Pediatric oncology and hematology in Saipan

In between my first time in Saipan and this return, I spent a year in California doing some extra training in pediatric hematology/oncology. As many people don’t know, becoming an oncologist (a doctor with a specialization in cancer) also means that you become a hematologist (a doctor with specialization in blood problems). In the adult world, there is a growing separation between the two fields but in pediatrics they still remain closely tied. I am guessing that the reason this started was that because many cancers — especially cancers in kids — are in the blood. Bone marrow is what I describe as the “garden” where blood grows and pediatric hematologists/oncologists are also those that do bone marrow transplants in kids.

I always have been interested in hematology/oncology from the very beginning of when I decided that I wanted to be a doctor so being a physician here in Saipan AND practicing as a specialist in hematology and oncology is quite literally unheard of. Just as it has been challenging (in a good way) to practice pediatrics here in a relatively under-resourced (but not completely under-resourced) setting, it has also been challenging and rewarding to practice hematology-oncology here. One of the best parts of practicing medicine here is that I get to provide some services that may not have been available before. Being able to provide this when patients would have had to go off-island often for extended periods of time and be away from their families has been extremely rewarding.

Some examples of things that I have done include specialized tests of the bone marrow (on adults) that previously were not available on island, been available to discuss the cases (also known as ‘consulting’ in the medical world) on patients that have complicated bleeding or clotting problems, and.. what I love, taking care of kids with cancer and bleeding problems. One of the joys has also been being able to finally diagnose and tell people what their problem has been after many years of them just being told no one knew for sure. (And, obviously, this helps them get the right treatment they need!)

Just the other night, I got to participate in a celebration of patients with life-threatening conditions — a Make-A-Wish foundation fundraiser at my friends’ bar and grill — Naked Fish! Here are some pictures.

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It was a great night with some yummy food. I was on call at the hospital unfortunately at the same time as the event so couldn’t stay the whole time and had to run, but was glad I got to participate. IMG_2259

Here is the only board member of Make-A-Wish Guam division that lives in Saipan with her husband who was the raffle prize MC for the night.  IMG_2264

Here is everyone watching as one of the Make-A-Wish recipients sharing her experience. It was such a pleasure to hear this young lady talk about how she was blessed by the organization. IMG_2266

There was a band up for the night that provided some live entertainment as well.

You’ll hear soon about a bleeding disorder conference that I am helping to organize here in the CNMI on Saipan. It will include educational sessions for all the nurses, doctors, school PE teachers, physical therapists, dentists, dental hygienists, etc on island as well as a weekend ‘camp’ for families with someone affected by a bleeding disorder. It’s been great to be able to provide this subspecialty care not only in the hospital and with patients but also participate in the community in these kinds of ways.

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Dragon’s breath (blowhole) and Lookout Point Hike

It seems there’s been a little hiking club formed for monthly hikes to different locales in Saipan (see prior post from Naftan point) and this month, we went on a short hike to some wonderful viewpoints.

This hike would be less of a lengthy hike but perhaps challenging in a different way with an opportunity to do some coral scrambling if you felt like it. We started in the morning with a bit of scattered downpours but knew the cover of the jungle would keep us relatively dry. I am trying to mark out where to go so others that may read this may know how to recreate these hikes — but it’s probably something that you kind of have to have an idea of the Marpi area.

As you are driving up towards Marpi – stay on Middle Road. As you drive north, you will pass Marianas Resort and the turn-off for Wing Beach. Continue on the road and you will see the Buddhist temple on your right. About 1/4 mile after that is where we started the trailhead.

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At the start, look for the red-orange arrow painted on the road with the orange tag flagged on the tree (see better picture of road arrow below). This entrance leads to Lookout point.

From there, we walked into the jungle and followed the marked path with the orange tags. The path is definitely not a ‘walking trail’ but more of a gnarly weaving through the jungle.

 

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Here you can see the long snake of people that weaved through the path and can see how there are dips in the path where you have to do a bit of ups and downs. I put on high socks for this walk since I knew there’d be plenty of uncleared walkway that I’d be schlepping through. We picked our way through the trail to get to the first lookout point.

 

 

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We turned left at the double marking down the path to the lookout point.

