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Diving

Diving in Saipan

 

EAGLE RAY CITY
Eagle Ray City is one of the most unique dives in Saipan.  Rising out of the sand at a depth 30 feet is a rocky formation that on a good day will have up to 40 Eagle Rays swimming around it.  The divers go down to the rocks and hold on as the Eagle Rays pass overhead.  Many times the rays come within an opportune time for photographs.

ICE CREAM
A seamount like Dimple, located on the west side of Saipan that is home to dozens of baby eels, several anemones, and their anemone fish.  This is a shallow dive with the base of the seamount at 50 feet and the top at 18 feet.  When there is current, there are usually eagle rays swimming along the top of the seamount.  The name comes from the formation?s similarity to a scoop of ice cream.

LAU LAU BEACH
With an easy beach entry and one of the largest reefs on the island, this is one of the most popular sites.  Lau Lau has hundreds of small animals to see, such as an array of Wrasses, Butterfly Fish, Surgeons, and more.  For the dive that likes to go slow, you will also have frequent encounters with nudibranchs, Stone Fish, and octopus.  This is an ideal dive site for beginners or people interested in smaller, more colorful animals.

DIMPLE
This is a seamount on the Western side of Saipan.  When you enter the water, you will see a large school of Red Snappers in the distance and as you go down towards the base you will find hundreds of different animals.  Eagle Rays, eels, and Surgeons are seen often.  The highlight of this dive, however, is feeding the Butterfly Fish.  As soon as food enters the water, the divers are surrounded by thousands of yellow and white Butterfly Fish.  They will come in so close you can pet them.  The depths on this dive range from 40 feet to 130 feet making it suitable for all skill levels.

NAFTAN
This is one of the best wall dives in the CNMI, with amazing visibility and fish live, located on the southern tip of the island.  The top of the wall starts at 45 feet and goes down to over 130 feet.  On the top portion, there are some great coral formations that are home to huge clams among other things.  As one starts to descend on the wall, you will find magnificent fan coral and colorful animal life.  There is always the possibility of running into some Napoleon Wrasses at the case of the wall or and octopus.  This dive is great for every level of diver, but advanced divers will get more out of this dive.

CHINSEN
The Chinsen is a large Japanese freighter that sits at a shallow depth in the lagoon.  The ship has been in the water for over 50 years, allowing for some significant coral growth as well as becoming a home to thousands of fish.  There are monstrous Red Snappers as well as Big Eye Emperors patrolling the wreck while huge schools of Goat Fish sit on top.  There is also a resident Whit Tip Shark that rests underneath the wreck.  The history of this shipwreck is very interesting, so be sure to ask your guide about it.

BANZAI CLIFF
A beautiful wall located on the North side of the island.  There is only a brief time during the year when conditions are suitable for diving, but it is well worth the wait.  Large pelagic fish such as sharks, rays and dolphin are often seen.  There are also amazing anemones and coral formations.  This is an advanced dive due to the depths and currents.

WING BEACH
A fantastic dive that can be done from the beach or a boat.  Wing Beach is located on the northwest part of the island.  There are some great geographical features here, such as large crevasses and breathtaking drop-offs.  This site is well known for shark encounters and Spanish Dancers at night.  A drift dive from a boat is the best way to do this dive.

SPOT LIGHT
This dive site is very close to Banzai and as with Banzai only accessible during a brief time period.  This cavern dive is named Spot Light, because when the sun shine through a hole in the top of the cavern, it is like a spotlight shining on a stage.   There is always the possibility of seeing large fish and animals such as turtles and sharks.

GROTTO
Considered by many as one of the best cavern dives in the world , this Must Do dive site in Saipan is sure to amaze you.  After entering the water through a large limestone hole, divers realize they are in a huge cavern.  From here, there are three different exit holes to the sea.  Once outside, there are beautiful walls, swim-throughs, and caves to explore.  Turtles and Clown Triggerfish are some of the many types of sea life to be seen at this magnificent dive site.

OBYAN BEACH
Located near Naftan Point and done primarily from this site has some of the best visibility on the island.  On a good day, there will be 150 + feet of visibility.  After exiting through the first reef, there is a beautiful patch reef with hundreds of small fish and some interesting animals to see.  The second reef starts at about 50 feet where one finds Barracuda, sharks, and eels.  This dive site is ideal for all skill levels, especially people interested in photography.