Saipan is the largest island and capital of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a chain of 15 tropical islands belonging to the Marianas archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean. The western side of the island is lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef which creates a large lagoon. The eastern shore is composed primarily of rugged rocky cliffs and a reef. Its highest point is a limestone covered mountain called Mount Tapochau.
Saipan is a popular tourist destination in the Pacific and is considered to have the best beach areas in Micronesia. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and nightlife, as well as recreational facilities and excellent dive sites. Mount Tapochau, is definitely one of the most interesting sites and a "must-see" when visiting Saipan.