2,527 for Rota Capital: Saipan Official Currency: U.S. Dollar (US$) Official Languages: English
Carolinian Political Status: Unincorporated United States Territory
Travel Time / Distances 3.5 hours by air southeast of Tokyo, Japan (1,600 miles).
4.5 hours by air southeast of Seoul, Korea (2,000 miles).
5 hours by air east of Hong Kong (2,100 miles). Interesting Facts CNMI's official flower is the Plumeria.
The CNMI's official bird is theMarianas Fruit Dove.
THREE TIMES THE FUN"
Hafa Adai! (Hello or Welcome)
The Northern Mariana Islands make up America’s newest frontier and fun spot in the Pacific and welcomes everyone to experience an enjoyable and memorable time.
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, installed on January 9, 1978, is comprised of fourteen lovely islands 1,500 miles east of Philippines, and 1,400 miles southeast of Japan. The islands with visitor facilities are Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. From Guam or Saipan, there are daily flights via commuter aircraft to the islands of Tinian and Rota.
The enticing climate of the Marianas is tropical marine with very little variation in temperature. Constant sea breezes and an abundance of sunshine provide the Northern Marianas with a most pleasant living environment. White sandy beaches and blossoming orange flame trees contrast the blue Pacific, which surrounds all.
Find seclusion or eco-tourism in Rota’s unspoiled beauty and points of interests, such as the Taga Stone Quarry and the Swimming Hole. Try your luck at a world class casino on Tinian. Saipan is where golf and diving aficionados come from around the world to tee off and explore. Enjoy the different cuisine, entertainment and shopping, after trying out marine sports at pristine Managaha Island. You might also enjoy participating in one of our local sports events. Or just relax your mind and body at a rejuvenating spa.
We look forward to sharing the “Hafa Adai – Tirow Spirit” with you.
Truly Relaxing Tropical Getaway…A chain of 14 islands, the Marianas – Saipan, Tinian, and Rota awaits you.
We invite you to experience our year-round summer climate and “small town” atmosphere. Join us on all three islands where you will find an unspoiled natural environment, warm local hospitality, complete with the sophisticated amenities of a tourist resort. No matter your interest or preferred past time, you are sure to enjoy your visit on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
Love the outdoors and soothing calm of lush greenery? Look no further than Rota. A haven for eco tourism, Rota offers an abundance of endangered and indigenous species of birds, plants, and flora. Many have returned from Rota reassured of the majestic beauty of nature. Less than thirty minutes away from Saipan by commuter plane, Rota’s serene environment and bountiful treasures await you.
Visa and Entry Formalities
Entry requirements for the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) are the same as for any U.S. destination. The U.S. Visa Waiver Program applies. For further details, visit www.travel.state.gov. In addition, a special Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program allows visa-free entry from additional countries: Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong (HK Special Administrative Region [SAR] passport or HK Identification card is required), Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom. Under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program, travelers from these countries, for a maximum of 45 days, seeking admission to the CNMI must possess a valid, unexpired machine-readablepassport and must not have previously violated the terms of any prior admission to the U.S. ESTA is not a requirement for these travelers. How to Get to Rota?
International flights are provided by the following airlines:
Asiana Airlines (www.flyasiana.com), From Korea – Incheon and Busan, From Japan – Osaka (seasonal basis)
Cape Air (United Airlines Connection, www.united.com), From Guam - China is served on a regular charter basis from Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing.
The international airlines listed here offer connecting flights to virtually all major cities world wide. Domestic commuters are run by Cape Air, Freedom Air, and STAR Marianas Air. For car rental, a U.S. driver's license can be used; foreign visitors can use their home country licenses for up to 1 month. Shuttle buses are available from most hotels. Taxis are available, and many hotels offer airport pick-up and drop-off.
Note: Since airline schedule changes, it is best to check with each airline or with your travel agent for current schedule.
Where to Stay in Rota?
From boutique hotels to luxury resorts with spas and waterparks, a wide range of accomodations are available in the Northern Marianas to fit your need and budget during your stay.
Rota Resort and Country Club
P.O. Box 938
Rota, MP 96951
T: (1-670) 532-1155
F: (1-670) 532-1156
The Rota Hotel
P.O. Box 878
Rota, MP 96951
T: (1-670) 532-2000/1/2
F: (1-670) 532-3000 www.rotahotel.jp
How to Get Around in Rota?
