‘Secret’ behind Long Beach’s rocky ledges

Long Beach or Unai Dankulo Beach, Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands.

TINIAN — Long Beach located south of Blow Hole  is one of the prime destinations here, but there is more to it than meets the eye.

Easily accessible, Long Beach, or Unai Dankulo, is true to its name and is long stretch of white, sandy beach and crystal clear waters gently lapping on the shore.

But there is a “secret” behind the huge rocks and cliffs that boThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is tinian-long-beach-IMG_8988-2.jpgrder one end of the beach. My buddies Barnard, Susan and Edwin guided me to this secret spot on a leisurely tour one Sunday some weeks back. Picking our way gingerly among the rocks and avoiding getting wet from the splashing of the waves was no easy feat. Soon, we arrived at a huge cliff and I raised my eyebrows as we were obviously facing a dead end. Barnard then squatted and pointed to a very small opening at the bottom of the cliff.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is tinian-long-beach-IMG_8973-2.jpg

We followed him as he started crawling through the very tight crevice. It was not big enough so we really had to crawl on our stomachs for a distance of about eight feet or so.  Fighting my fear of enclosed places, I crawled on, hugging my camera with one arm and groping my way with the other.

Soon, we emerged into the open. I caught my breath and gaped at the scenic hideaway that met my eyes.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is tinian-long-beach-DSC_3707-tinian-Rocky-ledges-2.jpg

Nestled amid pockets of sand between rocky cliffs and coral shelves was a private cove with fine white sand. Just perfect   if you want to get away from it all.

Crawling to the specific spot is the only way to get there, unless you want to brave the rough and treacherous waves and the sharp and slippery stones at the coral edge.

A huge hollow space with soft, fine sand beneath a large rock formation provides shelter for anyone who wants to just sit there and while the time away.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 13longIMG_9014.jpg

Tinian is not only rich in history. For the adventurous, the island has a hundred and one more special spots just waiting to be discovered.


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