Introducing Okinawa's diving spots by area! Kirama, Blue Cave, Ishigaki Island, Miyako Island, etc.

Okinawa Diving Introducing area spots! Kerama, Blue Cave, Ishigaki island, Miyakojima etc. Okinawa Diving Introducing area spots separately! Kerama, Blue Cave, Ishigaki island, Miyakojima, etc.
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Okinawa is the southernmost point of Japan and consists of about 160 large and small islands. It is one of the best resorts in Japan, visited by many people every year to enjoy the tropical mood. Needless to say, it is also a popular diving spot, and the islands are roughly divided into the main island of Okinawa and its surrounding islands, Kume Island, Miyako Island Islands, Kerama Islands, and Yaeyama Islands, each of which has many diving spots. Dotted. Clear blue waters, coral reefs, dynamic terrain, and sea creatures such as manta rays and sea turtles attract many divers. doing.


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Okinawa diving spot

Okinawa Diving spot

Okinawa is the southernmost point of Japan and consists of about 160 large and small islands. It is one of the best resorts in Japan, visited by many people every year to enjoy the tropical mood. Needless to say, it is also a popular spot for diving, and the islands are roughly divided into the main island of Okinawa and the surrounding islands. Kume Island, Miyako Island Islands, Kerama Islands, Yaeyama Islands There are many diving spots scattered around each.

Clear blue waters, coral reefs, dynamic terrain, and sea creatures such as manta rays and sea turtles attract many divers.

Okinawa diving spot map

Okinawa main island diving spot

About two and a half hours by plane from Tokyo, the main island of Okinawa is the gateway to Okinawa. Naha, where the prefectural office is located, has downtown areas such as Kokusai-dori and is crowded with many people. There are many tourist facilities and historic sites on the island, such as Shuri Castle, Churaumi Aquarium, Peace Memorial Park, and Himeyuri Memorial Tower.

There are many diving spots, Onna Village area with a blue cave , Beach spots scattered along the breakwater Chatan area , Located at the southernmost tip of Okinawa, you can enjoy diving all year round Itoman area , Peninsulas and remote islands are dotted with diving spots Headquarters (Motobu) area And so on.

Diving spots on remote islands of Okinawa

Diving spots on remote islands of Okinawa As a diving spot on a remote island, the first thing you can't miss is the sea area about 40km west of Naha, which consists of about 20 large and small islands. Kerama Islands .. It is known for having a high probability of encountering sea turtles, a beautiful sea called Kerama Blue.

In addition, there are coral reefs and mangrove forests, and activities such as kayaking as well as diving are popular. Ishigaki Island Miyakojima, where you can enjoy underwater landscapes such as coral reefs, caves, and arches, is also popular. We will discuss these islands in detail later.

About 30 minutes by plane from Naha, Kumejima, located in the westernmost part of the Okinawa Islands, is an island with a population of less than 10,000 and an area of 59.1 square kilometers, with a peaceful atmosphere. You can dive into the sea mainly by boat diving around the uninhabited island Hate-no-hama made of sandy beaches.

Iriomote Island, the second largest island in Okinawa, is one of the Yaeyama Islands. It is a part of Iriomote Ishigaki National Park where Iriomote cats live, and 90% of the area is an island called the jungle. Ding bing spots are scattered mainly for boat diving, Famous for Barasu Island made of coral fragments is. Since there is no airport on Iriomote Island, access is about 40 minutes by high-speed boat from Ishigaki Island. In addition, in the Yaeyama Islands, Diving in Kuroshima, Kohama Island, Hateruma Island, etc. I can do it.

About 40 minutes by plane from Ishigaki Island, Yonaguni Island, the westernmost part of Japan, is You can see the hammerhead shark with high probability Diving area. Many divers are visiting from overseas as well.

Kerama Islands

Kerama Islands Diving spots

The Kerama Islands are located about 40km west of Naha City. Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island, Aka Island, Geruma Island Four manned and uninhabited islands, islands of more than 20 large and small. The highly transparent sea called "Kerama Blue" and coral reefs are attractive is. It was designated as a national park in 2014.

The main diving spots are Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island, and Aka Island. Mainly boat diving, in addition to beautiful coral reefs, deep fish shadows, and highly transparent sea, there are many points that even beginners can enjoy in shallow water to advanced points that can enjoy dynamic terrain, and there is a wide variety. There are no entertainment facilities or large resort hotels on any of the islands, so it is recommended for those who want to enjoy nature and activities.

Tokashiki Island (Aharen Beach, Tokashiki Beach, Nozaki, etc.)

About 30 minutes by high-speed boat from the main island of Okinawa (about 70 minutes by ferry), Tokashiki Island where the Kerama blue sea and rich greenery spread. With a population of about 700, it is the largest island in the Kerama Islands.

Diving spots are scattered around the island, but there are several diving spots around the island's representative Aharen beach. At the spot in front of Hanare Island off the beach, you can enjoy the white sand and the water view of colorful fish. "Under the lighthouse" under the Awa Rento Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of the island is a popular terrain point.

On Tokashiki Island, other points such as Tokashiki Beach, where sea turtles live, and Nozaki, a scenic point on the coral reefs northwest of the island, are also popular.

Zamami Island (Nita Cave, Ama Beach, Furuzamami Beach, etc.)

Tokashiki Island (Aharen Beach, Tokashishihisa Beach, Nozaki, etc.) Diving spot

Zamami Island is 50 minutes by high-speed boat (90 minutes by ferry) from Naha. Because the water depth is relatively shallow and the waves are calm, even beginners of diving can easily dive. It is said.

There are two beaches on the island, Furuzamami Beach and Ama Beach. Furuzamami Beach in the northwest of the island is the main beach of the island where the beauty of white sand that stretches for more than 800m stands out. Ama Beach is within walking distance from Zamami Port, so it is convenient to access. It is shallow and has a calmer atmosphere than Furuzamami Beach.
In both cases, the contrast between the white sand and the highly transparent sea is beautiful, and you can not only swim in the sea, but also snorkel and dive. You can enjoy the colorful fish swimming and the beauty of the coral reefs. Ama Beach is also known as a beach where you can meet sea turtles with high probability.

Also, "Nita Cave" is known as a spot where you can dive in a cave in Zamami. The appearance of sunlight shining through the gaps in the rocks is fantastic!

Aka Island (Nishimaba, etc.)

About 1 hour by high-speed boat from Naha (about 90 minutes by ferry), Akajima is a small island with a circumference of about 12km. Since it is connected to Geruma Island and Fukaji Island by a bridge, you can enjoy visiting the islands.

Nishibama Beach is located in the eastern part of Aka Island. There are also spectacular spots on the beach such as the Kitahama Observatory and Nishibama Terrace! You can see the uninhabited islands of Agenashiku Island, Kahi Island, Amuro Island, etc.

Nishibama is also a diving spot that beginners can enjoy. The white sand spreads out and the colorful fish flock to it, which is a great healing effect.

Onna Village / Blue Cave

Okinawa Diving spot Onna village Blue cave < Facing the sea on the west side of the main island of Okinawa, Onna Village has a strong resort color even in Okinawa. There are also plenty of resort hotels, spas, restaurants and cafes. Because you can go to diving spots Recommended area for those who want to enjoy both sightseeing and activities is.

There is also experience diving in the blue cave

The most popular diving point on the main island of Okinawa Located at Cape Maeda in Onna Village, "Blue Grotto" ..

Inside the cave with a total length of about 30 m, you can experience the mysterious world of the sea by seeing the sun shining from the entrance and the sea shining blue. Of course, even beginners can dive, and there are many hands-on diving tours of around 2 hours that you can easily participate in. The tour includes not only the blue cave but also diving at the point where you can see the beautiful waterscape of tropical fish and coral reefs.

In addition, Cape Maeda, where the blue cave is located, overlooks the East China Sea and is a spectacular spot that represents the main island. Please enjoy the beauty of the sea from both underwater and outside.

Access to Cape Maeda and the Blue Cave is about an hour by car from Naha Airport. On tours, you will often meet at nearby shops and head to the site.

Ishigaki Island diving spot

Okinawa Ishigaki island Diving spot

Ishigaki Island is the gateway to the Yaeyama Islands. Access to the island is 1 hour from Naha, about 3 hours from Haneda, and about 4 hours from Narita. It is the third largest island in Okinawa after the main island and Iriomote Island, and is the commercial center of the Yaeyama Islands. On the island An island where you can enjoy festivals and traditional performing arts, as well as the abundant nature such as the beautiful transparent sea, Kabira Bay, and the starry sky that has been certified as one of Japan's Three Best Stars. But there is also.

There are many diving spots on Ishigaki Island. Northern part where untouched nature remains Manta ray scramble It is divided into three parts: the central part, which is known for diving points such as, and the southern part, which is close to the city. You can also dive in Taketomi Island and Kuroshima. Among them, the Chubu area is where relatively popular diving spots gather. Here are some of them.

Kabira area (Kabira Ishizaki manta ray scramble)

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Speaking of diving on Ishigaki Island, it is famous to see manta rays is. Manta ray is the world's largest ray belonging to the stingray family. It is a popular sea creature that looks like a octopus sail and swims gracefully. Most of them are about 2 to 3 m, but some manta rays exceed 4 m when they are large.

The manta spot that represents Ishigaki Island is "Kabira Ishizaki Manta Ray Scramble" .. A popular diving point where you can encounter manta rays with high probability, located about 10 minutes by boat from Kabira Bay is. The water depth is shallow, so even beginners can dive. It can be seen all year round, but from September to October you can see it swimming actively during the breeding season.

