Saipan is the largest of the Northern Marianas, a chain of tropical islands in the Pacific Ocean. It enjoys US Commonwealth status and is one of the most beautiful resort destinations in Micronesia. This makes Saipan an appropriate location for the Hyatt Regency Saipan hotel. Saipan is the main island and is 1650 miles east of Manila, 1700 miles north of Papua New Guinea and 3720 miles west of Hawaii. The Mariana Islands mark the dividing line between the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea. The peak of a submerged mountain, the island of Saipan rises more than 36,000 feet above the floor of the Mariana Trench, one of the unseen natural wonders of the world that dives to a depth of 38,635 feet.
Discovered in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan on his last trans-Pacific voyage to the famed Spice Islands, Saipan and its neighbouring islands were variously, over the centuries, colonised by the Spanish, influenced by the Germans and occupied by the Japanese. The Americans came in after World War II. Today, the people of Saipan and the rest of the Northern Mariana Islands are a diverse mixture of local Pacific islanders, Caucasians and Asians.
Saipan is a popular resort destination, endowed with blue lagoons, white sandy beaches and verdant hills where swimming, diving, parasailing, boating, fishing and snorkelling are just some of the island's main attractions. Golf is also a popular pastime in Saipan with five challenging courses, designed by famous PGA players such as Larry Nelson and Greg Norman. All these make our hotel in Saipan the perfect destination for a business trip, a weekend getaway or an extended vacation.
The island is about 13 miles long and 5 miles wide with Garapan, its largest town, rich in duty-free shops and a number of designer outlets.
Places of Interest
Bird Island - A secluded island off the northern part of Saipan with breathtaking views of the bay, and occupied by birds.
Last Command Post - The Last Command Post is in a cave just below high cliffs next to the Okinawa Peace Memorial, with World War II tanks, cannons and war relics.
Banzai Cliff and Suicide Cliff - Also at the north end of the island, these cliffs are a memorial for World War II. Large numbers of Japanese civilians jumped to their deaths from these cliffs rather than surrender. After the war, the US military pushed tanks, trucks and other surplus war material off Banzai Cliff rather than ship them home.
Blue Grotto - A huge limestone cavern connected to the sea by underwater passages. A popular dive for advanced scuba-divers.
Managaha Island - In the Tanapag Lagoon, due north of Micro Beach, the island is the most popular snorkelling site in Saipan with Japanese artillery pieces still there.
Micro Beach - The white sands and turquoise waters of Micro Beach are among the finest in the islands.
American Memorial Park - North from the beach is the Memorial Park with a swamp-forest bird habitat and memorials to the Americans who died in the US invasions of Saipan and Tinian.
World War II Museum - With displays of weapons, uniforms, gas masks, photos and other war paraphernalia in the park.
Mount Tapochou - The highest point in Saipan offering a 360° panorama of the island.
Old Man by the Sea - A spectacular rock formation that resembles the head of a man.
Kalabera Cave - Said to have been used during the Spanish period as a prison for the Chamorros found guilty of crimes. The entrance is about 30 feet wide.