On the southeast side of Saipan, the snorkeling in Laulau Bay is known as an amazing dive site. While the bay faces the unprotected Philippine Sea, There is a small barrier reef right off Laulau Beach (aka Laolao Beach). During Laolao Bay snorkeling, you may encounter lionfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, wrasse, sea turtles, parrotfish, unicorn fish, octopus and the occasional eagle ray.
It has easy beach access to one of the largest reefs off the island of Saipan.
To reach the Saipan snorkeling by air, fly into Saipan International Airport (SPN) located on the southern end of the island. It is a five hour flight from Hong Kong or a 40 minute flight from Guam.
While January to April is considered to offer the best tourist weather, the best time of year for snorkeling on Saipan is from June to August. Saipan is located outside of the typical typhoon belt, so the reefs are nearly pristine and undamaged.
Overall, Laulau Bay is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 5 snorkeling dives in Northern Mariana Islands.