White sandy beaches and crystal clear water – that is Saipan. Our first adventure out, we explored our resort. It is amazing resort with all sorts of activities to keep everyone busy. There is a small playground, rock wall climbing, snorkeling, paddle boats, kayaks, a small water park area for the littlest of guest, 2 water slides, tether ball, volley ball, a lazy river, basketball, tennis, water walk, miniature golf, windsurfing, several pools, a kids club, 3 restaurants and of course the white sandy beach. This beachfront was a little different than any I have ever been to, as there were NO waves. Hubby didn’t like this about the beach, however I loved it. I get a little freaked out by waves, and it was great for the little kids, they weren’t being knocked down by waves coming in. This was the first time boys 2 & 3 have ever been to the ocean. Boy 2 settled right in, running and playing in the water. Boy 3 liked it until he got his hands sandy…. he just stood there with his hands up saying “I dirty, I dirty”. He really enjoyed the paddle boats, kayaks & hanging out in the lazy river and swimming pools.
Boy 1 really enjoyed the rock wall. He did this several times and he even got me to try it. I think he was quite impressed that his mom could climb the wall. However he did go to level 3, and I only went to level 2 of the wall. (I could have made it on level 3 if I had just tried :)
Girl tried snorkeling for the first time and she did GREAT! She snorkeled all over the place checking out the beautiful fish. There were tons of little fish everywhere, you didn’t even have to snorkel to see them the water was so clear. By the last day of our trip we could barely keep up with her. Girl also tried her hand at windsurfing.
On our last day, boy 2 decided to try snorkeling. He was a bit nervous, but really wanted to try it. He tried to back out several times, but finally stuck his face in. Once he realized it wasn't scary he was pointing fish out left and right, I could barely keep up with what he was pointing at. His best find was some sort of sea snake, we followed it all over for quite some time.
Being in Saipan was a bit sad too. The beach our resort sat on, San Antonio Beach, in WWII over 20,000 US service members lost there lives here. It was hard sitting on this beach knowing this. Saipan has a ton of WWII history. For those of you that did not know, (I didn’t even know that Saipan existed before we moved to Korea) Saipan is a US Territory.