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Saipan Running TrailsLooking for a great run in Saipan? If you want to do a nice 10 mile nature run with great views and end up back at your car, this is a nice loop. Be sure to bring your own water as there are no stores along this route. Also, the best time to run this loop is early in the morning before the sun gets too hot.

Directions

Start at the Marianas Resort/Marpi Swimming Pool. To get there, head North out of Garapan on Chalan Pale Arnold road. When you see Marianas Resort on your left, pull over to park your car on the grass on the right side of the road. The Marpi swimming pool will be on your right on the hill.

The run begins by heading North on Chalan Pale Arnold road.
You will run past the Banzai Cliff turnoff (Banzai Cliff Road), past the Grotto turnoff (Unai Laggua Dr.), towards Bird Island lookout.
Once you pass Bird Island lookout, the road will become dirt (Chalan Kalabera). You will run past Kalabera Cave on your right, and start heading uphill past several cow and pig farms, and past the DPS Shooting range on your right. This is a beatiful dirt road through the Saipan jungle, with some challenging uphills.

Once you get to the top of the hill, you will see a house on your left and the road (Chalan Matuis) will become paved. Continue down Chalan Matuis until you see a big blue water tower on your right.

Take a right by the big blue water tower uphill for about 50 years, then left on a dirt road (Binadue Drive). You follow Binadu Drive all the way back down to your car at the Marianas Resort/Marpi Pool.

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Diving

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Oct 122012
 

Saipan has some of the best scuba diving in the world due to the clarity of the water and the diversity of sea life. The Grotto, a collapsed underwater cave, is perhaps the most famous dive spot in Saipan, but there are dive sites for divers of all skill levels around the island. There are also several dive shops and tour guides that can train and certify you if you are just beginning.

Saipan Diving with Turtle

Photo by Harry Blalock

Diversity of Sea Life
When diving in Saipan, you can expect to encounter an amazing diversity of sea life. It is not uncommon to see Sea Turtles, Eagle Rays, White and Black Tip Reef Sharks, Parrot Fish, Lion Fish, Clown Fish, Moray Eels, Octopus, Fan Corals and Coral Heads.

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DESCRIPTIONS OF POPULAR DIVE SITES
While there are dozens of frequented dive sites in Saipan, and even more that are simply discovered on a daily basis, the following descriptions are of some of Saipan’s most popular dive sites.

The Grotto - Saipan

Photo by Harry Blalock

The Grotto
The Grotto is Saipan’s premier dive spot, and is considered one of the best cavern dives in the world. Divers first descend a long, steep staircase into a huge sinkhole, and enter the pool at the bottom. You can begin by exploring the central cavern, then working your way towards one of three exit holes to open ocean. Once outside, there are beautiful walls, swim-throughs, and caves to explore. You can expect to encounter Turtles and Clown Triggerfish, and White Tip Sharks.

 

Spotted Eagle Ray - Saipan

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Ice Cream
Ice Cream is a boat dive on the Western side of Saipan. It is a seamount, which is home to several octopus and eels. You can also expect to see Eagle Rays come to visit while you are exploring. The best way to view an Eagle Ray is not to follow it, but rather to wait and let it come to you. It’s possible to have Eagle Rays floating just inches above you as they come to check you out.

Lau Lau Dive - Saipan

Photo by Harry Blalock

Lau Lau
Lau Lau is an excellent dive for both beginners and experts because of its easy beach entry, and the plethora of fish that feed off of the reef, which is one of the largest in Saipan. If you want to stay in the shallower water, you can dive for about an hour and observe many of the smaller, colorful fish. Going deeper, you can also expect to encounter wrasses, butterfly fish, and surgeons. Don’t be surprised to find a an Octopus or a Scorpionfish if you look carefully.

 

Reef Shark - Saipan

Photo by Harry Blalock

Naftan Point
Naftan Point is a boat dive located on the Southern side of Saipan. It is one of the best wall dives in Saipan because of its excellent visibility and the diversity of sea creatures. The top of the wall starts at 45 feet and goes down to over 130 feet. On the top of the wall, there are tons of coral formations and huge Clams. As you descend the wall, you will find fan coral and bright colored reef fish. As you peer off the wall, there is always the possibility of running into the larger fish like Napolean Wrasses, Groupers, and Sharks.

Banzai Dive - Saipan

Photo by Harry Blalock

Banzai
Banzai is another boat dive on the North side of Saipan. There is only a small window of weather all year that allows you to safely dive at Banzai Cliff, but it is a worthwhile experience of you time it right. The coral in this area is truly unique, but the real treat is the chance to see large fish like Sharks, Rays, Tuna, and Napoleon Wrasses.

 

 

Turtle - Saipan

Photo by Harry Blalock

Wing Beach
Wing Beach is a great boat or beach dive located on the Northwest side of Saipan. The beach is also a Turtle nesting site, so it is not uncommon to see Turtles in this area. Wing Beach has some interesting topography to follow as you dive, such as large crevasses and ominous drop-offs. This site is well known for Shark encounters, Giant Moray Eels, and Spanish Dancers. As a Beach dive, divers should be careful of the strong currents which can make the entry and exit extremely difficult.

Obyan Beach Dive Saipan

Photo by Harry Blalock

Obyan Beach
Obyan Beach is located on the Southern side of Saipan, near Naftan Point. Divers can enter either by boat or from the beach. Obyan is an ideal location for divers of all skill levels as the currents are not too strong, the visibility is exceptional, and there is a lot to see below the surface. Once you descend through the first reef, you will find hundreds of small colorful reef fish, corals and other sea creatures. At the second reef, which starts at about 50 feet, you can expect to encounter larger fish like Barracuda, Sharks, and Garden Eels. Obyan Beach also makes a great spot for a post-dive picnic and bonfire.

H8K Emily - Saipan

Photo by Harry Blalock

H8K Emily
The H8K Emily is a wreck dive from World War II, laying only 30 feet below the water. Often mistaken for a B-29 Bomber, the H8K Emily is actually an Imperial Japanese Navy H8K or Type 2 Large Flying Boat. The Allied reporting name for this plane was “Emily.” When exploring the wreck, you can still see the 7.7 mm machine gun sticking out of the nose. You will also find a chair and control panel resting nearby. The 4 large props are still intact, as is most of the wing. You can expect to encounter Jewel Damselfish, White Tip Sharks, and much more.

Links to Saipan Dive Shops and Tour Guides

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Apr 232012
 

Saipan Explorer is your insider’s travel guide for the island of Saipan. Saipan is an adventure lover’s paradise, offering amazing opportunities for diving, fishing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, golf, parasailing, banana boating, and much, much more. Plan your next vacation in Saipan and you may just never leave!

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Managaha Island
Managaha Island is undoubtedly the prettiest beach in Saipan. Besides the white sand beach, there are picnic tables, volleyball nets, a snack shop, rest rooms, and a gift shop. Don’t forget to bring your snorkle gear to see some amazing sea life.
Sport Fishing
Saipan has excellent deep sea fishing, sport fishing and trolling year round. You can catch marlin, mahi mahi, tuna, barracuda, wahoo, and much, much more. Many of the local Japanese restaurants will also prepare your fish for you.
Banzai Cliff
Banzai Cliff is located in the northern part of Saipan, and offers some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the crashing waves below. There are also several Japanese memorials located along the cliff honoring those who fought in World War II.
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B Bank Karaoke

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Nov 182011
 

B Bank Karaoke, Saipan

B Bank is sort of a dive bar, but it’s centrally located in Garapan and can be fun for groups. Karaoke videos are played on TV monitors and the songs are amplified throughout the bar.

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Boss Karaoke

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Nov 182011
 

Boss Karaoke - Saipan

Boss Karaoke is located in the southern part of the island, in the village of San Antonio, near the Pacific Island Club resort. Boss has private rooms lined with sofas, and big video karaoke monitors – a great place for private parties.

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Dionysis

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Nov 182011
 

Dionysis - Saipan

This karaoke bar is located in the heart of Garapan, across from Godfather’s. Karaoke is played on monitors and amplified throughout the bar.

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The Flair

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Nov 182011
 

The Flair - Saipan

The Flair is another popular dance club that plays hip-hop and house music most nights. Friday night is usually the best night to go dancing, as crowds are thinner on Saturdays. The Flair also has juggling bar tenders and drinks that light on fire. Try the “Flair.”

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GIG Nightclub

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Nov 182011
 

GIG Nightclub - Saipan

This bar is shaped like a giant Egyptian pyramid, with large sphyxes guarding the main entrance. The dancefloor is in the center of the bar, and the DJs play popular hip-hop and house music. There are tables scattered throughout the bar and outdoor seating when it’s too loud inside. The club is centrally located in Garapan.

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Joe’s Bar

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Nov 182011
 

Joe's Bar - Saipan

Located across from the Fiesta Resort, this bar was formerly called Remignton’s, but is now under new ownership. There is a modern clean atmosphere, drinks are good, and there is a pool table.

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Johnny’s Bar

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Nov 182011
 

Johnny's Bar - Saipan

Johnny’s is next door to Godfather’s, along Beach Road. It has a nice outdoor deck, perfect for meeting up with friends to start out the night. They have basic bar food available, and plenty of bar games inside such as pool, darts, and shuffleboard. They occasionally have live music, but most nights you can choose what you want to hear from the jukebox.


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