The Underwater World of Saipan is a 105-minute DVD showcasing the incredible beauty and bio-diversity of Saipanís underwater world. More than just a highlight reel of Saipanís amazing SCUBA diving this DVD takes you on 7 distinctly different dives including The Grotto, Obyan, Banzai Cliff, Ice Cream, Managaha, Naftan Point and Lau Lau Bay. The interactive map menu makes it easy to select individual dives or to play them all in succession. The DVD uses 250 user-selectable subtitles to identify more than 130 different marine creatures making it a valuable resource for everyone from dive professionals to non-divers. In addition, a bonus 8-minute scenic slide show highlights Saipanís topside attractions including flame trees in full bloom, wide open golf courses, beautiful white sand beaches, historic WWII tanks, bunkers and guns as well as the island of Managaha and the view of Saipan from its shores.

What people are saying:

"Mike, just wanted to let you know that Bev and I have been watching your DVD tonight and have been THOROUGHLY enjoying it. An excellent and impressive job! Bev and I definitely give it TWO THUMBS UP! If we were only ambidextrous we'd give it FOUR!"

- Mark Robertson, Underwater photographer and longtime Saipan resident

"For the second half of the underwater DVD we turned on the "ID Fish" feature and found it unobtrusive and a lot of fun. We'd forgotten so many of the fish names over the years. I think we both thought that the most compelling moments on the DVD were the one where the octopus changes color in an eye-blink. I knew octopi changed color quickly, but I had no idea it was "that" quick. Pretty amazing. We also enjoyed the close-up shots of the eagle rays gliding overhead. I'm sure divers will enjoy this, but I also think you'll find an audience for people who don't dive. It will truly open up the underwater world for them."

- Randy K.R. Schmidt, Long-time Saipan resident

Located in the western pacific, a short flight from Guam and 3 hours from Japan, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a popular tourist destination rich in history, culture and natural resources. Saipan, just 5 miles wide by 12 miles long, is the largest and most populated of the 14 islands making up an archipelago that stretches 400 miles (north to south) along the edge of the Marianas Trench. With a wide variety of activities available including golf, deep-sea fishing, jungle trekking, eco-tours and beach-going to name a few, the fantastic SCUBA diving and snorkeling here should not be missed. Among the most diverse underwater ecosystems in the world, these waters are home to over 800 species of fish alone not to mention beautiful soft and hard corals and all the critters in between. Throw in unlimited visibility, warm tropical sun, unique topography and regular visits by schools of spotted eagle rays and itís easy to see why this is quickly becoming a favorite for underwater photographers everywhere. Cinematographer, photographer and PADI dive instructor Mike Tripp has called this island home for more than 4 years discovering and capturing on video what makes this aquatic wonderland unique. By taking you on seven distinct virtual dives, he makes it possible to experience the islands unique topside attractions and diverse underwater world from the comfort of your own home. With a little luck perhaps it will inspire you to travel to the edge of Micronesia and discover the riches of this island nation first hand.

DVD Summary (running times)

  • Introduction (1:08)
  • Interactive Map Menu
  • Seven Dive Sites:

  • The Grotto (10:26)
  • Obyan (16:05)
  • Banzai Cliff (5:56)
  • Ice Cream (15:10)
  • Managaha (7:49)
  • Naftan Point (20:28)
  • Lau Lau Bay (18:07)
  • Bonus:

  • Topside Scenic Slide Show (8:40)
  • Fish Identification Slide Show (4:04)
  • Credits (1:56)
  • Total running time = 105 minutes

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    The Grotto
    Lau Lau Bay
    Naftan Point
    Ice Cream
    Banzai Cliff
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    Bonus Features
    Where in the World is Saipan?
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