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The name Talofofo means either “between the cliffs” or “bubbling springs” in the Chamorro language, though Former Mayor Mantanona came up with the nickname “God’s Country” that can be seen in signage and literature throughout the village today. Talofofo is a beautiful part of Guam that encompasses both jungle terrain and beach paradise.
The main village of Talofofo sits up in the hills above the coastal community of Ipan down below. The Talofofo and Ugam Rivers run through the area. There are many cliffs and caves around Talofofo, making the area a great place to explore on weekends. In 1972, a Japanese soldier was discovered to have been living alone in a cave along the Ugam River for almost three decades. Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi had escaped into the jungle along with some other Japanese soldiers to avoid capture by the Americans during the liberation of Guam.
Talofofo is a popular recreation area for residents and tourists to Guam alike. From the swimming holes at Talofofo Falls to the Onward Talofofo Golf Club to Ipan Beach Park and Jeff’s Pirates Cove, Talofofo is a vibrant part of Guam with plenty to see and do. There are also opportunities to experience and learn about Chamorro history at the Talofofo Caves and the Valley of the Latte.
People also come to Talofofo to take part in the annual Banana Festival. This weekend event celebrates one of the most delicious and versatile fruits on Guam. Kids can also run and play to their heart’s content.
For those working on Naval Base Guam, Talofofo is a great choice as it offers direct access to Apra Harbor and the Orote Peninsula along Highways 4A and 17. Interested in buying a home in Talofofo? See all available homes for sale here.