BIRD IS­LAND SANC­TU­ARY

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MUST-SEE

THE GROTTO – A sunken pool with un­der­wa­ter pas­sages that lead to the ocean, the Grotto is one of the pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions on Bird Is­land. Dur­ing low tide, tourists can walk right into the Grotto, but if luck isn’t on your side, be pre­pared to bat­tle the rough waves that guard the en­try point. If you man­age to get past the waves, one gi­ant stride into the open cavern would bring you straight down into the dark­en­ing cavern be­fore three bril­liant blue open­ings ap­pear, lead­ing to the open ocean. Stacks and lay­ers of pink sea fans are all around, while but­ter­fly­fish, an­gelfish and even tur­tles can be spot­ted swim­ming around a mini-wall out­side the Grotto.

WHEN

2001

WHERE North­ern Mar­i­anas Is­lands

WHAT No-Take Ma­rine Pro­tected Area

The cock­pit and gun of the Emily plane

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