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“only place I know of where you get a 360 degree view of the Island of Saipan”
Review of Mt.Tapochao

Ranked #3 of 51 things to do in Saipan
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Anthem, Arizona
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“only place I know of where you get a 360 degree view of the Island of Saipan”
Reviewed 11 May 2012

The view is the whole trip. On this highest point on the island of Saipan the location itself is rather bleak and windswept. Can be full of Asian tourists and tour groups on ATV's and 4-wheelers making the drive up very dusty

Visited April 2012
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Camas
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“Excellent views”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

excellent views of entire Saipan. We hiked the road - easy uphill hike. can drive to the top with good all wheel drive too. Some very good WWII history at the top as well

Visited April 2012
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murphysboro,il
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“beautiful break from the beaches”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

beautiful views all along the drive. Such diversity on such a small island! Be sure and see it all!

Visited March 2011
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Saipan
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“Up In The Clouds”
Reviewed 8 January 2012

Though Mt. Tapochao is not really high enough to be up in the clouds there are times when the clouds are low enough to cover the mountain top.
Obviously the best day (and those are most) is when there isn't a fog over the mountain.
That said, the view from the top is dazzling.
A full 360 degree panarorama of the island lies surrounding you.
One side, the Philippines Sea, and you see the lagoog; the other side, the rigged Pacific Coast and the airport.
It is usually much cooler at the top than at the beaches. You don't need a sweater, but you will notice the difference.
There is an uninteruppted breeze usually from across the Pacific to cool things down.
One other thing - driving to the top can be treacherous - it is a coral paved (if you could call it paved) road and the rains have a way of forming gulleys in the road.
Drive slowly and by all means avoid the 'little' gulleys.
You'll probably find it easier to park a few hundred feet below the top and hike the rest of the way should you find the driving to rough.

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Anthem, Arizona
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“A high place with not much to see”
Reviewed 11 December 2011

It was alright if you like exporing over rough roads to high places but it just takes you up to where the radio towers are; you can get good views and rough roads to drive lots of places on Saipan without the tourist traffic.

Visited December 2011
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