7 Places to Enjoy Diving in Okinawa

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Okinawa Sea
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Located in the south of Japan, Okinawa is the only city in this country which is famous for its dozen of small islands that keeps attracting tourists from all over the world. The islands of Okinawa are about 1000 kilometers from Kyushu to Taiwan. The city has many diverse diving spots for divers. You can enjoy diving in beautiful islands where the weather is warm and the wind is a light that gives a comfortable feeling. It is one of the most exciting cities which you will never leave without going diving

1. Miyako Island:

This is one of the most famous islands of Okinawa. Its beautiful and crystal – clear water has helped make the island well known. You can explore the colorful fishes and coral reefs under the pellucid seawater. Another fascinating feature is the existence of arches, caves and tunnels that make this island unique. Miyako Island is a great destination for scuba diving as well. Beautiful hotels and resorts can easily be found across this island. There is a warm weather all year around which will make you feel quiet relaxed and comfortable.[guide]subhead here(if you have)

Information

  • Name: Miyako Island
  • Address: Miyako-jima, Miyakojima, Okinawa Prefecture 906-0000, Japan
  • Phone: +81 5058001982
  • Access: 3hour and 30 minutes from Kansai International Airport to Miyako Airport.
    45 minutes from Naha to Miyako Airport.
  • Opening hour: 8:30 hours
  • Closing hour: 18:30 hours
  • Website: N/A

2. Ishigaki Island:

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If you are looking for an island with pure blue water and white sandy beach, then Ishigaki Island is the best place for you. It is located in the city of Ishigaki in Okinawa. The tourists recommend a ride on a boat to see its rich coral reefs and a variety of sea animals. Many people visit Ishigaki Island for scuba diving. Moreover, the place offers a very different kind of cuisine. Its specialty is Tonsoku which is very popular.

Information

  • Name: Ishigaki Island
  • Address: Ishigaki Island, Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Phone: +81 980-87-5423
  • Access: From Tokyo: 3 hour and 25 minutes (by air )from Haneda to Ishigaki Airport | From Osaka: 2 hour and 50 minutes  (by air) from Kansai International Airport to Ishigaki Airport |From Naha: 1 hour (by air) to Ishigaki Airport
  • Opening hour: 7:30 hours
  • Closing hour: 21:30 hours
  • Holiday: None
  • Website: http://www.city.ishigaki.okinawa.jp/

3. Kouri Island:

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The Kouri Island is also known as the ‘Island of Love’. It is one of the most stunning islands of Okinawa. This lovely island can be accessed by crossing the longest bridge in Okinawa. You will see the amazing blue hues of water while crossing this bridge that gives a scenic view. Kouri Island has a sky blue ocean in which you can swim and dive. There is a shell museum at the Kouri Island; another awesome place that enhances the beauty of this Island. It has the biggest collection of seashells. And children will be excited to see the different types of shellfishes.

Information

  • Name: Kouri Island
  • Address: Kouri Island, Kouri, Nakijin, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-0406, Japan
  • Phine: +80-56-1616
  • Price: For Adults: 800JPY  | For Junior & High School Students: 600JPY
  • Access: Approximately 110minutes from Naha Airport by Car
  • Opening hour: 9:00 hours
  • Closing hour: 18:30 hours
  • Holiday: None
  • Website: N/A

4. Hateruma Island:

Hateruma is an island of Okinawa. Due to a tropical rain forest climate, the temperature does not fall below 18 °C. It is a tropical paradise with natural landscapes which makes you sigh. Hateruma is a small Island with splendid attractions. Its emerald green sea and white sand make this Island a breathtaking beauty. Walking barefoot on the white sand feels very good. Ishigaki Island is an hour away from Hateruma Island. The diving in a clear green sea will be an unforgettable experience. While the peaceful environment and comfort will take away your stress.

Information

  • Name: Hateruma Island
  • Address: Hateruma, Taketomi, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
  • Phone: +80-82-5445
  • Access: 1 hour by high-speed ferry or 2 hours by standard ferry from Ishigaki (50 minutes by plane from Naha Airport), Okinawa Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 24 hours
  • Holiday: None
  • Website: N/A

5. Yonaguni Island

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It is an amazing place for every diver to dive and snorkeling. Yonaguni’s blue sea is truly splendid where you can also see hammerhead sharks. This island is highly acclaimed among the tourists because of its underwater stone structure which is believed that it is man-made. You can visit Yonaguni Island by taking a flight from Naha airport.

Information

  • Name: Yonaguni Island
  • Address: 59 Yonagun, Yonaguni-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
  • Phone: +80-87-2402
  • Access: 1 hour 30 minutes from Naha Airport
  • Opening hour: 24 hours
  • Holiday: None
  • Website: N/A

6. Tokashiki Island:

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Tokashiki Island is the best destination to see tropical fishes, coral reefs and sea turtles in the spectacular clear water. There are resorts from where you can enjoy the view of the ocean. The island is absolutely stunning and a perfect place for scuba diving. It also gives excellent possibilities for snorkeling.

Information

  • Name: Tokashiki Island
  • Address: Shimajiri-gun, Tokashiki-son 901-3500, Okinawa Prefecture
  • Phone: +81 98-987-2321
  • Opening hour: 8:30 hours
  • Closing hour: 22:00 hours
  • Holiday: None
  • Website: N/A

7. Onna-son Village Area:

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Another sightseeing spot that is perfect for diving as well is the heavenly Onna-son village. Onna-son village is blessed with delightful coral reefs and immaculate white beaches. There are narrow landscapes along the village that enhance its beauty. Hence, it is a place enriched with natural splendors and water sports adventures. You will be enthralled with the ventures of scuba diving at such an exotic place.

Information

  • Name: Onna-son village
  • Address: Onna, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Access: From Naha Airport: Approx. 80 min. by car (via highway)  |From Okinawa Expressway Ishikawa I.C: Approx. 10 min. by car (via highway)
  • Opening hour: 24 hours
  • Holiday: None
  • Website: www.vill.onna.okinawa.jp

Okinawa is a paradise of Islands .The above mentioned Islands are the best spots for diving and the most recommended by the tourists. You will definitely want to enjoy these beautiful Islands when you get a chance to visit Okinawa.So, enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling to add more beauties to your memories.

Have a good trip and travel!

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