Lau Lau Beach, Saipan

Lau Lau Beach, Saipan
Micronesia
Pacific

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Site Review by
 Seth Bareiss
Date: 03/23/2005

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Seth Bareiss Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Phuket Reef:    4.00
State:   Phuket Animal:    4.00
Country:   Thailand Plant:    2.00
Diving:   18 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   2000 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    1.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.16
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.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    1995
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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