The fascinating underwater world of the Northern Mariana Islands is rich in coral reefs, caves and marine life and therefore a great world class snorkeling and diving country, with visibility up to 40 meters. In addition there are many wrecks from the World War II at the bottom of the sea. Eagle Ray city, Lau Lau Beach and Grotto are among the best dive sites on the Northern Mariana Islands, while Managaha Island provides one of the best snorkeling. Saipan has over 18 different dive sites, including The Grotto, which usually features large pelagics. Other dive sites on Saipan include Wing Beach with its large population of octopi, the B-29 wreck site and the Black Coral site with its protected black coral. Eagle Ray City, a rocky formation that can have up to 40 eagle rays around it, is one of the most unique dives in Saipan. The scuba diving around Saipan is excellent with the coral reefs and lagoon being home to a vast array of tropical fish. The waters of Tinian are full of WWII relics and make for some fascinating dives. Beach and boat dives are possible. Many live shells were dumped in the waters surrounding the Mariana Islands after WWII, and divers are strongly urged to "look but don’t touch." For example, Dump Cove is a wreck dive with many artifacts from WWII such as planes, tanks, ammunition, and jeeps. Diving in Rota is ideal for observing the many different fish indigenous to these waters. The Mushroom City dive at Pinatang Park is replete with schools of reef fish. A white tip shark guards the Sailgai Tunnel dive. There is much wreckage in the waters of Rota including a Chinese river cargo vessel, a Japanese WWII freighter and two Chinese smuggler ships.
The Northern Mariana Islands are a 644 km long arc of 15 tropical islands tethering on the edge of the abyss in the Central West Pacific. The islands are in the Micronesia region, between Japan, the Philippines, and Palau. It consists of two groups, a northern group of ten volcanic main islands and a southern group, of which only three of the islands have a permanent population: Saipan, Tinian and Rota. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is in political union with the United States. The climate is tropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds and with little seasonal temperature variation, averaging 27°C year-round. Dry season is December to June, and rainy season July to October. The typhoon, or hurricane, season lasts several months and starts in late August to early September. Humidity is always high but the even temperature and fresh sea breezes means conditions are never too stuffy.
To enter the Northern Mariana Islands, a passport valid for at least 60 days after date of entry is required. Visitors from all U.S. Visa Waiver Program countries will be granted a 30-day stay on entry, with possibility of an extension up to 60 days. Citizens of other countries should check visa conditions. Tourists must also have proof of monetary funds for the stay and a return ticket.
There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to the Northern Mariana Islands. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio is recommended. Also a hepatitis A, typhoid, hepatitis B and tuberculosis vaccination is recommended. Dengue sometimes occurs as well. Buy mosquito repellent and sleep under a net. Also wear long sleeves if possible. Saipan is safer than a lot of other destinations, with muggings and other violent crimes against tourists being extremely rare.
Use a phone card for international calls from the Mariana Islands. There are payphones throughout Saipan and in most hotels across all three islands. Consult your country's roaming service for cellphone service. The internet is widely available and you will find a number of internet cafés.
120V/60Hz Plugs are the USA type.
Bring new batteries for your torch, digital camera, dive computer etc. as these kinds of batteries are difficult to find.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Northern Mariana Islands? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Northern Mariana Islands, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Northern Mariana Islands have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Northern Mariana Islands and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Northern Mariana Islands? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Northern Mariana Islands? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Northern Mariana Islands.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Northern Mariana Islands? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Northern Mariana Islands. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
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