Things to do in Northern Mariana Island
Saipan - get a great diving experience at The Grotto
Diving in the waters of Saipan, is one of the world’s greatest diving experiences. One of the best locations in the region is “The Grotto”. Accessible by a series of 100 steps that lead down to the water, the dive is all about water clarity, and the light that streams down through the gaps in the cliff face. There are actually 3 different dive sites here, each suits a diver with different air consumption, who should be accompanied by an experienced diver of the area.
Saipan - see the blooming flame trees
Northern Mariana Island is totally transformed in a blaze of colour, as the indigenous flame trees come in to bloom. As the name suggests these are brilliant red in colour and are so vivid. There are so many of them that they can be seen from planes as they come in to land. The best time of the year to see these amazing, colourful displays is between March and July.
Introduction to Northern Mariana Island
Northern Mariana Island hotels are spread across an archipelago that includes Saipan Tinian and Rota. The textile industry is very big here followed by tourism. Some Northern Mariana Island hotels cater most exclusively to the women that work here as itinerant employees of the garment factories. Other hotels in Northern Mariana Island are geared more towards foreign visitors and holiday makers, though these are not the norm. The island group has a very turbulent history with early European explorers unsettling indigenous groups before a series of domination first by Germany and then Japan. After WWII the United States acquired the island group as a trustee state based on its very strategic location in the western Pacific Ocean. On some islands here in Northern Mariana such as Alamagan and Agrihan there are tiny populations of less than ten people while other parts of the archipelago have no permanent populations at all.