05/18/2011

Diving with Enriched Air (Nitrox) in the Kerama Islands

Hello everyone,

It was Matt’s 3rd day of diving in Okinawa and Keramra Islands.

Today, we used all three dives Enriched Air Nitrox (32%).
It was good idea- we were able to concentrate taking pictures on a little deeper end, and there were so many to shoot!
We saw sea turtles on each of our dives as well as some interesting creatures…

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Kerama Islands

1. Nozaki (Tokashiki Island)
2. Toma West (Zamami Island)
3. Sand Triangle (Gishippu Island)

Objective: Boat Dives

Weather: Mild South Wind
Air: 24 C (75F)
Water: 24 C (75F)
Visibility: 30m + (100ft)
Suits: 3-5mm one piece

Miho

05/16/2011

Diving the west coast of Okinawa Island – Okinawa Diving

Hello there,

We had great diving today as well, at Okinawa West Coast.
I had Matt from Stanford University and Mr Mizuno from Japan diving with me. We had great Macro dives at various dive sites.
Everybody is enjoying their 2 days/ 3 days diving in Okinawa.

Many nudibranches, various kinds of coral, and many anemonefish laying eggs.

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Okinawa West Coast

1. Chatan Underwater Ruin (Chatan)
2. Mizugama (Kadena)
3. Marina 225 (Kadena)

Objective: Boat Dives

Weather: Mild South Wind
Air: 22 C (72F)
Water: 24 C (75F)
Visibility: 15m + (50ft)
Suits: 5mm one piece

At the end of the dives today, Naoki found a big Giant Frogfish sitting among the coral reef at Marina 225.
That was a great find, and even by the frogfish, we found a rare kind of nudibranch sitting. That was very funny.

It’s too bad that my camera started fogging during the third dive of the day :P

Miho

04/21/2011

Green Sea Turtle – Kerama Islands

We had many good dives today.
Many macro stuff including various nudibranchs… and found a big green sea turtle on our last dive!

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Kerama Islands

1. Dragon Lady (Zamami Island)
2. Toma (Zamami Island)
3. Kamigu (Gishippu Island)

Objective: Boat Dives
Weather: Mild North Wind
Air: 23C (73F)
Water: 23C (73F)
Visibility: 30m + (100ft)
Suits: 5mm one piece + hood

04/14/2011

Macro Dives in the Kerama Islands – Okinawa Diving

Hello there,

Today we enjoyed macro dives at Kerama Islands.
It was a nice sunny day- very warm, I thought I could just stay underwater at Kuroshima forever.

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Kerama Islands

1. Kuroshima North (Kuroshima Island)
2. Turtle Reef (Gishippu Island)
3. Nozaki (Tokashiki Island)

Objective: Boat Dives
Weather: Mild South Wind
Air: 23C (73F)
Water: 21C (70F)
Visibility: 30m + (100ft)
Suits: 5mm one piece + hood


One big surprising thing happened today -
There was a baby earthquake while we were enjoying the second dive of the day.
Earthquake Data:
12:39 (April 14, 2011)
The  epicenter – North of Zamami Island (Kerama Islands)
Magnitude 3.7
Seismic intensity 1

It was a very small earthquake, but we heard the big sound in the water, which was followed by a long vibration. I thought that the compressor on our boat exploded for some reason, or our boat ran aground, or a war started in the Kerama Islands.
Luckily no damage, no body was hurt, and the quake was so small.
But it should be the once in the lifetime thing – it was scary but at the same time amazing to feel the power of the earth.

Miho

04/13/2011

Camouflaging “Trumpetfish” – Okinawa Diving

Hello everyone,

Yuto got a good picture of a trumpetfish camouflaging with the background.

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Kerama Islands

1. Ariga Cable (Tokashiki Island)
2. Toma (Zamami Island)
3. Nozaki (Tokashiki Island)

Objective: Boat Dives
Weather: Mild North Wind
Air: 23C (73F)
Water: 21C (70F)
Visibility: 30m + (100ft)
Suits: 5mm one piece + hood

01/28/2011

Diving the Underwater Ruin in Chatan – Okinawa, Japan

Hello everyone,

We went diving the ‘Underwater Ruin’, in Chatan.
Along with other dive shops, we have been working closely with the researchers and professors in Okinawa who study to identify the underwater landscapes that look like a part of ruins.

