Maug consists of a group of 3 small uninhabited islands, part of Northern Islands Municipality of Northern Mariana Islands chain located in the Pacific Ocean. The islands cover a total area of approx 2,13 km2 (0,82 ml2).
- The name of the islands derives from the Chamorro word Ma'ok, translated to "steadfast" ("everlasting").
- From European perspective, the islands were discovered on August 22, 1522 by Gonzalo Gomez de Espinosa. He named it Las Monjas (in Spanish, The Nuns). Gomez de Espinosa was a member of the attempted circumnavigation of the globe by Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521). After Magellan’s death he attempted to navigate the Trinidad ship across the Pacific to Mexico.
- Maug Islands lie around 37 km (23 ml) north of Asuncion and 70 km (43 ml) south of Farallon de Pajaros. The archipelago consists of 3 islands, eroded exposed outer rim of submerged volcano with a caldera featuring a diameter of approx 2,2 km (1,4 ml). The caldera's floor is around 225 m (738 ft) below sea level. In the middle, there is a mountain with summit of only 22 m (72 ft) below sea level. The highest point on the islands is 227 m (745 ft) above sea level.
- Savannah grass spreads all over Maug Islands. On East Island there are Coconut Palms (Cocos nucifera) and Pandanus trees, close to the former settlement.
- Around 10 km (6,2 ml) northwest of Maug Islands lies Supply Reef, submarine volcano with summit of 8 m (26 ft) below sea level. Maug Islands and Supply Reef belong to the same volcanic massif. They are linked with a saddle around 550 m (1,800 ft) below sea level.
- In 1985, per Constitution of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, these islands were designated as wilderness area for the conservation of natural resources. Maug Islands have been part of United States' Marianas Trench Marine National Monument since 2009.
Highlights: Volcanic harbour, bird colonies
Maug Islands cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Maug Islands dock (anchor) at Apra Harbor - a deep-water port on the western coast of Guam Island (Marianas).
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