Yonehara offshore area (Yonehara W leaf)

There are many diving spots off the coast of Yonehara. It is an area where many corals can be seen. "Yonehara W Leaf" is one of the best in Ishigaki Island in terms of the abundance of coral and the depth of fish shadows. It is said that. Even beginners can enjoy this with confidence because the water depth is shallow.

Oganzaki area

The Oganzaki area attracts divers with its complex terrain. You can enjoy the characteristic terrain and the lively appearance of coral. There are also arches and halls, so it is especially popular with "terrain divers" .. The shower of light coming in from the top of the hall is also mysterious. "Under the Mikanzaki Lighthouse" under the Mikanzaki Lighthouse, which is a tourist attraction, is famous.

Miyakojima Diving spot

Miyakojima Diving spot

Miyakojima Islands located about 300km south of the main island of Okinawa. In addition to Miyakojima, there are Ikema Island in the north, Kurima Island in the south, Irabu Island and Shimoji Island on the west side, and Ogami Island on the east side. It takes about 1 hour by plane from Naha and about 3 hours by plane from Tokyo.

Miyakojima is an island made up of uplifted coral reefs. There are many beautiful beaches and a relaxed mood. Such Speaking of diving on Miyakojima, the feature is that you can enjoy the scenery and terrain woven by coral reefs. .. Especially around Irabu Island and Shimoji Island, there are many dynamic terrain points such as caves, holes, and arches.

Miyakojima southeast area

To the southeast of Miyakojima, Higashi Hennazaki Diving points are scattered along the south coast from the surrounding area. The feature is that you can see the dynamic terrain, the school of tropical fish and the school of migratory fish.

"Panari Kise Inner Leaf" is one of the leading coral colony points. On the south side of the island, off the Nanata coast "Nanamata Arch" There are also terrain spots such as.

Yae-dori area

Yaeboshi area Diving spot

"Yabiji" is one of the best coral reefs in Japan, which is said to be Japan's Great Barrier Reef. It is about 10km north-south and 6.5km east-west, and is dotted with over 100 large and small coral reefs, where you can see various types of coral reefs and the tropical fish that live in the surrounding area. Other attractions include arches, drop-offs, coral reefs and a variety of landscapes. "Hanadai Arch" , There are many tunnels and caves "Kinme Doki Root" There are points such as.

Irabu Island / Shimojishima Area

Caves, halls, arches, etc. Irabu Island and the Shimojishima area located to the west of it are concentrated in topographical spots. is. Many topographical divers are fascinated by the many points where you can enjoy the dynamic waterscape.

The most popular point is "Palace of the Demon King" .. After passing through the narrow, pitch-black caves and arches, you will finally reach a huge vertical hole called the "palace". There is no doubt that you will feel like exploring the complex terrain. In addition, the sunlight shining down from the ceiling shows a mysterious beauty.

You can see the wonderful architectural beauty of the architecture of Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. "Antonio Gaudi" .. The intricately intricate caves and arches are like a piece of work. The blue color of the shining sunlight is fantastic. You can also enjoy watching fish such as sea slugs and gobies.

There are countless diving spots in Okinawa. Many are spots that even beginners can experience, so be sure to check out the tours in the areas you are interested in.


Okinawa diving spots FAQ

Q What kind of diving spots are there in Okinawa?

A Okinawa Prefecture consists of 160 islands, large and small. Many divers are fascinated by the beautiful sea of Okinawa. "Cape Maeda / Blue Cave", which is synonymous with Okinawa diving spots, "Ishigaki / Kabira Bay", which is said to have the highest manta encounter rate in the world, "Miyako / Yae-dori", the world's largest coral reef group, etc. It can be said that Okinawa diving is characterized by many scuba points.

Q The reason why the sea of Okinawa is beautiful

A There are three reasons why the sea of Okinawa is "Churaumi". First, there are coral reefs that absorb carbon dioxide in the sea and release oxygen. Second, there are few plankton that cause turbidity due to the influence of the Kuroshio Current. And it is said that the third important reason is the steady environmental conservation activities by the local people, such as cleaning underwater and land and planting coral trees.

Q What are the recommended diving points around the main island of Okinawa?

A In the Maeda Cape area of Onna Village, there is the famous "Okinawa Blue Cave" as a popular diving spot. The sea of the Kerama Islands (Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island, Naganu Island, etc.), which is designated as a national park, is called "Kerama Blue" and is loved by divers all over the world. The Itoman area, the southernmost part of the main island of Okinawa, is becoming more and more popular as a sea with untouched nature.

Q What are the recommended diving points for Ishigaki Island and Miyako Island?

A On Ishigaki Island, there is "Kabira Ishizaki Manta Ray Scramble" where you can meet manta rays with high probability. Since the water depth is shallow, even beginners can dive. Japan's largest table-shaped coral reef group "Yaebishi / Yabishi" area, which extends to the north of the Miyako Islands and Ikema Island, which is made up of raised coral reefs, is also called Japan's Great Barrier Reef and is impressive. Scenery is spreading.

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