About The CNMI

Welcome to the Northern Mariana Islands!

BeachBeautiful white sand beaches and a tropical marine climate moderated by trade winds have created the perfect year-round place to vacation in the western Pacific - the Northern Mariana Islands.  A United States commonwealth located just north of Guam, the Northern Marianas comprise a three-hundred mile archipelago consisting of 14 islands, with a total land area of 183.5 square miles. The principal inhabited islands are Saipan, Rota and Tinian.

Saipan is 3,300 miles from Honolulu; 5,625 from San Francisco; 1,272 miles from Tokyo; and 3,090 miles from Sydney.  Direct flights from Japan, Korea, China and Guam connect the Northern Marianas to the world.  The Guinness Book of World Records cites Saipan as having the most equable temperature in the world.  The islands experience little seasonal temperature variation; the dry season runs from December to June, and the rainy season from July to November. Other conveniences come with visiting this U.S. commonwealth: English as an official language, U.S. Dollar currency, U.S. Postal Service, and high speed internet connections. 


Our Attractions

The Northern Marianas attracts golfers from Asia and beyond with several professionally designed golf courses with unparalleled ocean views and cliff line holes.  Numerous shore dives and award-winning dive spots beckon beginning to seasoned divers.  Land and water sports of all kinds abound, highlighted by annual marathons, swims, and triathlons for the sports-minded.  The natural beauty of the islands provide a soothing escape from the world and an opportunity for exploration and a chance encounter with the largest land arthropod in the world, the coconut crab.  The Marianas Marine National Monument, including the Marianas Trench, encompasses the rugged and sparsely populated northern islands in the archipelago and is the second largest marine monument in the United States.

Pre-historic remains, including the largest standing latte stones in the world and cave wall petroglyphs, call from the past.  Remnants of colonial history under Saipan, Germany, and Japan leave their mark in the jungles, on the shorelines, and in the indigenous people’s way of life.  Numerous World War II sites and artifacts mark the more recent history of the islands.

cultureThe indigenous population is comprised of the Chamorros and Carolinians, although immigrants from other areas of East Asia, Micronesia, and the rest of the world have settled in the islands. The mixing of cultures and languages provides for a diverse and endlessly interesting milieu, as well as some of the best of world-wide cuisine. Japanese, Korean, and Russian are spoken in many of the hotels and shops, and visitors from any country will feel welcome here.

Other Helpful Sites to Plan Your Trip

The Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) is the state tourism agency in the Northern Marianas and is your first stop for learning more about visitor amenities. The MVA counts as members over 100 businesses on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.  It tracks visitor trends in the islands, maintains visitor statistics, operates offices in Japan and Korea, and works closely with the local government as well as air travel partners to monitor and improve the tourism industry in the CNMI.

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce, with over 160 members, is the largest private business organization in the Northern Marianas and includes a number of businesses serving the tourism market.  The Saipan Chamber of Commerce has played a significant role in the economic development of Saipan from the times of the Trust Territory through the formation of the new Commonwealth, and continues to facilitate economic health and responsible growth for today and into the future.