For divers-this is heaven. From a long steep climb down into the middle of the island, you come to the blue hole. Strap on your tank and fins...next stop open ocean. Most divers have heard of the Marianas Trench-this is the deepest part of the ocean known to man...guess where we are located...Northern Mariana Islands...!
Saipan - Northern Mariana Islands
Saipan is a relatively small island. You can easily and cheaply rent a scooter or motorbike to explore.
Head to Banzai cliff, where the last Japanese on the island jumped into the sea instead of surrendering to the allies during WW2.
The outlook at Bird Island is a nice veiw, too.
You can also hire a boat to take you out to Managaha, a smaller island not too far from the main beach. You can do some swimming, snorkeling, explore the island's trails, or relax on one of it's beaches.
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
"Lots of History"
If you've ever seen the movie 'Wind Talkers' with Nicholas Cage (During the war, the Navajo Indian language was used so the Japanese could not break our code), or if you are a WWII history buff, then you've heard of Saipan. If not, you probably don't even know that it is a Commonwealth of the United States.
Located in the South Pacific, it was a major strategic turning point of WWII. In fact you can still see the 60+ year old U.S. tanks that got stuck in the coral when they were coming ashore, sitting just off the beach. Tourists swim out to them and use them as diving boards.
The island is mostly jungle, and while hiking, the tourists still find hidden caves filled with WWII relics.
This last June, the Emperor of Japan came to Saipan to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan. He promised his father, Emperor Hirohito, that someday, Japan would return to Saipan.
One of my favorite things about Saipan is the flame trees. During peak season, as you drive down the street along the beach or in the hills, it literally looks as though the tree tops are on fire. It's one of the most beautiful things you've ever seen. You can't imagine how many times I've almost crashed my car because I couldn't keep my eyes on the road.
"Lau Lau trees"
By now you're thinking I have a thing for trees. OK, it's true. I'm a sucker for the beauty of nature. But look at these trees...aren't they magnificent?
Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands
Finding work in Northern Marianas
I am originally from the UK, now teaching in Japan, and when I leave I would like to work in the northern Marianas or in Micronesia teaching Enlish as a foreign language. I have degree, TEFL cert, 3 years experience etc.
Does anyone know how easy it might be to find a teaching job in this region, or have any tips?
Thanks for your help!
RE: Finding work in Northern Marianas
Hi there Monkey,
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) with islands like Saipan, Tinian and Rota are Dependent Territory of the US. They have their own immigration rules but pretty much follow US rules. Also when it comes to working on Saipan, I guess u pretty much need to comply to US regulations (green card and things).
Public schools are managed by the PSS (public school system) and there are some private schools. People in Saipan have the feeling things are going pretty badly there in an economic sense (basicly its the withdrawal of low wage garment industry which is unavoidable anyways with China that close) and a number of people leave the island, among which teachers. So they re pretty much in need of teachers I guess, but if u qualify i dont know.
For more information try http://www.geocities.com/saipan_info/saipaninformation.html, http://www.cnmi-guide.com, http://www.cnmi.net and http://www.pss.cnmi.mp/PSSCentralOffice/index2.cfm
Re: Finding work in Northern Marianas
I am a teacher as well. I finished my four year degree, and my teacher credential at Cal State Univ. Fullerton. I am currently looking for a teaching assignment. As all candidate teachers in southern CA know, teaching contracts are few and far between with each opening there must be a thousand applications.
I am registered with www.teacher-to-teacher.com I just recvd. an email from teachertoteacher with openings available in NMI Here is the contact information. teachers.com For more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com This is a legitimate site, I checked it out before copying it to you.
How was teaching in Japan?
Best of luck and keep us posted