Umatac

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Lonely Planet review

This unspoilt, friendly village is soaked in history. Prior to Magellan's 1521 landing in Umatac Bay, a spot just north of Umatac was reckoned by the Chamorros to be where the first people were created; they celebrated the event annually. Then came Magellan whose landing is now celebrated in the village each March.

Opposite the Magellan monument in the village centre are the ruins of the Saint Dionicio Church, originally built in the 1690s, reconstructed in 1862, and destroyed by an earthquake in 1902.

There's a Japanese Zero fighter plane in the bay about 137m (449ft) from the beach and 50m (164ft)under water - it makes for a good dive.

On your way out of town you'll see the decorative Umatac Bridge, with its spiral staircase towers intended to symbolise Guam's Chamorro-Spanish heritage. Fort Nuestra Senora de la Soledad offers a stunning hilltop view of Umatac Bay and the coastline to the north; on a clear day the aesthetic qualities of the sky and bay defy belief.