I recently moved to Saipan and it is a unique lifestyle on a tiny island surrounded by beautiful ocean and filled with friendly people from all over Asia. Let me know if you have any questions!
I'm flying to Saipan from Cairns in Australia in early December. I change flights in Guam and I'm only at Guam airport for one hour before my flight leaves for Saipan.
Can anyone tell me if I have to:
1. Collect my checked in baggage and check it in again at Guam?
2. Go through Immigration and Customs at Guam?
Flights are with United.
First off, for me one full day on Saipan was plenty. Undoubtedly, the island is pretty and has some fine scenery to boot, but to me none of it has stood out in any particular way compared to other Pacific islands I have visited. It's pleasant, but no more than that.
I’ve also found Saipan to be pretty uninspiring and strangely bizarre in some ways. It’s painfully obvious that it has not recovered from its apparently significant reduction of Japanese tourist arrivals since the 80ies and 90ies…
Given the fact how little information there is on the TT about Tinian I thought it might be helpful for some if I recount a few of my experiences on the island from my visit today…
There is NO passenger ferry connecting Saipan and Tinian anymore at this time, and I’ve been told there hasn’t been one running for more than two years already. The only option to get to the island is by plane. One has the choice to fly with either Freedom Air or Air Marianas. Both are small commuter airlines…
I don't think there are any flights via Saipan itself, but Continental flies from Manila or Hong Kong to LA via Guam, and from Guam, Saipan is a short and cheap side-trip.
Of course AA flies to both HKG and MNL.
Northern Mariana (CNMI)
Hello anyone and everyone,
I plan on relocating to CNMI in the next few months and am looking for some ballpark figures on the cost of living per month. I know that can open up a wide range depending on your lifestyle, so I'll give a bit of my present situation.
I "survive" on a disability income, so I am looking for cheap rental units, small is not an issue at this time. A one room efficiency would work. I can move up later. It seems the basics are high from what I read…