14 Nov 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
MANAGAHA, the most visited tourist destination on Saipan, has reopened after the concessionaire Tasi Tours and its partners completed the removal of typhoon debris.
Managaha had been ready for reopening since Friday after it was inspected by the Department of Public Lands, said Masato Tezuka, Tasi Tours and Transportation president and general manager of Pacific Micronesia Tours Inc.
“The facilities are now open for everyone to enjoy. It is a particularly great time to visit because the beaches are empty of tourists and the waters are sparkling clear for snorkeling,” he added.
Tezuka said there will be no marine sports operation, gift shop or food and beverages, adding that they cannot compel vendors to operate due to lack of tourists.
But Tasi Tours will provide beach chairs and parasols to use for free, he said. They will also offer half-price for rental gear. A snorkel set, for example, is $7 only for the whole day. Barbeque pits are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Lifeguards, restrooms and showers will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tezuka said boat ride will be available on Nov. 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27 and 29. The boat will depart from the submarine dock at Pacific Subsea in Lower Base at 9 a.m. and the return trip from Managaha is scheduled for noon and 3 p.m.
“Tasi Tours welcomes everyone to enjoy Managaha as a park for the last two weeks of November. It is a rare opportunity to enjoy the island without crowds and to take a brief vacation from the stress of the recent typhoon,” Tezuka said.
He said CNMI residents will be given free tickets at the Tasi Tours office upon showing a valid photo ID such as a CNMI driver’s license, mayor’s ID or student identification card, birth certificate or passport for children four years old or younger. Children must be accompanied by adults.
Tezuka said CNMI resident can use bus transfer free of charge, but they have to come to selected hotels for pick up.
Nonresidents such as Federal Emergency Management Agency staffers, military personnel and other aid volunteers will be issued round-trip tickets at a discounted rate of $10 for boat transportation. If hotel transfer is required, a bus will pick the customers for $5 from the hotel.
Call Tasi Tours at 237-4259 for more information. Free tickets are not issued at the boat. For boat or bus seat reservation, call 234-7148.
Tickets will be sold for cash on the boat if there are seats available.
Tezuka said the law requires the Department of Public Lands to collect a $5 landing fee at the Managaha pier from nonresidents.
Tezuka said more than 70 percent of incoming visitors spend at least one day on Managaha. On a regular day, he said they cater to more than 1,000 tourists.
He said Managaha did not sustain major damage from Typhoon Yutu.
“The pier is good,” he said, adding they started cleaning up on Oct. 28 and completed it on Nov. 10.
Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion thanked DPL and Tasi Tours for reopening Managaha to visitors and residents.
“At a time of calamity and distress in our community, a day trip to Managaha can go a long way in relieving some of the stress our people feel in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu,” he said.
He said Managaha is the top attraction in the CNMI so reopening it sends a message to the people and the world that the Commonwealth is again open for business and ready to resume a sense of normalcy at this difficult time.
“Managaha has always been that perfect getaway for CNMI residents, and now we can enjoy it with limited amenities and minimal people free of charge thanks to Tasi Tours,” Concepcion said.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108858-tasi-tours-reopens-managaha