National Wildlife Refuge
Near Dededo, GU
Phone Number: 671-355-5096
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Refuge staff provide guided tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The tour includes an indoor classroom orientation followed by a easy hike through native limestone forest with stops at two caves. Reservations are required and group size is limited to 30 persons.
Fishing is permitted on the Ritidian Unit. Government of Guam fishing regulations apply. Rod and reel, traditional throw net (Talaya), hand-held spears and Hawaiian slings are permitted. Collecting coral, live shells and marine invertebrates is prohibited. Spiny sea urchins and poisonous cone snails are common, so always wear protective footwear when walking in the water.
For a two-mile loop, hike down the forest road and return along the beach. See the sky blacken instantly as the seasonal native butterflies (Blue-banded Kingcrow) disperse from their clusters as you brush against their tree habitats. The coral reef, beach, and forest east of Ritidian Cut are closed to public entry in protection of marine and forest wildlife.
Occasional visits by migratory birds make for a crafty and clever picture day.
The Ritidian Unit of the refuge is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily except federal holidays. No pets allowed.
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