Unfortunately at this point the rain was picking up slightly so when we looked out through the little hole in the jungle to see some of the west coast of the island, the waters weren’t exactly as blue as they could have been. This is looking south from the Lookout Point along the west coast towards what presumably is Wing Beach on the other side of the cliffs.

 

 

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One of my friends who shot a picture just a few minutes earlier shows what it is like if it was just slightly sunnier.

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Backtracking from there we got back on the path we were just on and turned left (heading more north again) to get to another viewpoint.

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Looking northward along the western coast of the island you can see the tidepools that dot the edges of the cliffs.

Here’s a picture from this exact same spot shared by our hiking guide on a clear day.. beautiful, right?

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I guess this means I’ll have to come back with the group on a non-rainy day!

IMG_2148There were some interesting trees around with what looks liked roots extending down from their trunk that were easily visible.

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Here you can see a ?breadfruit tree on the left with a large fruit.

 

From there we took the path back to the original starting place. This portion was just a short trek but definitely would not have found it without clear markings. By the time we got back to where our cars were, the clouds had moved away.

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Where we originally ended for the first Lookout Point hike is marked not only with the orange tag but also this red-orange arrow on the road. In the picture above, you can see that about a dozen feet down from this entrance is another entrance — that’s where we went next.

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Here was the entrance — actually looking more like a hiking trail with some clearance. Just after you enter, you will go down into a gully that is marked by a stone wall — this will help you know you are in the correct place. IMG_2220

Then, we followed the trail down to the blowhole. I’ve been wanting to go where this sound comes from since you can hear the blowhole from the road. I actually didn’t know this is where we were going to go because I had been told we were going to “Dragon’s breath” so I assumed it was somewhere I hadn’t heard of before. But, many things and beaches on island have been named by various people at various times so.. depending on who you talk to, you may be talking about the same thing but not know! Well, Dragon’s breath is the same thing as the blowhole and that’s where we went next. I must say.. Dragon’s breath is a slightly superior name to blowhole!

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Here’s our route.. You can tell that the GPS isn’t totally accurate. The more northward trail is the lookout point trail and the more southern squiggly path was the blowhole trail but… we definitely did NOT go into the water so that’s slightly off.

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(You can see the veteran’s cemetery in this aerial view — the triangular thing in the upper righthand corner)

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As you can see.. not exactly what people might think of a trail but when you are on it, it’s actually pretty clear. And then you pop out to .. this view.

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Here’s a video that’s a 360 degree view of the area that you pop out at. Not only is the shoreline beautiful, but also the forested area behind you.

From there, we listened to the blowhole — which is really just the sound of the waves coming into what must be a thin cave under the coral rocks. As you were standing on the old coral,  you could feel air escaping through some of the cracks beneath you — causing this loud sound. You can see a wisp of mist again coming out in this video.

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You can see the little tidepools from this area — always beautiful with crystal clear water in them.

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From there we rock scrambled around a bit (and took a million pictures).

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The nice thing about going with a group besides finding these places but also exploring random nooks and crannies together. See where the person on the left of the picture above is…

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(This is a picture taken from there!)

We ended up hanging out and climbing around for awhile and just enjoying the scenery (and some snacks). Afterwards, we took the same path we came on back to the road.

All in all a very short but worthwhile hike that is actually quite accessible from the road. The total distance including all the rock scrambling (I left my GPS watch the whole time) was 0.82 miles total and took us 1 hr and 38 minutes. Not quite running speed .. haha.

Thanks for reading this long post — I know I haven’t been posting as much as I have been a bit busy with work and preparing a weeklong educational seminar on bleeding disorders — more to come about that soon!

Until then.. a double rainbow picture from my porch yesterday morning after the rain.

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PIC Half Marathon

Last weekend, I participated in one of Saipan’s running races — the PIC Road Race and so wanted to give you a recap of what happened. Sorry for the lack of pictures but it was raining so I decided to leave my phone at home.

The PIC Road Race combined a few races into one event that probably got a total of about 70 (or more) people out on the road running. The events included a team relay (four people each doing 5k), a 10k run, and a half marathon (= 20k = 13.1 miles). I signed up for the half marathon although I haven’t been running as much as I usually do in light of the recent rainy season. I started thinking about running longer distances when I was in Tinian which was just a few weeks prior to the race.

