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A Commonwealth of The United States, the Northern Mariana Islands,
located in the western Pacific (east of the Philippines
and south of Japan) are considered to be a part of Micronesia.
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Islands, Rota, Saipan, Self-Governing Commonwealth, Tinian,
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The main Mariana Islands are Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
Ferdinand Magellan first sighted the Mariana islands in March
1521; and claimed 'Las Isles de las Velas Latinas' for Spain.
In 1668, the islands were called by their present name, in honour of
Philip IV of Spain's widow, Mariana of Austria.
Germany bought the islands from Spain in 1899, but were forced out by
the Japanese during the First World War. Guam had already been
ceded to the Americans, after the Spanish-American War.
Weather in The Pacific:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around the Pacific region.
American forces entered the Mariana Islands on June 15th, 1944,
and were met with fierce resistance by the Japanese.
In the following month the Americans managed to gain control of the
islands; building bases and airfields as Pacific launching pads.
The Northern Marianas finally gained self government in January,
In 1986, the then US President, Ronald Reagan, proclaimed the Northern
Marianas a United States commonwealth and its residents as US citizens.
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) directory containing further information
on the islands, the people and the history of the Northern Mariana Islands, with photos
Commonwealth of North Mariana website with a business directory, government links and a
calendar system which contains dates of events and holidays that occur throughout the year
in the CNMI.
For stays of 30 days or less, non U.S. citizens need a valid
passport and an onward ticket.
Visitors from the United States
may enter the Commonwealth on proof of American citizenship.
Interactive maps of the three main Mariana Islands, with photographs and descriptions of
attractions around Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
Mariana Visitors Authority:
Relaxation, adventure, new cultural insights, and just plain fun are treasures offered in
the Northern Mariana Islands. Once you've experienced this unique island spirit, the
tropical warmth will be yours forever.
Getting to Northern Mariana Islands
Freedom Air and Pacific Island Aviation offer regular scheduled
flights between Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
Saipan: (670) 234-8328; Tinian: (670) 433-0060; Rota: (670) 532-3801
Pacific Island Aviation:
Saipan: (670) 234-3601; Tinian: (670) 433-3600; Rota: (670) 532-0420
Located at the southern end of the island, the airport receives direct flights from cities
in Japan, South Korea,
Hong Kong and Guam; with Japan
Airlines, Continental, Northwest and Asiana.
Where To Stay in Mariana Islands.
There are a good selection of hotels
in Saipan, but only a few on Tinian.
Saipan is an ideal resort destination if you like hiking,
spelunking, scuba diving or a round of golf.
Diving is probably the number one reason to come to Saipan, as the
island caters to divers of all experience levels. Explore wrecks and reefs within
protected lagoons or enjoy the dramatic drop-offs and blue-water dives.
Saipan Chamber of Commerce:
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is the largest private business organisation in the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. With over 140 business members, the Chamber
is an association aligned to make a difference in the Commonwealth community.
The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands' first daily newspaper.
Diving in Saipan
Since 1996, Stingray Divers has been dedicated to offering western and
European style diving to divers from all over the world.
Holidays on Saipan
Enjoy glorious blue skies, crystal clear waters, spectacular sunsets and the myriad other
blessings of an island resort. Check out the Super Saver packages before you visit Saipan.
If you're not a diver you can still enjoy the wonders of the deep, on an underwater tour
of the Saipan lagoon in air-conditioned comfort, and marvel at the beautiful corals,
schools of tropical fish in their natural environment, and historical sunken wrecks.
Operating since 1990, Saipan Sunset Cruise offers a variety of cruises and marine sports
activities for the whole family at competitive prices.
Compare Saipan hotel prices to get the best deal online.
Aqua Resort Club:
Located at Achugao Beach, rooms come with an ocean view or garden view.
This all-suite hotel is located at the Chalan Kanoa oceanfront; on a beautiful beach
protected by fringing coral reefs. Just six units per floor, all suites are spacious and
luxuriously furnished. Part of the Castle Resorts and Hotels chain.
Pacific Gardenia Hotel:
Affectionately called 'Saipan's Biggest Little Hotel', this family-run and locally-owned
hotel is located on the main street (Beach Road, Chalan Kanoa), 10 minutes from Saipan
Not the smallest of the Northern Mariana Islands, but the most
laid back, until the casino came on the scene.
The first nuclear weapon was dropped on Hiroshima from a B-29 taking
off from one of the airfields on Tinian.
Frank Sanders visited Tinian from Guam, to see what was left of the US airbases. If your
interests are similar, here are even more articles at The Bureau of Atomic Tourism.
The Navy maintains a training area on Tinian, within the Military Lease Area, with limited
activities in San Jose Harbour.
West Tinian Airport: (TIQ)
For a long time just serving inter-island passenger traffic between Saipan, Rota and Guam,
the newly completed Tinian International Airport runway positions Tinian for direct
flights from Asia; for its casino-hotel facility.
Rota is getting to be more than just a day trip from Saipan. The
diving is said to be excellent, and there is plenty to see on land.
Rota is still considered by many to be Micronesia's best kept secret.
If only the population of 3,000 knew that we were spreading the word about this island
paradise, only 30 minutes by air from Saipan or Guam.
Rota Airport: (ROP)
Handles passenger traffic from Saipan and Guam.
and Country Club:
Nestled on a lush green hillside, the Rota Resort & Country Club sweeps over 560 acres
of swaying coconut trees, golden beaches, and a kaleidoscope of tropical flowers.
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