Micronesia Island Adventure Tinian Island

Tinian Island

Tinian is a small island just 5 miles south-west of Saipan across the Saipan Channel and belongs to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Tinian Island has only one luxury hotel on it and that is located in San Jose, its only town. The island has one casino which is located in the one hotel in the one town.  The beds are not soft!  You can gamble if you like, and many do, but if you don’t want to bother gambling, there is plenty to see on this island.

First, rent-a-car.  Good to arrange in advance so that one is there for you when you arrive.

Take the car and drive around the island. It might feel strange driving down one side of a divided highway but not unusual on this island which was once a major US airforce base. Most tourists will head for the abandoned air force base best known for its role in the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.  The runways in the B-29 bomb loading area are abandoned and overgrown with jungle vegetation but the area is open to the public and you can drive around the abandoned base and right up to the bomb loading pits where a simple shrine marks the location and provides tourist information about past events. Remains of older Japanese fortifications can also be found in the area.

There are a number of shinto shrines, one in the middle of the island and a suicide cliff on the south end.