This past weekend I made a trip to Tinian for my cousin's wedding ceremony. My cousin and her family were looking beautiful just like the island of Tinian itself. Tinian island is just south of Saipan. You can see it from either atop Mt. Tapotchau or on the southern shores of Saipan. The strait between Saipan's southern shores and Tinian's northern shores is less than 5 miles. When I was younger I dreamed of kayaking across that strait. But I've crossed it on a motor boat and those waves can be huge and scary. I liken them to rolling foothills.
Nowadays, getting to Tinian is usually done via a 6-seat airplane. Freedom Air will sell you a roundtrip ticket for $69. No reservations necessary. Just show up to the transit terminal 30 minutes prior to the hour and buy a ticket. Flights go out to Tinian every hour. However, if you're the only passenger on the flight, they may wait until another passenger shows up, so you could wait another hour before this happens. Normally the morning and afternoon flights are the busiest.
Tinian has a lot of history. It was converted into a naval airbase after the U.S. secured the Marianas during WWII, and it is famous for being the origin of departure for the Enola Gay and the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
House of Taga
Present day Tinian has a casino, the Tinian Dynasty, and a great beach called Taga Beach. It's a popular beach with the locals. You'll see a lot of kids diving from the rocks into the clear water below. Take a drive up to the North Field and visit the atomic bomb memorial. There's a lot of history to take in.
On this day though, I didn't have time to see all the sites. I visited my uncle and my grandmother. I attended my cousin's wedding, and wished her and her new husband many blessings on their new life together. Such a beautiful couple, such a beautiful family, and such a beautiful island. Tinian.
Enjoy more pictures of Tinian.
(hu guaiya hao mama)