Saipan, Marianas Islands, Micronesia

Saipan is the largest island and capital of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a chain of 15 tropical islands belonging to the Marianas archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. The western side of the island is lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef which creates a large lagoon. The eastern shore is composed primarily of rugged rocky cliffs and a reef. Its highest point is a limestone covered mountain called Mount Tapochau.

Saipan is a popular tourist destination in the Pacific and is considered to have the best beach areas in Micronesia. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and nightlife, as well as recreational facilities and excellent dive sites. Mount Tapochau, is definitely one of the most interesting sites and a "must-see" when visiting Saipan.

Things to See and Do

* Managaha Island
* Underwater world
* Micro beach
* Mount Tapochau
* Lagoon glass bottom boat tour

Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – United States dollar (USD)
Language – English, Chamorro, Carolinian
Land Area – 180 km²
Population – 65,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 692

Port Location – The port of Saipan is located in Saipan harbor.

Transport Links – Saipan International Airport (SPN) is located in the southeast corner of the island Continental Micronesia Airlines and Northwest Airlines serve Saipan from the U.S.A. (via Tokyo or Guam). A number of other airlines also have direct flights to Saipan from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and the Philippines.

A ferry also operates between Saipan and Tinian, its smaller neighboring island 5 miles to the south. Taxis are available.

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