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“Great snorkeling...very touristy”
Review of Managaha Island

Managaha Island
Ranked #2 of 51 things to do in Saipan
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Tokyo, Japan
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great snorkeling...very touristy”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

We enjoy Managaha island. Snorkeling off the beach was great. The rest of the island seems like a slight toursit trap...bad, expensive food and drinks. Must pay to rent chairs, umbrellas, etc. Definitely don't miss the island, but pack your own food, drinks, towels, and chairs if you can! We wish we had taken a cooler of our own snacks and food and it would have been a great day. Also walk around the island and you can find less crowded areas to park your self than the main area right when you exit the boat.

Visited May 2013
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Saipan, Northern Mariana Is.
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“Voted "Best Beach & Snorkeling" at Japan Marine Diving Fair”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Just to give you an idea of how awesome this place is, Managaha has been voted "Best Beach & Snorkeling" for 10 years in a row at Japan Marine Dive Fair.

Managaha, a sandy islet within the reef-fringed lagoon of Saipan, is a marine conservation area and a must-see for most visitors to this beach resort destination.

Do not neglect to apply sunscreeen, because the sun is dazzling hot. Also, it might be cheaper to pick up your own mask and snorkel instead of renting, and you can still use the gear at other beaches during your visit...although none will likely compare to Managaha! :D

Visited June 2012
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Saipan
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11 reviews
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“The world's best beach...according to me”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Managaha island inside the fantastic Saipan western lagoon is beautiful and an awesome plae to spend the day. The ferry takes 10 minutes and often runs directly over a WWII Japanese Zero. You can scuba, snorkel, walk the beach, or try numerous water sports like wind surfing to parasailing to beach volleyball. Everyone loves Managaha...it's 10 minutes from our home, we can see it out our bedroom, and we would never get tired of playing around there.

Visited April 2013
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Oriental, North Carolina
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Beautiful island.”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

There is no denying that this place is amazingly beautiful. It is especially great of you are a novice snorkeler, as there is a great deal to see so very close to the beach. The water is usually very calm and the aquatic life so abundant. They have food there and it gets the job done for lunch.
My only downside was the amount of folks out there. We hit it wrong and several tour buses showed up when we were departing for the island. Far too many people out there for my taste. I found several local beaches with specatuclar snorkeling for free vs the $30/person charge to go out there.
If you are only on Saipan a short time, by all means go out there.

Visited March 2013
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Farmington, Minnesota
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“Breath taking”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Had a blast snorkeling the island Bit crowded so walk around the island until you find your own little spot.

Visited March 2013
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