Visitors can freely move around the islands by riding a taxi or driving a rental car. U. S. driver’s license can be used; foreign visitors can use their home country licenses for up to 1 month. Shuttle buses are available from most hotels. Taxis are available, and many hotels offer airport pick-up and drop-off.
Rota offers so many Activities and Adventures…
Saipan, Tinian and Rota each present a wealth of historic, cultural and geographic sites that highlight the unique richness of the Northern Marianas. The best part is, you can easily visit a number of significant sites in a single day due to the intimacy of these small islands.
Diving Explore the wonders of the underwater world. The Northern Mariana Islands’ pristine coral reefs boast colorful and abundant marine life. The sunken relics from WWII also offer a unique dive experience. A wide variety of great dive sites can accommodate both beginners and experts.
The gentle trade winds that blow on the ocean surface create ideal conditions for windsurfers. Windsurfing can be enjoyed all yea around in the Northern Mariana Islands. Best Season: November-April.
Enjoy the panoramic view from the ocean with a parachute; hooked on a boat, it takes you on a ride approximately 30 meters high. It is an enjoyable experience that overlooks Rota's Lagoon.
Experience the underwater world by sea walking. See the various tropical fish that enhance your visit in a 3 meter deep dive. Visitors enjoy the popular adventure that is normally experienced by certified divers. Aqua-Naut/ Sea Walker is a safe and fun activity to enjoy.
These boats are fast, becoming an integral part of the islands ocean sports. The Banana Boat does not have a motor, but is towed by a motorboat at speeds of 50-60 km per hour. Family and friends will enjoy this floating device that seats 5-6 people.
Experience an underwater adventure aboard a real submarine! Take this fascinating ride down 30 meters in the lagoon of Rota for an up-close look at the world below the surface. This is a great tour for the family to enjoy. Magnificent coral formations and various tropical fish make this tour an event to remember.
Dinner Show A variety of cultural dinner shows are available at certain hotels and outdoor venues. The nightly shows feature a colorful mixture of dances from many islands, while others feature the traditional Chamorro/Carolinian dances with a true local flavor. Dinner is included and the audience can take part in some of the performances.
The sunset cruise offers fine dining, live music, and performances aboard a yacht. The quests can relax and watch Rota’s picturesque sunset while they cruise through a turquoise lagoon. Perfect for a romantic outing with your special someone. Dinner is included.
Take an exciting ATV ride on a rough but, scenic-terrain, or adventure into the jungle on a 4WD truck. The tours allow you to experience remote beaches and jungle areas where the natural beauty of the islands is best preserved.
Visitors looking to pamper themselves will find a selection of spas waiting to indulge their every desire. Inspired by the natural beauty of the islands, the spas in Mariana Islands offer a vacation with in a vacation. Let the aroma of the island spice blends take you to a heavenly world of relaxation.
Enjoy an exciting and magical evening of entertainment. Audiences of all ages will be overwhelmed when the art of magic comes to life, through the amazing work of a master illusionist
Wedding Cake Mountain Wedding Cake Mountain is the nickname for Mt. Taipingot. Viewed from a far, this rocky mountain resemble a layered cake commonly made for the weddings. It is an ideal place to go hiking and trekking into the lush green forest. Locates south of the Son Song village, this mountain is one of Rota’s postcard sites to capture.
The museum itself is housed in a cave that is said to be approximately 10 million years old and is worth the visit. The cave is about 250 feet in length. The path is lined with artifacts that span the ages from ancient Chamorro with a few items from the Spanish intrusion. There are also many Japanese and American artifacts that are mostly from World War II era.
Teteto Beach & Guata Beach
Teteto Beach and the Guata Beach are the best snorkeling spots in Rota. Enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear water and sunbathing on white sandy beaches during the daytime, watch the beautiful sunset from a beach bar in the evening, and go star-gazing at night.
Japanese Sugar Mill and Trains
The Sugar Mills and the Trains were built and used by the Nanyo Kohatsu (NKK)/ Southsea Development Company. The Sugar Mill was the only “Brick” structure built during the Japanese era. Mr. Haruji Matsue of the NKK believed the Marianas Islands had a huge potential for developing a successful sugar cultivation and refining industry, and began investigating. Later, he earned the nickname, “Sugar King.”