Saipan presents spectacular
views of craggy, wave-swept shorelines from the cliff heights.
Here and there, reminders of the fierce conflicts of WWII
lie quietly--tanks, artillery pieces and bombed-out concrete
There is more to do and see than can ever be done in one
vacation. There are four 18-hole golf courses, as well as
world-class shopping, dining, sightseeing and other activities.
Its one stretch of development, Garapan, is a tourist's
party-town, with a great late-night scene, with discos,
dance clubs and karoake bars.
There are WWII wrecks, caves and coral heads for divers
to explore, and at one jungled spot on Saipan's north end,
a steep stairway meanders downward into a deep chasm that
extends all the way to the sea. At the bottom, a pool swells
and recedes, and a hazy blue glow marks the tunnel where
the pool connects to the ocean, beneath the massive cliff.
Saipan's Grotto dive leads through the tunnel for a visit
outside; then a careful return.