship.

The southernmost island in the Marianas group, Guam is the largest and most populated in Micronesia. The 165,000 residents enjoy temperatures between 22 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius, but storms and typhoons can occur at any time.

The indigenous Chamorro people's origins have been traced to Malaysia and Indonesia. Its turbulent history has seen Ferdinand Magellan arrive in 1521 and take possession for Spain, and in 1898, after the Spanish American war, America took control. Japan ruled from 1941 until 1944 when the US took control once more. Now, there are many thousands of US military personnel and several military installations on the island.

Hagatña, formerly Agaña, is the capital, and just north are the tourist areas of Tumon Bay and Tamuning where you will find nightclubs, resorts, restaurants and shopping areas. With attractions such as Plaza de España, Casa Gobierño and the 1669 Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, Hagatña's Spanish history is very obvious, and the Chamorros are attempting to give their villages their original Spanish names.

Guam's duty-free status makes it a shopper's paradise, from inexpensive items to Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Cartier. There are also some good outlet shops, and plenty of island craft available.

Along the north western side of Guam are some of Micronesia's most beautiful beaches. Ritidian is one of the best, with a 7m sandbank, no waves and a medium current. It is excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

The village of Inarajan was founded in 1695, and the 1500 residents have maintained the culture and in doing so, remain self-sustaining. Each morning, the village is open to visitors and you will see demonstrations of traditional Chamorro crafts such as weaving, production of coconut oil and candy, carving and dancing.

On the shores of Tumon Bay, set on 13 hectares, is the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa. Its rooms are light and airy, and all have balconies with ocean or garden views. At sunset each day, you can see a poolside fire ceremony before heading to one of the seven restaurants and bars. You can choose from Continental, American, Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

The Hilton Guam has a fitness club, tennis facilities, spa pavilions, and there are nine golf courses close by.


America's island in the north-western Pacific, halfway between Australia and Japan.


Air Nauru has four-night packages including return economy airfares, transfers and accommodation at the Guam Hilton Hotel starting at $1450 from the east coast, $1770 from Adelaide and $2150 from Perth, per person twin share.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Air Nauru
Ph: (03) 9653 2405 or 1800 060 609.
Fax: (03) 9650 4925.
Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
Tumon Bay, Tamuning, Guam 96931 USA
Ph: 0011 671 646 1835
Fax: 0011 671 646 6038.
Guam Visitors Bureau
Ph: 0011 671 646 5278.
Fax: 0011 671 646 8861.
For a safe and healthy journey, talk to the travel doctor: 1300 658 844 or visit
Vaccinations: Tetanus/Diphtheria and Measles if under 30 and no previous booster. Malaria is not a risk. A beautiful and generally healthy place to visit. Just remember to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

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