Popular Things to See and Do While Visting Saipan
Managaha Island is undoubtedly the prettiest beach in Saipan. Also enjoy the picnic tables, volleyball nets, a snack bar and a gift shop. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear to see some amazing sea life.
Garapan Street Market
Saipan and the area of Garapan can be considered quiet and relaxed for most people. But many of the locals will head out and hit the streets every Thursday for the Garapan Street Market. Advertised between 5:00 PM-9:00 PM along the pedestrian street of Paseo De Marianas (Coral Tree Avenue), the market hosts food and miscellaneous shopping. There is often music and some sort of entertainment too. There is no cost, so enjoy walking around at your leisure.
A trek to Forbidden Island is a must if you’re going to visit Saipan, and is a perfect day hike. Hike down the ridge line until you emerge on the beach for a dip in the tide pools.
Bird Island is a popular destination for tourists because the amazing view from the lookout, one of the most popular places to take photos in Saipan.
Suicide Cliff is so named because Japanese civilians and soldiers jumped off of the cliff to their deaths during World War II to avoid surrendering to the American soldiers.
Banzai Cliff is located in the northern part of Saipan, and offers some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the crashing waves below the cliffs.
Memorial Park is a popular place for both tourists and locals. There are walking paths, gardens, monuments, flowers, a footbridge, and places to grill for picnics.
Saipan is famous for its white sand beaches. The most popular beaches are Micro Beach, in front of the Hyatt Resort, and Managaha Beach, which is just a short boat ride from Micro Beach on the island of Managaha.
Mount Tapochau is the highest point on the island of Saipan, rising 474 meters (1554 ft) above sea level. The lookout point at the top offers stunning views of the azure colored ocean in every direction. Because of this amazing vantage point, Mount Tapochau was a strategic outpost during World War II.
World War II Relics
Saipan is a great place for World War II buffs. Shown above is one of two World War II tanks that got stuck in the lagoon. There is also an airplane in the lagoon that attracts divers from around the world. If you want to catch up on your World War II history, stop by Memorial Park and check out the museum.
Fire Knife Dance at Night
Try to watch a fire knife dance . It a local Chamorro dance where men spin a stick with fire on both ends. Here is the catch aside from the fire there is actually a knife on both ends so the dancers has to be fire careful he will not only burn but get cut also.
Spectacular Beach Sunsets
Having lived on the island for so long, I have always taken Saipan’s beautiful sunsets for granted. But no longer, for I will capture them on camera and admire later for years to come. Saipan’s sunsets are never the same, and that’s what makes it so special.
There’s a beautiful golf course on the island (actually there are several-but this is my favorite) called Lau Lau Bay Golf Resort. One of the few courses I’ve played with a view of the ocean and mountains at the same time. Beware of going after your ball in the trees/bushes/jungle there are monitor lizards in the jungle.
For divers-this is heaven. The Grotto is considered by many as one of the best cavern dives in the world. After entering the water through a large limestone hole, divers realize they are in a huge cavern. From here, there are three different exit holes to the sea. Once outside, there are beautiful walls, swim-throughs, and caves to explore. Turtles and Clown Triggerfish are some of the many types of sea life to be seen at this magnificent dive site.