- Befriend Locals. Tinian is a tourist friendly and safe island. From offering you free meal to free rides are one of the things to save while venturing the island. Some might give out fruits and vegetables too!
- Stay on the Village. Being within the village is an advantage as you can just walk to stores, to beach, to nearby cafes and to your hotel.
- Camp on the beach. You will have the best experience camping on the beach of Tinian as it has a fine white sand, turquoise colored water, free shower and restrooms. Although coming to Tinian requires a US visa and airfare offers a hefty price. Via Hongkong route is the best choice if you’re backpacking.
Hotel Review. Saipan. Northern Mariana Islands. USA.
So for a day trip to Saipan, we decided to stay here at Surf Rider due to its appealing location, by the beach, yeah….
I was amazed with the receiving area, it’s quite huge and welcoming.
At first we were greeted by the friendly staff and we were even asked which rooms do we prefer. To our delight, we chose the one closer to the beach.
So one more thing that I liked at surf rider is their in house coin store.
So, this is the front area of the hotel….
Being located at the front beach is the highlight of staying at Surf Rider. The long white sand beach is amazing.
There is a restaurant by the beach but for some reason, wont allow customers to use the tables by the sand? They said, it will be opened at dinner time..so we went at dinner time….
So here comes dinner time, but still not allowed in that beautiful sand area tables..LOL What a pity!
So we just went back to the room and ate a lot of sweets.
Well, surprisingly there’s a gym and laundromat for guests.
Location is great! It’s just few steps from a supermarket, bakery and shops which is a consolation.
If you can request for a room, choose the ones that were newly renovated. These rooms are facing the ocean, you’ll get a nice view and these rooms are newly renovated.
PS: The room’s are nice with huge space and homey ambiance. You can try to stay at surf rider and tell us about your experience!
It’s a lovely afternoon here at Tachogna beach Tinian Island, Northern Mariana Islands. At the sunrise its water looks radiant and tranquil. But coming here late in the afternoon, we’re chasing that beautiful sunset, a Sibuyan Island-kind of sunset here in CNMI. Simple but unforgettable.
Too close to the village, it’s about a minute drive away or less than 10 minute walk from our place (within San Jose Village), you can reach this beautiful long line of white sand Tachogna beach.
Here is a combination of a simple but fulfilling life. Nothing can beat an island life.
So, the sun starts to go down, it’s almost 6PM here in Tinian. My kids are still playing in the shallows. I looked at the silhouette as I quietly reminisce how I would look at the same kind of sunset behind our house in Sibuyan Island some 20 years ago when I was just dreaming about coming to Tinian Island one day.
P.S.: At weekdays, the beach is empty. Weekends are family time so, everyone’s at the beach. Nevertheless, this piece of paradise remains one of the best. ***Shower rooms/shower areas available for everybody. Just keep the area clean and be respectful to everybody.
- Long Beach. Located North of Tinian, this is about a 15-20 minute drive from the village. It has the longest line of white sand beach here in Tinian and the most secluded beach, less travelled path. It’s very close to Northfield (3-5 minute drive) away from other historical sites like, the atomic bomb pit, Shinto Shrine, Japanese Communication Building and blow hole.
2. Chulu Beach. Another secluded beach 5 minute drive away from Long Beach. It is well-known for its “star sands”, tiny sands that looked like a star. We love the breeze here. It feels good to stay for a bit.
3. Kamer Beach. Kamer beach is just with in the village. Often a place for relaxation both for locals and expats. It’s well-maintained and kept clean. Has clean shower rooms and cottages for barbeque.
It’s nice to just sit down on the shore and watch the sunset. And my kids love to play with the pebbles!
4. Taga Beach. It is such a relaxing walk from Kamer Beach to Taga Beach. Named after the legendary “Taga” a giant man who inhabited Tinian Island. Here you can have the best view of the sunset as well. (I just took from my cellphone this raw photos).
Taga beach has a wonderful view when the sea is tranquil. There’s a lot in google search, but i’d like to include in my post too, that sometimes, it can be rough but still, equally beautiful too.
5. Tachona Beach. The most beloved amongst them. It feels like I’m in Boracay Island everytime we come here. This is the most beautiful view in Tinian during sunrise till sunset. The white sand and the turquoise water looks so beautiful, it’s tempting!
My kids would request to stay a little bit longer when we go swimming here. Lovely! Hehe 🙂
Life here is not that complicated. Basic things are met. People are friendly. And it’s almost like the usual province life in Philippines.
Yes. this is the only way to the city capital (10-15 minute ride to Saipan). It’s 6 seater plane about 50 US dollars airfare. You can see the whole Tinian and Saipan from above, that’s really rewarding.
