Northern Mariana Islands
Following the trail to reach remote Forbidden Island
A golden glow on the beach as the sun sets
A Japanese remnant from World War II on the small island of Managaha
Serene moment as the day ends at the Pacific Islands Club
Dramatic views while golfing atop cliffs high above LaoLao Bay
Thriving habitats in coral reef ecosystems just offshore
Japanese monument at the Banzai Cliff Memorial with Suicide Cliff in the background
Chamorro cultural experience through music, dance and dining
- Major Airports:
- Saipan (SPN)
- Northern Mariana Islands
Summer year-round on this fun Pacific island
Visitors can take their pick of dozens of places to swim, sun and snorkel on Saipan. Bring a family picnic to Obyan Beach or Pau Pau Beach, walk on soft sandbar islands at Micro Beach or collect shells at Wing Beach. Dive and see turtles at Laolao Bay or do like the locals and take a “boonie stomp” (long walk) down the picturesque 4.8-kilometer Saipan Beach Pathway. One of the nicest beaches is on the tiny island of Managaha, just a 10-minute boat ride from the main island, where you can snorkel, dive and eat coconuts.
Small Island, Big History
Saipan is brimming with historical sites. Evidence of ancient Chamorro and Carolinian civilizations can be seen in the pictographs in the Kalabera Cave and in the remnants of a village at Agingan Beach. Agingan is also the site of the wreck of a 17th century Spanish galleon. World War II history is everywhere, including at Micro Beach, where there are numerous bunkers and memorials. The Last Command Post houses the remnants of a cliff-side bunker used by the Japanese to defend themselves against the U.S. invasion. Memorials along both Suicide Cliff and the Banzai Cliff honor Japanese soldiers who jumped to their deaths during the battle for Saipan.
Beyond the Beach
Garapan, the main tourist district on the island, is the place to go if you want the widest variety of restaurants, bars, shops and street stalls. Hit the links at one of many golf courses, two of which were designed by Greg Norman and have fabulous sea views. Stop at the Saipan Katori Shrine or admire the stained-glass windows at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral. And if you’re a scuba diver, head out to one of the dozen or so world-class dive sites, which include The Grotto, Eagle Ray City and Naftan.