Diving locations on Okinawa are broken up into a few categories. First we have the main island of Okinawa that offers diving in the north, middle, and southern areas - mainly on the western side of the island where the drop off is. Some of the sites are only accessible by shore entry, but most can be accessed by boat. There are many small islands within 15 minutes that have great dive sites on them.
Next up is the Chiibishi Island group - three small uninhabited islands that are located aprox 30 minutes to the southwest of mainland Okinawa. Kamiyama, Kuef, and Nagannu Island each have excellent marine life and underwater landscapes.
Last on the list is the world famous Kerama Island group, which is made up of numerous inhabited and uninhabited islands. About an hour's boat ride away, the very raw, limestone rock formations of the islands provides a great backdrop to fantastic diving. The coral reefs at some points in the Keramas are unparalleled.
You can easily see the layout and location of the many dive sites Okinawa has to offer. Click on the list below for detailed information about each site.
Instructor Training for 2014
Reef Encounters will be starting its first block of instructor training this January. If you are already a certified diver and want to be an instructor now is the time to start that training. Divers who meet the qualifications can be teaching by this spring. Newly certifed divers may be able to complete divemaster training by spring time and be guiding divers on trips come the spring time. Is it time to start that new career?
Yonaguni Trips for 2014.
We still have seats for the last scheduled shark trip of 2014 available the last week of Feb. Contact us ASAP for reservations. Depending on interest we may add a trip in March.
Get Certified at Reef Encounters!!
We are still offering certification classes weekly. Advanced classes also go weekly. Remember we have day, evening and weekend schedules available. Classes can be taught in English or Japanese.
Intro to Tech and the new NAUI Tech classes to include Technical Decompression Diver and Extreme Exposure Diver are also available monthly.
Also Reef Encounters is hiring instructors and DM's email Doug for more info!!!