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How would you get to Palau or what would you do in Guam for a day?

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by Lab Daddy, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. Lab Daddy

    Lab Daddy Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Plano, TX USA
    It looks like the United timetable for next year is changing and I won't be able to fly direct from the States through Guam to Palau. The Guam-Palau flight is now leaving near the same time that the Honolulu flight arrives. So I'm looking at a 23 hour layover or flying through a different connection that will take as long or longer.
    Any suggestions on better alternatives for getting there or what to do for 23 hours in Guam on a Sunday besides getting used to the time change?
  2. RVBldr

    RVBldr PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Redmond, WA
    5 or 6 years ago, we took Asiana Air from Seattle -> Inchon -> Palau. There was a layover in Inchon, but otherwise a nice flight.
  3. moose_grunt

    moose_grunt NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Saipan
    You might be able to fly through Tokyo or Osaka to Guam. That’s an international flight, and you get arguably better service (or at least free food) compared to the “domestic” flights from US mainland to Hawaii to Guam.

    If you’re in Guam for a day, there’s plenty of fun stuff to do. There’s a new museum that is pretty nice, some pretty beaches, and a very long and interesting history. If you’re willing to rent a car and drive a bit, you can find a way to pass a day there.
  4. drk5036

    drk5036 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sapporo, Japan
    Guam has nice beaches and nice easy hikes to do. It’s shockingly similar to anywhere else in America, which is nice if you’re a homesick expat like myself, but I guess you wouldn’t indulge yourself with a burger at Chilis or pancakes at iHOP during your one day layover, haha.
  5. Mod63

    Mod63 Dive Con

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Home of the largest gathering of drunkards
    Looking at connections HNL-ROR as far into the future as possible, connecting in ICN seems like your best bet (takes 22h). Sucks compared to 12h but still better than a 23h layover.
    If the rules have not changed, then you need to get your luggage in GUM and check in again.
  6. Nays

    Nays Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: The West USA

  7. CuriousRambler

    CuriousRambler Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: California
    This is what I did last trip. My flight to Honolulu was grounded by a broken switch cover, that apparently requires removal of the pilot's seat to replace. Rerouted through Tokyo Narita to Guam, and got a free first class upgrade for the Tokyo-Guam leg to boot. The extra leg room, the movie selection, and the food convinced me I'll gladly add a couple hours to the overall travel time to get "international" treatment, instead of "regional" treatment to reach the same destination.

    Doesn't really answer your question of how to kill time in Guam, but if changing travel plans is an option, it may eliminate the need to kill time altogether?
  8. drk5036

    drk5036 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sapporo, Japan
    Also, If you have the ability to get a layover in Seoul, it’s a great place to layover...
  9. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    I accepted a job offer out of law school and moved to Guam in 1988. Nothing like having 90 degree air temp and ocean temp on New Year's day. After a year I got island-happy and moved back to California. Fantastic diving, walls, reefs, WWII plane and shipwrecks... For a day I'd rent a car and check out the many beaches, beach bars, .... There was this little beach bar at the south end of the island that I spent many many happy hours at. :)
    markmud likes this.
  10. scrane

    scrane Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boise, ID.
    Guam is a little island made up of many ecosystems and cultures. I lived there, in Inarajan, for a year in 1978. Rent a car and drive around the south.

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