Saipan

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Nestled in the middle of the Mariana Islands archipelago, Saipan is an island in the Pacific administered by the US. Rich with history and culture, the island is home to many Asians and Pacific Islanders. Travelers will surely enjoy the cultural diversity and flora and fauna of the island. Check this guide to discover the best things to do in Saipan!

Suicide Cliff

Suicide Cliff, found in Marpi Point Field, is a historical and scenic site perfect for a secluded trip from the city center. Also known as Laderan Banadero, the cliff is a memorial site where thousands of Japanese leaped to their deaths to avoid capture by the US in 1944. Standing at 800-foot high, Suicide Cliff overlooks the vast Philippine Sea. Aside from its troubled past, the cliff is also popular for photoshoots and stargazing.
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Mount Tapochau

Used as a strategic location during World War II, Mount Tapochau is Saipan’s highest peak at 474m. Located in the middle of Saipan, the mountain played an important role during the liberation of the island. Today, Mt. Tapochau is a popular hiking destination that offers a panoramic view of the entire island. A vast range of endemic tropical plants can also be found along the trails of the mountain.
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The Grotto

The Grotto is a large underwater cavern opening with different passageways. At its deepest point, the Grotto can reach 21-meter deep. Descend to one of the famous diving spots in the world and explore the beauty of the Grotto. Aside from barracudas, turtles, and colorful corals, white tip sharks are also spotted in the area. Swimming with the abundant life through the wide chambers of the cave gives an underworld experience similar to Hollywood sci-fi films.
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Banzai Cliff

Banzai Cliff in the northern tip of Saipan is another site where Japanese soldiers and civilians committed suicide during the Battle of Saipan. Today, the cliff remains dotted with obelisks, Buddha figures, and a peace memorial. Banzai Cliff serves as a grave reminder of the casualties of war. Each year visitors from Japan and elsewhere visit the shrine to offer gifts, flowers, and prayers to remember those lost at the cliff.
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