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‘Sweet Blue’ chooses Saipan as 2019 featured dive site

(MVA) — “Sweet Blue” of Japan’s CS-TV has selected the Marianas as its one diving destination to feature in 2019.

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“Sweet Blue” of Japan’s CS-TV films at Obyan Beach in the Marianas on March 27, 2019, for its annual diving destination feature program. The media familiarization tour was supported by the Marianas Visitors Authority.
“Sweet Blue” of Japan’s CS-TV films at Kensington Hotel Saipan in the Marianas on March 28, 2019.
“Sweet Blue” of Japan’s CS-TV films at Café 670 in the Marianas on March 29, 2019.  MVA photos

The daily program reaches about 730,000 people and will air six 30-min. episodes on Saipan in June, to be followed by two reruns of the episodes for a combined ad exposure value of $2.1 million for the tropical destination.

“The advantages of diving in the Marianas are numerous, including visibility, warm waters year-round, and a wide diversity of dives,” said Marianas Visitors Authority acting Managing Director Judy Torres. “As MVA works with international media to attract visitors interested in enjoying diving and other water sports, it’s imperative to ensure that our waters and natural resources remain pristine. This is the dream visitors wants to experience when they come.”

Featured dive sites include the Grotto, Laulau Beach, Obyan Beach, Oleai Beach, Managaha, Tinian Fleming, Tinian Grotto and others. Filming was also conducted at Mt. Tapochao, Old man by the sea, Forbidden Island lookout, Café 670, Garapan Night Market, Oleai Beach Bar & Grill, Kensington Hotel Saipan, and other sites.

The program will feature models Hanako Hirose and Natsuki Morita enjoying at various diving spots on the Marianas. At the International Free Diving Competition “Vertical Blue 2017” held in the Bahamas, Hirose grabbed the Women’s World Record in Constant Weight with a 103m dive as the first Asian woman. She is also the first Japanese PADI master free diver instructor.