Saipan is the second largest island in the Mariana Islands archipelago, after Guam. It is located about 120 mi (190 km) north of Guam and 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) northeast of Tinian, from which it is separated by the Saipan Channel. Saipan is about 12 mi (19 km) long and 5.6 mi (9.0 km) wide, with a land area of 115.38 km2 (44.55 sq mi).
The eastern side of the island for a hike to Forbidden Island as well as snorkeling and sunbathing on the white-sand shores of LauLau Beach. Golf enthusiasts can practice their swing at two of the island's oceanfront golf courses, Lao Lao Golf Course or Kingfisher Golf Links
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.
Saipan's north side is known for its beautiful landscapes and historical World War II sites.Visit spots like Bird Island and The Grotto.
Saipan's southern end is home to the Saipan International Airport. From here travelers can also visit Tinian Island which lies just 5 miles (9 km) to the southwest.
The highest elevation on Saipan is a limestone-covered mountain called Mount Tapochau at 1,560 ft (480 m). Unlike many of the mountains in the Mariana Islands, it is not an extinct volcano, but is a limestone formation. To the north of Mount Tapochau towards Banzai Cliff is a ridge of hills. Mount Achugao, situated about 2 miles north, has been interpreted to be a remnant of a stratified composite volcanic cone whose Eocene center was not far north of the present peak.