The Grotto, Saipan

A collapsed cavern accessible by a sturdy set of steps, The Grotto allows visitors to take a peak below the earth's surface without getting wet. You can get an even better view of the cavern by taking a scuba tour, which will let you to explore both above and below the water's surface. Don't visit the grotto without a guide, as the waves and current can get strong at certain times, creating dangerous conditions. Make The Grotto part of your personalized Saipan itinerary using our Saipan trip planner .
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  • The staff were very friendly and helpful, so it's a great place to stay if you're looking for a place to stay, but it's the best of all the best, because it's a great place to stay. ha ha
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  • The Grotto is one of Saipan’s greatest natural wonders but it is ruined by “guides” wanting to make a buck. We went without a guide but the tourism companies bullied us away telling us that we could not enter the water without one. An American diving guide there told us it was illegal to swim without life jackets or a guide even though there is no signage stating that guides nor life jackets are required. As we turned to head up the stairs, a local said he would be our guide. We told him no thanks, because it was much too crowded. The American said that one person a month dies there and that it was very dangerous. While I’m sure it is dangerous (which is why they have a lifeguard present) the danger is increased significance by the sheer number of people in the water. There were at least 100 life-jacket wearing tourists in the water. I do not think a guided trip is any safer than just being smart travelers. Heed the warnings and don’t do anything stupid like join a group of 30 tourists and jump into the abyss. The CNMI government should investigate and crack down on the bullying that we experienced. They should also limit the number of people who can go down the stairs to keep number of people in the water to something more manager for a lifeguard. I do not recommend visiting the Grotto until the government gets the guide issue under control.
  • Best diving spot in saipan! But I recommend, diving with AxeMurdererTours cause Harry is the best diving instructor in the world !!
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