Diving the warm waters
[I apologize for the quality of the photos in this tip. I've uploaded them several times. They are crystal clear for about a day, then for some reason, VT database causes them to become light saturated.]
Saipan is a great location for diving. The tropical waters and weather have been entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the most consistent of the world. During all of my dives here, the water fluctuated between 81~83F (28C)
The waters are renowned for being a deep blue, with great visibility.
Most dives in Saipan are accessible from shore or beach. The currents and tides do change, so best that you go with reputable and professional guide.
Beach dives typically have a guide rope over the shallows of the reef so that you may pull yourself over the reef regardless of the water currents. All equipment is available for rental at local shops.
There is only one shop currently that offers Nitrox filled tanks, but cost is very high.
The contact information below is for a highly recommended local professional. He dives as a passion and not as a job, so he will give you great advise, good equipment, and enthusiastic help. His costs are very low, just to cover his out of pocket prices.
At the end of WWII, the people of Saipan were sure that the American soldiers would do terrible things to the women and children of the island. Although the American soldiers tried in vain to convience the people that nothing would happen. Hundreds of women and children of Saipan threw themselves off the point, jumped to their death.
Bonsai Point is located on the Northern most point of Saipan
Saipan - Paradiso in Pacific
"Saipan - the war"
In the Second WW, Saipan incuded to Japan.
US army attack and many Japanese killed themselves in the Bajai cliff.
More blue the sea at Banjai is.
In my picture not so blue because it was clouded.
..makes the time fly!
its much, much cooler now, and, for me, thats a BIG plus!!
...when you have these 'kinds' roaming through the jungle of Saipan!
....we climbed down a chimney-shoot to get into this cavern, the bright light leds out to the ocean through a 'pond' of very cold water. Once outside that 'window-of-light', its just you and the ocean; and the waves smashing up against the wall!
....these clouds grow H-U-G-E; building up over the ocean to the east of the island, and sailing at a good clip over us and most times, dropping-a-load of water on us, and then, just as soon as it came, it leaves you feeling....
[I think, sometimes that, surely, these clouds must be, at least, as big as this island, which is 34 square miles...]