Pagat cave & Pagat Point is one of the more popular & touristy hikes here in Guam, but is worth checking out. It offers great scenic views as well as swimming in a cave to cool down from the hike. I’m sure you’ve passed it several times as you have drove down Route 15, the parking is to the left hand side. It’s also one of the closer hikes to Andersen AFB.
Do note that cliff diving here is prohibited for the military, and probably just not smart for the rest of the population. It’s not safe, so just don’t do it. An airmen recently lost his life here doing just that.
There is a parking area just off the side of Rt. 15, it’s on the left if your coming from Andersen. As always here never leave anything valuable in your vehicle. This spot is also very touristy so it gets crowded on the weekends. We went during the week and there was only 1 tourist group of about 5 and our group. They stopped at the cave first and we went to the cliff first.
It’s quite the hike down to the cave and cliff, there are some areas with a bit of climbing and there is a rope if you need to use it. Also part of the path was slippery as we went shortly after a rain and the moss on the rocks was a bit slick in some spots.
We didn’t have any littles with us the day we went but my friend has done it with her kids 3 & 1.5, they each wore one of them in a hiking pack.
On the walk you can see some stone artifacts that have been left from many years ago.
We also seen this cute baby tree growing.
Once you get to the cliffs you can climb around the rocky area and explore a bit. Watch your footing so you don’t slip or twist an ankle but there are some amazing views! You can see my video on my Facebook page HERE
Taking in the amazing view!
Again while there is a rope in the main rock cut out DO NOT jump here. There are a ton of much safer places to jump on the island.
It’s mesmerizing to watch but not a safe place to swim!
Love the blues of the water here!
Back at the caves you can leave your packs by the entrance or take them in with you, there are risks to both. If you leave your pack by the entrance you have to hope it’s still there when you come back. If you take it it could get wet and there are lots of roaches on the rocks in there. I have a waterproof bag that I just throw my backpack in and seal up. I was able to take it in with me and set it on some rocks near where we were swimming.
Note you need to bring headlamps and/or flashlights here! The cave is dark and there is no natural light. We turned our lamps off to see what it was like without light and it wasn’t the best feeling, LOL! I purchased a waterproof headlamp and wore that and took a light stick with me as well.
The depth of the water in the cave varies and drops off quickly so if you can’t swim, be careful where you step. There were some areas that you can’t touch the bottom. There is also an area to the right side where you can dunk under the water and take a pic where your framed by a hole in the cave. I did it but my face was ridiculous so I’ll save y’all from seeing it.
After your refreshing swim you can hike back up cooled down. Climbing back up the elevation is a bit of a workout but it wasn’t the worst I’ve done here.
Have you done Pagat cave & point? What did you think?!
Know Before You Go
What: Pagat Cave & Pagat Point – Yigo, Guam
Hike Info: Rated – Medium, Length – 1.2 miles, Elevation change- 400 feet down & up.
How To Get There: It’s right off Route 15. Approx 14 mins from Andersen AFB out the back gate and approx 41 mins from Big Navy. Here is a google map to the trail/parking area, it’s from Andersen but you can change the from on the left hand side.
Bring: Water! Clothing: Gloves. Bug spray! Sunscreen. Snacks. Visor/hat/sunglasses are optional. Headlamp or flashlights for the cave. Also waterproof bags for cellphones, at a bare minimum as zip lock bag so it doesn’t drown if you get caught in a downpour! Camera floats are also helpful for waterproof cameras & waterproof cell phone bags.
Parking: There is a parking area just off the road to park in. Note this area the vehicles are often targeted for theft so do NOT leave anything valuable in your car. You can also leave a note in the window as well.
Traveling with little kids: This is a hike over lots of different terrain, and at one point you’ll use a rope to get down and back up. However with that said my friend did it with her 2 littles, her and her husband each wore one in a hiking pack. (They are 3 & 1.5) Note the climb back up is a bit challenging and can take a bit longer wearing a little but is doable. Also if your going after a rain storm then know the path down will be slippery so watch your footing.
How long: Plan on at least 2-3 hours to get down there, enjoy the cliff views, swim in the caves, and hike back out. Maybe a bit more if your hauling littles up and down.