Tinian Hot Pepper Festival

Tinian Cliff Fishing Derby

UPDATE Nov. 1,  2018- CANCELLED We regret to advise the cancellation of the Tinian Cliff Fishing Derby due to recovery efforts following Super Typhoon Yutu.  CANCELLED

The opportunities for sport fishing in The Marianas continue to grow with the 2018 Tinian Cliff Fishing Derby RESCHEDULED TO NOV. 9-11, 2018.

The derby comes on the heals of the Marianas Fishing & Seafood Festival in June, the Saipan International Fishing Tournament and Tinian Youth International Fishing Tournament in July, and Rota Cliff Fishing Derby in August, all co-sponsored by the Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA) as an opportunity to attract more fishermen to the islands.  The MVA is taking the lead on organizing the October derby in Tinian.

The designated derby fishing sites for the Tinian Cliff Fishing Derby will be Puntan Diablo, Fleming Point 1, and Fleming Point 2.  Registration is $20. Derby orientation will be at 5 p.m. on Nov. 9, followed by the start of the derby. The derby will end at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11, followed by an island-style awards banquet the same day.

Cash prizes have also been increased for the most variety, biggest fish, and total weight.  In the most variety and total weight categories, the MVA will award $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, and $200 for 3rd place.  For the biggest fish category, the grand prize will be $1,000, $300 for 2nd place, and $200 for 3rd place.

The weekend event is co-organized by the MVA, 16th Tinian Municipal Council, and Tinian Mayor’s Office with additional support from other government agencies, and MVA members.

For more information visit The Marianas Calendar at www.mymarianas.com or contact MVA Field Operations Supervisor Vida Borja at vborja@mymarianas.com or 1.670.433.9365.

Commuter flights from Saipan to Tinian run throughout the day via Star Marianas.  Accommodations are available at Tinian Ocean View Hotel, Lorrilyn’s Hotel, Fleming Hotel, Green Lion House, and Tinian Street Motel.  Car rentals are available from Avis and Islander Rent-A-Car.

Chief Taga Festival

On Oct. 2-7, 2018, The Marianas will host its first festival in honor of one of its most legendary historic figures, Chamorro chief Taga.

“Gineptin Ha ‘anen Taga’” (Chief Taga Festival) will be held on the island of Tinian, recorded as the place where Taga last lived and was buried.  Tinian is also home to the House of Taga, a landmark on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the site of the largest standing limestone latte stones in the Marianas, which served as support pillars for ancient Chamorro structures.

The event is jointly organized by the Tinian Mayor’s Office, the 16th Tinian Municipal Council, and the Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA).

Activities for the week kick off on Oct. 2 with a festival logo competition for students in The Marianas.  On Oct. 3-5, a panel of scholars will make school presentations at Tinian Elementary School, Tinian Jr./Sr. High School, and Grace Christian Academy Tinian.

On Oct. 6, the festival will welcome all on- and off-island VIPs and special guests.  On Oct. 7, an official opening ceremony will be held at Tinian Festival Grounds in San Jose village.  The day’s activities will include preparation and sale of Chamorro ethnic food, a sling stone throwing demonstration, demonstrations on the various applications of the coconut tree, jewelry making from natural products, and more.

For more information, contact Joseph San Nicolas of the Tinian Mayor’s Office at 1.670.433.1802 or email.joesntiq@gmail.com, the 16th Municipal Council at 1.670.433.3470, or  MVA Field Office Supervisor Vida Borja at vborja@mymarianas.com or 1.670.433.9365.