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Discover Saipan

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About Discover Saipan
My name is Walt Goodridge, I offer high-end, personalized, customized,all-day private tours of Saipan & Tinian . My "World War II Pilgrimage," "Saipan in a Day-Ameila Earhart Mystery," and "Tinian to Hiroshima" tours are off the beaten path. My relationships with local property owners gives you access to hidden sites, relics and artifacts. Since moving here in 2006 , I've written several books about Saipan: ● Jamaican on Saipan ● Saipan Living Relocation Guide ● Doing Business on Saipan ● Saipan Now ● There's Something About Saipan ● Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan, the only first-hand account of Saipan's garment indus used as a text in several "Textile Industry" and "Women's Studies" univ. courses in the mainland US; portions excerpted in a French text on the American Dream. I've been recognized by the CNMI Legislature (Resolution 15-54) for my contributions to CNMI society.
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Tinian Enola Gay to Hiroshima tour
Tinian is where the Enola Gay & Bockscar took off from on the Hiroshima & Nagasaki attack missions. It would be a shame & a missed opportunity to come out all the way out here and NOT set foot on this island of historical significance. Drive the actual runway, see the bomb pits, bomb replicas, Japanese era structures & local cultural sites. Be among few people who've set foot here and relive its often overlooked role in history.
TINIAN ON MY OWN? You could, but:
● Typhoons (+ other activity) often unearth sites NOT on maps and that require secret detours to reach.
● The bomb replicas (originally intended for public view) are on private property; many folks aren't aware of them.
● Maps won't reveal local lore, facts the books don't or get wrong, introduce you to locals who can share stories about life then & now, nor include insights a guide gains from giving tours, or having written several books about the islands as I have!
Sometimes you sacrifice a little without a guide!
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$569.00 per adult
Saipan in a Day-World War II Pilgrimage Tour
3 reviews
Saipan is about 1,300 mi (2,100 km) away from Japan. It was a very important strategic attack point for the U.S. during the Pacific theater of the second world war. Special focus on every site of significance, including battle sites, landing beaches, hidden bunkers, torpedoes, "the tank on the golf course" plus a visit to a private collection of WWII relics (must be arranged in advance; we suggest making a small courtesy contribution).  This description focuses on the war aspect, but this all-day tour is fully customizable to focus on more of what you wish, and less of what you don't.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE:
"Once upon a time, there was a Jamaican civil engineer living in New York who hated his job,
followed his passion, started a sideline business publishing his own books, quit his job, escaped the rat race, ran off to a tropical island in the Pacific, and started a tourism business so he could give tours of the island to pretty girls every day....and live a nomadpreneur's dream life."
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$329.00 per adult
Saipan in a Day-Amelia Earhart tour
1 review
Did you see the latest news on Amelia Earhart! Someone found a new photograph that may indicate what tour guides here on Saipan (namely, me) have been saying: that she survived her 1937 plane crash/disappearance and was actually imprisoned and died on Saipan! As I had hoped and predicted, the mainstream media is now publishing headlines to that effect! In addition to the full tour of Saipan, I'll focus a little extra time and energy to painting a picture of the Amelia experience on the island!
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE:
"Once upon a time, there was a Jamaican civil engineer living in New York who hated his job,
followed his passion, started a sideline business publishing his own books, quit his job, escaped the rat race, ran off to a tropical island in the Pacific, and started a tourism business so he could give tours of the island to pretty girls every day....
and live a nomadpreneur's dream life."
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$329.00 per adult
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Reviewed April 9, 2019

My 15 year old son and I toured Saipan with Walt in March 2019. I was impressed with Walt from the first emails we exchanged about setting up the tour. He was incredibly responsive, informative, and focused on understanding our interests so he could tailor...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2019

The one day Saipan military history tour with Walt far exceeded my expectations. I was impressed with his knowledge but it was his easy manner and the way in which he was genuinely happy to take as long as we wanted without rushing us along...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

I am new resident to Saipan, and found Walt's tour to be very informative and specifically scoped to helping me acclimate to my new community. Everything was custom, and accurate in terms of information shared. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend picking...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

We had a very short time in Saipan and wanted to make sure we saw everything we could and Walt made that happen. Before the tour he responded to my many e-mails and answered all questions in a timely fashion. We found out that we...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank PreciousRayStewart
WaltG48, Owner at Discover Saipan, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Wow! Wow! Wow! You guys really know how to write a review! Thanks for making me look good! Great photos! It was great meeting you and I'm sure our paths will cross again! Likkle more!

Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

It was a great trip! Walt took us to all the best spot of the island and told us about their history. We liked the flexibility of the private tour since we could choose our route and stay at each spot as long as we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Paul S
WaltG48, Owner at Discover Saipan, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

Hey Paul! It was fun hanging out with you and Yoyo! Glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed February 28, 2018

We have been on many tours in many countries and this tour is among the best. Walt is a transplant from Jamaica via NYC but has fallen in love with Saipan. He is incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastically shares that knowledge. He is incredibly attentive to...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank billabbottmd
Reviewed January 29, 2018 via mobile

My father was a Marine in the 2nd division who was part the beachhead assault in the Battle of Saipan 73 yrs ago. He was critically wounded on the third day of the battle. As with most men of his generation he never spoke of...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Walt provided a full day of sights to see and had a wealth of information about Saipan. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. I highly recommend Walt and his tours!

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank LaurieH295
Reviewed August 8, 2017

Ever wonder what would happen to your online booking payment if your trip was canceled at the last minute? It happened to me and I certainly was glad I had booked my tour with Walt Goodrich, Discover Saipan. Our cruise ship could not dock because...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank LaurettaE
Reviewed April 27, 2017

I’ve been to Japan over a half-dozen times over the past decade. Recently, I learned how easy it is to visit Guam via Tokyo’s Narita airport. For this year’s Japan trip, I decided to do just that and visit Saipan and Tinian as well. The...More

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Date of experience: April 2017
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