Waterfalls in Rota Northern Mariana Islands

The unpredictable weather seems never ending. So it was a Saturday morning when the sun wasn’t still showing. Driving this old Sedan heading to a farm, moving forward down the left side of a huge breadfruit tree. I was holding a plate of cheesy egg sandwich that was made for me. It was a bumpy parking. Half of the food fell on the side. Oh wait! The trail starts here!

Rota Northern Mariana Islands Waterfalls (Follow the stream)

Rain drops fell one by one and the clouds covering the jungle canopy creates a thick cold gust of wind so soothing to the skin. Tried to cross that lil bridge whilst hearing that sound of the stream.

Heading to the Ogkok Waterfalls (Songsong Village)

Those wild flowers gathered round the corner, reminds me that never got them. So for the first time, I got mine. There were some random sounds of chirping birds and crickets singing along with these loud heartbeats.

So just following the stream, it wasn’t hard at all. Hopping here and crossing there. Just stay close with the rocks, held ’em tight. Did not let go.

Rota Northern Mariana Islands Waterfalls (1)

Once found the water where it flows, oh! The rain was warm and but when it fell, it’s brown. Like a vague sweet love that you can never have.

Two unforgettable hours till back on the trailhead. One tip that I can share is hike when it’s sunny, while the water is clear. So you can savor the warmth of the water without hesitation or regrets.

I’ve been to a hundred waterfalls but only now it showed. Hence, it must be known. A water is only desirable, when pure.

Rota Island’s “Ogkok” Waterfalls (photo by: fanpop.com)

“All Too Well” Lyrics-Taylor Swift

Somewhere, in this crazy world, we would bump into someone that would somehow influence our belief, our passion, our feelings. Taking its good side, and be it always remembered well.

I walked through the door with you, the air was cold
But something ’bout it felt like home somehow

And I left my scarf there at your sister’s house
And you’ve still got it in your drawer, even now

[Verse 1]
Oh, your sweet disposition and my wide-eyed gaze
We’re singing in the car, getting lost upstate

Autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place
And I can picture it after all these days

And I know it’s long gone and
That magic’s not here no more

And I might be okay, but I’m not fine at all
Oh, oh, oh

‘Cause there we are again on that little town street
You almost ran the red ’cause you were lookin’ over at me
Wind in my hair, I was there
I remember it all too well

[Verse 2]
Photo album on the counter, your cheeks were turning red
You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin-sized bed
And your mother’s telling stories ’bout you on the tee-ball team
You tell me ’bout your past, thinking your future was me

And I know it’s long gone and
There was nothing else I could do
And I forget about you long enough
To forget why I needed to

‘Cause there we are again in the middle of the night
We’re dancing โ€˜round the kitchen in the refrigerator light
Down the stairs, I was there
I remember it all too well, yeah

Well maybe we got lost in translation
Maybe I asked for too much
But maybe this thing was a masterpiece
‘Til you tore it all up
Running scared, I was there
I remember it all too well

And you call me up again

[Verse 3]
Time won’t fly, it’s like I’m paralyzed by it
I’d like to be my old self again, but I’m still trying to find it

After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own
Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone

But you keep my old scarf from that very first week
‘Cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me
You can’t get rid of it
‘Cause you remember it all too well, yeah

‘Cause there we are again when I loved you so
Back before you lost the one real thing you’ve ever known
It was rare, I was there
I remember it all too well

Wind in my hair, you were there
You remember it all
Down the stairs, you were there
You remember it all
It was rare, I was there
I remember it all too well

Just to break me like a promise
So casually cruel in the name of being honest

I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here
‘Cause I remember it all, all, all
Too well

