Saipan, Tinian and Rota each present a wealth of historic, cultural and geographic sites that highlight the unique richness of the Northern Marianas. The best part is, you can easily visit a number of significant sites in a single day due to the intimacy of these small islands.
Just south of Bird Island lies the historically-rich Kalabera Cave system. An entranceway of 33 feet high leads to an entry room of 60 feet in height, with a drop-off in the center of the room that leads to a series of lower caverns and tributaries.
Pictographs on the entryroom walls are evidence of the importance of the site to ancient Chamorros. The cave was said to be later used as a prison for Chamorros during the Spanish colonial administration, and a field hospital during the battle for Saipan. Skeletal remains of ancient Chamorros and Japanese soldiers have been discovered in the cave's lower caverns.
Sites on Saipan.