Saipan and the area of Garapan can be considered quiet and relaxed for most people. But many of the locals will head out and hit the streets every Thursday for the Street Market.
Advertised between 5:00 PM-9:00 PM along the pedestrian street of Paseo De Marianas (Coral Tree Avenue), the market hosts food and miscellaneous shopping. There is often music and some sort of entertainment too. There is no cost, so enjoy walking around at your leisure.
The Street Market is every Thursday, but the following link has good calendar of events for other activities in Saipan and/or Garapan.
You can hire a boat to ferry you out to Managaha, a smaller island not too far from the main beach.
There you can do some swimming, snorkeling, explore the island's trails, or relax on one of it's beaches.
Banzai cliff is where the last Japanese on the island jumped into the sea instead of surrendering to the allies during WW2.
Very close to the cliff are the remnants of the last Japanese outpost on the island. There are still a few cannons mounted, as well as the remains of their fortress dug into the mountainside.
The crystal clear waters of saipan where marine life can be seen within a few feet. A snorkle is all you need to enjoy the wonderful waters. If you dive in the water during the afternoon the sand doesnt not burn your feet and water is cool enough to enjoy it full
Try to watch a fire knife dance . It a local Chamorro dance where men spin a stick with fire on both ends. Here is the catch aside from the fire there is actually a knife on both ends so the dancers has to be fire careful he will not only burn but get cut also. This shot was taken at Saipan Grand Hotel were the show is free.
In the north end of the island, these cliffs area memorial for World War II. Large numbers of Japanese civilians jumped to their deaths from these cliffs rather than surrender. After the war, the US military pushed tanks, trucks and other surplus war material off Banzai Cliff rather than ship them home.
A remarkable experience when standing up the cliff!
Having lived on the island for so long, I have always taken Saipan's beautiful sunsets for granted. But no longer, for I will capture them on camera and admire later for years to come. Saipan's sunsets are never the same, and that's what makes it so special.
You must take the drive up to the top of the island - Mt. Tapochao. You stand at the very tip top of the island and can look around the island, and realize how small the island is. Nothing but ocean, ocean and more ocean.
During WWII the island inhabitants, mainly Okinawans, Korean, Phillipine, Chamorro and Carolinians were so frightened of the U.S. Marines coming ashore that they took their families to the north end of the island and leaped from the cliffs rather than be captured. Approximately 10,000 people died.
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...!
There's a beautiful golf course on the island (actually there are several-but this is my favorite) called Lau Lau Bay Golf Resort. One of the few courses I've played with a view of the ocean and mountains at the same time.
Beware of going after your ball in the trees/bushes/jungle there are monitor lizards in the jungle.
Considered by many as one of the best cavern dives in the world. After entering the water through a large limestone hole, divers realize they are in a huge cavern. From here, there are three different exit holes to the sea. Once outside, there are beautiful walls, swim-throughs, and caves to explore. Turtles and Clown Triggerfish are some of the many types of sea life to be seen at this magnificent dive site.
For the experienced ones only.
You can place yourself back in time and having somewhat of an idea what went down on Saipan and all the barbaric fighting of WWII. To see these Japanese fortifications, it makes you wonder how these islands were taken. I saw proof of burn marks inside, as though FLAME THROWERS may have been used. I am sure the defenders of this particular fortification met horrific deaths as well as inflicted.
At the end of WWII, the people of Saipan were sure that the American soldiers would do terrible things to the women and children of the island. Although the American soldiers tried in vain to convience the people that nothing would happen. Hundreds of women and children of Saipan threw themselves off the point, jumped to their death.
Bonsai Point is located on the Northern most point of Saipan
My grandfather was stationed here in WWIl. As I looked around at Japanese tourist my age, I realized their grandfathers and mine battled against each other. Many young men gave their life in this area.
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