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Diving
Diving Overview
Kerama Islands
Ishigaki Island
Yonaguni Island

Virtually unknown as a diving destination this sub-tropical paradise has been left unexplored. Located in the Pacific Ocean, Japan's South-West Islands offer a magnificent diversity of marine life comparable to Australia, Yap and Palau. Thousands of species of colorful hard and soft corals cover gently sloping reefs and dynamic drop offs.

The water temperature ranges from 72°F (22°C) in winter to 86°F (30°C) in summer. The visibility is typically 100 feet plus. With over 150 islands the diving includes 600-foot reef walls, caves, caverns, wrecks and an ancient underwater 'lost city', that's been featured on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

All diving is land based and most sites are reachable within 5 to 20 minutes. Dive boats come equipped with a dry room, tank racks, heads and showers. We offer up to 4 dives daily and depending on the island visited the boat can return to the harbor at lunchtime or stays out all day with lunch enjoyed at an uninhabited islet that doubles as a snorkeling spot.

Summer provides the opportunity to dive among spawning corals and huge pacific manta rays. For adrenaline-seeking divers winter allows for exhilarating dives with hammerhead sharks and magical encounters with the humpback whale. Enjoy cultural festivals, unique events and Yonaguni's 'Lost City', which can be dived year-round. Please browse the website to find out more about these islands and marine life.

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