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Discover Saipan

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About Discover Saipan
(Ask me about Guam tours, too!) 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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Mitchell Morrell wrote a review Jul 2022
Cape Coral, Florida2 contributions
This is a HUGE waste of money! I will show you the same for $50 per person (minus airfare to and from Tinian). Call 670-285-5057. Ask for Fred.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Jerome L wrote a review Apr 2022
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Walt did a great job of showing me things of interest. He also had great knowledge of the history, but was also not afraid to admit he didn't know and rather than make an answer up, he would research it and find me the answer. Walt also documented the tour well and gave me several options to pick from.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from WaltonSaipan, Owner at Discover Saipan
Responded Apr 9, 2022
Hey Jerome! I'm glad we were able to do the Tinian tour! It is, indeed, a trip of a lifetime that even the world's seasoned travelers will never make! Always happy to increase my own as well as others' accurate knowledge of these beautiful islands!
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Pinkie T. Anderson wrote a review Nov 2021
Bossier City, Louisiana9 contributions1 helpful vote
Walt took me on a customized Nature trek. At my request, we hiked Forbidden Island. Breathtaking and surreal! The hike isn't easy but Walt is safe, considerate, and super knowledgeable! I cut our hike to Bird Island short because I did not have any more gas in the tank but Walt did! He is super human and also doubles as a photographer capturing moments I could not. Can't wait to sign up for the WWII Pilgrimage Tour and other nature treks!!!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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MommaD wrote a review Feb 2020
Canada2 contributions12 helpful votes
We hope to encourage you to book this tour. With Walt waiting for us at the port in a private rented van, with his the full day itinerary he planned & arranged, anxiously waiting to share his wealth of knowledge and experience; our ship could not dock due to rough seas. Months earlier, we looked for the perfect tour of Saipan, this was it! Booking the tour on Pay Pal was simple. With the unfortunate event of aborting the port, Walt refunded our money back within a day with no fees for an FULL REFUND. We know you should book this Saipan tour as we experienced his associated tour in Guam, with Ed two days earlier. Wonderful experience. Do not hesitate to book both!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from WaltonSaipan, Owner at Discover Saipan
Responded Feb 22, 2020
Thanks so much for the review! I'm happy to have the opportunity to say publicly now, that I was touched and impressed when I received your email saying you'd be happy with a partial refund in consideration of the expenses I incurred. As I mention on my sites and tour policy, I don't believe YOU--the customer--should be have to take a risk and be penalized for simply booking a tour that falls through and gets cancelled--particularly through no fault of your own. So, knowing you certainly didn't have to authorize me to keep some of your payment, I admire your empathy, consideration and greatly appreciate the gesture of generosity. If you, or anyone you refer ever show up here on Saipan, they can request the "MommaD Discount," and that generosity will be extended in the same spirit! Hope your other destinations here in Asia went well! Glad you enjoyed Guam, and hope to see you someday on Saipan!
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mmtrip wrote a review Feb 2020
Kaneohe, Hawaii73 contributions63 helpful votes
I can't say enough wonderful things about Walt and this private tour. We were picked up at the airport and spent an entire day catered to what we wanted to see and do. We enjoyed a personal experience at a private collection of WWII artifacts along with a private viewing of the "long" version of the film at the War Memorial. Not to mention the golf cart trip out onto a luxury golf course to view an amazingly intact rusted tank. No artifact was too obscure or distant to find. Thank goodness Walt doesn't swim or he would have had us out in the water swimming to the abandoned tanks on the reef! I mean this in a good way. We watched and spoke to local canoe carvers, saw beatiful beaches and even climbed a few rocks here and there for a better view of things. There is no way we could have gone to the places we went and have seen all that we saw without Walt's insider knowledge. He is a smart guy who has an interesting perspective on life. If you have one day to spend on Saipan, this is the way to do it!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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