Tinian Island is one of USA's 3 principal Mariana Islands - commonwealth (unincorporated dependent territory) located in western Pacific Ocean. The island covers a total area of approx 101 km2 (39 ml2) and has population around 3,000.
Tinian is approx 9 km (6 ml) southwest of Saipan Island, both divided by Saipan Channel. The highest elevation (Mt Lasso) is 171 m (561 ft). Together with neighboring Aguijan Island (uninhabited), Tinian forms a municipality with largest village San Jose.
- Most Tinian inhabitants are Chamorros (around 2/3). There are also East Asian, Filipino, Bangladeshi and European-descended minorities. The island features diverse flora and fauna, limestone cliffs and caves, surrounding coral reefs with abundant marine life, warm waters (great for scuba diving, snorkeling and sport fishing). Tinian monarch is island's only endemic bird species.
- Much of island's economy is dependent on tourism. Agriculture is on subsistence level. Tourist infrastructure is poorly developed. San Jose has a few smaller hotels, bars and restaurants. Tinian Airport (served by Star Marianas Air) offers daily scheduled flights. Ferry service between Saipan and Tinian was operated twice per day, but was terminated due to financial losses.
Tinian Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Tinian Island Marianas dock (anchor) at San Jose - port town on the southwestern coast.