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Travel Guide Oceania Micronesia Northern Mariana Islands Rota

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Introduction

Rota, also known as the "Friendly Island", is the southernmost island of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the second southernmost of the Marianas Archipelago. It lies approximately 74 kilometres north-northeast of the United States territory of Guam. Sinapalo village is the largest and most populated followed by Songsong village (Songsong).

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Geography

Rota is 19.8 kilometres long and 6.8 kilometres wide. Its coastline is about 61 kilometres long. The highest point on Rota is Mount Sabana which is 495.56 metres. Rota is 87 kilometres north of Guam, 117 kilometres south of Tinian and 135 kilometres south of Saipan. Rota has diverse flora and fauna including the endemic and endangered Rota white-eye, Mariana fruit bat, and Mariana crow.

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Sights and Activities

  • Rota has ancient quarries where the original latte stones were dug out.
  • Diving - Rota is known for its excellent underwater visibility, especially in the dry season.

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Weather

The climate on Rota is characterised by tropical conditions with little variation regarding temperatures, and a distinct wet season. Average daytime temperatures hoover around 29 °C and the highest recorded temperatures are just a few degrees at most islands. At night, temperatures drop to a balmy 23 °C with a record low of 19 °C! The wet season last from July to October, with August and September seeing the most rain. During December to May, conditions are much drier but occasional downpours during the late afternoon are still normal. During the wet season, tropical storms and even cyclones are a real possibility.

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Getting There

By Plane

Rota has morning and evening flights to both Guam and Saipan on Freedom Airlines. 4 times a week Cape Air stops in Rota on its way between Guam and Saipan.

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Getting Around

Car rentals are available. It is considered polite in Rota to wave (simply raising your hand on the steering wheel will do) at all cars when driving.

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Eat

  • Tokyo En - serves good Japanese food in an authentic atmostphere, and is a mainstay among the island's mostly Japanese tourists.

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Sleep

Small hotels and guesthouses are the mainstay of Rota's tourist economy.

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This is version 2. Last edited at 14:18 on Jul 12, 17 by Utrecht. 1 article links to this page.

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