Last Updated on December 22, 2020
3. Northern Mariana Islands
The Micronesian islands have a rich history when it comes to government – first colonized by the Spanish, during the 16th century, then the Japanese forces during WWII, and finally the United States of America, in 1944, following the Battle of Saipan.
The largest island of the Marianas is called Saipan, and here you can visit many war memorials, as well as museums. But besides the rich cultural component, this is also a great destination for anyone who seeks adventure and adrenaline – you can drive the grotto and visit a limestone cavern located 70 foot-deep into the ocean where you can observe ref sharks and sea turtles. You can also take a boat and visit the lagoon that surrounds Managaha Island and let yourself be blown away by the incredible blue setting. Even though this is a remote location, travel websites will present you with well-known options when booking your hotel.
Guam was also colonized by Spain. Now, Japanese people and U.S citizens can visit it without a passport. There is so much you can do and enjoy on this gorgeous island – you have stunning beaches, well known for great snorkeling, and there are many lookout points where you can enjoy one of a kind views over the islands. Two Lovers Point is 400 feet above the Philippine Sea, offering a dramatic and unbelievable view. Packing tips? Bring your sunscreen, because you will not want to leave the magical beaches of Guam.
5. American Samoa
Between the Fiji Islands and the Cook Islands, you can find a collection of five volcanic islands, a territory known as American Samoa. It is an absolute escape from your everyday life – there aren’t many hotels, so it isn’t one of those places that become annoying because of the peak season.
Moreover, there are coral-filled waters, rocky coastlines that have been sculpted by lava and beaches that remain untouched by mankind, preserving all of their beauty. The culture is also pretty genuine – in the village of Alega you can get a delicious meal made from local ingredients, try fish and shellfish fresh out of the ocean and even stay in traditional Samoan huts instead of the chain hotels your hotel booking app is trying to pin on you. What do you say?