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Rota is one of the Northern Mariana Islands.


  • Songsong - The main village on the island.
  • Sinapalu

Other destinations



Get in

Rota has morning and evening flights to both Guam and Saipan on Freedom Airlines. 4 times a week Cape Air stops in Rota on its way between Guam and Saipan.

Until November 28, 2009, U.S. travelers required passports and had to pass through CNMI Immigration and Customs, as Saipan and the CNMI were considered international locations. On that date the CNMI Covenant required that the CNMI Federalization of Immigration law became effective. The CNMI remains under CNMI Customs laws.

The Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America defines the unique relationship between the Northern Mariana Islands and the United States, recognizing U.S. sovereignty but limiting, in some respects, applicability of federal law. The Covenant was negotiated over the course of twenty-seven months (December 1972 to February 1975) by the Marianas Political Status Commission (an organization representing the Northern Mariana Islands) and a delegation representing the United States. The proposed Covenant was signed by negotiators on February 15, 1975, at Saipan. The Covenant is codified at 48 U.S.C. § 1801 note, reprinted in the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Code (with case annotations) and is also sold in pamphlet format by the Commonwealth Law Revision Commission.

Pursuant to Section 1003(a), some Covenant provisions became effective on March 24, 1976, the date of final approval. Remaining provisions took effect on January 9, 1978, and November 4, 1986, the dates specified in Presidential proclamations issued pursuant to Section 1003(b)-(c). On the latter date, qualified residents of the Northern Mariana Islands became U.S. citizens. On June 29, 2009 U.S. Immigration Laws were to take effect, however, they were delayed until November 28, 2009.

U.S. Public Law 94-241, § 1, Mar. 24, 1976, 90 Stat. 263, the measure approving the Covenant, was originally reprinted in the U.S. Code in a note under 48 U.S.C. § 1681. In an official edition of the U.S. Code published in 1986, several provisions of the act were codified (as amended) as 48 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1805. (See also C-201 et seq.)

The Covenant is an agreement entered into between the United States government and the government and people of the Northern Mariana Islands. The parties entered into agreement as two separate but equal sovereign entities. The Covenant governs the relationship between the parties.

Get around

Car rentals are available. It is considered polite in Rota to wave (simply raising your hand on the steering wheel will do) at ALL cars when driving.


Rota has ancient quarries where the original latte stones were dug out.


Scuba. Rota is known for its excellent underwater visibility, especially in the dry season.


Tokyo En. serves good Japanese food in an authentic atmostphere, and is a mainstay among the island's mostly Japanese tourists.

As Paris serves a decent breakfast, flat beer, and a lackluster lunch/dinner menu.



Small hotels and guesthouses are the mainstay of Rota's tourist economy.

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