Here’s a picture of the path I went — basically up and down half the island.

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I knew I could finish the distance but knew that how I did overall would be dependent on the weather. After a few days of nonstop rain, it cleared up at the end of the week — which was good for everyone else but made me nervous that it would be a clear morning with the sun coming out in full force by about 7 AM.

The day before after work, I went down to PIC to pick up my race packet. There was a ton of traffic because of the recent elections. Because of a lack of majority in the gubernatorial race, there will be a run-off election on November 21st and last Friday, both support teams of the two candidate pairs were out in full force on the roads with signs. There was a lot of honking around — and I wasn’t entirely sure that the honking meant they were in support of whomever candidate or they were angry at them. All I knew was that I was pretty scared that some child would run out into the street and get hit by a slow moving car … and that it was taking me much longer than usual to drive to PIC!

I arrived fortunately in time after work to pick up my packet and noticed that the sun was just setting. I pulled over into the park next to PIC to enjoy it before going for dinner to load up on carbohydrates (so my tummy was ready for the race the next morning!)

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(My idea of carbo-loading! Vietnamese noodles!.. and yes, I did eat all of that by myself.)

The race was scheduled to start at 5:30 AM from the PIC hotel/resort which is basically on the Southwestern point of the island. As I awoke at 4 AM (ack! so early!) I heard the rain gently falling outside which was so reassuring to me. If the rain kept up, it would keep the course cool and shady throughout.

Just walking to the start line and registration, I already was pretty wet — which wasn’t exactly fun, but at least it wasn’t super cold. We started basically on time and .. were off!

Here were my splits as recorded by my Garmin Forerunner 210 watch.

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You can see I started out on the slow side, which was probably part of my saving grace! I had the energy to speed up as I reached about the halfway point. I picked up speed as I saw other people who had earlier pulled ahead of me. I honestly kept my mind busy with calculating my speed and estimated end time. A previous half marathon in Napa had left me with a time of 2:12:30 which was my fastest time ever. As I got closer and closer to the finish line, I knew keeping up with a 9-ish minute pace would put me just under my previous record. The last mile was a bit difficult though — especially because it is a straight line on the road. I could see the finish line because of the large inflatable thing they had put up — and it seemed so close, but also so far as it didn’t seem to get larger as I thought I moved forward. Because I knew seconds counted, I tried not to let my head get to me and fortunately kept running all the way through to the end.

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And then.. surprisingly, I won third place in my age group! The race allowed you to put down your estimated time on your registration (with a race to be given to the person who ran their race closest to their estimated time) and I had put down 2:23:40 thinking that most likely I’d run a half marathon at around the 2:20 mark — and if I was truly slow, could give myself another 3:40 of grace period so even if I was in the last place, I could time myself so I could arrive right at the time of my estimated time ;) Yes, I acknowledge that is cheating the system but I needed some consolation for being last! There were only 5 women in my age group and when I registered they showed me all their estimated times — which were all significantly lower than my estimated 2:23:40 so I was able to go into the race knowing that I would just be doing this for the personal fun of running a half marathon in Saipan (my first, believe it or not!). For winning third place, I got a pass to use the waterpark at PIC as well as their buffet lunch — not bad!

I guess that large dinner paid off! I also have to thank the weather for cooperating because once the sun starts hitting Beach Road — it can feel warm very quickly! It lightly drizzled the whole time. Also, grateful for another great time racing with friends (since, as per usual with races here in Saipan, I knew most of the people).

