Saipan Travel Guide & Information

Saipan is the largest island and capital in the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is also the Principal Island and commercial center of the Northern Mariana Islands. Lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef, which makes up a large lagoon, Saipan’s picturesque appearance is striking.

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Book flights to Saipan and enjoy the most popular destination in the Marianas. Travel to Saipan an island renowned for its WWII attractions, duty-free shopping, vibrant nightlife and festivals. The professionally designed golf courses, beautiful beaches attracting scores of locals and tourists alike for their great swimming, tanning, diving, snorkeling and other outdoor water activities is another reason this destination is a must see.

With breathtaking natural landscapes of the island, which can be explored by car, moped, bike or by walking, paired with excellent duty free shopping, delicious cuisine, fantastic golf courses and cultural festivals, like the Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival; Saipan represents its claim for being a world class destinations.

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Things to do in Saipan

Beaches:

No matter what beach you chose to visit in Saipan, you won’t be at a loss for wonderful spots to swim, snorkel, beach comb and picnic, to name a few.

Lau Lau Beach: Found along Magicienne Bay on the southeast part of Saipan, is a large beach divided by rock formations with shallow waters and gentle waves. Boasting one of the largest reefs on the island, Lau Lau Beach is one of the most popular attractions in Saipan. The beach also serves as an ideal dive site for beginners or people interested in snorkeling and viewing smaller and more colorful marine life. Lau Lau is home to hundreds of small mammals, like wrasses, Butterfly Fish, Stone fishes and octopus.

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Obyan Beach: This beach is another popular spot with tourists and locals alike. There are two WWII era Japanese bunkers, an ancient latte stone site, and, of course, white sandy beaches with a great view of Tinian. This palm tree lined beach is a perfect place for barbecuing, swimming, snorkeling, spear fishing and boogie boarding.

Micro Beach: Micro Beach is one of Saipan's finest white sandy beaches, best known for its play park and many water sports facilities. It’s a perfect spot to relax during the day or at dusk to watch one of Saipan’s glorious sunsets with a backdrop of the Managaha Island.

Must See:

Saipan has many beautiful attractions that are well worth adding to a traveler’s itinerary.

Banzai Cliff: The area is called Puntan Sabaneta to the locals, which means "small grassland point", a perfect description for this area. Travelers will find numerous memorials and monuments. Today, Banzai Cliff has also become a popular dive site.

Duty Free Galleria: The DFS Galleria gives visitors an opportunity to experience duty free shopping without going abroad, located in central Garapan, travelers will find numerous brand name clothing, jewelry, accessories and other goods at cheaper prices than many other countries. Visitors can also hunt for souvenirs as well; some are made by local craftsmen.

Saipan Botanical Garden: The Saipan Botanical Garden is an exotic garden filled with tropical plants, trees and fruit that grow naturally on the island of Saipan. There are over a thousand plus varieties of plants on display in the garden, making it an overall great learning experience for gardeners and travelers who enjoy strolling through well preserved, beautiful gardens.

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Where to Stay in Saipan:

Saipan offers cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99 and quaint inns.

Garapan: Garapan is located on Saipan’s west coast and is home to the majority of the island’s major hotels, as well as the American Memorial Park. Garapan is the largest village and the center of the island of Saipan. Numerous shops, restaurants, attractions and monuments can be explored. The area offers great hotels in all price ranges, some renowned chains too, like the Hyatt.

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Chalan Kanoa: Chalan Kanoa is a settlement in Saipan, located in the southwest of the island. The village contains the island's central post office, as well as the historic Mt. Carmel Church. The village of Chalan Kanoa is considered to be one of the oldest villages on the island. Visitors looking to travel on a budget will appreciate the smaller, quaint and cheaper hotels.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Saipan, here is the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* U.S. citizens require proof of citizenship such as passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the Saipan must present one of the following valid documents:

* Canadian citizens need a passport valid from the date of entry and an onward ticket and visa to their next destination, if not returning home, and cash equivalent of $100 per day while in the CNMI.

* Foreign visitors are granted a 30-day stay at point of entry and may apply to extend their stay for an additional 60 days.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Saipan.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Saipan

The best time to visit the Saipan is during the dry months, December through March. This is also the high season for travel to Saipan.

Visitors who want to avoid crowds and higher prices, should consider traveling during the off-peak season and during the holidays.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (November to March)

Low season: (June to August)

Saipan Weather

Saipan enjoys one of the most stable climates in the world with abundant year-round sunshine and refreshingly clean air and water.

* The climate is tropical, with the rainy season from around May through November. The rest of the year is mostly dry, with strong trade winds.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Saipan.

Languages:

* English is spoken by majority of population in Saipan.

* In addition to this, locals speak Chamorro, Carolinian or another of the Micronesian languages at home.