Here in Chatan, there is an area that look very much a like a part of ruin or castle. When you dive there, you can see the wall, steps, some corners that really look like ‘something’.

The coast line of Chatan and Kadena have a long reef covered by rich healthy soft coral. When you look very close, you realize that some man-made-looking structure is hiding under there.

Here, more pictures from dives today.
The wall and the structure below are quite similar to the land castle remains in Okinawa – such as Nakagusuku Castle, Zakimi Castle, and Nakijin Catsle. Along with other castles and sacred places, Okinawa has a set of World Heritages.

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Okinawa West Coast

1. Oyama Reef (Ginowan)
2. Runway #0 (Kadena)
3. Chatan Underwater Ruin (Chatan)

Objective: Boat Fun Dives
Weather: Mild East Wind
Air: 16C (60F)
Water: 20C (68F)
Visibility: 15m+
Suits: 5mm one piece Wetsuits + hood
If you are wimpy, you can wear a drysuit :)

01/25/2011

Caves and Crystal Clear Water diving in Okinawa, Japan

Hello there, we went diving the Labyrinth in the Chiibishi Islands.
There are 3 deserted islands within 30 minutes of distance from Kadena, where we have a good dive site in the south of Kamiyama Island, sheltered from North Wind.

There are many caves and swimthrus, that’s why it’s called ‘Labyrinth’. The visibility was great today- over 30m!(100ft!)

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Chiibishi Islands & Okinawa West Coast

1. Labyrinth (Kamiyama Island)
2. Labyrinth (Kamiyama Island)
3. Red Marker (Kadena)

Objective: Boat Fun Dives
Weather: Mild North Wind
Air: 16C (60F)
Water: 20C (68F)
Visibility: 30m+
Suits: 5mm one piece Wetsuits + hood
If you are wimpy, you can wear a drysuit :)

01/12/2011

Lots of Nudibranch – Okinawa West Coast Dives

Hi there,
We dove our favorite local dive sites today, and spotted many Nudibranch.
Here are some of my humble pictures.

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Okinawa West Coast Boat Dives

1. Inanbishi (Kadena)
2. Inanbishi (Kadena)
3. Red Marker (Kadena)

Objective: Boat Fun Dives
Weather: North Wind
Air: 14C (57F)
Water: 21C (70F)
Visibility: 15m+
Suits: 5mm one piece Wetsuits + hood / Drysuits

Thank you Patrick for coming diving with us!

Miho

12/24/2010

1ooth dive on Christmas Eve! – Whale Shark Diving

Hello there,

Today’s diver had his 100th dive on Christmas Eve, diving with whale sharks and diving the Blue Cave! Sounds like a good plan to spend his 100th dive day, doesn’t it?

***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Whale Shark Dive & Boat Dives

1. Maeda Blue Cave (Onna)
2. Whale Shark Dive (Yomitan)

Objective: Boat Fun Dives
Weather: Mild North Wind
Air: 23C (73F)
Water: 24C (75F)
Visibility: 30m+
Suits: 5mm one piece Wetsuits + hood

Today, the water visibility was very very good, and we did not have anybody else diving.
Great! We will go dive the Kerama islands tomorrow… will have fun!

12/10/2010

Diving the ‘Labyrinth’

Hi everyone,

With the dive who just arrived in Okinawa in the morning, I headed to Chibishi Islands from Naha.
For those who would like to use the first afternoon in Okinawa, upon arrival, there are some options here. Make sure that you arrive before 10AM so it’s easy for you to catch the boat before it gets too dark.

Today, when we were coming back from the 2nd dive, sun was setting, very beautiful.
***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
Okinawa West Coast Boat Dives

1. Inanbishi (Kadena)
2. Inanbishi (Kadena)

Objective: Boat Fun Dives
Weather: Mild South Wind
Air: 23C (73F)
Water: 24C (75F)
Visibility: 30m+
Suits: 5mm one piece Wetsuits + hood

We found eggs of Whip Coral Goby today.
See the picture on the right – that’s the eggs. They were so tiny!

We always love to introduce such a nature scene, something happening in the underwater world – for you!

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