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Dive Locations

3 recommended locations:

Ishigaki Island

The white sandy beaches, coral reef and inland jungle and mountains make Ishigaki Island a beautiful place to visit. The crystal clear waters of Shiraho and the coral reef at Kabira Bay play host to a spectacular array of colourful marine life including the majestic manta ray.

  • Ideal for viewing: common cuttlefish, mandarin fish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Manta ray

Kerama Islands

The warm subtropical waters of the Kerama Islands are full of marine life with visibility usually exceeding 30 metres. Five species of turtle can often be seen in the water and nest on the local beaches. The islands also attract humpback whales seasonally.

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, hawksbill turtle, white-tip reef shark, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Yonaguni Island

Japan’s most south-westerly point, Yonaguni is one of the biggest secrets in the diving world, full of mystery and marine life, including seasonal hammerhead sharks. Its unique and mysterious underwater monument provides an out of this world diving experience.

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, common cuttlefish, whale shark, spotted eagle ray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Hammerhead shark

View trips to these locations

Dive trips

The sights of Japan’s diving are best experienced by resort and transferring from island to island. The difference between each island is staggering and full of life and mystery. Extend your trip with a stay in Tokyo.
2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Visit Japan

A shorter version of our Big in Japan itinerary, allowing you to explore Tokyo and dive Yonaguni, famous for its hammerhead sharks, stunning marine life and the mysterious Iseki stones.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

BIG in Japan

Explore Tokyo and relax on the white sandy beaches of Ishigaki, Okinawa and Yonaguni Islands, where you can dive healthy reefs and encounter manta rays, hammerhead sharks and an underwater city. This is a BIG tour of Japan!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

Summer brings warmer weather and mantas, but cyclones are possible, while hammerheads gather in winter.


  • Summer

    Jul to Sep: Warm weather and great diving conditions, but cyclones can be encountered
  • Autumn

    Oct to Nov: Weather begins to cool but diving conditions remain good
  • Winter

    Dec to Mar: Cooler waters, with wind changing to a northerly direction
  • Spring

    Apr to Jun: Weather starts to warm, with winding returning to southerlies.

Wildlife events

  • Apr to Oct: manta rays seen in large numbers in Ishigaki
  • Nov to Mar: Large schools of hammerhead sharks gather in Yonaguni
  • Feb to Apr: Humpback whales gather in Kerama to calve

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