Today, our Bluefield team welcomed a group of divers from all over United States.
Okinawa Convention Visitors Bureau and Japan National Tourism Organization brought some dive travel operators, a writer and a photographer for Sport Diver Magazine to Okinawa.
We hosted their first time diving in Okinawa, Japan – took them out to Tonaki Island and a dive in the Kerama Islands for turtles.
***Today’s Okinawa Dive Site Info**
1. Blue Hole (Tonaki Island)
2. Guruku no Saki (Tonaki Island)
3. Tamana Farm (Gishippu Island)
Objective: Boat Fun Dives
Weather: Mild North Wind
Air: 29C (85F)
Water: 28C (82F)
Suits: 3mm / 5mm one piece
As the first dive location, we chose Tonaki Island, because all the good dive sites on the island is protected by the island over there from North wind.
‘Blue Hole’ on Tonaki Island is a fantastic dive site for advanced, cave lovers. There are a big cave with what we call ‘short course’ and ‘long course’ margin with each other, so you can choose different route each time you dive there. In the middle way, there is a hole from the top of the cave, offering great view and photo chance for us. Light shining through the hole is nice, as well as the exit of the hole is beautiful.
Around the cave, we enjoyed observing Blue Cheeked Goby in pairs, Periophthalma prawn-goby, and Zebra Goby. There is a colony of Zebra Gobies there.
After lunch, we headed to our second dive of the day was at Guruku-no-Saki.
There is a drop off from 5m-40m (or deeper), with literally full of fish.
Orange Basslet, Purple Queens, and Pyramid Butterfly Fish are hanging around by the wall. Sea Fans and lots of soft coral reef are very colorful, with the fantastic visibility (always 40m+, more than 130 feet) it’s a great location for wide angle photographers.
Then we moved back to Gishippu Island, in the Keramas.
We saw many Green Sea Turtles, all kinds of anemonefish including White Back Anemonefish, Clark’s Anemonefish, Clown Anemonefish, and Pink Anemonefish.
This dive site also has a variety of coral, both hard coral reef and soft coral… We even spotted a pair of Cowry Shells mating and laying eggs.
This dive was everybody’s favorite.
Thank you everyone, for coming all the way to Okinawa, Japan.
We hope to see more American divers, visiting this beautiful yet ‘hidden’ dive destinations.
We were worried about the weather, but even with a North Wind, it turned out a very good sunny day, perfect for good dives!