Sea glass hunting in Guam is a fun hobby! There are lots of great locations to find sea glass, including rare colors, and even sea marbles! And if you’re really lucky a Japanese glass fishing float or mermaid nipple! In my post today I’ll share some of my favorite locations for finding sea glass.
Sea glass is glass that has been in the ocean for a long time being tossed and turned turning it dull and not shiny, it also has smooth rounded edges. It has to be in the ocean for several years for it to be true sea glass tumbled quality. After doing some research it seems like it takes anywhere from 7-30+ years for sea glass to be made into the ‘treasures’ we collect. While that may seem like a long time I can tell you that we’ve been collecting parts of sea glass from old coke bottles from the 40s & 50’s here in Guam!
There are many colors that can be found. I have this awesome sea glass chart that I use to help identify the colors. It also helps to have an idea of what colors are out there that I should be looking out for.
Marbles are my favorite but they are harder to find as they often roll back into the ocean. I’ve found these at several locations here in Guam.
Also be on the lookout for mermaid nipples! These come from Japanese glass fishing floats and are harder to find as well. We’ve found several here including a huge one!
Occasionally you can find Japanese glass fishing floats here as well but not as often as in Japan, where we found all of ours. The best location for these are down south near Jeff’s Pirate Cove area, but he scours the beach daily so you’d have to beat him to them 😉 I’ve also had friends find some on Tarague and Sirena beach on Andersen, but I’ve only known 2 people to do so in our 3 years here. We just found one (see above photo) in the Tarague/Sirena area! It’s taken many hours of beach combing and 3 years but we did it!
Now let’s talk about best beaches for sea glass hunting in Guam and what you can find there!
First Beach/Calvo Beach – this beach area is in Talofofo past Jeff’s Pirate Cove. This is a great beach for finding MASS quantities of sea glass! Here you can find a ton of white sea glass, parts of old coke bottles, and some turquoise & green. Not as many unusual colors here. But a great place if your needing to stock up on white as you can get a ton in one trip. Park along the street for First Beach. Then walk down to the beach and find the path going to the left. You’ll take the path for about 10 mins until you get to the beach. You’ll start to see a ton of glass about 5 mins down the beach.
Green & brown sea glass on the beach.
Tanguisson Beach – this beach is in Dededo, past Two Lover’s Point. When you get to Tanguisson you can walk to the right and about 10 minutes down you can start to find sea glass. Lots of brown, some green & turquoise, and occasionally a rare color.
Umatac Bay – Black sand and sea glass, great combo! This is a great spot for marbles, and colored sea glass! I found 2 marbles here as well as pink and gray sea glass! I also like this beach because you just park and walk along the bay, no hiking required. The water can be a bit hard to walk in with some large rocks so I like to wear my water shoes or hiking sandals here.
Sea glass on the black sand at Umatac Bay
Sea glass & pottery from Umatac Bay.
Paseo Stadium beach – this small strip of beach is located at Paseo Stadium park behind Chamorro Village. It’s not a big section at all but we always find a good bit of glass each time we stop here. Even some neat colors like dark blue!
Sea glass found during a quick visit to Paseo Stadium beach.
Fai Fai Beach – this hidden gem is easily accessed from Gun Beach. You can read more about it HERE. This is a fun beach and usually yields a good amount of sea glass. This is a good spot for the more common colors like white, green, and turquoise.
Sirena Beach on Andersen – while this beach does often yield some ‘keeper’ sea glass it also has a lot of what I call ‘trash glass’ which is sharp and not tumbled at all. Meaning you can easily see through the glass. However with that being said I’ve found several mermaid nipples on this beach and we found a glass fishing float here.