A trip around the entire island just watching sceneary will be enough to make you want to live there.
Rent a car, drive around and check out the breath taking views. You won't regret it, I promise. And you'll want to bring that good camera with a lot of film or memory.
Swimming, diving, sunbathing, boating, fishing, picnicking, beach combing, shell collecting, snorkeling and a lot more of exploring can be enjoyed at the lovely beaches of the island ☼
Golf is great in Saipan with the 5 challenging course's designed by famous PGA players. Choose from among the four 18-hole course, with setting on mountain side or the sea side , or stretch out to the 9-hole golf course, all overlooks the panoramic blue Pacific ocean! ☼
Marianas Golf Club
Saipan Country Club
Lao lao Bay Golf
Galleria Duty Free
La Fiesta San Roque
Hakubotan Duty Free
In the picture you will see an old WW2 tank in the sea. Rusting, Flaking weapons of war can still be found in the mountainous areas of Saipan and a great deal of equipment lies below the waters of the lagoon.
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.
Another site noted for mass suicides of Japanese civilians and soldiers at the end of the Battle of Saipan in WW2 is Suicide Cliff, on the north end of the island.
A 250 Meter tall sheer rock face, Suicide Cliff offers excellent views of the north end of the island of Saipan, including an old Japanese military air strip.
The grotto is a unique limestone cavern that is located on the north east side of Saipan. Underwater passages fill the cavern with water, and occasionally marine life such as sea turtles and your occasional Great White "tipped reef" Shark...
Follow the steep stairs cut in the stone down to water level. This will make a unique entry into your dive log book... (or just snorkel if you don't feel like lugging all your dive equipment up and down...)
Bird Island is a rocky islet just off the north east coast of Saipan, which serves as a wildlife sanctuary for birds. (Hence the name) There is a scenic lookout just south of the island, or alternately a hiking trail that leads down to the beach. From the beach you can wade out to the island, if you so desire...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...!
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
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.
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