A Day in Talofofo, Part Three

My first visit to Talofofo Falls was back in 1972, a few months after a Japanese soldier named Sergeant Yokoi was discovered. He had been hiding in the jungle near the falls for 27 years. When I returned to the falls in 2004 I found that an amusement park had been developed around the area with a number of strange attractions including a replica of the cave where Yokoi lived. We showed the falls to my older daughter and her family in 2015 and the park seemed to be rundown. It was even worse this year when we visited the falls again with our younger daughter and her family.

Upper Falls.

This guy looks like a Native American. I don’t know what he is doing in this museum.

This strange statue is what you see when you open the front door of the museum. My 13-year-old granddaughter took one look, turned around and walked out. My other granddaughter wouldn’t even go near the museum!

Native Chamorros enslaved by Japanese soldiers  during the World War II Japanese occupation of Guam.

Most of the displays in the museum are rather weird and all are of poor quality. One display shows a Japanese soldier committing suicide with a sword.

There is a gift shop next to the museum.

Lower Falls.

Close-up of previous photo.

Another view of the lower falls.

Still another view.

Looking through hibiscus and bamboo.

My wife walking across the rope bridge in front of the upper falls. There’s another rope bridge near the lower falls.

Upper falls framed by rope bridge foundation.

Wildlife near the lower falls.

View of Talofofo River from the cable car.

Catholic shrine in back of visitor center. There’s also a statue of the park’s founder nearby.

Flowers near park entrance.

I have described our previous trips to Talofofo Falls in a prior blog posting. See here for an account of our visit in 2015 and my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2-13.

In 1972 we saw the falls for free. Now there is a $12 admission fee per person.  The kids rides area was closed this time and the train to the Yokoi cave wasn’t working (you could still walk down the path). My granddaughters were not interested in the haunted house and so we skipped it. We deemed that Loveland, a garden containing erotic statues, was not appropriate for the kids and so we skipped that, too.

This was my fourth trip to the falls. I don’t think I’ll go back again.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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4 Responses to A Day in Talofofo, Part Three

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    I can see why you were disappointed. The falls with its beauty stand in stark contrast to the commercialized kitsch of the museum that has nothing authentic to offer. Your granddaughters are very good judges of what is truly appealing and what is not. Have a great day! Peter

  2. Still enjoyed looking at nature

  3. kzmcb says:

    I liked your honest account of the location. That’s very helpful for other travelers.

  4. the falls are beautiful though!!

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