Monday, November 5, 2007

Shots of Forbidden Island & Another Diver Drowns

After voting Saturday I decided to take a little trip to a few different spots on the island and get some pictures. This is is from the Forbidden Island lookout. You can see some people who hiked down the trail and are chilling out at the swimming hole. Here you can see Forbidden Island and the treacherous little strait of water that is between it and the island. There was a fair amount of waves and current on Saturday as there was a high surf advisory in effect. And the ocean claimed another victim at Lau Lau as we lost another tourist who drowned there Saturday. Another dangerous policy by one of the local dive shops cost the diver their life. The dive outfit was taking several brand new divers out on an "Explore Diving" dive, which means it was their first dive ever. The only smart way to take out a brand new inexperienced diver is on a one on one basis, one brand new diver to one dive guide or experienced diver. When you take out too many, the dive guide can't possibly keep his eyes on all of them at once, and you're just inviting disaster. If the dive industry here really wants to be respected and given full confidence, they really need to start policing themselves better and install policies that don't allow such careless accidents. This is looking down on one of the wave pools on the cliff line across from Forbidden Island. I've always wanted to go down and look around in that wave pool, but it would be a pretty rough hike getting across to it. Many times you will see green sea turtles coming up for air down below, you'll see their shell on the surface of the water. I never get tired of looking at scenes like this one, watching the waves crash on the rocks and go surging through the channels. Watching them refresh the wave pools, washing in eels, fish, shells and various other sea life. And this outcropping of rock is to the north of Forbidden Island and juts out from Saipan. The Forbidden Island lookout is one of those spots that is definitely one of Saipan's jewels, yet we really don't do anything whatsoever to promote it. There are no signs showing you where to turn off from the main road, and if you don't know where you're going, you'll probably never find it. We have some amazing spots and amazing scenery, but we really don't do a very good job of showcasing the spots to our tourists.