America’s Hidden, Beautiful Gem: The Island Of Saipan
Start writing a post
popular

America’s Hidden, Beautiful Gem: The Island Of Saipan

Yes, we exist.

3583
America’s Hidden, Beautiful Gem: The Island Of Saipan
placestoseeinyourlifetime.com

Throughout the two years I’ve been living in Portland, Oregon, I have been constantly asked where I am from. Mentioning “Saipan” or “the Marianas” is not as easy as saying “Hawaii” or “Guam” or “California.” At one point, I was tempted to bring a map and literally show them my hometown. Every time I say “I’m from the island of Saipan,” I always get a puzzled or confused look in response. Then I start over again and say, “You know where Guam is?” If they say yes, I say “Saipan is an island north of Guam.” I honestly feel like I always have to give a history lesson about my island.

SEE ALSO: 20 Signs You're From The Pacific Islands

Two things you need to know: We are a United States Territory; thus, we are U.S. Citizens.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F07%2F30%2F636054446077140324-1440057157_saipan%2520map.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net&s=806&h=73697578625f25dcd0eaa341360134e34841823dde079d3ee05e5b336f151350&size=980x&c=3455006351 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F07%252F30%252F636054446077140324-1440057157_saipan%252520map.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Faz616578.vo.msecnd.net%26s%3D806%26h%3D73697578625f25dcd0eaa341360134e34841823dde079d3ee05e5b336f151350%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3455006351%22%7D" expand=1]

The Northern Marianas Islands is located in the west side of the Pacific Ocean, just above the equator and north of the island of Guam.

It consists of the islands of Rota, Tinian and Saipan. I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Saipan, which stretches along the edge of the Marianas Trench.

I don’t even know where or how to start describing or talking about my island. To start things off, Saipan has striking and breathtaking beaches, where the sand is white and the water is blue. The island is notorious for World War II attractions and historical sites, as well. Here are a few spectacular, “must go-to” locations on island:

The Grotto

The Grotto is the perfect place to go scuba diving or snorkeling. This place is just exceptional to all the others. It’s the best swimming hole on island in my opinion.

Suicide Cliff

If you want a great view, Suicide Cliff is one of the places to be. History says that this site is called Suicide Cliff because during WWII, Japanese soldiers were willing to die than get captured by the Americans. On July 9, the United States Flag was raised in Saipan as a sign of victory.

SEE ALSO: 5 Reasons Why Traveling Is The Best

Banzai Cliff

It might be a hot day, but seeing the blueness of the ocean as the turtles swim around simultaneously just gives you a soothing feel in this historical site. So much history to take in.

Forbidden Island

I’ve never really hiked down Forbidden Island, but judging from my friends’ pictures, it looks really beautiful. Evidently, it is a must to visit Forbidden Island.

Managaha Island

Managaha is a beautiful tiny island off the shore of Saipan, which is accessed via boat. Managaha is a tourist spot where you get to experience the hot sun and swimming in the bluest and clearest water you’ll ever see. In addition, you could also go parasailing, kayaking and much more! It's just stunning.

Micro Beach

Micro Beach is located at the end of “beach road” basically, pass Garapan. There are plenty of pavilions where people usually host parties and a pathway where I usually go running. Right by Micro Beach is the American Memorial Park, where we hold the annual Taste of Marianas during the month of May, wherein various hotels and restaurants show off their food.

We may be a small island, but we do have many hotels and restaurants. Moreover, we have a duty free shopping center, fast food restaurants (Taco Bell, McDonalds, KFC and Subway), beautiful resorts, golf courses and many more. I just wish the copious amount of pictures I included in this article makes you wish you were in this hidden, beautiful island in America.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Dear College Students, Are You Undecided?

The Girlfriend's Guide to College

2228
Dear College Students, Are You Undecided?
https://pixabay.com/photos/college-students-diploma-graduate-3990783/

Up until last week, I always had a major. I was an international business major, finance major, psych major on the pre-medicine track… and now (finally) I am exactly where I should have been when I started college: undecided. I think there is too much pressure as a high school student to have a designated path about what you want to study, be when you 'grow up' and essentially spend the rest of your life doing. As an 18-year-old, I really feel like I tried to pin myself down to a major so that I had a set path to follow and something to look towards. This is probably very conventional and I know tons of people at school who have their minds made up about what they want to study.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Life Is Messy

Finding who you are in your 20s

2405
Life Is Messy
https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-yellow-sunflower-field-under-sunny-sky-1169084/

I am 25 years old and just now learning who I am. When I separated from my husband I was terrified of what would follow. I did not know who I was outside of a relationship, nor did I know how to be on my own. It was scary, and I was so lost. I spent months discovering who I was, and what I wanted to be. I am still searching as I believe we never truly know who we are even when we "grow up". I came to the realization that I had been hiding a part of myself for my entire life. Coming out was not easy, growing up in the church made it scary, and hard. I was told growing up that being anything but straight was such a sin, and that i would spent my life in hell because of it. I came out to my parents when I was 25 years old. I picked up the phone and called my mom, and uttered the words "I'm queer" through tears. I knew my parents would be supportive, but that didn't make it any easier for me to vulnerable and raw. Since then, I have slowly started being more authentic in who I am, and not hide parts of me just because of people's shitty opinions.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

Ask your best friend these basic questions to see just how well they know you.

41126
Ask Your BFF These 20 Questions To See If They Know You As Well As You THINK That They Do

My best friend has been in my life since we were 3 years old, now that we are adults now, I'd like to ask her these questions to see how well she knows me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Alone At The Met

I survive a day alone in NYC.

10908
Wikimedia Commons

It was six in the evening. I was sitting in the courtyard of a Renaissance-era Italian villa, glancing around at the statues, most notably one of a boy removing a thorn from his foot. Despite the supposedly relaxing setting, I was incredibly anxious. My phone was at less than 5 percent battery, and once it died I would be completely disconnected from my family and peers, alone in one of the largest art museums in the country.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

College 101: How To Ease The Back To School Blues

Getting back into the school groove when you just can't seem to let go of summer.

11851
Beyond The States

With fall classes just beginning, many of us find ourselves struck with summer withdrawals. Especially for those who refrained from taking courses over the summer, it can be quite difficult to get back in the swing of things. Fortunately, there are various ways to help make the transition back to college as smooth as possible.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments