Northern Mariana Islands prove to be a feast for your tiring eyes with different forms of rainbow hued coral reefs and jewel-like tropical fish thriving in warm coastal waters. With a huge collection of life forms dwelling in submerged areas offshore and a tremendous amount of fauna diversity, this island is a nature lover’s paradise. Situated in the West Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana is strategically located between Hawaii and Philippines. A prominent member of the Micronesian territories of Oceania, it is part of the Mariana Islands archipelago. The terrain of Northern Mariana Islands follows a strange distinction from north to south. The northern islands are composed of volcanic rock whereas the southern islands are made of limestone with level terraces and fringing coral reefs. There are active volcanoes on Anatahan, Pagan and Agrihan and the highest point in the islands is at 965 meters.
Northern Mariana Islands was home to the native tribes of Chamorros and was introduced to the outer world by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Nominally a possession of Spain until 1898, it went under German possession before being ceded to the United States. A new government and constitution of Northern Mariana Islands went into effect in 1978 as a commonwealth in political union with the United States.