This is a laundromat where we do our laundry and dry them at the same time. Just around this building are 5 small stores for the island’s basic needs, 2 pizza restaurants, and 3 other small restaurants, 2 small barber shops and 1 more laundromat.
Life is simple and less worries. About 2 minute drive, you get to work, you get to the beach and you get to the stores.
We do love to walk around and it’s definitely safe even at night time. People on the island know each other. The local people are called Chamorro, one of the friendliest people in the world. Waving of one hand is a form of greeting when you meet each other on the road.
Crops and vegetables grow abundantly here. The land is so fertile. There’s some wild fruits , coconut, and a vast wild hot pepper that’s open for everybody. Chinese farmer can supply the needs of the whole island. Although, some are imported as well. Many of the expats have their own gardens.
*Relax, you’re on island time…
Hongkong-Saipan Route. This route is the cheapest way. If you happen to be exploring Hongkong, then Saipan is just 5 hours away.
For Filipinos though, we need to have a US visa when we enter Saipan. You can book a flight at Hongkong Express Airlines (Hongkongexpress.com). The cheapest deal you can get is USD 50-99 and if you’re lucky enough, business class.
If you plan having this route, just travel light. Check in at least 2 hours before your flight. After checking in, you have to find your boarding gate. Hongkong airport is frigging huge. In your boarding pass, you can see your gate number. Follow the signs and directions where to go. A short train ride might be needed.
Guam-Saipan Route. Guam is a 3 hour flight going to Saipan. This route is best and the most hassle-free way getting to Saipan. US visa is needed though. The airfare should cost around USD 200-US 250.
- From Bangkok, take a taxi going to Hua Lamphong Train Station. Be there before 4:30AM to make sure you have enough time to secure a ticket and all that.
- Buy a ticket going to Aranyaprathet Station. Train leaves at 5:55AM. Ticket is about USD 2.5 (48 Baht) (6 hrs travel by train).
- Get off at Aranyaprathet Station and take Tuktuk to the border (12 minute ride). USD 2.00 (48 Baht).
- Upon getting off at the border, Just follow the post/sign or other travelers who are crossing the borders. Thailand Immigration Office (left building). Fill out Thailand Immigration Departure Card and line-up.
- Get out of the building and walk to the Cambodian arch. Line-up at Cambodian Immigration office for your passport stamp. Go outside the building and take a Khmer cab (you can talk to other travelers to split fare with, at least 4 passengers) going to Siem Reap. ( USD 15 each).
- Destination- Siem Reap, Cambodia
La Vista Hotel. Located in Chalan Kanoa, the heart of Saipan. I’d recommend this for backpackers. For US$25/day, it’s a steal!
Best Side. It’s just few steps from: Local restaurant (Gold something, I forgot the name hehe, but good food and desserts at very reasonable price), a supermarket, a fresh fruit vendor, a laundromat, and Subway Sandwiches.
You can use the kitchen (You can use all Mr. Lee’s kitchen stuff there). Its well-maintained. Staff are friendly.
The 2 minutes walk going to the front beach is awesome.
The not so good side: Restrooms are separated from room and they’re shared, though WC are clean. Rooms can be shared with other travellers at 4 in one room. I had Korean and Russian roommate and they’re amazing people.
The rooms. No bad at all…it was really comfortable and the AC was really cold… You have your own locker. And ooops! Breakfast included—for free 🙂
- We need to try new things. It is so exciting to discover what’s out there. Long travel by bus, train rides on the countryside and travel by sea. What culture is it in other places. How does their food taste? Is it scary to go there?
2. It creates positive outlook in life. What’s far better than spending 10 years of your life in one place and be unhappy about some things? Get up, pack your bag, and leave. Go to some places that you can be relaxed. Take a walk in the beach. Listen to the sound of the flowing stream. It feels so good just to be laid back and let the time pass by, isn’t it?
3. Brand new start. Let’s forget about what happened yesterday but be excited to what will happen tomorrow. Let’s start making some memories!!!
US land in Chamorro soil, Northern Mariana Islands is a hidden gem. With just a right amount of sunshine, and the rain tastes like a warm coffee……
Island hopping is different here in US territory. Planes like 8 seater will take you to this secluded beautiful tiny island and experience a complete relaxation or probably just to escape the horrific hustle and bustle life in the city. Experience local cuisine and Chamorro culture. Visit Rota Island and it will never disappoint.
This is the city capital and the melting point for tourists and shopping area. This is still surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, historical sites, and a tiny white sand beach islet called Managaha. Such a wonderful place in the US territory, indeed!
Amongst these beautiful arrays of beautiful islands here in CNMI, Tinian is the most lovable. It is just a 10 minute plane ride from Saipan. The most simplest form of way of living in the world can be found here. Of course, talking about the whites sand beaches and beautiful views? Tinian Island is one of the best.