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Dive sites of Saipan

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===Obyan Beach===
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Pronounced "ob-JAHNZAHN". This beach is particularly well used by professional dive shops, both for easy "fun dives" and for open water training dives. Occasionally, dive boats will moor and dive here and also visit the nearby site called "Mushroom rock/Boyscout beach/Secret beach".
'''Position''' — Located near Naftan Point.
===Naftan===
<!--====Understand:====--><!--One of the best wall dives in the CNMI, with amazing visibility and fish life '''Position'''-->&mdash; located on the southern tip of the island <!--'''Depth:''' &mdash;-->The top of the wall starts at 45 feet and goes down to over 130 feet <!--'''Topography:''' &mdash;-->Wall dive <!--'''Conditions:''' &mdash;-->Visibility usually good <!--====Get in====--><!--''(Boat dive)'' ====See====--><!--'''Marine life:''' &mdash;-->On the top portion, there are some great coral formations that are home to huge clams among other things. As one starts to descend on the wall, you will find magnificent fan coral and colorful animal life. Since this dive is at the edge of the abyss there is always the possibility of running into the larger fish like Napoleon wrasses and sharks. 
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===Chinsen Maru===
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Chinsen Maru is a large Japanese freighter that lies at 30 foot of depth in the lagoon. The ship has been in the water for over 50 years, allowing for some significant coral growth as well as becoming a home to thousands of fish.
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===Chinsen Maru===
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<!--====Get in====--><!--''Boat dive''====See====--><!--'''Marine life:''' &mdash;-->There are monstrous Red Snappers as well as Big Eye Emperors patrolling the wreck while huge schools of Goat Fish swim on top. The wreck is probably the best place on island to find Stonefish. To top it off a resident White Tip rests underneath the wreck. 
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===Banzai Cliff===
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There is only a brief time during the year when conditions are suitable for diving, but it is well worth the wait if you like the big blue dives.
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===Banzai Cliff===
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<!--====Get in====--><!--''(Boat dive)''====See====--><!--'''Marine life:''' &mdash;-->Large pelagic fish such as sharks, rays, huge tuna, and dolphins are often seen. There are also amazing anemones and coral formations.
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''(Boat ===Spot Light=======Understand:====This cavern dive)''- A beautiful wall located on is named Spot Light because when the sun shines through a hole in the North side top of the island. There is only a brief time during the year when conditions are suitable for divingcavern, but it is well worth the wait if you like the big blue dives. Large pelagic fish such as sharks, rays, huge tuna, and dolphins are often seen. There are also amazing anemones and coral formationsa spotlight shining on a stage. This is an advanced dive due to the depths and currents. 
'''Position''' &mdash; This dive site is very close to Banzai and as with Banzai only accessible during a brief time period.
===Spot Light===
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<!--====Get in====--><!--''Boat dive'' ====See====--><!--'''Marine life:''' &mdash;-->There is always the possibility of seeing large fish and animals such as turtles and sharks. The cavern has some of the largest lionfish you will ever see.
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''(Boat dive)''- This dive site is very close to Banzai and as with Banzai only accessible during a brief time period. This cavern dive is named Spot Light, because when the sun shines through a hole in the top of the cavern, it is like a spotlight shining on a stage. There is always the possibility of seeing large fish and animals such as turtles and sharks. The cavern has some of the largest lionfish you will ever see.
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