First Time Tourists Guide in Saipan

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Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean.

Banzai Cliff and Suicide Cliff is holding a sad story behind its beauty.

Visiting Saipan will not complete without exploring the World War 2 Museum.

The Grotto is the most favourite spot to dive in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Bird Island is the best spot to amazed by the scenery of the island from the far.

Lastly, the exotic beauty of Managaha Island should not be miss from your camera lens.

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SIGHTSEEING

Banzai Cliff and Suicide Cliff is holding a sad story behind its beauty because this place was used by the thousands Japanese civilians and soldiers to end their life by themselves rather than getting caught alive by the Americans. Regardless of the history of this place, this place offers a great view of the pacific ocean when you standing at the edge of the island.

Banzai Cliff

Waterfront site where Japanese soldiers jumped to their deaths in the 1944 Battle of Saipan.

Address : Capitol Hill, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

Suicide Cliff

A Memorial site where thousands of Japanese leapt to their deaths to avoid capture by the US in 1944.

Address : Rte 322, Capitol Hill, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

DOWNTOWN

Visiting Saipan will not complete without exploring the World War 2 Museum. In this museum, you will learn about what happened on the island when World War II explodes through its collection. Still, in the area of the museum, there are also park and the cemetery of the American Soldiers who died during the Battle of Saipan.

World War 2 Museum

In this museum, you will learn about what happened on the island when World War II explodes through its collection.

Address : Garapan, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

SHOPPING

You have to make sure that you have no schedule from 5 pm to 9 pm on Thursday in Saipan to enjoy the food street in Garapan Street Market. In this market, you will find many street food vendors which selling local and international dishes. Also, if you do still not decide what kind of souvenirs that you want to give to your beloved, you can find it here since there are also many vendors which offer locally handcrafted products.

Garapan Street Market

In this market, you will find many street food vendors which selling local and international dishes.

Address : Garapan, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

FOOD & DRINK

You have to mark your visit to Saipan by having a bite of Motsiyas or you can describe it as chicken sausage. The dish was made of chopped or ground chicken meat which mix with chopped green vegetables, pepper, spices, lemon juice and coconut milk.

CULTURE

The local of the Saipan has a rich culture which comes from Spanish Roman Catholic and gets influenced by American culture. The official language of the country is Chamorro, Carolinian and English. But you will find some of them speak in Chinese and Filipino.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Saipan is from June to August when the temperature of the city is quite warm and comfortable enough to explore the island.

HOTEL

The beach view from Saipan World Resort windows room is no joke, it is incredible. This hotel is the right place to stay when you bring your family since it has a water park which makes your kids forget that time also flies in Saipan. But if you want to stay relaxed at the hotel while enjoying the white sand beach or mountain view, you may book a room at Fiesta Resort. The room has a modern yet comfortable design with vibrant colour which radiate the tropical vibes.

Saipan World Resort

This hotel is the right place to stay when you bring your family since it has a water park which makes your kids forget that time also flies in Saipan.

Address : Beach Rd, Susupe, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

Fiesta Resort

The room has a modern yet comfortable design with vibrant colour which radiate the tropical vibes.

Address : Coral Tree Ave, Garapan, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

RESTAURANT

No need to doubt anymore when you want to eat the Saipan seafood, Naked Fish is the right restaurant to go. Its signature menu is The Naked Garlic Fish which made from parrot fish and surely, the cold beer will come along with that. But if you craving for Japanese cuisine when in Saipan, you should head to Himawari Restaurant. This restaurant is about sashimi which served at its freshness and its soba noodle is not something you can miss to order.

Naked Fish

Its signature menu is The Naked Garlic Fish which made from parrotfish and surely, the cold beer will come along with that.

Address : Micro Beach Rd, Garapan, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

Himawari Restaurant

This restaurant is about sashimi which served at its freshness and its soba noodle is not something you can miss to order.

Address : Garapan, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

CAFE

In Winchell's Donuts, every doughnut has its color and shape, surely this is the right place to go for you the doughnut lovers. This cafe is open for 24 hours and most of the visitor order doughnuts along with a cup of coffee. But if you want a cool dessert in the middle of the island, you may head to Cafe MangoSix. This cafe has cute vibes and their signature menu is all about mango, but there are also coffee and chocolate on the menu.

Winchell's Donuts

This cafe is open for 24 hours and most of the visitor order doughnuts along with a cup of coffee.

Address : Beach Rd, Susupe, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

Cafe MangoSix

This cafe has cute vibes and their signature menu is all about mango, but there are also coffee and chocolate on the menu.

Address : 101 DY Bldg. Beach Rd South Dandan, 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Are you looking for where is the youngster spent their nightlife? GIG Disco & Bossano Bar is the answer. Under the blue light, you will following the beat from the DJ and dancing along while sipping a cold cocktail. On the other hand, Cheers Karaoke Bar is the right place to go if you want to sing all night long. Do not worry if you are getting hungry in the middle because the Chinese dish is always ready to order.

GIG Disco & Bossano Bar

Under the blue light, you will following the beat from the DJ and dancing along while sipping a cold cocktail.

Address : Coconut st. Garapan, United States, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

Cheers Karaoke Bar

The right place to go if you want to sing all night long.

Address : Beach Rd, Garapan, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

INTERESTING PLACE

The Grotto is the most favourite spot to dive in the Northern Mariana Islands, even this underwater cave which connected to the open ocean get the award as the second best diving spot in the world by Dive Magazine. There are so many underwater activities that you can do here such as snorkelling, scuba diving, free diving, and many more. After you explore its underwater, you may explore the Last Japanese Command Post to learn about the historical moment when the Saipan War explodes. This place is a cave that used as a bunker by the Japanese army and you will find the original canons and other weaponry which used in the war.

The Grotto

The most favourite spot to dive in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Address : Grotto Dr, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

Last Japanese Command Post

This place is a cave that used as a bunker by the Japanese army and you will find the original canons and other weaponry which used in the war.

Address : Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Bird Island is the best spot to amazed by the scenery of the island from the far. This spot is considered as the most popular spot to take a photo on the island, but you have to bring your reef shoes since the track is a bit adventurous. Lastly, the exotic beauty of Managaha Island should not be miss from your camera lens. You can freely swim, snorkelling or scuba diving in this uninhabited island and you will get yourself feeling rejuvenated.

Bird Island

The best spot to amazed by the scenery of the island from the far.

Address : 1 Beach Rd, Susupe, Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Islands

Managaha Island

You can freely swim, snorkelling or scuba diving in this uninhabited island and you will get yourself feeling rejuvenated.

Address : Isleta Mañagaha, 96950, Northern Mariana Islands