Are you looking for a new pristine beach island destination? What are you waiting for? Come to Saipan!
Saipan is a beach lover’s paradise! And for obvious reasons! It’s a small tropical island, surrounded by clear waters and the warmest smiles from everyone. We would probably need to spend every weekend of the entire year to check out all the beaches on the island. But because we’re excited, we’re starting this list of Saipan beaches.
First things first! How do you get to Saipan? Saipan is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. If you have heard of Guam, that’s one of the entry points to this island. We flew in from San Francisco, and we had a lay-over in Japan, then Guam. It takes about 40 minutes to fly from Guam to Saipan. Also, just a heads up, we had to stay overnight in Guam because there’s only one flight to Saipan that day (not sure if it’s just on that day).
They have 33 public access shorelines listed on their guide. We’ll be updating this list as we try to visit all these beaches, so be sure to bookmark. 🙂
1. Micro Beach
Micro Beach is the very first beach we checked out on the island. It’s right in front of the Hyatt, by the end of the American Memorial Park. This place is great for swimming, picnicking, and sightseeing. There’s a station by Hyatt where you can rent snorkeling gears (fins, goggles). This is also the station to go to if you want to go to Mañagaha Island. This is not a deep beach, you can actually walk on a lot of the parts, but you can still snorkel (don’t go past the buoy!). We did so, and saw fishes and sea cucumbers.
2. Mañagaha Island
Mañagaha is an islet about 1.5 miles from Micro Beach. A conservation area, the area serves as a nesting habitat for wedge-tailed shearwater birds and for reef fishes. Despite being a conservation area, people can still come to Mañagaha. Everyone just needs to follow the rules so as not to hurt any of the species. You can swim, snorkel, parasail, and jet ski here. We got there via a boat service from the Hyatt, but there are also ferries that could get you there. The island has a food court, restrooms and showers, and souvenir shops. Bring your local ID to access the island for free.
3. Old Man by the Sea
“Old Man by the Sea” beach is in Talafofo, near the Kingfisher golf course. It’s called such because the limestone formation by the shore is shaped like a man’s face. It’s quite a hike to get there. There are two trails. One is more rugged, but there are ropes. We did it the hard way, but we were rewarded with warm waters. We were also alone on the beach. Bring a lot of drinking water to stay hydrated during the hike.
4. Laolao Dive Site
We’ went to Laolao to snorkel as we’re not divers yet. Not surprisingly, we saw a lot of divers as this place is one of the best known dive sites on the island. We snorkeled past the reef cut, and from there, saw so many giant brain corals. We even saw some wrecks underwater! We didn’t see the famous turtle though but perhaps next time, we’ll get luckier. 🙂
5. Ladder Beach
Ladder Beach is a little past the airport. It’s called such because you can access it by climbing down a “ladder”! It’s a little different from the other beaches we’ve seen so far because it has caves, and is bordered by large rocks and cliffs. There’s a small souvenir shop by the “entrance” (the ladder), and, in case you get hungry, a restaurant about a hundred steps away.
6. Coral Ocean Point
We went here to just check out the beach. Although apparently, you can swim, fish, and even snorkel here. It felt almost abandoned, probably because the resort there, also called Coral Beach Point, seemed to have been heavily damaged by the typhoon. There’s a golf course too, we’re just not sure if games are still being held there. The beach wasn’t totally empty though. There was a man relaxing at the palapala (hut/shed) by the beach when we were there. Oh, you can see Tinian, the island closest to Saipan, from this beach point.
7. Paupau Beach
Paupau is a family-friendly beach! It is by Middle Road, right next to Palms Resort. This is more like a beach park, and is even complete with palapalas complete with cooking areas and picnic tables. We saw a lot of kids having fun swimming. As you snorkel, you might think it’s a little too shallow, but just keep swimming and you’ll be rewarded with lots of colorful fishes, including blue sea stars!
Just a little note…
We’ve only been here a month so expect us to add more beaches. We’re lucky to be given the chance to live here, and experience being so close to nature. We’re lovingly embracing the island life. If you live on the island, feel free to suggest where we should go next. 🙂 And if you’re wanting to visit, don’t wait any longer. Come and experience the beautiful Saipan beaches. If you see us, say hi!
What’s your favorite island beach adventure? Share with us!