If you’re new to Okinawa here’s a quick rundown of why learning to dive or improving your skills here is an opportunity not to be missed.
Okinawa attracts divers from all over the world because it truly is a diver’s dream come true. With water temperatures ranging from 20C to 30C (70F to 86F), you can wear a wetsuit year round! However, what draws divers to Okinawa is not the water temperature, but the variety of diving. There is something for everyone. For the coral lover, the Kerama Islands offer world class reefs. Reef sharks and sea turtles can be guaranteed, with manta rays and whale sharks regularly seen. Speaking of whales, winter is whale watching season! For something a little closer in to shore, areas such as Sunabe offer amazing soft coral beds just off shore, while sites a little further north have dynamic wall dives to offer. History buffs also love Okinawa diving—from the USS Emmons, to artifact hunting at sites off the beaten path, history is everywhere. For even more history, a short plane ride can take you down to Yonaguni, where underwater ruins can be found. Yonaguni is also famous for its hammerhead shark schools which come in for the winter. These are only part of the list which makes Okinawa a favorite dive destination.
If you’re thinking about getting out into the water as the temperatures hopefully start to heat up in the next few months then Reef Encounters makes a great choice. They’re the ONLY English speaking NAUI Instructor training facility in Japan which means you are in very safe and experienced hands.
If you’re interested in a Yonaguni trip then they have one coming up at the end of February on the 25th with trips lasting from 3-7 days. Contact them soon for reservations as the trips fill up quickly.
They’ve also now got mooring lines secured off a new wreck in the port of Naha. If you ever wanted to dive a large wreck site then this is your chance!