Diving in Guam
Heading to Guam because you’ve heard it has some great diving? Then you’ve heard correctly.
Guam is widely known for its superb diving and shipwrecks.
Cindy Hanson, representative of the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, says “The SMS Cormoran from WWI and the Tokai Maru from WWII lie side by side creating the only place in the world where divers can touch shipwrecks from two world wars at the same time. Guam is home to the rarest kind of shipwreck dive.”
Not surprisingly, with all that’s going on, the coral reef and its inhabitants (including sea turtles) have been protected from pollution and over-fishing. The water is crystal clear and has 200ft of visibility so you can see into the coral gardens teeming with fish life. There are several wrecks to be explored too.
For those who want to stay dry while still admiring the sea life, a visit to the aquarium at Underwater World is highly recommended. Walk through a winding plexi-glass tunnel and be in awe of the huge sharks, rays, coral and countless sea-life on view. No diving required. It’s also a learning experience while you’re there (what fish makes its own bed, for instance?
The answer is there and no, I am not telling you – you will have to visit for yourself). Time it right and you can see divers in the water doing all sorts of antics. Note that Underwater World on Guam is the world’s largest tunnel aquarium. (Tel: 1-671-649-9191)
For more information, visit the Guam Visitors Bureau website
Guam is one place you will just want to dive into, in all senses of the word.
Re travel: San Francisco residents can fly to Guam using Continental Airlines. Their website is: www.continental.com. Deals can be checked online at www.kayak.com. Prices vary according to the date you wish to travel. San Francisco residents will fly through Honolulu in Hawaii.
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