Tuesday, November 18, 2008

managaha island

From Garapan, it is a 15 minute boatride to Managaha Island (pronounced Ma-nya-ga-ha). This island is part of Saipan but a local tour company, Tasi Tours has the exclusive concession rights to operate marine sports and other beach activities here.

While we were there we had covered beach chairs, which helped to block the sun.

Most tourists in Saipan are from Japan, Korea, China and some from Russia because they don't need visas to visit and it is rather close to their countries. A lot of the signs are written in all the languages. The sand on most of the beaches were powdery and fine.

Many go to Managaha to snorkel.

Or just relax. When I saw these guys, I instantly thought of beached seals or turtles....

There are remnants of the war on the island too.

They also try to protect the wildlife here too, there were many signs indicating areas not to be entered due to baby birds hatching.

I couldn't get over these Japanese tourists wearing sweaters over their pareo and no-sleeve.

Lunch was a barbeque plate. Reminded me of local food in Hawaii and barbeques at the beach.

There was coco papaya (which I realized was green papaya soaked in a spicy sauce similar to the one they use to make takuan)--koko is the local Japanese word for tsukemono. There was also "Saipan rice" a red rice colored with achiote or lipstick plant. I think you can find achiote in Filipino & Spanish cuisine.

I also had Aloha Maid iced tea, something that I hadn't had in years!

It was a great day--lots of sun and relaxation.

Tasi Tours
website in Japanese only

In my previous post, I forgot to mention that we received a fruit platter and wine from the Hyatt. Thank you!!

13 comments:

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I love the Hyatt! The Presidential Suite is amazing!

K and S said...

Wow the Presidential Suite, must be awesome, Saipan Blogger :)

Take care and thanks for stopping by!
Kat

Rowena said...

Awesome!

Lori said...

That sand and water look really nice!

Phoebe said...

The water is soo clear! What a refreshing change of scene right, Kat?

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena!

The water was definitely clear and beautiful, Lori :)

Definitely a change, Phoebe :)

Take care everyone.
Kat

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - Wow, I haven't seen sand like that in ages.....looks so relaxing.

2kamuela47 said...

Wow!

K and S said...

Definitely was relaxing Kirkk :)

Thanks Laura :)

Take care you two.
Kat

beadexplorer said...

Cool, I have never seen SUCH beach chairs. This is how ours look like. :)

K and S said...

Wow Beadexplorer, your beach chairs are fancy!!

Take care.
Kat

beadexplorer said...

I guess it's more windy over here ... ;)

K and S said...

Maybe Beadexplorer, maybe :)

Take care.
Kat