Northern Marianas Islands: Adventures on neighboring islands

by Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA)
Micronesia Chapter

Truly Relaxing Tropical Getaway….A chain of 14 islands, the Marianas – Saipan, Tinian, and Rota awaits you.

We invite you to experience our year-round summer climate and “small town” atmosphere.  Join us on all three islands where you will find an unspoiled natural environment, warm local hospitality, complete with the sophisticated amenities of a tourist resort. No matter your interest or preferred past time, you are sure to enjoy your visit on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Tinian, a short ferryboat or commuter flight away, is a history buff’s delight.  Historic Sites that transformed the world a half-century ago silently guard the past, while revelers party the night away at the famous Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino. Renown for its famous hot peppers, Tinian hosts the Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival during Tourism Month in May.  Visit the festival where you will find unique arts and crafts and local delicacies.
 
Visa and Entry Formalities
Entry requirements for the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) are the same as for any U.S. destination. The U.S. Visa Waiver Program applies.  For further details, visit www.travel.state.gov. In addition, a special Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program allows visa-free entry from additional countries: Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong (HK Special Administrative Region [SAR] passport or HK Identification card is required), Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom.  Under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program, travelers from these countries, for a maximum of 45 days, seeking admission to the CNMI must possess a valid, unexpired machine-readable passport and must not have previously violated the terms of any prior admission to the U.S. ESTA is not a requirement for these travelers.

How to Get Around
Visitors can freely move around the islands by riding a taxi or driving a rental car.  U. S. driver’s license can be used; foreign visitors can use their home country licenses for up to 1 month.  Shuttle buses are available from most hotels and Duty Free Shopping Galleria in Garapan.  Taxis are available, and many hotels offer airport pick-up and drop-off.

Activities and Adventures . . .
Saipan, Tinian and Rota each present a wealth of historic, cultural and geographic sites that highlight the unique richness of the Northern Marianas.  The best part is, you can easily visit a number of significant sites in a single day due to the intimacy of these small islands.

Marine Activities

Diving
Explore the wonders of the underwater world. The Northern Mariana Islands’ pristine coral reefs boast colorful and abundant marine life. The sunken relics from WWII also offer a unique dive experience. A wide variety of great dive sites can accommodate both beginners and experts.

Wind Surfing
The gentle trade winds that blow on the ocean surface create ideal conditions for windsurfers. Windsurfing can be enjoyed all year around in the Northern Mariana Islands. Best Season: November-April.

Para Sailing
Enjoy the panoramic view from the ocean with a parachute; hooked on a boat, it takes you on a ride approximately 30 meters high.

Aqua-Naut/Sea Walker
Experience the underwater world by sea walking. See the various tropical fish that enhance your visit in a 3 meter deep dive. Visitors enjoy the popular adventure that is normally experienced by certified divers. Aqua-Naut/ Sea Walker is a safe and fun activity to enjoy.

Banana Boat
These boats are fast, becoming an integral part of the islands ocean sports. The Banana Boat does not have a motor, but is towed by a motorboat at speeds of 50-60 km per hour. Family and friends will enjoy this floating device that seats 5-6 people.

Submarine Tour
Experience an underwater adventure aboard a real submarine! Take this fascinating ride down 30 meters in the lagoon of Saipan for an up-close look at the world below the surface. This is a great tour for the family to enjoy. Magnificent coral formations and various tropical fish make this tour an event to remember.

On-Land Activities

Dinner Show
A variety of cultural dinner shows are available at certain hotels and outdoor venues. The nightly shows feature a colorful mixture of dances from many islands, while others feature the traditional Chamorro/Carolinian dances with a true local flavor. Dinner is included and the audience can take part in some of the performances.

Sunset Cruise
The sunset cruise offers fine dining, live music, and performances aboard a yacht. The quests can relax and watch Saipan’s picturesque sunset while they cruise through a turquoise lagoon. Perfect for a romantic outing with your special someone. Dinner is included.

Off-Road Adventures
Take an exciting ATV ride on a rough but, scenic-terrain, or adventure into the jungle on a 4WD truck. The tours allow you to experience remote beaches and jungle areas where the natural beauty of the islands is best preserved.

Spa Treatment
Visitors looking to pamper themselves will find a selection of spas waiting to indulge their every desire. Inspired by the natural beauty of the islands, the spas in Mariana Islands offer a vacation with in a vacation. Let the aroma of the island spice blends take you to a heavenly world of relaxation.

Golf
The Northern Mariana Islands has six golf courses with spectacular views. Each course offers a unique set of challenges, environments and experiences. The islands year-round warn tropical weather ensures that golf can be enjoyed at all times. Try playing a relaxing round of golf in lush, tropical settings.

Magic Show
Enjoy an exciting and magical evening of entertainment. Audiences of all ages will be overwhelmed when the art of magic comes to life, through the amazing work of a master illusionist.

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