“Only on Guam” Experience

Guam’s deep Chamorro culture has been passed down through generations and is still seen today with the diverse influences of Spanish, Japanese and American culture. Touch Guam’s history and beautiful traditions during your group trip, and share your thoughts with one another.

Chamorro culture

Chamorro culture was formed by ancient Chamorro people who moved to the island of Guam thousands of years ago. The island’s ancestors were excellent fishermen and artisans, and had created unique and original houses and canoes to create a proper and comfortable living environment. They were also experts in making high quality textile and pottery. Guam also used to be a strong matriarchal society. Most of Chamorro culture includes language, music, dance and traditions that were preserved and succeeded from generation to generation.

 

Historical landmark of the island, the Latte Stone served as foundation pillars for Chamorro houses or it is said that they may also have had some religious purposes. They can be seen at the Latte Stone Park and architectural design of Guam’s southern homes and villages. This symbolic shape is also used in many souvenirs from Guam.

Year 1500 - Spanish Era

On March 6, 1521, Guam was found by a Spanish explorer, Ferdinand Magellan with over three hundred years of Spanish Colonization Era which begun in 1565.

After the arrival of Spanish, Roman Catholicism was spread as the predominant religion on Guam. More than 85% of Guam’s population are Roman Catholics.

Guam’s History

It is believed that seafaring people from Indian Himalaya region settled in Marianas Islands including Guam, and those who inhabited there begun to be called Chamorros.

After the arrival of Spanish, Roman Catholicism was spread as the predominant religion on Guam. More than 85% of Guam’s population are Roman Catholics.

Year 1898 – US Naval Period and World War Ⅱ

After the Spanish-American war, Guam was ceded to the United States. During World War Ⅱ, the island was occupied by Japan for a few years and in 1950, Guam became a territory of the United States.

Year 1967 - the beginning of Guam tourism

May 1, 1967, a flight with 109 passengers on Pam-Am Air from Tokyo arrived at Guam, and they became the very first tourists in Guam. Since then, for 50 years, the island’s tourism industry has continued to develop and the island has now become one of the more popular beach resorts.

 
Let’s learn some Chamorro!
Hafa Adai Hello​​
Adios Goodbye​
Si Yu'os Ma'ase Thank you