Tarzan Falls Hike Trail and Directions: Best Hiking in Guam
Tarzan Falls in Guam
Tarzan Fall is a moderately difficult easy that is very simple to find and follow, especially by Guam standards. It is only about 30 minutes away from Tumon Bay, the commercial and hotel center of the island, so it's an easy morning or afternoon trip.
Hiking in Guam
Guam's trails are not developed, so people accustomed to well-cleared, easy to follow trails may be surprised by Guam's trails, in general. Since the trail to Tarzan Falls actually has a sign and is fairly clear and wide, except for the last portion along the falls, themselves, it is a great way to introduce yourself to hiking in Guam. Hiking with a buddy, or even a group, is always safer, but you should be okay doing Tarzan Falls alone if you're in decent shape.
Am I in Tumon?
If you're staying in a name brand hotel, there's about a 95% chance you're staying in Tumon.
Directions to Tarzan Falls
If you're staying in the Tumon Bay area, finding Tarzan Falls is easy. Simply get on Guam Route 1 and drive until you are forced to go left on 2A instead of entering the Navy base. Continue on 2A for a little under mile and then take a left on 5. In about a mile and a half, take a left on 17.The Google Maps capsule was misidentifying Tarzan Falls' location on the map, so I simply included a general map of Guam instead of a specific pin marker. If you zoom in and look around, you'll be able to find the routes I mention.
Tarzan Falls will be about three miles down 17 on your left. There is a sign, but you may not notice it right away from the road. Instead, look for a bunch of muddy shoes hanging from the telephone wires! Just pull over and park on the side of the road. The trail head is marked with a sign and is very easy to spot.
Map of Guam
Guam is so small the simple tourist maps have all the information you need! At home, I typically use my smart phone for navigation, but it isn't compatible with the network in Guam.
The Tarzan Falls Trail
The trail is 1.4 miles long and should take you under three hours, including generous amounts of swimming time. The first portion of the trail is fairly flat, but then it takes a turn for the steep. In the wet season, it is basically a river in some places, but the footing is secure during the dry season. There are a couple of nice overlook spots, and even a bench or two, along the trail, and the main trail is both clearly visible and marked with colored plastic tape. The trail branches in several places, but all the trails I tried ended up in the same place!
You'll hear the waterfall before you see it. The trail brings you to the waterfall's top and you can either cross the creek and descend the falls on the other side or, if you're adventurous, climb down the falls on the right hand side. There may be a rope in place along the bottom half the falls to help you climb down, but I wouldn't count on it being there!
The trail is easier to navigate in the dry season, but the falls are less impressive and the swimming hole a little bit shallow for real swimming. Even if you can't outright swim, sitting under the waterfall is a great way to cool off and prepare for the ascent. These photos are from a visit in mid-April, the middle of the dry season. The trail was still wet in places, but the deepest parts of the pool were only about waist high. The water is fairly cool and refreshing, but the stones are covered with algae and many of the shift underweight, so watch your footing.
What to Bring Hiking
When you hike Tarzan Falls, make sure to wear plenty of waterproof sunscreen and a sturdy pair of shoes. If you're hiking after a rainfall, you might want to wear your least favorite shoes, just in case they get covered in mud. Even when dry, the red dirt produces stubborn stains!
You should also bring a lot of water. Vegetation, rocks, and embankments block the breezes in many spots along the trail, and you will get sweaty even on the downhill climb! While hiking in Guam, I quickly learned I needed to bring far more water than I'd normally guess. It may seem like a lot, but I'd advise about 2 quarts/1 liter per person. You probably won't need to bring a hat because the trail is fairly shady most of the way. There is even shade available at the falls, if you'd prefer to stay out of the water. The rocks at the falls are slippery, but not sharp, so swimming shoes are not a necessity.
All in all, Tarzan Falls is an enjoyable hike that will give you a workout without killing you. Plus, it's pretty fun to sit in a waterfall! If you decide to take the hike and have any questions about how to locate it, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to help out.