Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tarzan Falls

Eric at Tarzan Falls
Guam is an absolutely beautiful island. There are a number of waterfalls there, but one is large and spectacular: Tarzan Falls. The Tarzan River in Tamuning cascades into 5 waterfalls. The last and main falls is a 40-feet plunge into a shallow picturesque pool. While the site and swim are themselves very inviting, what really draws tourists is the trek leading up to the falls. Caution, though: this hike is not for the faint of heart. Although it is well-worn path, making it easy to find the falls, the trek is mostly hilly, but near the falls itself is a downhill jaunt. The climb up takes about 20 to 30 minutes, while the downhill walk is about 10 minutes. It is very steep and sometimes muddy, which makes the walk back very challenging. It could take more than 35 minutes to hike back up. The whole area is within the Government of Guam Coastal Conservation Reserve, which means it is wild and un-manicured. Hikers should not expect any amenities along the way or at the falls, which is why they should come with enough drinking water and complete in equipments. The hike is definitely not for everyone, but once hikers get to plunge into the pool, the grueling walks become worth it. The pool is perfect for a relaxing swim.

Doesn't it sound beautiful: