Lau Lau Beach, Saipan

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Submitted By:
Seth Bareiss

Submitter Comments:
There are no facilities here, beyond the presence of a single guard and his radio. Locals in this valley live without electricity and running water. They have no phones. Nonetheless, this is one of Saipan's 3 best shore-dives, and has at least 4 interesting points of entry. Entry and exit are both the easiest you are likely to find for any shore dive. A rope marks the 15'-deep exit channel. Depths vary from 5' to 110'. Current is nearly non-existent. Likewise for waves, unless a typhoon is quite close. Life is a fantastic assortment of hard and soft corals, large schools of fish, and frequent large life sightings: turtles, rays, napoleon wrasses, and small white tip reef sharks. Excellent as a day or night dive, and only slightly inferior to Obyan for visibility. Viz ranges from near-zero at the rope exit point to >60' at greater depths. Clown fish colonies abound.

Directions:
 An extremely poor washed-out dirt road leads down to this valley & wide, wide bay. The road then loops up to the far side of the bay. Consult local maps for the location of LauLau Bay, and simply search for the only road that leads down to this bay. Parking is in a jungle adjacent to the road and beach. Saipan employs a guard to watch over your car here. DO NOT park on the beach, as you 1) may get shot at by angry locals, and 2) you may be parking on turtle eggs.


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10/12/2009 Robert H Hunter (Avg: 3.38 Review) - I dive LauLau regularly. The road isn't great, but my Taurus has never had a problem with it. Chances of seeing turtles 80+%. Occasional Eagle Rays, cuttlefish, octopus. Security guard posted daily. No facilities. I've been coming to this beach for 25 years now and diving it for the last year. Don't worry, no one will shoot you. A safe spot and a wonderful easy dive.

10/06/2005 Mark James (Avg: 3.38 Review) - Lau Lau is a very easy dive. There are 3 different entry points from the parking lot. At all 3 you walk our over a coral shelf to a cut that will drop to 15 feet or so. They all have a rope to use/follow through channels out to the main dive area. The site offers a gradual slope down. The center entry brings you to a old pipe in the sand that can be followed. There is a coral finger along side it with lots of swim-throughs. The far left rope takes you over the top of the coral where turtles and large puffers are common. This a popular site and, though you will see other divers, they are easy to avoid underwater. The government provides a security guard to monitor the parking lot 7 days a week.

03/23/2005 Seth Bareiss (Avg: 3.16 Review) - Excellent site, although the roads to get there are prohibitively bad, being made of crushed pink coral and mud. During typhoon season (Oct ~ Jan) the roads can be horrible, and on days when a typhoon is imminent this otherwise placid place can be almost undivable...though it's one of the last spots on the island to become undivable during typhoons. The entry and exit are incredibly easy. You can walk in or do a giant stride entry. Exit is through an extremely murky channel, so local dive shops have put a long rope there to guide you through the near-zero viz near the exit. Excellent clown-fish in an area called "clown town", and a baglike anemone along the lengthy pipe near the exit. Excellent corals to the left; silty flats to the right. 20% chance of seeing a turtle. Very frequent assorted large life, including napoleon wrasses, harmless reef shark, turtle, eagle ray, stingray, football-size squid, and so on... best chances of seeing these are at night or dawn before the site's mobbed. No facilities, nor even a phone or loo, onsite. Occasionally a government security guard is posted there to protect dive vans from break-ins. DO NOT walk along the beach past the large cement blocks, because the locals who live there may shoot at you. DO NOT park on the beach during turtles' egg-laying season-- you may be crushing someone's family. Wear dive boots because you'll be walking over coral during entry/exit.


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Diver Averages for  Lau Lau Beach, Saipan  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.67
Bottom Conditions:  3.33
Reef Conditions:  3.67
Animal Life:  4.00
Plant Life:  2.67
Facilities:  1.67
Solitude 2.00
Roads:  2.00
*Site Average:  3.31
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.00
Beginner Scuba:  4.00
Intermediate Scuba:  4.33
Advanced Scuba:  3.67
Night diving Scuba:  4.00

Number of reviews for this site: 3

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