Here’s the newspaper article about the race published on Monday (http://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/guam-runner-rules-pic-half-marathon/)

 

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Other Tinian things

Honestly, just a photo dump of all the other things I saw and did while I was in Tinian. I really did get a mini-vacation out of the trip (although read to the bottom about my thoughts on the work there) and definitely whipped out my iPhone everywhere to take pictures. IMG_1903

Here’s a picture on the way back from the atomic bomb pits of the Voice of America radio station towers on Tinian. When I was here before and my parents visited, a friend of mine flew us around in a little plane and immediately when he signalled “VOA” to my dad when he asked about those towers he knew what they were.. I had no idea…. (part of my general cluelessness)  IMG_1958

From a morning run on their version of ‘Beach Road’ path — this is the main harbor/beach area of Tinian and there is definitely still wreckage around from WWII. IMG_1957

I honestly couldn’t tell what that used to be.. but I’m sure something complicated and important. IMG_1951

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The Tinian old dock — used to be the main place people docked for the commerce in Tinian and is right by where the Taga House is. IMG_1948Here is part of what was found in an archeologic dig in this area as they were re-making the port of Tinian.

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A shaky panoramic of sunrise from the dock.

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Yup.. apparently Northern Marianas College has these two buildings here. I just thought it was funny how a college just consisted of two buildings — but good for them for extending some educational opportunities to Tinian too!IMG_1942

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Apparently the Japanese crematory — a little weird. IMG_1904

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These two are my favorite pictures from a morning run at sunrise. Beautiful and peaceful and just a really calm way to start my morning before work.    IMG_1890

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Another view of sunrise — this picture (because of flame tree’s silhouette there I guess) reminded me of pictures I took in Swaziland on safari. IMG_1886

Farmland.. with a view of Saipan in the distance! IMG_1885

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Old San Jose Church tower.

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I actually saw this the day I was about to leave — apparently I was advertised all over the island. I do want to comment that while there were many times where I was working on either other administrative or educational things while I was in the clinic, the patients that I did see were really quite worth my seeing. In particular, I saw a few families with common (or uncommon) hematologic (aka blood-related) disorders. The patients here are so appreciative and the fact that I not only am a pediatrician (which is kind of considered a specialist already) and THEN a (not quite officially yet) hematologist was beyond their expectations. Some of the patients have wished for off island referrals to the Philippines or the States for many years — just sitting there, waiting for the funding to be available to see someone with some specialized knowledge in bleeding disorders. It was a pleasure to be able to provide that service to them. IMG_1959

And.. last picture.. my boarding pass for the trip home. “Dark green flight now boarding”

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Atomic Bomb Pits

The most common reason that I encounter people that know about the existence of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) or Saipan (besides the fact that they know me) is that they are a World War II buff. During World War II, the CNMI and the Marianas Islands were part of the inner line of defense for the Japanese in the Pacific. In fact, these were integral islands to Japan’s economy from even before the war when there were sugar plantations. The sugar plantations were a key to business here in Saipan and there actually used to be a railroad on island with quite a bustling town in Garapan (where now the hospital and main village is located). This meant there were a number of civilians from Japanese who inhabited this area in addition to local Chamorros.

As the World War wore on, the United States saw the kamikaze style of the Japanese in the Pacific and knew that an attack on the islands of Japan would be very costly. As part of their strategy, the Allied forces looked to take over the Marianas islands in order to serve as a base for the new B-29 bombers who had a flight range that would be able to take them over Japan’s major cities and back to the Marianas.

The Battle of Saipan ended up being a pivotal battle in the war and started in mid-June in 1944 right after the European battle was being launched from the other coast of the States. There is a good video describing the history of Saipan in the American Memorial Park here that is definitely worth a watch to get an idea of more of these details.

Long story short, it was quite a battle with many lives lost fought both on land, air and sea and also led sadly to quite a number of suicides (including local and Japanese civilians) as propaganda from the Japanese had led people to believe that the Allied forces would do horrible things if they captured the island.

The island of Tinian was captured next after Guam and unfortunately, there were also suicides in Tinian for the same reason (see post about Tinian’s suicide cliff here). Both Tinian and Saipan had large airstrips built but eventually Tinian’s air strip was chosen as that from which to launch the B-29 bomber known as the Enola Gay. As many know, the Enola Gay flew from Tinian eventually over Hiroshima (and Nagasaki) where the atomic bomb was dropped which effectively ended the war.

There are markings that have been preserved where the atomic bombs were loaded from pits into the belly of the Enola Gay, so I went to take a look. Both times I have tried to drive to the atomic bomb pits have left me a bit lost honestly! The roads are not cleared well since no one really is up in that area (although recently (September of this year) there was Operation Forager Fury on Tinian that cleared out some of the landing zones up there).

