Powdery white-sand beaches, coral reefs, rocky coves and a mountain rising at its core – Guam boasts all the typical traits of a tropical island, and more. The native Chamorro people are thought to have lived on the island for around 3,000 years. For a lesson in their culture and history, head out to the quiet village where you’ll find ancient latte-stone pillars, or visit the Guam Museum in the island’s bustling capital, Hagåtña. Across the capital you’ll find age-old ruins and restored structures, while neighbouring Tumon Bay is the island’s bona fide shopping and restaurant hub. To discover Guam’s greatest attractions, you’ll need to stray a little further. Hire a car and drive to the secluded beaches of Ritidian in the north or Talofofo Bay in the south. Dive at sites like wreck-filled Apra Harbor. Go hiking amid waterfalls and rugged hills. Climb Mount Lam Lam – technically the world’s highest mountain as it rises from the great Mariana Trench – or practice your forehand swing on one of Guam’s seven golf courses. The few square miles that comprise Tumon Bay are where most of the hotels are, though there are some others scattered around the island.