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Old Posted Jan 10, 2021, 10:28 PM
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Island hopping in Micronesia

I have always been curious about United Airline's famous Island Hopper route in the Western Pacific, and few years ago did a vacation to visit this vast and more rarely visited part of the Pacific Ocean.



Flights along this route are expensive as there is only one airline flying to most of these destinations. I have never had a travel itinerary like this and there were altogether 16 flights with all the layovers on small islands, some of which are not listed here.



Our first destination was the island of Guam which is a territory of United States of America. It's a long 7-hour flight from Honolulu which itself is 5 hours from west coast.

The deepest place on Earth, the Challenger Deep, is located only 304 kilometres southwest of the island as in an incredible 10,929 meters (35,856 feet) deep. Until 2019 year only three people had visited the ocean floor.



Guam being a tropical, there is no other way to explore it than renting a cabriolet.





Some 167 000 people live on the island and the Tumon is the center of tourism. It's a mini version of Honolulu's Waikiki Beach.









Tumon Bay has beautiful sand beaches that go on for several kilometres.











It was end of December and we spent the Christmas Eve in Guam.







For Christmas dinner we ate at a fine dining Thai restaurant at one of the hotels.





Sunsets are legendary on paradise islands.







More to come from Guam and several other islands in the area.
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Old Posted Jan 10, 2021, 11:08 PM
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wow what a cool trip, cant wait to see more.

ive been to hawaii and easter island and i think i got a real taste for more now lol.

if you dont mind, how much did this all cost???
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Great pictures! I don't think I've ever seen Guam on here.

Tumon also looks like it could almost be parts of Florida. Even the standardized construction signs make it easy to think that the pictures were not from half a world away.

I've never heard someone call it a cabriolet. We call them convertibles. I think British people call them spyders.
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Interesting, Tumon Bay reminds me of a smaller Honolulu.

I look forward to pics of the other islands.
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A few of these locations look so perfect I thought they were renderings at first. Really cool.
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Hard to believe people live in such remote environments like this. Tumon looks pretty honky-tonk, but the beaches seem superb and way better than Oahu's.
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Thanks for the photos. Guam and Saipan have been on my "must visit" list for awhile.
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Very cool!
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we looked into doing this french island freighter cruise around the pacific but backed off after seeing it got popular with oldens. seems like a great way to see a lot of islands though.

https://www.aranui.com/en/
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Old Posted Jan 18, 2021, 3:53 AM
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More please and thank you!

That looks like a truly amazing itinerary.
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