Japan - diving

The coast of the Land of the Rising Sun is washed by several seas and the Pacific Ocean. The coastal water area has a fairly diverse underwater world, which attracts travelers from all over the world.

Where is the best place to dive?

In Japan, there are more than 2000 places for diving, and the entire archipelago has about 4000 small islands. The most popular areas for immersion are:

  1. Okinawa is a popular paradise in the country, which hosts thousands of tourists for immersion during the year. Here come both experienced divers and beginners. This island is also called "Sunken Atlantis". In the coastal transparent waters you can see intricate caves, remains of drowned ships, tropical reefs, large turtles, rays, whale sharks and various fish. Local residents feed sea inhabitants so that they are always nearby. Diving in these waters is absolutely safe, if you want, you can hire a personal instructor, but it's not out of place to check if he has a license.
  2. Yonaguni is the most mysterious place for diving, because in the sea depths a real city is hidden. It has houses and gates, paved roads and stairs, as well as other various structures. The most important building is considered to be a huge pyramid, which divers from all over the world wish to see. About ruins even shot a Russian-language film, directed by Andrei Makarevich.
  3. Ogasawara - this island has been cut off from the world for several centuries, so its own ecological system was formed here. It abounds in marine life and plants. In these places a very warm climate and, accordingly, coastal waters, due to which the dives can be long and rather deep. Near the island, there are sperm whales, beyond which you can not only watch, but also swim with them. The best time for this is the period from April to May.
  4. Izu Hanto - these waters are suitable for beginners and professionals, as there is a huge number of marine animals: fish-lions, manta rays, dart fish, various shrimp and sharks-hammers. At 30 m from the coast you can find wrecks.
  5. Izu-Shoto is a real undersea paradise for divers. Twice a year, in June and October, there is a diving festival. People come here at this time to collectively dive and explore the rich tropical waters with coral reefs, where multi-colored fish, turtles live.
  6. Hokkaido - this northern part of Japan is suitable for fans of ice water. It is better to come here for experienced divers, and beginners need to take a training course. The local places are rich in unusual sea nature.
  7. Kamiyami is an island that is part of TibiSi. The water area is rich in diverse nature. Making 2-3 dives in a row, tourists can see completely different landscapes. Here at a depth of 20 m you will see a spectacle of finger-shaped corals, rock formations and sandy rivers, and under the rocks there are reef sharks. In coastal waters, it is fairly easy to get lost, even experienced guides often climb to the surface to navigate in the whereabouts of the vessel.
  8. Nagannu - this island is surrounded by a large lagoon, behind which are located coral reefs. Behind them begins a cliff with a depth of about 60 m. The current here is moderate, which allows divers to drift. In this area you can meet flocks of cesium fish and large turtles.
  9. Kuf - an ideal place for beginners, because the current is not strong, the water is clear, and the depth is insignificant.
  10. Kuro is an uninhabited island, on the north side of which there is a dive site "Twin Stones". There are 2 cliffs, almost completely hidden by water, and between them forms a strong current. In these places, eagle rays, giant karans and thousands of other fish live. It is better to come here to professionals, because during tides and dives, diving is quite complicated.
  11. Sunabe is a lively diving center. Divers usually sink to a depth of 18 m, where you can see nudibranchs, yellowtail, shrimp, anemone crabs, tubular worms and various tropical fish. Also here there are hard and soft corals, similar to bright multi-colored fields.
  12. Onna Village is a popular place among professionals, known for its numerous dive sites. Sea water is suitable for snorkeling. Here is the famous blue cave.
  13. Motobu - the coastal zone has a picturesque underwater landscape. The most popular place is the "Rock of the Gorilla", located in a quiet closed bay and ideal for windy weather. The seabed is covered with white sand, which is inhabited by mullets, lionfishes and other tropical fish.
  14. Atoll Rukan is an island that is located in the East China Sea. The reef is offered reef shallow water or a deep precipice with a fairly strong current. Coral wall seems simply infinite, it is inhabited by flocks of blue cesium, tuna and sea fan.
  15. Hedo - here is a large fish, for example, Napoleon, as well as sea turtles. This area is famous for an underwater tunnel, the length of which reaches 30 m, with a very dynamic surface.
  16. Kananzeki is a coral tunnel with a dome, whose diameter reaches 15 m. These waters are popular among connoisseurs of marine vegetation.
  17. Takeketi - here from the bottom beats a hot spring with a temperature of + 48 ° C, so that in this area branched corals have grown. They reach 2 m in height. In the sea abyss live flocks of bulls, sea snakes, orange dragons, sometimes there are manta rays.

Features of diving in Japan

It is best to observe small marine animals during spawning, which mainly occurs in the summer. But humpback whales and sharks are more likely to be seen in winter.

If you want to see these marine mammals, such dives should be ordered in advance. During the tour, all tourists are required to comply with safety rules and must strictly obey the instructions of the instructor.

During diving in Japan you can take photos that will impress your friends with color.