Explore & Discover Saipan

Tripoto
16th Nov 2016

Saipan is a perfect getaway destination. It has a mix of historical sites and adventurous outdoor activities for everyone. You can simply enjoy a sunset view or find unique treasures. Read on for my list of locations to explore in Saipan.

Last Command Post

In the northern end of the island is one of Saipan’s historical World War II site. It’s half cave and half bunker where the Japanese command held the battle to the very end against the invasion of the Americans.

Photo of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands by Lyka Tan
Photo of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands by Lyka Tan
Photo of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands by Lyka Tan

Behind the bunker are the high rock cliffs which is the base of Suicide Cliff. The holes you can see in the cliffs are from the rounds fired from the battle. This area is also a Japanese peace memorial.

Photo of Explore & Discover Saipan by Lyka Tan

Suicide Cliff

Suicide Cliff is 820 feet above sea level giving you breathtaking views of the ocean and hills of Northern Saipan. The names comes from the mass suicide of Japanese civilians and soldiers at the end of the battle of Saipan.

Photo of Suicide Cliff by Lyka Tan

Looking down to Veteran’s Cemetery

Photo of Explore & Discover Saipan by Lyka Tan

Banzai Cliff

Banzai Cliff offers an astonishing view of the ocean. This cliff has a similar history as Suicide Cliff, Japanese families who jumped off the cliffs at the end of the Battle of Saipan. Memorials along the cliff line honor the loss of the lives of Japanese civilians.

Photo of Banzai Cliff by Lyka Tan
Photo of Banzai Cliff by Lyka Tan

The Grotto

The Grotto is a popular dive spot in Saipan and the world. Hike down a steep flight of stairs to a large cave opening which leads to the open ocean.

Photo of The Grotto, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands by Lyka Tan
Photo of The Grotto, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands by Lyka Tan

The currents are strong and dangerous.

Photo of Explore & Discover Saipan by Lyka Tan

A lifeguard is stationed here until 5pm, so if you plan on diving and/or snorkeling be cautious of the unpredictable current.

Photo of Explore & Discover Saipan by Lyka Tan

Bird Island Lookout

This location has one of the best views of Saipan. The island is home to thousands of birds, hence the name. You can occasionally see turtles from the lookout. The ocean around Bird Island and the surrounding jungle is a protected wildlife preserve.

Photo of Bird Island Lookout, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands by Lyka Tan
Photo of Bird Island Lookout, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands by Lyka Tan

This amazing experience was made possible by Blogapalooza and My Marianas

This blog was originally published on 'LYKAROUNDTHEWORLD'