Guam’s Most Popular Waterfall: Talofofo Falls
A “boonie stomp” in Brown Tree Snake territory is not needed to access all of the spectacular waterfalls found on the the island of Guam. Mainly visited by Japanese tourist this attraction hosts a cable car ride down to the falls, a haunted house, historical museum, kids area, a replica of Shoichi Yokoi’s cave as well as an “adult inspired” theme park.
Is this worth the price of admission? No. But nonetheless the awkward collection of cheesy tourist traps and the scenic views of the falls is worth a stop on your way to get a burger at the famous Jeff’s Pirates Cove if you know what you’re paying for.
Taking the cable car is where you will get the best pictures of the thirty-foot Talofofo Falls as it frames nicely in the jungle, cascading over the cliff before splashing on the rocks at the edge of the pool. Swimming can be done at one of the smaller falls but may not be appealing with Guam’s rich soil turning the pools reddish brown after a good rain. However if you wish to wear out your kids they may find entertainment in climbing up and sliding down the rocks into the water on a humid afternoon.
Guam is the only territory lost by the United States and was captured shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and held by the Japanese for over two years before the Battle of Guam in 1944. After the defeat there was several Japanese soldiers who hid in the jungle to avoid capture, one of these was Sergeant Yokoi who lived in a cave for 28 years before being caught by hunters!
A replica of his cave is featured on the property, although not very authentic, the photographs of his shelter portray an impressive complex completely obscured unless you were to fall through the spider door entrance.
If you’re already on island and want a scenic photograph other than the spectacular beaches then this is a good place to get one to send out. Your friends and family won’t be able to tell you were overcharged for it and the backdrop gives the appearance of a tropical paradise.
If you do a boonie stomp for some other far off adventures be sure to ask for permission from the “Taotaomona.” The island host the spirits of the Chamorro ancestors and it is customary to ask to pass through their lands when entering the jungles.
Last but not least is “Love Land” a walking trail with erotic statues, mechanical people you can “crank through the act,” and some rather sexually explicit sculptures that will make you think twice before posting your pictures next to for all the internet to see. Inspired for the Asian culture, often sexually repressed in their art, is the reason the collection of uncomfortably entertaining figures next to the children’s play area.