Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark

As another year of diving gets added to the log books, it’s time to start anew in 2015. As the water cools in December and January, it’s time to dig out those 5mm suits and hoods so you can continue to enjoy the waters around Okinawa.

The cooler months here allow us to enjoy new sights and sounds underwater. Soon the humpbacks will be visiting the islands to calf and their haunting songs will be heard both day and night throughout the dive sites of Okinawa and the Kerama Islands. As the water cools, larger fish will be moving south and visiting our waters, including the hammerhead sharks in Yonaguni.

Reef Encounters has announced its dates for the 2015 Sharks and Ruins tours and sign-ups are ongoing. Seats are limited, so make reservations early for this once in a lifetime experience. Trips to Yonaguni will include diving on the mysterious “pyramids” found surrounding the island at depths from 5 meters to 20 meters, along with drift dives on Hammer Way, where schools of up to hundreds of hammerheads cruise majestically in the crystal clear waters of the East China Sea. Land tours of the historical sites and dramatic viewpoints of this tiny island are also part of these all-inclusive tours.

The winter season is also a great time to upgrade that open water card – classes for advanced divers, rescue, and master scuba diver are offered throughout the year. Reef Encounters offers these and a full slate of technical classes for qualified divers, including Intro to Tech, Decompression Techniques, and Trimix. For those looking to make their hobby a career, a full slate of divemaster and instructor courses will also be available. By taking these professional development courses now, you could be teaching students by the spring of 2015.

Instead of packing up that dive gear for the winter, it’s time to dig out the 5mm suit and neoprene hood and continue your underwater adventures in Okinawa with Reef Encounters. Contact us today to explore the waters around our island paradise.