Tinian is a small island 80 kilometres north of Guam and about 8 kilometres southwest of its sister island, Saipan, from which it is separated by the Saipan Channel. The island has a land area of 101 km².
Tinian is the least populated of the three main Mariana Islands that constitute the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Federated States of Micronesia.
Tinian's main village is San Jose.
Tinian's main attractions are the airstrips used by the US military during World War II. The airfield was earlier known as West Field, or Gurguan Point Airfield following massive re-building of the original Japanese constructed airfield in 1945. The newly expanded airfield became operationally ready in the early spring of 1945, and the US 20th Air Force XXI Bomber Command 58th Bombardment Wing was based there.
Other activities include swimming, diving, snorkelling and fishing.
Tropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds, little seasonal temperature variation. Dry season December to June, rainy season July to October. The typhoon, or hurricane, season lasts several months and starts in late August to early September.
Tinian is served by propeller aircraft from Saipan during daylight hours:
There is a ferry between Tinian and Saipan taking slightly less than an hour one way.
Car, scooter and MoPed rentals are available. Enquire at one of the outlets across the road from the Dynasty hotel and casino or elsewhere on the island.
Tinian has few options besides Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, but since the hotel suffers from low occupancy rates, deep discounts may be available.
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