No. 1 Beautiful sunrise
According to a Vimeo video, Guam is the first place in the United States to see the sun each calendar day. The East coast of the United States will see the same sunrise 14 hours after locals on the Pacific Island do.
No. 2 Closest U.S. destination from the Philippines
Located West of the Pacific, in the Mariana Islands, Guam is the closest United States destination from the Philippines, only 3 1/2 hours away from Manila. Guam is also home to more than thousands of fellow Filipinos, which estimates to more than 30% of the total island population, according to an updated version as told by the newly-appointed Guam Visitors Bureau, General Manager, Nathan Denight.
No. 3 Guam is a tropical island similar to the Philippines
With an average of 29°C island temperature, Guam is very much like the Philippines. Guam is a paradise where the delight of sight, sound and taste, richness of culture, thrill of adventure, and pleasure of shopping experience.
No. 4 Relaxing getaway experience
The island offers a relaxing weekend getaway for friends and families that aim to experience something new for their vacation as it offers something to satisfy every visitor’s desire. With the island’s natural beauty, the best way to get to know the island is to indulge in Guam’s culture at the Lina’la Cultural Park or Wednesday Night Chamorro Market.
No. 5 Guam loves BBQ
Guam loves BBQ just like a typical Filipino does. The island even hold an entertaining and interactive cultural BBQ dinner shows around Tumon, Guam.
No. 6 Getting around
Transportation is never a problem in the island. Visitors can either take tour buses, taxis, scooter, or rental cars at very affordable rates.
Scenic spots await visitors around the island starting with the famous Two Lovers Point that has a rich legendary story to tell of two forbidden lovers. As told by the islanders, the a man and a woman jumped together on the cliff, avoiding the girl’s force marriage to another man and to prove their love for each other.
Other scenic spots are Fort Sta. Agueda, Inajaran Natural Pool, and Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad which are reachable within few minutes from the island’s main tourism hub via Southern and City Island Tours.
No. 7 Beaches
Guam also offers exotic beaches locate at different points of the island wherein you can relax in Guam’s sandy coastlines while enjoying the company of your loved ones. It’ll be a perfect summer destination to explore the breath-taking island of Guam and undoubtedly fall in love with its people and natural beauty.
No. 8 Tax-free shopping
To entice visitors, Guam offers a tax-free world-class duty-free shopping. A neo-island experience is instore for shopaholics with the island’s extensive line-up of luxury to budget shopping establishments for your much needed retail therapy. After shopping, you can also unwind at Guam’s luxury spa facilities for a rejuvenating mind and body experience.
No. 9 Affordable airfare tickets
Budget airfare from Manila to Guam averages from $250 to $380 two-way ticket. There are also available 3D/2N packages offered for $500. Currently, Philippine Airlines and United Airlines are the only brands that flies from Manila to Guam. Coming soon and in the works is Philippines’ second flag carrier Cebu Pacific which will be able to offer affordable scheduled flights to Guam.
No. 10 Filipino speaking island
Since we’ve mentioned that more than 30% of the island’s population are Pinoys, folks who’ve been to Guam will tell you that this is probably the only place abroad where you can got to a McDonald’s store and order in Filipino language! That’s what the say.
PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2105
Alright. So for you to get a taste of Guam’s unique Hafa Adai island experience, catch the Guam Visitors Bureau as they showcase the island at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2015 happening from February 13 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia.
Bring your Valentine’s Day date today, Feb. 14, and who knows, you might just book your next summer vacation to Guam at special rates with the hundreds of participating travel agents or through United Airlines and Philippine Airlines.
To know more about the latest events and news in Guam, you may also visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/visitguamusa.
*Guam is a U.S. territory and have visa requirements for Filipino citizens who are planning to visit the island. An approved Guam visa application might get stamped a “For Guam Only” validity. Nevertheless, it’ll be a great start to visit United States.
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