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Explore a CHamoru legend by the sea

Cruise the coast from Gun Beach to Tanguisson Beach

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Saunter down soft, sandy seaside trails and sweep past pretty views of the island's wet northwest coast to see sites few others have.

Cast away between Tumon's touristy Gun Beach and Dededo's Tanguisson Beach for a coastal cruise like no other.

As your toes dip in and out of the sand, peruse the remote shore for fascinating beach finds and wade through shallow, warm waters to refresh. Gaze speechless at towering castle-like cliffs that once served as a Spanish lookout, now the home of Two Lovers Point.

See a World War II weapon rusting along the base of green, jungle-draped cliffs and an ancient CHamoru site preserving centuries-old latte stones.

Note: This hike can be done only during low to negative tide. The trek takes travelers through a coastal area usually submerged by water with dangerous waves constantly crashing over the nearby reef.

Look out for weather updates from the National Weather Service at www.prh.noaa.gov/guam, or find them on Facebook @NWSGuam. Do not hike while hazardous or high surf advisories are issued. Find out when peak low and high tides come in daily at www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Guam-Marianas/tides/latest.

WWII remnant leads to latte stone site

To begin, walk onto Gun Beach and trek east toward the jungle cliffs. Near the top of the beach and right by the jungle, find the entrance to the first leg of the hike, as well as a World War II weapon.

Here lies an old, rusted Japanese 20 cm coastal defense gun, one of two Japanese guns left in their original position on Guam. Near the rusting remnant is the manicured trail that leads to the first stop – Fai Fai Beach. Follow the jungle path, which provides a unique perspective of Tumon Bay along the way.

Soon, the path will transition onto a wooden platform that lends a staircase and side rails for your use. Carefully climb down the short flight of stairs onto the rest of the platform.

Walk along the next limestone shelf and hop onto Fai Fai Beach, characterized by a few rocky shoreline spots and jungle-lined cliffs to your right.

To reach an ancient CHamoru latte site nearby, follow the outskirts of the private ranch area near the jungle.

Toward the end of the ranch, climb above the beach and onto an upper grassy area by the ranch. Find the trail that leads into the jungle and toward the cliffs.

Traveling under a canopy of trees, stumble onto the first of many ancient latte stone sites in northwestern Guam. Farther down the path, find an abundance of much more manicured latte stones, standing in order.

These large limestone rocks won't look like the ones advertised across Guam, but they're the real deal. Please respect the environment and our latte stones. Photos are fine, but refrain from touching or otherwise damaging these ancient relics.

Look above for Two Lovers Point cliffs

Follow the rest of the trail back out to the beach. Pay close attention to the ground path and any colored markers among the trees on your way out.

Once you've broken out of the jungle and are back under blue skies, head right toward the Two Lovers Point cliffs. By the end of the beach are a few unique limestone rock formations, characteristic of Guam's northwest coast.

Just around the corner is where you should find yourself below the cliffs where Two Lovers Point towers 400 feet above.

According to local legend, a young couple caught in a forbidden romance similar to Romeo and Juliet's jumped from this jutting point centuries ago with their hair intertwined.

Even more unimaginable, during the dry season, this coastal flat flows only with shallow water at best, but the ground is typically exposed. The water level is a foot at most throughout the day – and with large boulders and a rugged terrain all around, it'd be nice to think the two lovers jumped off during the rainy season.

Take a few moments to reimagine the dramatic legend that unfolded in this area. Envision the once-formidable Spanish fortress that occupied the cliffs above, too.

Afterward, continue walking north over reef flats along the coast. Soon, you'll reach an area filled with nothing but huge, round boulders scattered across the beach. Be careful traversing these boulders, as not all of them are stable. Keep an eye out for gaping holes and gaps in between.

Around the next corner is the final leg of the hike with the destination less than 20 minutes away.

Enjoy the natural splendor of Tanguisson

Safely walk across the shelf of the approaching cliff line to get to the other side. This last leg of the trip is where you're likely to have your first sight of other people throughout the hike due to its close proximity to Tanguisson. In the near distance is the old Dededo power plant.

Carefully trek over the sharp limestone rocks and across slippery pathways. All around, there are colorful signs of sea life, from red limestone headlands, to green seaweed clumps. Once you reach the sand, it's a short walk to Tanguisson Beach a few minutes ahead.

As you arrive to what some call a hidden gem tucked away from touristy Tumon, pick out a spot to enjoy the natural splendor of Tanguisson. Enjoy another refreshing swim and snorkel session in the water.

If you're tired of seeing the water and could use a refreshing drink instead, drive or hike back to Gun Beach and grab a cold one at the Beach Bar.

Happy hiking!

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The Scoop coordinator, Spots on The Rock columnist and Life documenter. Email: tihu@postguam.com. Follow Tihu on Twitter and Instagram at @tihualujan.

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