Yonaguni Island, mysterious jewel to the southwest, is a glorious place for diving! With over 70 dive sites to choose from, Yonaguni is guaranteed to scratch any diving itch. Throughout the year there are schools of Big eye Trevally and Barracuda, Dogtooth Tuna, Turtles, large Cuttlefish, and much much more. Between the months of April and September, Marlin and Sailfish are on the menu and between December and May, Hammerhead Sharks can be seen at certain dive locations. Of special interest are the large schools of Hammerheads (100 or more at times) that congregate around the island from January through March. Most dive sites are located on steep cliff-like dropoffs, allowing for great visibility, big pelagics, and strong currents to drift with.
While in Yonaguni, Reef Encounters will be diving with Mr. Kihachiro Aratake - the man who discovered the world famous underwater ruins in 1987. These ancient formations lie underwater on the southeastern edge of Yonaguni at various depths. With clean geometric lines and flat surfaces, the ruins have ignited an interesting debate about their origins. If they are truly man-made, they are likely that of an ancient temple predating all known buildings. However, some geologists claim that the structures result from simple erosion processes.
Doug has been leading diving trips to Yonaguni for many years and is an expert in diving the underwater ruins. His wealth of knowledge about the history of the area will make your dive excursion a memorable one. Some of Doug's favorite sites are Southwest Point and Grand Castle. Read about these dive sites and others in our Yonaguni Dive Sites page.
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!!!