Unless you live in Japan, or close to Saipan, I would not recommend spending the money to go here. I know it is often touted as a trip from Hawaii, so my recommendation is to stay in Hawaii.
People like me, who live in Japan and would like a quick escape to a beautiful beach, Saipan is a great little vacation.
There are wonderful deals to Saipan throughout the year. Our deal was great!! Only about $250 for 2 days and 3 nights, which included hotel and air fare.
Where do you find these deals in Japan?
Unfortunately, the emails are in Japanese, but if you can get a friend to translate for you, there are some amazing deals to be had for Saipan!!
The town of Saipan is really ghetto, but the beaches and ocean are absolutely gorgeous!! Some of the best snorkeling I have ever done.
It's easy to get sucked in to all the tourist traps though, because they are meant for the Japanese who culturally, are not used to bargaining. Everything here is expensive, so no need to shop here!!
You should go to Saipan for the beach and the ocean!!