Saipan is the largest island of Northern Mariana Islands, a United States' commonwealth located in the western Pacific Ocean. The island covers a total area of approx 115.4 km2 (44,55 ml2) and has a population of around 48,220 people (2010 census).
- Saipan Island is the 2nd-largest in Mariana Islands archipelago, following only Guam. It is located around 190 km (120 ml) north of Guam and 9,3 km (5,78 ml) northeast of Tinian Island, from which it's separated via Saipan Channel. Saipan Island is about 19 km (12 ml) long and 9 km (5,6 ml) wide.
- The highest elevation on the island is a limestone-covered mountain named Mount Tapochau at 480 m (1,560 ft). Unlike many of Mariana Islands' mountains, it is not an extinct volcano, but a limestone formation.
- Commonwealth's center of government is situated in Capitol Hill village on Saipan Island. Since the entire Saipan is organized as single municipality, most issues term Saipan as Commonwealth's capital.
- Travel to/from the island of Saipan is available from a number of airlines through Saipan International Airport. A ferry previously operated between Tinian and Saipan but in 2010 was reportedly halted for maintenance. However, it was never reinstated. Taxi service is available within Saipan Island only.
- One of the two main thoroughfares on Saipan Island, Beach Road, lies on the western coast. At some parts of the road, Saipan's beach is just feets away. Pine trees and flame trees and line the street which also connects more than 6 villages that lie on the island's western coast.
- Middle Road is the largest on Saipan Island and runs through its central part. Just like Beach Road, it links a number of villages throughout Saipan. Several hotels, residences, offices and shops lie on or near the highways. On maps, Middle road is named "Chalan Pale Arnold", but few people call it that way.
Highlights: American Memorial Park, WW2 sites
Saipan Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Saipan Island dock (anchor) at Obyan on the southern coast.
The Saipan Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Saipan Island, Marianas.
If you lose the Saipan Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.