Tinian Hot Pepper Festival

If you’ve never biked the quiet roadways and backtrails of Tinian, the 15th Annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival Feb. 16-17, 2019, in The Marianas will make it easier than ever with free transportation for bike racers from Saipan to Tinian.

The 65K Pika Bike Race will be held on Feb. 16 at 6 a.m. and will begin and end at the festival site at Kammer Beach.   Bikers from Saipan who register for the race will be able to travel on the Feb. 15 ferry to Tinian at 5 p.m.

To register for the 65K Pika Bike Race and avail of free ferry on Feb. 15, bikers may contact Alex Gozon at alexgozon@yahoo.com or 1.670.234.5416 or Dawn Sarmiento at dawnsarmiento@yahoo.com.

The MVA will offer ferry service between Tinian and Saipan on Feb. 15-18, 2018.  The ferry schedule is: Feb. 15, departing Saipan at 5 p.m. and departing Tinian that evening; Feb. 16, departing Saipan at 9 a.m. and departing Tinian at 4 p.m.; Feb. 17, departing Saipan at 9 a.m. and departing Tinian at 4 p.m.; and Feb. 18, departing Saipan at 8 a.m. and departing Tinian at 12 p.m.   The Super Emerald ferry will depart from the Commonwealth Ports Authority dock in Lower Base, passengers and must check in one hour before departure.

Ferry round trip cost is $25 for ages 3-11, $35 for ages 12 and older, and free for children ages 0-2.  For one way, the cost is $10 for ages 3-11, $18 for ages 12 and older, and free for children ages 0-2.  Advance ticket purchase is required and will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.  Ticket purchases may be made at the MVA Office in Tinian or Saipan.  Cash payments only will be accepted.

A repertoire of old and new competitions is also in the works, according to Concepcion.  Other activities during the weekend include live entertainment, a variety of local dishes for sale, indigenous craft sales, and games such as umang (hermit crab) races and beach volleyball.

Campgrounds are open to the public at Kammer Beach, which has restrooms and showers.

The event is co-organized by the Tinian Mayor’s Office andTinian Municipal Council and sponsored byBicycling Association of Tinian and MVA members.  Available hotels on island are Tinian Ocean View and Lorilynn’s Hotel.  Air service from Saipan to Tinian is provided by Star Marianas.  Airport shuttle will be offered by the MVA to and from the festival site, which will be in San Jose village.

For more information on the Tinian Hot Pepper Festival, visit The Marianas Calendar at www.mymarianas.com or the MVA Facebook page, call the MVA Tinian office at 1.670.433.9365, or email MVA Tinian Field Supervisor Vida Borja at vborja@mymarianas.com.


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.