Windsurfing Saipan

Windsurfers get ready for a tournament at Micro Beach in Garapan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. In view is Managaha Island. (Raks) Windsurfing or sailboarding is one of the most famous all-year-round activities at the Micro Beach in Garapan. The Micro Beach is a popular hub for windsurfers from all over the world. The lagoon between Managaha Island and the shoreline is the best place for windsurfing. Windsurfing is good all year round but…

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The Grotto: Saipan’s sunken pool

 Any trip or stay on Saipan would never be complete without visiting the Grotto, Saipan's sunken pool. The Grotto hosts amazingly azure waters connected to the ocean by passages underwater. For divers, the Grotto is one of Saipan’s best spots. For non-divers, you too can enjoy the spectacular views the place has to offer. Tourists with kids visit the Grotto. Come with me as we visit yet another one of the unique spots…

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Taste of the Marianas kicks off tourism month

MAY. It's that month again when Saipan holds the month-long celebration of the Annual Taste of the Marianas International Food & Beer Garden Festival. The annual event always draws thousands of locals and tourists to wherever the venue is on all Saturdays of the month. It is almost impossible to move around without bumping into someone else at the festival grounds. and lines were long starting from the token booths up to the…

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‘Flaming’ islands

   IT’S that time of the year once again in the Northern Mariana Islands when all you see while driving around the island are bare flame trees with nothing but twigs on them. Those leafless trees are just the onset of something wonderful. In a few weeks, red flaming flowers will blossom and replace the bleak view and make it look like the whole island is on fire. Chances are you just take the…

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A hidden beach beyond a golf course

KINGFISHER Golf Links in Talafofo has always been one of my favorite destinations on the island, but I had never ventured beyond the golf cart parking lot — until one afternoon some weeks back. My Chinese friend Emily invited me for a drive around the golf course to shoot photos. I was not that excited, envisioning familiar stretches of a well-manicured golf course near the sea. Emily and I got into one of the…

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Dipping into Saipan’s sunken pool

Any trip to Saipan would never be complete without going to the Grotto, a sunken pool of amazingly azure waters that is connected to the ocean by passages underwater. For divers, the Grotto is one of Saipan’s best spots but non-divers too can enjoy the tranquility the place offers. Come with me as we visit yet another one of the unique spots this island has to offer. The first time I visited the…

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Spectacular views from above

HOW long have you been in the island? 10 years? 20 years? 30 years? If you have lived here all your life and performed your daily routine all these time, have you ever paused for a moment to wonder what the island looks from up above? If you love swimming or diving, you may have already seen the underwater wonders of the island, and if you are an explorer, you may have already…

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