An adventure by Walt F.J. Goodridge
On April 7, 2014, I helped arrange a trip to Pagan for a scientific research group. I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along and ended up spending a few days on the Northern Mariana island of Pagan. Here are photos and videos from my once-in-a-lifetime adventure!—Walt F.J. Goodridge
Where is Pagan?
Pagan is a volcanic island in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, belonging to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The island was formerly inhabited*, but the inhabitants were evacuated due to volcanic eruptions in 1981. Pagan is located about 320 kilometers (200 mi) north of Saipan, the main island of the Northern Mariana Islands. With an area of 47.23 km2 (18.24 sq mi), it is the fourth largest island of the Northern Marianas. The island is a double island consisting of two stratovolcanoes joined by a narrow strip of land with a width of only 600 meters (660 yd). The southern volcano 18.075°N 145.725°E, is 548 m (1,798 ft) high with a caldera approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) in diameter, consisting of four craters joined together.
*While there has been no official re-settlement of the island, there have been “pioneers” over the years who have embarked on individual and group-sponsored return to the island.
My adventure to Pagan!
Here are some random video clips of the trip to and several days I spent on the Northern Mariana island of Pagan in 2014! This first video—published in June 2020—has previously unreleased clips.
This next video “Meet the Pioneers on Pagan” is the most-viewed on the DiscoverSaipan Youtube channel with over 25,000 views as of June 2020