Travel – Saipan
Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean.
Traveling to Saipan
International flights are provided by Asiana Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Jeju Airlines. Domestic commuters are run by United Airlines Connections and STAR Marianas Air.
Food n Cuisine
- The Shack Saipan – Looking for great coffee, crepes, acai bowls and other healthy cuisine? Check out one of our favorite spots on-island The Shack! (theshacksaipan.com)
- Naked Fish Bar & Grill – Enjoy some of Saipan’s best seafood at Naked Fish Bar & Grill. They’re located right on middle road adjacent to the beach. (http://nakedfishrestaurant.site1s.com/)
- Spicy Noodle Thai Place – Looking for noodles, rice and great Thai food? Check out Spicy Noodle Thai Place, which is located right in Garapan on Micro Beach. (https://goo.gl/C9L32b)
- Shirley’s Coffee Shop – Portuguese sausage, fried rice and eggs at any time of the day sound good? Check out this local breakfast and late night staple while you’re on Saipan! (shirleyscoffeeshop.com)
- Capriciossa – This restaurant is mix of Japanese and Italian cuisine. Dishes are served family style so we recommend coming in with your friends or family.
- T-Galleria By DFS – T-Galleria by DFS offers customers an expertly curated collection of the world’s leading luxury brands. In addition to the inviting shopping experience, DFS offers highly personalized experiences and unique services catered to your every desire. (www.dfs.com)
- Garapan Street Market – The weekly Garapan Street Market is held every Thursday evening at Garapan Fishing Base and features a wide choice of international cuisine at reasonable prices and live entertainment.
Saipan has a tropical marine climate moderated by seasonal trade winds from the northeast from November to March, and easterly winds from May to October. Average year-round temperature is 84 °F (29 °C).
Tours n Attractions
- Diving – From the caves of Obyan Beach to the WWII wrecks in the Tanapag lagoon, a variety of great dives await you on Saipan. With a good mixture of beach and boat spots, finding a dive suited to your level of experience and expectation is easy. For more information (http://www.mymarianas.com/wtd.asp?secID=31&wcat_wtypID=2)
- The Grotto – Voted 2nd best dive spot in the world by Dive Magazine, a flight of steps through natural foliage take you to the large cavern opening and spectacular blue and aqua lights that mark the large cavern’s three underwater exits to open ocean. Even if you’re not a diver, this is a great site to see.
- Parasailing – Get a bird’s-eye view of Saipan lagoons aqua-blue waters, Managaha island, World War 2 wrecks and an amazing panoramic view of Saipan’s western coast by parasail! Soar on the breeze as you glide over World War 2 wrecks, watch tropical seabirds pass by, and maybe even spot dolphins making their way through the lagoon. A number of local establishments on Saipan offer a safe world-class parasailing experiences.
- Agingan Beach (Coral Ocean Point) – Located on Saipan’s southern coast, Agingan beach is one of the island’s most archaeologically rich areas. The site of an ancient Chamorro village, remnants of latte stones and other artifacts can be found throughout the area. It is also the site of a 17th century wreck of the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, and later served as a Japanese defensive post during WWII. One of the island’s largest in-tact coastal bunkers, which utilized some of the vicinities ancient latte stones in its construction, can be seen along the beach. Access to the beach can be made through the Coral Ocean Point Golf Course. Swimmers and waders should wear suitable footwear here, as the inner reef area contains a variety of sharp rocks and corals. Swimming beyond the reef is not safe due in this area, due to unpredictable currents.
- Banzai Cliff – Memorials along the cliffline honor the loss of the lives of the nearly one-thousand men, women and children who jumped off the hundred foot high cliffs during the waning days of the WWII battle for Saipan. Inspirational and unhindered panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean can be seen from the cliffside lookout points. Turtles, sharks and the occasional whale, can also be spotted making their way by the cliff. Great views of the Marpi cliffline are also to be had here.