The waters around Okinawa are perfect for diving with colorful gem-like fish swimming around the beautiful coral reefs. There are diving spots throughout Okinawa, drawing drivers from around the world who become captivated by the clear waters and stunning beaches. The waters around Okinawa are a paradise for animals including sea turtles and humpback whales.
Okinawa comprises 160 islands, 49 of which are inhabited. It sits between the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, in the path of the Kuroshio, the world’s largest warm current. Well connected by air and sea, the various islands are also easily accessible. Okinawa is endowed with an abundant natural environment fostered by the warm, subtropical climate. With its own unique history and culture, many visitors come to enjoy East Asia’s biggest resort island. One of the greatest attractions of Okinawa is the sea! Among professional divers, it’s known as one location that everybody wants to visit, and there are many attractive dive points dotted around the islands.
The Blue Cave, which even beginners can enjoy, is very popular. The Kerama Shoto National Park boasts outstanding translucence, with visibility up to 40 or 50m. The appeal of the Miyako area lies in its caves bathed in beautiful blue light and its dynamic topography. In the Yaeyama Islands, known as one of the best places in the world for manta rays, there is a mysterious giant stone structure at Yonaguni Island. In an endlessly transparent sea, coral reefs shimmer in the sunlight and shoals of subtropical fish play.
Elegant manta rays appear before your eyes, large migratory fish visit, and you may be lucky enough to encounter hammerheads and even whale sharks. In the winter, migrating humpback whales visit Okinawa’s life-giving seas. Seawater temperatures are around 28°C in summer, and a warm 21°C even in winter. From families with children to professional divers, the resort island seas of Okinawa can be enjoyed year-round.
Day 1: Departure from Europe² to Japan
Our dive packages to Japan and Okinawa Islands are all available from all major European airport. The total price for this dive packages depends on availability on your preferred dates of travel, but are in principle available all year round with a few modifications. In order to book your dive package please advise us your preferred travel time. Also consider the best time to visit the Kerama Islands as the water temperature can vary a lot depending on the season. The normal route to Okinawa is either via Osaka/Tokyo/Hong Kong or Taipei.
Day 2: Arrive Naha (Okinawa)(D)
You must arrive in Naha before 3pm as the last ferry to Aka Island departs normally at this time. The crossing takes approx 60 minutes (Please note that ferry can be cancelled due to bad weather and high seas) and we have therefore included 2 extra nights on Naha on the return in case this should happen. Upon arrival at Aka Island you will be met by or host on the island and time for the normal paperwork to get you ready for your dive adventure starting on day 3. Overnight Aka Island
Day 3-11. Diving the Kerama Islands (BLD)
Eight full diving days (with 3 dives daily). All dives are done from boat in the entire archipelago. There is no Nitrox available in Japan (by law) so all dives are relatively short by European standards (normally around 40-45 minutes) but can be flexible for experienced divers. The diving is very varied and especially during the winter visibility is extreme at +40 meters on most dives. The corals in Japan are some of the best we have seen anywhere in the world. Expect fantastic and colorful soft corals, great macro, caverns and underwater moonscapes as well as ravines and plenty of fish.
KERAMA SHOTO NATIONAL PARK - The Kerama Blue
The seas of the Kerama Islands are unrivalled anywhere in the world for their amazing translucence. Known as the sea that all the world loves, it attracts divers from around the world. It has everything that divers want — topography, coral, quantities of every kind of fish, and translucent water.
This popular area is visited by many divers year-roundLocated 40km west of Naha, the Kerama Islands comprise some 20 large and small islands, including Tokashiki Island, Zamami Island, and Aka Island.With outstandingly clear water, an underwater world spreads out in all directions with visibility up to several dozen meters. This beautiful sea is known as “Kerama Blue”. Endowed with an abundant habitat of fish and coral, humpback whales visit to breed from December to March when you can enjoy whale watching. From the shore to the deep sea there are a variety of ecosystems, and the beautiful natural scenery is valued highly. On March 5 (Coral Day) 2014, it was designated as Kerama Shoto National Park.
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