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Paradise in the Philippine Sea

Northern Mariana Islands

Paradise in the Philippine Sea

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Located in the Philippine Sea, northeast of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands offer a blissful opportunity to unplug and relax in the abundant sunshine.

There are 14 islands in total in the U.S. commonwealth, but only three are inhabited: Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

Northern Mariana Islands

The largest and most populous island (by far) is Saipan; five miles to the southwest is Tinian, and further southwest is the more isolated Rota. All are known for outdoor activities, especially golf; the islands have many oceanfront courses. Diving is also a favourite pastime, as the islands are home to many coral reefs, as well as World War II shipwrecks, underwater caverns and a spot where eagle rays are known to congregate. The three-mile Saipan Beach Pathway is an ideal spot to take a long walk (or ‘boonie stomp’, as locals call it). And if you just want to lie on a white sandy beach, you’ll have plenty of chances to do that, too.

 

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Rota

Following the trail to reach remote Forbidden Island
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Saipan

Colorful lion statues on display in Plaza Las Delicias
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Ponce

A view of Fatumafuti and the Pago Pago Harbor leading to Fagatogo
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Fagatogo

Overlooking the city and bay from Fort Santa Agueda on Apugan Hill

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Hagatna

Aerial view of the city's gorgeous natural pool

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Inarajan

Snorkeling in Tumon Bay

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Tumon