Northern Mariana Islands
The palm-fringed beaches of Saipan’s Managaha Island
Enjoying the view at Pau Pau Beach in Saipan
Exploring an underwater wreck in the Philippine Sea
Rugged terrain leading to Saipan's Forbidden Island
A fisherman and his son hauling in the day's catch at sunset
A colorful boat bobbing in the Philippine Sea
Sunbathing on a rocky white sand beach
Watching the setting sun at the ocean's edge
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- Northern Mariana Islands (GSN)
Endless ocean views, endless island fun
Saipan Aerial Tour
Though the Northern Marianas consists of 15 islands in total, the most popular are Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, has an area of 115.4 square kilometers. It takes less than an hour to traverse the island by car. Start on the sand – specifically, the blazing white shoreline of Micro Beach in Saipan, popular among locals and visitors alike. Then, head to the many, many others offering lush tropical scenery and a whole range of activities. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s always cliff jumping, cavern dives and night diving.
Northern Mariana’s resorts and country clubs are more than just sleek beach fixtures; they are gateways to the territory’s vibrant outdoor life and urban spirit. Resorts arrange hikes to hidden villages, banana boat rides and cliff fishing. Take a windsurfing tour or tee off at one of the golf courses.
The Islands’ storied past – and especially its indigenous Chamorro culture – is very much alive everywhere you look. Archeological sites, prehistoric stone structures and small villages engage you with people, past and present. Spring and summer’s San Vicente Fiesta and San Antonio Festival introduce you to Chamorro and Carolinian food, dance and music.
History buffs will also find the Northern Mariana Islands a trove of exceptionally preserved World War II buildings and posts, including a Japanese lighthouse, bunkers, jails and an abandoned airfield. Banzai and Suicide Cliffs are dramatic testaments to the character of the Chamorro people.
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The latte stones – stone structures with crescent-shaped tops – found on the Islands are actually ancient support pillars.