Saladan is the main town on the north of the island. At first glance, Saladan looks like any other unplanned tourist area with a hodgepodge oftourist oriented shops growing over the local culture and traditional buildings like a rash, but take a closer look and it gets interesting.
The local culture is still there, and pretty much unchanged in some ways, albeit peppered with a wide variety of glass fronted banks, travel agents, dive shops, convenience stores etc. If you want to change money, go to the optical shop or buy some wine and gouda, Saladan is definitely the place to go; but after you’ve done your business, you can still find traditional fish mongers, markets, restaurants, fishing enclaves and plenty of traditional houses built on stilts over the ocean. The contrast is fascinating as is the fusion, as many locals have set up shop in their homes selling all manner of brightly colored traveler necessities. This is where the main pier and ferries are, so you will probably be here a few times on your way to and from other islands and the mainland, so a special trip may not be necessary, but try to get there a little early or stay a little late before or after one of your trips and take a little time to explore.