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Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Saipan

Don’t get caught out with our handy tips for traveling in Saipan. We’ve gathered the most popular travel advice related to getting around Saipan, so you can plan and pack for a fabulous trip enjoying the local culture and sights. Be prepared and get the most from your travels, because there is so much to enjoy about Saipan!

Languages spoken in Saipan

Chamorro, related to Indonesian, is the principal language of Saipan. English is an official language, whilst Chinese and Filipino are also widely spoken.

A few common Chamorro phrases you might like to know :

Hello! Håfa adai! (Hah-fuh-day)
Please. Pot fabot. (Put fah-boht)
Thank you. Si Yu’us ma’ase. (C-zu oohs-Muh-ah-seat)
You’re welcome. Buen probechu. (Bwen-pro-bet-sue)
Goodbye. Adiós. (Ah-Deh-Oss)

Visa requirements for Saipan

Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean.

Please check the U.S.Government ESTA Online Center ( for the latest information on documentation requirements and application procedures available for travel to Saipan.

Climate in Saipan

Saipan’s average year-round maximum temperature is 84 °F or 28.9 °C, and with little seasonal temperature variation, you can pretty much leave your warm coat back at home at any time of the year! In fact, Saipan has been cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the least fluctuating temperatures in the world (Source: Wikipedia ‘Saipan’ article, 22 June 2020)

The rainier season extends from July to November across all the Mariana Islands. Don’t let this deter you, as there is beautiful warm weather and still plenty of dry days for you to enjoy, along with fewer crowds!

Currency used in Saipan

Saipan’s currency is the US$ or USD.

A Bank of Hawaii ATM is located at our own Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan for withdrawing local currency, otherwise the First Hawaiian Bank Oleai Branch is also nearby and provides a money exchange service.

Credit cards are also widely accepted in Saipan.

Mobile phone use in Saipan

Avoid costly roaming charges by purchasing a local prepaid SIM card in Saipan and swapping it for the existing one in your cell phone for the duration of your stay. Ask our concierge to assist you with information and directions to our local cellular service stores.

The other option is to make use of the complimentary WI-FI available to guests at our resort for internet-based calls and data usage on our property.

Transportation around Saipan

Hiring a rental car is a popular choice in Saipan, for the uncrowded and scenic driving experience. Foreign visitors can use their home country licenses for up to 1 month. A few rental car companies operate in Saipan, please ask our concierge if you require assistance with identifying a suitable provider.

A shuttle bus operates from the Duty Free Shopping Galleria in Garapan to select locations.

Alternatively, taxis are easily accessible in Saipan

Saipan power voltage/adapter

On the Northern Mariana Islands the standard voltage is 120 V as per the US and Canada. Type B and A plug sockets are both commonly used.

Saipan tap water

Saipan’s Tap Water is safe to drink. International brands of bottled water are also available, and bottled water is recommended to keep with you on your daily activities to keep hydrated!

Popular activities in Saipan

Saipan is perhaps most famous for its diving and snorkeling, with The Grotto attracting thousands of international visitors each year to witness its splendid active marine life. Beach activities, in general, are popular for the beautiful beaches and warm weather, as are walks and hikes at the various difficulties for the scenic nature.

Refer to the following guides for more information on fun activities to be enjoyed in Saipan

The Must-Have Saipan Getaway Guide
Ideas to Enjoy Saipan’s Magnificent Micro Beach
Top Saipan Outdoor Activities and Adventures
Saipan’s Best Nature Attractions: Managha Island, Bird Island, and Forbidden Island
The Best Shopping Places in Saipan
Saipan’s Top 5 Family-Friendly Activities

What to pack for Saipan

A few tips for what you might want to bring with you for convenience, otherwise Saipan’s a fairly easy place for shopping and finding common travel items.

For the beach, have you remembered your swimwear, flip flops, sunhat, sunglasses and waterproof camera?

For a nature walk, have you remembered your shorts, walking shoes, socks and band-aids for any blisters?

For all the time, have you remembered your sunscreen and insect repellent?

A bonus tip for Saipan

If you are a guest of Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan, keep our phone number handy in case you need advice: +1 (670) 234-6412 to 6414

Also call us if you would like to make a reservation to stay with us, we would love to help you have a wonderful stay in Saipan!

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