The most popular dive sites on the island of Saipan for divers of all levels.  A unique opportunity to see the unforgettable diversity of the underwater world.

Eagle Ray City

(boat dive)

This is one of unique dive site in Saipan.  At the depth of only 33 feet, a rock formation is spread on the sandy seabed.  With luck and good sea conditions, you can watch more than 40 eagle rays swimming.  Divers descend along the rock formation and anchor themselves by rocks and they can watch eagle rays soar just inches above their heads.  Photographers will have a wonderful chance for unique pictures at this dive site.

Dimple

(boat dive)

Dimple is the underwater hump to the west from Saipan.  Immediately at the beginning of your dive you will see a lot of red snipers.  At the base of the formation, you will meet hundreds of marine species: moorhens, rays, sea turtles, and more.  If you bring some food, you will enjoy by feeding fish.  You will be surrounded by a swarm of thousands of little fishes that will fly around you like butterflies.  The depth of this site varies from 40 to 130 feet.

Ice Cream

(boat dive)

Ice Cream, like Dimple, in the underwater rock formation located to the west of Saipan.  This is the habitat of a few moorhens, anemones and clown fish.  This is a shallow dive.  The base of the formation is as deep as 50 feet, the top at 20 feet.  This site got its name for its ice-cream cone like shape.

Lau Lau Bay

(beach dive)

Lau Lau Bay is one the most popular dive sites in Saipan, located at one the biggest reefs of the coast of Saipan.  It is suited for entry levels divers.  The marine life is represented by plentiful bright colored tropical fish, octopus and stone fish.

Naftan

(boat dive)

Naftan is one of the best dive sites in CNMI with fantastic visibility and marine life, located in the southern part of Saipan.  The wall goes down from 50 to 170 feet.  At the top, you will see gorgeous coral formations that are inhabited by a lot of fish. Moving along the wall, you will be charmed by colors of underwater kingdom.  At the base you will see napoleon fish and octopus. This site is suitable for divers of all levels, but advanced divers will enjoy the site's depth.

Chinsen

(boat dive)

Chinsen is a large Japanese freighter that was sunk during WWII.  The hull rests in shallow lagoon waters.  The wreck became a home for thousands of fish and corals, and packs of red snappers relentlessly patrol the remains of the hull.  Above the deck, thousands of gold fish swim.  Reef sharks pay regular visits here.  The history of this sunken ship is quite interesting.

Banzai Cliff

(boat dive)

This gorgeous wall is located at the north tip of Saipan.  The summer season is the best time to dive this site.  During the dive, you will encounter sharks, rays, dolphins and sea turtles cruising among breathtaking corals and anemones.  Due to strong currents and significant depth, this site is more suited for advanced divers.

Wing Beach

(boat dive/beach dive)

Situated at the northern tip of the west shore of Saipan, this fantastic dive site can be accessed either from boat or beach.  The corals are more vibrant and colorful here than any other site on Saipan. This is a summer only dive, usually May through September.  The underwater topography is spectacular here with an underwater crevasse created by a large tectonic crack, as well as a large sloping wall.  This is a good dive to find octopus, lionfish, nudibranchs, huge stonefish and an assortment of other sea life.  At night, you can encounter sharks and Spanish dancers.  A drift dive is the best choice at this site.  Depth ranges from 6 to 40m.  

Spot Light

(boat dive)

This dive site is located near Banzai Cliff and is best accessed during summer months.  It is named Spot Light because the sun light penetrates through a crack and lights up the cave.  During this dive, you can enjoy viewing a variety of sharks and turtles.

Grotto

(beach dive)

This site is considered one best cave dive site in the world.  It is the authentic feature of Saipan .  Immediately after submerging, you will find yourself in the magnificent grotto. Three underwater tunnels connect the cave with the open ocean. Outside,  you will enjoy the view of beautiful walls and caves.  Marine life includes sea turtles, triggers, sharks, tuna, clown fish and barracudas.

Obyan Beach 

(boat dive/beach dive)

This site is situated close to Naftan Point and it is famous for its visibility that can be up to 160-170 feet.  After entering the water, divers arrive on the sandy bottom filled with plantiful micro marine life.  The second reef is at 50 feet.  Immediately behind it, divers encounter barracuda, sharks and moorhens.  The dive site is ideal for divers of all levels; especially for underwater video and still photographers.

The Blue Hole

Considered to be Guam’s signature natural feature dive, the Blue Hole is a crevice that opens into the ocean floor off Orote Peninsula. The dive begins at 50’ and bottoms out at 135'.  The visibility in this area can be an incredible 100’+.  Look out for large tuna, unicorn fish, and reef sharks on this beautiful blue ocean dive.

Hap’s Reef

(boat dive)

Hap's Reef is a favorite place to watch tropical fish.  The reef has a depth of 21 to 45 feet and is a refuge for many fish of Micronesia.  Anemones, clown fish, crab and many nudibranch are the most famous inhabitants of the reef.  The west side of the reef is a haven for reef sharks.  Dolphins are also frequent visitors to Hap's Reef.

SMS Cormoran

The SMS Cormoran was scuttled in 1917 by its German Captain to prevent capture of the ship.  Some crew members were captured and others perished with the ship in the explosion that sank her.  

The Tokai Maru was sunk in 1943 during WWII 

These two shipwrecks are listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as it is one of the few places where divers can explore a WWI and WWII shipwrecks.

Tokai Maru

Tokai Maru and SMS Cormoran

Perhaps the most well known dive sites on Guam, this combination of wrecks from two different world wars is the only such dive site in the world. Both wrecks are unique dives on their own, but a chance to touch both at the same time is a memorable achievement for any diver’s bucket list.

Kitsugawa Maru

The Kitsugawa Maru is another sunken ship from WWII.  The nose of the ship is not damaged, so it is a prime dive site, and a favorite destination for underwater filming.  The ship is damaged in some places, not as a result of military action, but as a result of anchors of modern fishing and cargo ships docked in the area.

Gab Gab II

The site is toured by the Atlantis submarine, allowing tourists to view the reef.  The top of the reef is about 50 feet, where large schooling fish can be found.  The Atlantis operation provides food stations on the reef, so the fish are quite tame and will swarm around divers. There are several varieties of anemones on the reef and sponges and soft corals make this a very interesting dive.  From time to time, there are several nurse sharks that can be seen around the feeding stations.  If you are in a private boat or coming from the beach, please advise the Atlantis crew that you would like to dive in the area before submerging.  The submarine itself is interesting to look at, but due to safety concerns with the thrust motors being outside the hull, do not get closer than 50 feet.

Tinian Fleming Wall

(boat dive)

Located off Tinian, the visibility on Fleming Wall is amazing.  This sheer wall features two huge Goronian sea fans, sea whips and assorted corals.  There are great cracks and crevices to swim through. Typically, sea turtles, rays and the occasional shark are seen here.  This is a great photography dive.  

Tinian Dump Cove 

(boat dive)

This dive can be called historic because it is replete with such artifacts as the WWII planes, tanks , jeeps and ammunition. You can also see sea turtles.

Tinian Grotto

(boat dive)

The Tinian Grotto is the most popular cavern dive on Tinian.  Although the cave has three entrances, most divers enter though the upper passage, to explore caves inside.  Divers can choose to leave through multiple passages.

Two Coral Head

(boat dive)

"Two Coral Head" was named because of the two formations located here.  Boat dives start between the two reefs and give the opportunity to explore both formations during one dive.

 

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