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(Taking an artsy picture of the tall grass growing around the roads up in northern Tinian)

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It’s hard to get an idea of scale but you can make out a dark spot in the horizon of this picture on the road — that’s a truck. This is a picture of the not-so-cleared historical runway (there are about 5 of them). The runways here were the busiest in the whole war supposedly.

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You can actually see the runways from this picture from my plane ride from Saipan.

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When you finally get there, you see a large … parking lot .. or cement covered area with two little pyramids of glass.

IMG_1894It may not look it.. but it’s a national historic landmark!

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They basically are just a pit in the ground and the glass is just to protect the area. Inside are pictures of the actual loading of the bomb.

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You can see the ladder rungs in the pit.. and you can see it in the picture above with the bomb in the picture.

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You can see the back of the plane here (with the viewing station for the bomb dropping on the back). It basically would back over the pit and then the bomb would be loaded under the plane. Did you know the Enola Gay was named after a person? .. apparently the mother of the pilot who flew the bomber was named Enola Gay Tibbets.

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Really quite interesting but war is a terrible terrible thing. I hope nothing like this ever happens or comes down to this again.

Thanks for reading and last post to come soon about some scenery from Tinian. Hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend. It’s been raining nonstop here since Halloween and it has cooled down — this is as closest to fall it gets so I am enjoying it and occasionally unnecessarily wearing sweatpants (and turning on the air conditioning … just for a little bit of time!).

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Tinian’s Suicide Cliff and Limestone Forest Trail

(FYI, I am back in Saipan already but wanted to catch up on a few other things on Tinian).

One of the other things I did in Tinian was visit a few of their sites. I came equipped with a tourist map (pretty much as much information as you might possibly get — which is still relatively limited) and knew that with the benefit of having a car at my disposal, I would be able to visit a few places.

Let me just say though… gas is a BIT pricier here… even more so than Saipan (which fortunately just lowered it’s cost by 10 cents so now is $4.80 a gallon).
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I felt 100% like a tourist and definitely played the role — going somewhere and snapping a few pictures. At least I sat and ate my packed lunch at Suicide Cliff and chatted with some tourists there, welcoming them to the CNMI.

From the Tinian Dynasty hotel, you can head south and stay on the road while it veers to the left instead of taking the offshoot to Tachonga Beach. Then, turn right at the first four-way intersection and follow the road. It’s probably about a 3 mile drive before getting to the end, at Tinian’s Suicide Beach.

On the way towards this, you will pass a sign for the ‘Limestone Forest Trail.’ Intrigued and with the knowledge that this 100 m trail (honestly, it was just 100 m… super duper short) got me to a lookout point, I took the short offshoot.

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The trail was not unlike other trails in Saipan — coral (and I guess limestone?) with trees surrounding it in formations around you.

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At the end of the trail, the view looks out on the western side of Tinian — similarly to Saipan, also the side that is most populated. You can see the hotel here as well as all the ‘town.’

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Back on the road, you continue to follow it all the way to the end and as you crest the last hill, you catch a glimpse of the blue ocean. Something about seeing the ocean continues to take my breath away. At this historic site, unfortunately there were similarly lost lives from Suicide as the war took its tolls on the local Japanese living here as well as some of the local islanders. There were a few monuments around.

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This particular monument seemed like a perfect combination of Chinese calligraphy and a crack down the middle weathered over time. Something about it just seemed to capture the essence of the sadness and pain that occurred on this spot even though I couldn’t read the kanji characters.

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Most of the signs were in Japanese except for these two plaques in English. I wish I could read what they said to know more about what happened and was being sadly commemorated here.

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The water in this small cove were perfectly blue and it was nice to sit in a shaded spot and just quietly watch the waves hit the shoreline. Sometimes it’s good to just take a breather and remind yourself of the bigger picture of things — so grateful for a break in my day at this beautiful and quiet (and now peaceful) place to take a moment.

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Taga and Tachonga Beaches

Now that you know the history of Taga, you know why the most popular beach in Tinian is called Taga Beach. It is basically across the street from the Tinian Dynasty hotel and casino so it’s a popular tourist destination too. Just 1/4 mile south of Taga Beach is Tachonga Beach where tourists can go during the day to rent jet skis, learn how to dive, and rent snorkels.

