SAIPAN

Saipan is the second-largest island in the Mariana Islands archipelago, after Guam.

 

Despite its pristine beaches, and its abundance of marine life and dive sites, Saipan is also full of history from the World War 2 which is evidenced by the remnants of bunkers, wreckages of tanks (a few of which can be spotted partially above water at the reefs), artillery, and planes which are still found in their original positions. 

 

Driving an 4x4 up the rocky gravel path of mount tapochau, the island's tallest formation made of limestone was likewise breathtaking and well worth the effort for the rewarding views.