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Tarzan Falls Hike Trail and Directions: Best Hiking in Guam

Updated on May 27, 2016
Tarzan Falls in the dry season.
Tarzan Falls in the dry season. | Source

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.

Muddy shoes mark the entrance to Tarzan Falls.
Muddy shoes mark the entrance to Tarzan Falls. | Source

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!

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There are a few overlooks.There are also plenty of beautiful things right along the trail.
There are a few overlooks.
There are a few overlooks. | Source
There are also plenty of beautiful things right along the trail.
There are also plenty of beautiful things right along the trail. | Source
The rope situation isn't the best!
The rope situation isn't the best! | Source

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.

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The top of Tarzan FallsThe sign pointing the 'easy' way down the falls.The last portion of the trail is a lot narrower!
The top of Tarzan Falls
The top of Tarzan Falls | Source
The sign pointing the 'easy' way down the falls.
The sign pointing the 'easy' way down the falls. | Source
The last portion of the trail is a lot narrower!
The last portion of the trail is a lot narrower! | Source
Some people in my group got right up under the waterfall.
Some people in my group got right up under the waterfall. | Source
I wasn't that adventurous!
I wasn't that adventurous! | Source

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.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have been to Guam??? My goodness you get around. I love the fact that you are traveling at your young age. That is one of my regrets, but I still have time. Anyway, good hub and it was nice to see you have fun.

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      Valene 4 years ago from Missouri

      Oh wow, I knew nothing about Guam. This looks like a fantastic place to vacation!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a gorgeous area! How neat to go hiking there. Thanks for the detailed information and beautiful photos.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Ahaha, I have not only be to Guam, I am currently -in- Guam! I've been doing all sorts of hikes and such, so be ready for more! I was motivated to write about them because it is basically impossible to find information online about where most of these hikes are located. They all either say to take a Boonie Stomp or just talk about how fun it was with their kids and don't have directions. Since a Google maps can't even get the locations right, that makes them a little chalenging to find!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, but I have also had some less than satisfying hikes! I spent about three hours the other day shoving through tropical jungle trying to follow sparse tape markers until we finally got to a place where it was just too poorly maintained to even try to follow. Oh, well, it was an adventure!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, if you live in Japan, especially. It's only three hours from Japan, but my travel time from leaving the first airport to landing in the final was over 25 hours! Eek!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Congratulations on having this wonderful opportunity to be in Guam, Natasha! Awesome pix, by the way! Are the mosquitoes a problem there? I've met and worked with a couple of Guamanians in my lifetime, and they remind me of "locals" in my home state. It was very interesting, therefore, to read your article about the Tarzan Falls hike. Thanks for sharing! Aloha!

      Joe

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      There are some mosquitoes. I'd imagine they're probably worse in the rainy season. The trails and parking kind of remind me of Hawaii. You have the same sort of park in some neighborhood and walk past a house situations! Both places are definitely very difference from anywhere ConUsa, but I think Hawaii is prettier.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      I have been to Telefofo Falls and Seguia Falls, guess I must have missed Tarzan. The mosquitoes never touched my husband ,but nearly carried me to Saipan.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      They're a little closer to Tumon than the Talofolo falls. I haven't been to the other fall you mentioned! Did you the chance to visit the Talofolo Caves? They're pretty cool.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting and beautiful. The falls look like a wonderful place to go hiking and for a picnic. All of Guam looks beautiful. Did you travel there or do you live in Guam?

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      It is pretty, but I"m glad i don't live there! My man is in the Navy and I visited him on a port call. Because he's in the Navy, I guess there's some chance I'll end up living there at some point, but I'd prefer other places. It's just so small and far away from anything else! I think I might go crazy if I were there for a long time.

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      Vegan Mimi 4 years ago

      Moderately difficult??? Really? From the parking lot it is relatively easy/moderate. We come from the other direction which is 3 times as long. I consider that moderate and it is harder/longer! Of course it is private property so not anyone can hike that way.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Different people have different definitions of moderate. To me, easy is a flat path ( I am from South Carolina and the highest point in my home county is only about 20 feet above sea level). I agree that it isn't particularly hard and pretty much anyone could do it, but there are changes in elevation and it can be pretty muddy. Since I wrote this to be helpful to propel unaccustomed to hiking in Guam, I think moderate is a fair thing to call it! Anyway, glad you have a more challenging private way to hike to the falls and I hope you enjoy it.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      My husband visited the caves before I arrived.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Then get him to take you back! =)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This looks like a blast, absolutely beautiful for those of us who like a little adventure in our lives. Thanks for presenting this information with so many great details and photos.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for stoppingby! It was a really fun hike, that's for sure.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Natasha, this sounds like an adventurous trip to Guam. I love the photos of the waterfalls, too. Voted up for useful!

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you!

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