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The Grotto: Saipan’s sunken pool

 Any trip or stay on Saipan would never be complete without visiting the Grotto, Saipan’s sunken pool. The Grotto hosts amazingly azure waters connected to the ocean by passages underwater. For divers, the Grotto is one of Saipan’s best spots. For non-divers, you too can enjoy the spectacular views the place has to offer.

Tourists with kids visit the Grotto.

Come with me as we visit yet another one of the unique spots this island has to offer.

Steep Way Down

The first time I visited the Grotto, I was not able to resist the urge to go down the 100 steep steps. A slight rain had made the stairs slippery and I was wearing heeled sandals, but I was not about to let the opportunity pass.


Going down takes real effort as you have to hold on to the cement handrails and watch your footing if you have no wish to crash in a heap at the sharp rocks below.

Once you reach the bottom of the staircase, you will be facing yawning caverns that promise worlds of wonder under the water’s surface. Non-divers can enjoy listening to the thunderous crashing of the waves on the rocks or watch snorkelers having a grand time in the pool.

Watch video HERE

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Challenging climb Up

If it requires effort on your way down, going up requires double effort. I had to rest every five or so steps and listen to my deafening heartbeat while trying to catch my breath.

Above the pool, a view deck provides a perfect setting where you can gaze for hours at the stretch of endless blue ocean. The view deck has tables and benches where guests can sit and relax, or just breathe in the salty tang of the ocean breeze.

The Grotto, located north of Saipan is easily accessible. Just drive past the Last Command Post and Banzai Cliff memorial parks, and watch out for the sign on the road.

The Grotto is one place you must visit. All you need is a healthy pair of legs (for non-divers), guts, a pair of itchy feet, and the capability to climb up and down steep stairs.
I will leave the divers to describe the underwater wonders of the Grotto or wait until I will have the chance to dive someday. But first, I should learn how to swim. Maybe in the next 50 years…

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