Located in the western pacific, a short flight from Guam and 3 hours from Japan, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a popular tourist destination rich in history, culture and natural resources. Saipan, just 5 miles wide by 12 miles long, is the largest and most populated of the 14 islands making up an archipelago that stretches 400 miles (north to south) along the edge of the Marianas Trench.
Tinian is about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of its sister island, Saipan, from which it is separated by the Saipan Channel. It has a land area of 39 sq.mi. (101.01 km²). Tinian's largest village is San Jose. The island has a variety of flora and fauna, and limestone cliffs and caves.
Historically, it was from Tinian that the bombers Enola Gay and Bockscar from the 509th Composite Group carrying the atomic bombs Little Boy and Fat Man were launched against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Remains of the US bomber base and Atom Bomb Pits, and the remains of Japanese fortifications, can be found at North Field. There is a memorial on the old airfield at the loading pits. Saipan Bookings offers a 2, 4 or 6 hour historical, and cultural tour of the island.
Here is an amazing 1945 black&white film (discovered via blog.nuclearsecrecy.com) that shows the preparation of the bomb on the same
field you'll be able to visit while on Tinian.
Little Boy and Fat Man on Tinian
Rota (Chamorro: Luta) also known as the peaceful island, is the southernmost island of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the second southernmost of the Marianas Archipelago. It lies approximately 40 miles north-northeast of the United States territory of Guam. Songsong village is the largest and most populated followed by Sinapalo village (Sinapalu).
Rota is approximately 11 miles (17 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide. Its coastline is about 38 miles (62 km) long. The highest point on Rota is Mt. Manira which is 1,625 feet (495 m) high. Rota is 47 miles (76 km) north of Guam, and is 63 miles (101 km) south of Tinian and is 73 miles (117 km) south of Saipan. Rota has diverse flora and fauna.
SaipanBookings can arrange a unique tour of Rota. Please inquire for details.
The 14-island chain that comprises the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana islands geographically consists of two subgroups, (1) a northern group of ten volcanic main islands, all of which are currently uninhabited ("The Northern Islands"); and a southern group of five islands (Rota, Aguijan, Tinian and Saipan), all inhabited except Aguijan. In the northern volcanic group a maximum elevation of about 2,700 feet (820 m) is reached; there are craters showing signs of activity, and earthquakes are not uncommon. Near the islands can be found the lowest point on the surface of the Earth's crust, the Mariana Trench. Expeditions to the Northern islands (including Pagan) have been organized. Currently, no regular flights or boats to the islands are offered.
Just off the west coast of Saipan is beautiful Managaha,
Voted one of the top 3 most beautiful beaches by a Japan magazine, it is a beach lover's paradise!
We offer day tours to Managaha!
photo: Raquel C. Bagnol
We can arrange a licensed Guam guide for you!
We market our own as well as other service providers' products to potential tourism clients worldwide. These products include accommodations, adventure tourism, eco-tourism, marine activities, trekking, and the full range activities available on Saipan, Tinian, Rota, the "Northern Islands" and other destinations.
To redefine the tourist experience in unique destinations.
It's simple. We know these destinations. We know the reliable vendors. (We don't work with or represent everyone.) We know how to make sure things go smoothly and on time. We assess each request for a quote on an individual basis. Have kids? Traveling alone? Use a wheelchair? Need a kitchen? Have a job lined up? Need to be close to a school? Speak Russian? Each of these requirements can affect what we recommend as the best hotel, home, or activities for you. We have tour guides from different backgrounds. We know the lay of the land. We know what other visitors have appreciated about their stays at these destinations, so we strive to make your stay as unique and as comfortable as possible.
Every customer is unique. Some have unusual requests for their visits to Saipan, Tinian, Pagan and Guam--everything from simply fiding unique accommodations and transportation to locating specific individuals for genealogical research, or historical/cultural artifacts for study, to visiting "off limits" areas, and doing unique activities!
Whatever your unique request, my mission is to "make it happen" for you. In the process, I do everything I can --leveraging professional as well as personal contacts, calling in favors, harnessing my experience in unrelated industries and backgrounds--to make your request come true.
As a result, you may end up enjoying a tour experience that doesn't currently exist, and that likely will not be offered to anyone else in the future in quite the same way!
That's my Discover Saipan advantage, and that's what you pay for!
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