Rules and Regulations

Beach Trash

There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge.  Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and/or does not help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity.  Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. Be safe and have fun! 

Things to do and not to do at the Guam National Wildlife Refuge 

Please heed all posted signs and boundaries, and note that those who violate Guam and refuge laws are subject to fines and/or arrest. For more detailed information regarding refuge mission and boundary lines, please refer to the GNWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

Swimming, Snorkeling, Diving:  There are no lifeguards on duty. Enter water at your own risk. 

Stay near the shoreline inside the reef. There is no marked area. There are strong rip currents and tidal surges.

No reef walking. Do not go beyond the reef. 

Fishing: Fishing is allowed within the public areas of the refuge where Government of Guam rules and regulations apply. 

Rod and reel, throw net, spears and Hawaiian slings are allowed in permitted areas.

Gill or surround nets are not allowed.

No fishing is permitted within the closed areas of the refuge without a pre-approved Special Use PermitThis includes the coral reef, beach, and forest areas east of Ritidian Cut and the Nature Center, which are closed to the public for the protection of marine life and forest wildlife.

Marine Life:  

Limited collection of empty sea shells is permitted. Wear appropriate footwear when walking in the water to protect against spiny sea urchins and poisonous sea life.

Collection of marine invertebrates such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins or starfish is not allowed. Collecting or damaging coral is prohibited.


No dogs or other pets are  allowed.

Cultural Resources: 

Looking at and protecting Guam’s cultural heritage is encouraged.

Searching for, collecting, or destroying archaeological sites or items is not allowed.

Plant Collecting:  

A free permit is available at the Visitors Center for coconuts, lemai (breadfruit), and medicinal plants.

Plant collecting without a valid permit is not allowed.


Call for details on guided programs for school, scout, youth groups, educators, families, and others.


Cooking is only allowed in metal containers (barbecue grills).

Ground fires are not permitted.


Overnight camping is not permitted.


A 2-mile loop down the forest road and returning along the beach is available to hikers.

Hiking is not allowed east of Ritidian Cut. The coral reef, beach, and forest east of Ritidian Cut and the Nature Center are closed to the public for the protection of marine life and forest wildlife.

Drone Use: 

Individuals and organizations must fly unmanned aerial systems (UAS), aka drones, for recreational purposes in compliance with FAA model aircraft laws.

Operating drones on Refuge property is illegal. Drones can be detrimental to wildlife, and are therefore prohibited within National Wildlife Refuges.

Trash: Please pack out your own trash! 

You must take your all your trash away with you when you leave.

There is no trash service in the refuge.