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Saipan (CNMI)

Overview

Destination Saipan

Saipan is the largest island in the Northern Mariana Islands archipelago. It is located about 120 mi (190 km) north of Guam and 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) northeast of Tinian, from which it is separated by the Saipan Channel. The western side of the island is lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef which creates a large lagoon. The eastern shore is composed primarily of rugged rocky cliffs and a reef.

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a US territory, made up of 14 islands in the western pacific. Colorful flame trees dot the landscape during springtime in this small but attractive archipelago. Beautiful beaches and clear waters entice visitors from both east and west. Yearly festivals that celebrate both local and some international cultural events ensure that your stay will be both memorable and fun. One of World War II’s greatest Pacific battles was fought here, thus the destination is steeped in rich military history.

Featured Hotels and Resorts

  • Fiesta Resort Saipan
  • Kanoa Beach Resort
  • Century Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency Saipan
  • Aqua Resort

Getting There

There are direct flights to Saipan from Guam, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai. Additionally, Philippine Airlines will be launching direct flights from Manila to Saipan in December 2015. The Manila-Saipan flights will operate twice weekly, with a flight time of four (4) hours.

Weather

Saipan is a year round diving destination. December through to June sees the driest months and whilst it rains more July through to November (summer). It is generally a little quieter at this time of year with slightly less visitors.

The Diving

There are many fantastic dive sites in Saipan, including:

  • The Grotto - the most famous dive site in Saipan... Ranked the 2nd best cavern dive in the world.
  • B-29 - a Japanese seaplane wreck at 30' in the lagoon
  • Pipeline - a 60' dive, and an excellent place to see spotted eagle rays
  • Lau Lau - a gentle shore dive which is ideal for beginners
  • Wing Beach - an excellent (seasonal) dive with vibrant coral, perfect for photography
  • Obyan - an excellent dive with good visibility, and plenty of coral
  • Spotlight - an interesting cave dive underneath Banzai Cliff
  • Dimple - a boat dive to a large coral formation with turtles, eels, and rays


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