5 Tips When Travelling to Rota, Northern Mariana Islands

  • Travel light. There’s only 20 pounds allowed in the check in area. Other than that you have to pay extra for excess luggage. Just bring few pairs of clothes as laundromats are available in Rota. Wear light clothing inside the plane as well. It’s kinda warm inside.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather. The weather can vary from windy, sunny, rainy, and without notice, it keeps changing. So better prepare for it. May it be umbrella, rainy boots, coats.
  • It’s a little bit expensive. Being further from Saipan (capital) make groceries and other stuff more expensive and not a lot of options for fruits and vegetables here. Bringing some stuff from Saipan is a good decision. Restaurants are available and prices are quite understandable.
  • Rent a car. You need to rent a car if you want to explore the island, of course. But once you’re settled in a village, everything is within reach.
  • Be polite. I guess, wherever you go, this is the rule of thumb. But here in Rota Island, politeness is of another level. Please don’t forget to smile, say hi and thank you to the locals. They too have huge respect with their elders. Also, it is a common practice that you wave in each passing car. I also noticed that they are friendly and generous with strangers.

Best Staycation at World Resort Saipan

It is by far, the best Staycation we had in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, USA. We have all we need here. And we are located at the heart of Saipan.

Front of the Hotel

So, we paid upon check in (99 USD/night 2 kids 2 adults), no reservation fee. Though, we had to email a reservation form to the front desk ahead of time.

The greetings are warm at the front desk.

The lounge area is very spacious. The area is open to the beach so it is windy and refreshing!

Ocean breeze baby!

So, we arrived at our room which is overlooking the ocean. Very nice, sanitized, well-maintained room. We have fridge, electric kettle, slippers, and the pretty basic but a necessity: clothes rack that can be put at the balcony.

They’re loving it!

Below the balcony is safety to kids which is a plus and oh wait…the sunset!!! OMG!

We can be dreamy this time!

There’s also a one stop shop (I love Saipan store) next to the reception area. Where you can buy swim wears, food, water, and other basic things.

One stop shop inside World Resort

They also have this Oasis cafe with a book lounge ambiance that serves croissant, cakes and some smoothies.

They also serve lunch buffet at 11AM for less than 20 USD (not bad).

Entrance to Buffet Restaurant at World Resort
Kids love the kiddie pool

Dad and I just sat down and watch them. The waterpark has huge slides. There’s pool canal that you can go for a floaty ride, there’s a wave pool and sports pool. They’re a bit over the top when it comes to pool. LOL.

The pool has a restaurant and its by the beach too. Its relaxing to stay here at sundown.

I enjoyed the tranquility of the place at the beach…

The beach can always be a good company.

This is actually our first staycation…and we did have a great time!

Where to Stay in Tinian Island

Tinian Diamond Hotel, the newest hotel on Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands. If you happen to travel to Tinian, I definitely recommend this one. Aside from this is just across Kamer beach, your gateway to Taga and Tachona beach, this is so dear to me as this is managed by a friend of mine, Ms Candy.

The 3 story building gives a glimpse of the front beach from above.

Its rooms are very neat and well-maintained. Incredibly spacious for a the whole family.

A free cheesecake or instant noodle for breakfast can be offered. There’s a store nearby about a 2 minute walk, and also JC cafe, the famous restaurant in Tinian, is just in the corner.

Its location is perfect as you can just walk past Taga beach down to Tachona beach.

How to Travel Cheap in Tinian Island

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Surf Rider Hotel

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!

Tachogna Beach, Tinian

Tachogna Beach. Jimdelle is looking for shells.

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.

We can find some coconut behind daddy and Sophie

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.

Run Jimdelle, there’s a shark! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

Sunset at Tachogna beach Tinian Island

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.

5 Beautiful Beaches in Tinian Island

Long Beach Tinian
  1. 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.
Long Beach Tinian

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.

Chulu Beach, Tinian

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.

Kamer Beach

It’s nice to just sit down on the shore and watch the sunset. And my kids love to play with the pebbles!

Kamer Beach

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

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.

Taga Beach. –> that’s the stairs going down to the shore of Taga beach.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

A Glimpse of Life in Tinian Island

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…

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