14 Jul 2014
- By Junhan B. Todiño - email@example.com - Variety News Staff
DISCOVER Pagan 2014 organizers and planners presented to Pacific Development Inc. the tour map for Silver Sea Explorer passengers who will visit the volcanic island on Sept. 28.
Jerome K. Aldan of Discover Pagan 2014 and chief of staff of the Northern Islands mayor’s office met recently with Gordon Marciano, director PDI, the official land operator and tour guide of the cruise ship.
Aldan said the tour sites include the village church, the Zero plane-Ginja monument, the airstrip, lava flow and Chalan Talu Lookout.
“These sites are chosen based on their proximity and the time required of our visitors to travel on to them foot, given that the shore time on Pagan is limited to four to six hours,” Aldan told Marciano.
He said tour guides are ready to extend whatever assistance is necessary for the “maximum enjoyment and safety” of the visitors.
“The selected sites will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to those unfamiliar with frontier living in remote islands,” he added.
Aldan together with consultant former Rep. William Torres, who is also a Discover Pagan 2014 planner, presented another option which consists of sightseeing, a tour of Pagan’s outer lake, dolphin watching near the south and north bay, a hike to the old village on the back side of the island in Regusa, and a cruise around the island before voyaging to Saipan.
As an added attraction, Aldan said, the finale of the visit could be a taste of Pagan’s fresh coconuts while visitors select local crafts for purchase.
Any remaining time could be spent showing the visitors coconut leaf-weaving techniques, including hat-making with coconut leaves.
Visitors could also take photos on the black sand beach, Aldan said.
In an interview, Marciano said he and his team will visit Pagan before the arrival of the cruise ship to personally visit the tour sites.
He said PDI will also aggressively promote the Northern Islands as another CNMI tourist attraction.