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On my first day, I had a chance to drive around during my lunch hour since I packed my lunch with me from Saipan. The sun was out and the waters were sparkling so I made my way over to Taga Beach. In the mid-day sun no tourists were out although there were some locals taking their lunch break by the beach.

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The waters, just like in Saipan, are the clearest water that I’ve ever seen. The novelty of this beach is partially that the sands are really quite smooth. There aren’t many rocks or coral pieces on the shoreline nor are there really any when you first enter the water. (Also, because the surf comes in and it’s not so flat, there aren’t any of the sea slugs either!)

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Taga Beach has this manmade platform flanked by latte stone shaped fencing. At the end of the platform, the water is deep enough that you can jump off directly into the water. I’d estimate the height of the platform as about 10 feet. Not on the first day, but on another day when I visited there were plenty of other tourists around and I took the plunge off the platform. It reminded me of my swim team days and going to the big local pool where they had diving teams and platforms at that height (and higher).

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After seeing this during the day, I knew I had to get in the water after work that day so I grabbed my snorkeling gear and changed, applied copious amounts of sunblock and went to Tachonga Beach. I decided to start off here because there’s easier access to the water here rather than going down the stairs (or jumping off a platform) to get into the water at Taga Beach.

When I parked, I saw portraits being taken — the fact that these two girls were in what I would consider full bridal gowns made me a bit confused. Were they getting married? (There was another older man with them both, but they didn’t seem young enough to be his daughters either). They posed in the tall grass for what I can only assume will be some memorable portraits (although wonder why they didn’t turn around and walk on the beach at least!)

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At Tachonga, I jumped into the water and snorkeled out. There’s an area between Tachonga and Taga where the coral is and this area is teeming with fish. One of my favorite things is seeing a whole school of tiny fish swimming around together and there were plenty of little schools of fish around.

And then, out of the corner of my eye I saw something swim by quickly.. a sea turtle! I literally spoke out loud into my snorkel while my face was under water “a sea turtle!” to no one in particular since all the tourists on the beach probably don’t understand English. It swam away so quickly that by the time I had stood up to excitedly tell someone around about this, it was gone. (I explained this to the tourists on the beach in Mandarin but they looked at me and were like.. no, we don’t want to swim in the water. I was like.. WHAT?! I just told you I saw a sea turtle right here about 15 feet from where you are standing and you don’t want to get wet so you are just standing there?)

I kept swimming around and looking at a lot of the cool fish (I say this all the time — snorkeling here is like you are in a humongous aquarium — like Nemo’s aquarium except a million times better) and then I spotted another sea turtle surfacing and diving in the distance. It was really quite majestic to watch. As that turtle swam off into the distance, I happened to look down and see ANOTHER sea turtle nibbling on some of the algae covering the coral. This one was literally about 10 feet below me (perfectly clear visibility) so I got to follow it around for awhile. I’m not going to lie — I basically stalked it. It was such a treat to watch the turtle go about it’s daily business — eating, swimming about, surfacing and diving down again. The turtles were all about 3 feet in length from my estimate. I went back on a separate day to swim and tested by theory that maybe I was hallucinating and it was just one turtle that I kept seeing over and over again although I swore they were in different places — and I saw two at once!IMG_1855
(View from Tachonga Beach)

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See the tourists — and if you are wondering, yes.. they are wearing matching shorts and Tshirts. I took this picture obviously when I came out of the water. I wanted to insert an arrow in the middle of the picture saying.. ‘turtle sighting here.’

Honestly, after the excitement wore off (it took awhile for it to wear off!), I realized that most likely this is a commonplace thing in Tinian but just that I hadn’t talked to people about the snorkeling in Tinian so didn’t know. It’s okay if everyone else that goes to Tinian sees turtles — because I didn’t know to expect it, it was so much more of an exciting surprise.

IMG_1870I sat and watched the sunset here (secretly reliving my turtle sightings).

And courtesy of my favorite new function on my iPhone – time lapse camera (came with iOS 8) – a video of sunset!

 

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