We drove around the island on our first full day in Guam last June and when we got to Inarajan on Guam’s southeast coast we parked and lingered and looked around. Most of the lingering and looking occurred around the calm and shallow waters known as the Inarajan Pools.
The Pacific Ocean waves are crashing on the other side of the coral barrier in the background but on this side of the barrier the waters are calm and shallow.
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Our granddaughters loved the Inarajan Pools. Can’t you tell?
This bridge used to connect to stairs leading to the top of the coral outcrop on the right. But a typhoon demolished the bridge some time ago.
The stairs leading to the top of the rock are still there but that first step is five feet above the ground. You will have to either climb or bring your own ladder. We noticed several people climb to the top for the view. There’s a bench up there for your viewing pleasure.
One of several roofed pavilions on the park’s lawn for local and visiting picnickers. BBQ pits are nearby and bathrooms are across the street. Bring your own food and water.
Occasional openings in the coral barrier allow you to see the Pacific Ocean waves.
Yes, shallow water. Shallow roots, too.
The view through pine trees.
I took a few steps and clicked again. Those three trees on the right are the same trees that are on the left in the previous photo.
One more view.
My granddaughter Sophie is standing on a rock and gazing at the tiny bright turquoise fishes in the shallow water. There’s one near the center of this photo.
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Tiny hermit crabs running and digging on the sandy ground near the Inarajan Pools. The locals call them duk-duks. Can you see any of them? Hint: they are mostly red in color.
You will know you have reached Inarajan when you are driving down the east coast of Guam from Talofofo and come across this statue of Chief Gadao, a legendary Chamorro chief who ruled this portion of the island long before the Spaniards came.
A closer look at Chief Gadao.
The original Chamorro name for the village was Inalajan but the Spanish in the 17th century changed the “l”s in most Chamorro words to “r”s. It was once the largest village in Guam but the population in 2010 was only 2273.
We left the Inarajan Pools and drove through the old village and passed the old church of St Joseph as we neared the outskirts of town.
Another view of St Joseph’s Church in Inarajan. The church was built by the Spaniards in 1680 and rebuilt many times since, the latest time in the 1990s. Father Jesus Baza Duenas, pastor of St Joseph’s, was beheaded by the Japanese on July 12, 1944, just two weeks before American forces invaded Guam and ended the Japanese military occupation of 2 and a half years. Father Duenas is buried in the sanctuary of the church.
After Inarajan we drove around the southern tip of Guam to Umatac and then up the west coast to Merizo and Agat where we began our trip around the island. Inarajan is about a half hour from Agat.