Rediscovering Saipan’s pocket beaches

Go beyond the end of the paved roads in the island and discover pocket beaches that you didn’t think existed. These ‘pocket’ beaches which are usually nestled between coves along the rocky shoreline are usually hidden from view by thick blankets of shrubs and are not usually photographed by anyone else…

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A Japanese gun among the bushes

I HAVE been visiting Ladder Beach on the northern part of Saipan for the past five years, so I was familiar with how the parking area could become bushy and “jungle-like.” On a recent visit, however, something presented itself that had previously remained unnoticed. Just before you make the left turn…

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Paradise amidst cliffs and bushes

NESTLED amidst cliffs, sharp rocks, and bushes just off the eastern side of Saipan is an isolated nook that is perfect for a day out with family or friends. Ladder beach, hidden in a cove between rugged cliffs is one of Saipan’s beautiful albeit hidden beaches. Last Saturday’s adventure brought me…

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Full moon at the Ladder beach

THE scene that greeted me when I emerged into the clearing of the Ladder Beach was like something out of a fairytale book. Moonlight flooded the whole secluded cove below, the huge stones casting sinister shadows on the rocky sand as though they were creatures under some spell. Mesmerized, I walked…

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