Tinian is where the Enola Gay & Bockscar took off from on the Hiroshima & Nagasaki attack missions. It would be a shame & a missed opportunity to come out all the way out here and NOT set foot on this island of historical significance. Drive the actual runway, see the bomb pits, bomb replicas, Japanese era structures & local cultural sites. Be among few people who've set foot here and relive its often overlooked role in history.TINIAN ON MY OWN? You could, but:● Typhoons (+ other activity) often unearth sites NOT on maps and that require secret detours to reach.● The bomb replicas (originally intended for public view) are on private property; many folks aren't aware of them.● Maps won't reveal local lore, facts the books don't or get wrong, introduce you to locals who can share stories about life then & now, nor include insights a guide gains from giving tours, or having written several books about the islands as I have!Sometimes you sacrifice a little without a guide!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Suicide Cliff (Tinian), Tinian, Northern Mariana IslandsIt would be a shame as well as simply a missed opportunity to come all the way across the world to Saipan, to be so close, and not set foot on the soil of the island from which the Enola Gay took off on its fateful trips to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on missions that changed the course of human history. Experience the stark contrast that exists between then and now (Tinian airfield was the busiest airfield during the entire war), and how this now eerily quiet, remote little piece of rock is fading in people's memories when it is of such critical significance to human history.You will be taken to the main historical sites on Tinian: the bomb pits, the runway from which the Enola Gay took off; The "North Field" which holds significant Japanese and American historical artificats. You will also see and touch life-sized replicas of the atomic bombs, "Fat Man" and "Little Boy." You will also take a trip into the village to see the cultural sites, the House of Taga (legendary chief of modern day Chamorro); and the sites of the largest latte stone pillars in existence as well as Shinto shrines.Duration: 6 hours