Guam 2015: Two Lovers Point

The Chamorro lovers cried a lot that night long ago. She thought it wasn’t fair that her father was forcing her to marry the Spanish captain. He thought he couldn’t live without her and so they stole away. Maybe they could live together secretly on a nearby island. But then thery were spotted by the Spanish soldiers and they made a mad dash to the cliff. The soldiers were coming fast. The young lovers tied their hair together in a single knot and jumped over the cliff to their deaths. The story has been retold for hundreds of years and to this day that cliff not too far from Tumon Bay has been called Two Lovers Point (Puntan Dos Amantes in Chamorro). It’s the place on Guam most visited by tourists.

Entrance to Two Lovers Point park.

Entrance to Two Lovers Point park.

Just before you reach the platform overlooking the cliff you will come across five panels that tell the story of the Lovers in just five words — one word per panel.

Four of the five panels. You have to read the story from right to left.

Four of the five panels. You have to read the story from right to left.

Close-up of the fifth panel and the last word.

Close-up of the fifth panel and the last word.

The five words in the story are Forbidden, Devotion, Despair, Tragedy and Forever.

View of the two-tiered platform on the cliff.

View of the two-tiered platform on the cliff.

Heart-shaped love-locks, mostly pink but some blue or green or orange, are everywhere. We last visited Two Lovers Point eleven years ago. The love-locks weren’t there then. You can buy the locks at the gift shop along with sharpies to personalize your symbols of eternal love.

Love-locks at Two Lovers Point.

Love-locks at Two Lovers Point. In the background are many of the hotels that line Tumon Bay.

Close-up of some of the love-locks. Some are plastic, some metal, most are heart-shaped and made of foam.

Close-up of some of the love-locks. Some are plastic, some metal, but most are heart-shaped and made of foam.

Love on the rocks.

Love on the rocks.

You can obtain beautiful views from the overhanging platforms of the Philippine Sea to the west and of Tumon Bay to the south.

View of the Philippine Sea from Two Lovers Point.

View of the Philippine Sea from Two Lovers Point.

View of Tumon Bay from Two Lovers Point. The closest hotel in the center of the picture is the Nikko. The brown hotel right behind the Nikko is the Outrigger. The hotel to the left of the Nikko is the Westin.

View of Tumon Bay from Two Lovers Point. The closest hotel in the center of the picture is the Nikko. The brown hotel right behind the Nikko is the Outrigger. The hotel to the left of the Nikko is the Westin.

View from the upper platform. That's my daughter and her family on the lower platform.

View from the upper platform. That’s my daughter and her family on the lower platform.

Looking straight down the cliff from the edge of the platform.

Looking straight down the cliff from the edge of the platform.

Japanese tourists with cameras.

Japanese tourists with cameras.

The Love Bell is a gift from the citizens of Izu, Japan to the people of Guam.

The Love Bell is a gift from the citizens of Izu, Japan to the people of Guam.

My son-in-law told us that the view from Two Lovers Point was the best he has ever seen!

 

 

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About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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3 Responses to Guam 2015: Two Lovers Point

  1. mvschulze says:

    Wow! The love locks! First came across that in Paris, now appearing on the Brooklyn Bridge. Nice story and pics about this place I never knew of. M 🙂

  2. Wow, it’s sure beautiful there.

  3. Some lovely looking water there! Your shot of the selfie-stick photographers made me smile.

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