Beaches in Australia and Pacific
Remote Fai Fai Beach is probably the most beautiful beach on Guam. Powdery white sand, leaning coconut palms and just a few colourful shacks on a backdrop of jungle (a simple resort of some sort). No big hotels, no bar, just paradise. There is a cave and apparently you can hike to next beach, Tanguisson. Fai Fai Beach is secluded, as it can only be reached by following the fenced trail on the cliffside from Gun Beach, which is an attraction itself.
This is beach popular with locals in the weekend. It doesn't have swaying palms, but the water in the protected bay is calm.
One bay up from main beach Tumon, lies Gun Beach. Also here the beach is fringed by a hotel (though just one) and a beach bar, but the beach is sandwiched by steep cliffs covered in lush vegetation, giving the beach a secluded feel. The snorkelling is also in the top. At the north end a fenced trail clings to the cliffside and leads to the next - and even more beautiful - beach, Faifai Beach.
Tamuning is Guam tourist central. And there is nothing wrong with the reef-calmed water and long white sandy Tumon Beach, but it’s fringed by high-rise hotels. The main street runs one block up and is lined with a mix of fashion brand stores, restaurants, fun parks (shooting range, anyone?), and the odd adult store. You don't have to be a genius to figure out that the main tourists are Japanese, Korean and Chinese for many advertisements are quadrilingual. But tourism is a big thing for Guam (second after the US military), so no reason to be surprised.
Abatao Island lies in North Tarawa archipelago and is only connected to the neighbouring northern island by a walkway. It's a lovely traditional island with a beautiful palm fringed coastline filled with mangrove, where you can actually take a swim (South Tarawa is apparently too polluted). There is a rustic resort (Tabon Te Keekee) at the south tip with simple over-water bungalows (picture). The small village is a cluster of thatched huts which include a school and a church, little else. At low tide you can walk over the channel from Buota Island, else you need to use the canoe service, which is great fun too.
The next island up from Agatao Island is Tabiteuea. There is a broken concrete bridge between those two, else you can always just walk on the sandy lagoon at low tide. Tabiteuea is covered in palms, mangroves and scrubs, and the only infrastructure (beside the lagoon) is a narrow trail, just wide enough for a bicycle, through the dense vegetation. Like on Agatao, the friendly locals lives in traditional thatched huts with semi-open sides.
For a beautiful beach and great snorkelling, head to Eneko Island for a daytrip. It lies 20 minutes boat ride away from Majuro and Robert Reimer's Hotel has a few bungalows there - otherwise it's inhabited. The sandy beach is stunning with tall palms and shady trees, and the reef has an impressive diverse and healthy coral garden.
The reef fringed lagoon at Majuro is just stunning, so you would think there would be plenty of white sandy beaches. The truth is, there hardly are and the few are covered in marine trash. However, the beach at the village Laura is what you are looking for. A beautiful white sandy beach with shady trees, which wraps around the very end of Majuro island. The village has turned the beach into a park with picnic tables and toilets, but they also clean it daily. As elsewhere in the Majuro atoll, snorkelling can be done anywhere.
As Yap's coast mostly is covered in lush and thick protected mangroves, there are surprisingly few sandy beaches, but this is one. It lies at the end of the village of the same name. As it's part of the village (and exposed thighs for females are taboo in Yap in general), you will probably wait with the sunbathing for another place. The village itself is nice with plenty of stone money. The road is not sealed and potholed at best.
Some of beaches on Nauru have a small park with picnic tables, but the one at Anetan are just natural. As there are many signs nailed on the palm trees encouraging a clean beach, the beautiful rough sandy stretch seem less trashy.