A hidden beach beyond a golf course

KINGFISHER Golf Links in Talafofo has always been one of my favorite destinations on the island, but I had never ventured beyond the golf cart parking lot — until one afternoon some weeks back. My Chinese friend Emily invited me for a drive around the golf course to shoot photos. I was…

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Conquering the Forbidden (Island)

Way out on the east coast of the island beyond the jungles and rugged terrains of Kagman, Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands juts out a small piece of rock that has continued to lure even the non-adventurous to try the tricky trails and conquer the forbidden. This small spectacular plateau…

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A short respite at Tanapag beach

Satisfying a beach bum’s thirst on Saipan is not that hard, with the numerous pristine beaches available just minutes away from each other. Looking for a place to grab a quick lunch led me and a buddy to this serene beachside in Tanapag, just a few meters across from the church…

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Lazy afternoon at Micro Beach

HOW many times have you taken off your shoes and walked barefoot on the beach? When was the last time that you picked up a stick and wrote messages in the pristine white sands? Or just sat on a grassy patch or on top of a rock as you watch the…

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The Grotto: Saipan’s sunken pool

 Any trip or stay on Saipan would never be complete without visiting the Grotto, a sunken pool of amazingly azure waters that is connected to the ocean by passages underwater. For divers, the Grotto is one of Saipan’s best spots but non-divers too can enjoy the spectacular views the place has…

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‘Forbidden’ angles

The Forbidden Island is just one spectacular plateau that looks like it was sliced it off from the main island and pushed a bit off the shore but there is more to this slab of rock than meets the eye. I have seen the Forbidden Island from the overview and close…

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Remains of a World War 11 jail

TINIAN—I have passed by this particular spot on Tinian so many times in the past years thinking that it was just an ordinary abandoned structure left by the owners from years ago. I had always been intrigued by the grills and bars and the small rectangular slits for windows but never…

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