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Managaha Island: Slice of paradise in Saipan

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Aerial view of Mañagaha Island surrounded by the Saipan lagoon, Northern Mariana Islands. (RaksyB Photography)

Just off the west coast of Saipan is Mañagaha, a small islet within its lagoon in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Mañagaha is one of the most popular destinations on Saipan, especially for day tours. The pristine beaches with soft, white powdery sand and clear blue waters attract tourists and locals all year. The islet is a haven for marine activities including snorkeling, diving, parasailing, and jet skiing.

Burial place of Chief Aghurubw

Mañagaha plays a significant role in the history of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is where the famous Carolinian Chief Aghurubw was buried. Aghurubw established the first Carolinian settlement on Saipan in 1815. After a devastating typhoon, he led his people from Satawal to Saipan. If you visit Mañagaha, you will see Chief Aghurubw’s statue.

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You will also find remnants of a World War 11 Japanese bunker and canyons on the island. Mañagaha is listed as a historic district on the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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