The unique Chamorro culture and language dominating the island of Guam for over 300 years, is a surprisingly pleasant blend of Spanish, Micronesian, Asian and western influences. An unincorporated territory of the United States with an established civilian government, Guam is located within the western Pacific Ocean in-between Hawaii and Philippines. Spread over a 549 square kilometer area, the island of Guam is home to over 173,000 inhabitants mostly speaking English, Chamorro and Japanese. Featuring several settlements and villages, no true cities actually exist in Guam.
With large populations centered in the middle of the island, the south is sparsely inhabited while the north is largely occupied by the US military. Served by the Won Pat Guam International Airport which offers regular services to/from the United States, Japan, Australia, China and Philippines, Guam also is an important regional stop for cruise ships, however, without any ferry transportation networks of its own.