Along the island's southwest coast are beautiful sunbaked beaches and glamorous green jungles that only scratch the surface of Guam's gateway to a rich geological history.
The trek to Facpi Point involves sightseeing several natural wonders etched into an isolated area of the island. The hike is rated medium for a long walk under the sun, which includes walking through shallow water at times. For safety purposes, the hike can be done only at low to negative tide.
The destination is a small, uninhabited rock island off the coast of a sandy headland in southwest Guam. Known as Facpi Point, the aquatic area was designated a national natural landmark in 1972.
The limestone island, of which only certain areas can be explored, rises above 40 feet and is a sight for sore eyes, especially underwater. Located along an untouched reef, the site is known for superior snorkeling in an underwater utopia.
While walking miles under the harsh sun, note there will be several spots to take a break and cool off. Also, along the way are fascinating geological finds, including protruding volcanic rock formations seen nowhere else on island.
Hop around rocky headlands
To start, walk out to the sand and begin hiking south. Note: Very little of the hike travels over sandy beach and rather extends over muddy, sometimes rocky terrain.
Further, as the hike follows the coastline all the way to Facpi Point, which is visible in the distance the entire time, there should be no fear of getting lost. Keep the distant island as your mark.
Continue walking along the beach, passing the Old Spanish Bridge and its namesake village market. Soon, the footpath will travel along the backyards of a few village residences.
You're legally allowed to pass along the shoreline, beyond the property. Refrain from entering or otherwise trespassing onto the land.
After crossing a small river by the last house, a rocky shoreline walk awaits. The next stretch travels across Taelayag Beach.
Soon, you'll traverse around the first of two headlands – narrow pieces of land that project from a coastline to the sea.
Carefully make your way around the jutting hills through shallow water and over slick, slippery surfaces.
The next leg will grant hikers a few spots of shade as the next clumsy walk crosses beds of scattered rocks and more slippery limestone.
Hikers may want to take a break under coconut trees at the end of the beach. This area is one of the few along the hike that offers ample shade.
Lie in soft white sand beds
Just around the corner is another great place to camp out. The many centuries-old, cooled lava rocks rising from the ocean's surface are signs of Guam's prehistoric formation. Take a dip in the shallow pools nearby, where tons of small, turquoise fish often dart around.
After swimming with the fishes, make your way through shallow waters, around an upcoming hill, to reach the last leg of the hike – a sandy stretch known as Sagua Beach.
This coastal area is probably the most pristine stretch of white sandy beach hikers will see all day. If you haven't taken a break yet, consider lying along the soft sand beds for a while, baking in the sun as the sound of small waves lapping against the shoreline rolls in.
When you've cooled to a tan crisp, continue south along the beach as it rounds the last stretch of rocky shoreline. At the end of this beach, you'll be within close reach of Facpi Point, seen less than half a mile offshore.
Unlike other rock islands seen around the island, Facpi is serene since it's secluded in an isolated area.
Visiting the island at low tide renders a beautiful sight and provides a powerful experience. However, only proceed to the island if waters are calm and shallow. Be sure to return to shore if weather and tide conditions worsen.
Exploring an uninhabited island
Even if conditions seem safe, practice caution and concern during the 10-minute trek out to the island. The walk out, which is more of a trudge, will be challenging due to numerous hidden dips and shallow pools. Rely on fellow hikers for support.
Persevering through the clumsy water walk, find a safe spot on the island to settle down once you arrive. Look out onto Guam's nearby shores for a unique perspective of paradise.
From here, you have two options. Either explore the rocky west side of the island or head straight to the eastern end for a cool swim and snorkel session.
Note: The east side of the island is easier to traverse. Use gloves to safely explore either end, and be aware of the time and tide changes.
When your long, tiring trek concludes, rest up for the long, tiring trek back to civilization. Retrace your steps back to shore and this time follow the coastline north to Nimitz Beach Park, where you parked.