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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Smiling Cove Marina: A favorite Saipan hangout

FROM its old view with sharp and rusty pieces of steel sticking out along the water’s edge, the newly-paved walkway with protective bars at the Smiling Cove Marina has become one of the newest destinations for joggers and sunset watchers these days. Scenic walkway The long stretch of the walkway at the Smiling Cove is an alternative to jogging along the Beach Road. Although it is not as accessible, you can jog or…

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‘Taste of Saipan’ at the regular Thrusday street market

ALL roads lead to the Fishing Base in Garapan on Thursday nights as the mouthwatering aroma of food and the lively music from the stage lure locals and tourists for the weekly street market. Eat all you can Beginning around 5 p.m. the Street Market feast begins and the place is transformed into a destination where one can have the ‘taste of Saipan’ all in one place. The street market runs all 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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