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Ferry available for Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 17-18

(MVA) — For bikers and others heading to the 14th Tinian Hot Pepper Festival on Feb. 17-18, 2018, ferry service will be available from Saipan on Feb. 16-19.

The Super Emerald ferry schedule is: Feb. 16, departing Saipan at 6 p.m. and departing Tinian at 8:30 p.m.; Feb. 17, departing Saipan at 9 a.m. and departing Tinian at 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, departing Saipan at 9 a.m. and departing Tinian at 5 p.m.; and Feb. 19, departing Saipan at 8 a.m. and departing Tinian at 12 p.m.   Passengers will depart from the Commonwealth Ports Authority dock in Lowe Base and must check in one hour before departure.

Ferry round trip cost is $20 for ages 3-11, $35 for ages 12 and older, and free for children ages 0-2. For one way, the cost is $10 for ages 3-11, $18 for ages 12 and older, and free for children ages 0-2.  

Advance ticket purchase is required and will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. Passengers are allowed up to 70 lbs. of cargo, including bicycles. A $10 fee will be charged for additional cargo. Ticket purchases may be made at the MVA office in Tinian and Saipan. Cash payments only will be accepted.

The festival highlights Tinian’s famously potent “donni sali” pepper. The event is also co-organized by the Tinian Mayor’s Office and the 16th Tinian Municipal Council and sponsored by MVA members.

Activities will include the road/off road 65K Pika Bike Race on Feb. 17 at 6 a.m., cooking competitions, indigenous craft sales, and live entertainment including cultural dances.

Sample a variety of local dishes, catch the umang (hermit crab), join numerous sports activities (including beach volleyball), cook your best “kadun pika” (spicy stew), xha-cha to the championship, arm wrestle or join the donni sali eating competition, itself. Festival times will be from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on both days.

“As one of MVA’s annual signature event, the Tinian Hot Pepper Festival just keeps growing in popularity each year,” said MVA community projects manager Martin Duenas. “It’s a perfect President’s Day weekend getaway with family or friends, and we look forward to sharing Tinian’s charm and hospitality with more visitors this year.”

Tinian is also accessible within minutes of Saipan via airplane or via connecting flights from Rota and Guam. Air service to Tinian is provided by Star Marianas. Available hotels on island include Tinian Ocean View Hotel, Fleming’s Hotel, Lorilynn’s Hotel, Tinian Street Motel and Green Lion House Hotel, and some hotels offer airport shuttle as well.

For more information, contact the MVA Tinian office at 433-9365, email MVA field operations supervisor Vida Borja at, or visit the Marianas events calendar at