The Marianas - Tinian

Home of the annual “Pika Festival”, Tinian, a neighboring island just three miles south of the main island of Saipan in The Marianas, is easily accessible through a short hop on a plane.  The crystal water, colorful marine life, and pristine coral reef surrounding the island offer excellent snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. Abandoned Shinto shrines, canons in caves, and ruins in the jungle are ready to tell their stories.

See pre-historic remains of ancient indigenous Chamorro culture, including the ruins of the House of Taga. World War II relics abound, including the Atomic Bomb Pits used to load the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During WWII, Tinian had the busiest airport in the world, and today you can still drive those extensive runways that played a pivotal role in ending the deadliest war known to mankind.

Stretches of secluded beaches offer the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or perhaps a destination wedding with a breathtaking backdrop of Tinian’s pristine surroundings.

The Marianas are an archipelago of 14 islands - including Saipan, Tinian, and Rota - in the Western Pacific. Latte stone limestone monoliths from the time of the pyramids, traditional nature-based ocean navigation not reliant on modern technology, and a culture seasoned by East and West influences are just a few of the experiences awaiting visitors in this U.S. commonwealth, where pristine sea, sand, and skies are just three to four hours by plane from major Asian gateway cities.