Three years ago we visited Cocos Island off the southwest coast of Guam with our older daughter and her family. We returned to the mile-long island this year with our younger daughter and her family.
Leaving Merizo. Cocos Island is about a mile off the southwest coast of Guam.
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Cocos Island Resort is a rather dumpy place with exorbitant prices. Discounts are available for local residents and military. My wife was born on Guam and so qualified for the $25 ferry ticket that included a buffet lunch. The tickets for my two granddaughters also cost $25 each but did not include any lunch. My daughter, son-in-law and I had to fork over $40 each and we didn’t get any free lunch, either. Three years ago all of us qualified for the local discount.
Our friendly ferry skipper. The boat trip takes only a few minutes.
Looking back at Guam from Cocos Island. These jet skis can be rented for 30 minute periods at the Cocos Island Resort.
The Cocos Island Resort pier. Parasailing is one of the many water sports / activities available at Cocos Island Resort.
Near the beach at Cocos Island.
The other side of Cocos Island, which is about a mile long but only a couple of hundred yards wide.
The Jungle Walk. We walked down this path for about a half hour and then turned around and walked back. On our journey we saw several geckos, a few coconut crabs and one iguana.
Nothing is free at Cocos Island. You have to rent the chairs and umbrellas. I bought a 12 oz. bottle of water at a gas station mini-mart on Marine Corp Drive for 79 cents. That same bottle cost $4 on Cocos Island.
My granddaughters waiting for their cheeseburgers. They were hungry after walking in the jungle and playing on the beach. I also had a cheeseburger but had to walk over to the cafeteria in another building to get my beer.
Lots of birds on Cocos Island. The brown tree snake wiped out most of the birds on Guam but has yet to make it to Cocos Island.
The view from the Cocos Island Resort pier.
Me and my daughter and her family. We enjoyed the ride back to Merizo.
My wife and her husband relaxing on the ferry.
Back on Guam. The last ferry leaves Cocos Island at 4:00pm.
For an account of our 2015 trip to Cocos Island see here.
We visited Talofofo on the eastern side of Guam the next day. I’ll post some photos of that trip next week.