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Title: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: lukold on 14 Apr 13, 12:56
Hi all!

Realised my side trip will take me to Okinawa thus the urge to dive again since i'll be having all my dive equip with me still.

Does anyone has any contacts for Okinawa? I've been to the previous ADEX and sent out a few mails to dive shops which I do not know still operate. - They havent replied :(

Help appreciated!
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: MrTakTahu on 15 Apr 13, 08:25
Get in touch with LivingSeas. They have organised trips to Okinawa before.
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: limk on 15 Apr 13, 10:46
if i remember correctly there's a naui diveshop there that has english speaking guides, a quick google shld do
(sorry forgot as my jap fren organised last time)

depending on schedule u could do some island hopping-diving
do yonaguni island, ishigaki island....
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: caleb on 09 Oct 13, 00:14
hi all I am going to Okinawa for diving. anything to look out for? how's the water temp over there during dec period? would a thermal guard be sufficient as usually I would just wear a surf shirt for diving in tioman.
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: EpicallyEpic on 09 Oct 13, 10:34
I remember acquaintances that have dived Yonaguni telling me that they had to call up the dive shops to get their bookings sorted out as they never got any response over email. With a Japanese dictionary and plain English :) But that was years ago.
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: caleb on 09 Oct 13, 11:22
so far my friend still emailing them, the agent is an angmo so no communication problem. seems like not much folks ard here went okinawa.
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: limk on 09 Oct 13, 11:27
hi all I am going to Okinawa for diving. anything to look out for? how's the water temp over there during dec period? would a thermal guard be sufficient as usually I would just wear a surf shirt for diving in tioman.

few people go because it's too costly as a focus trip and probably they're in the vicinity in Japan itself or nearby Taiwan.
waters are largely temperate like phuket so 3mm is enough however yonaguni / night dives are a bit more chilly (hood recommended and long wetsuit not shorty).

yonaguni: the famous mysterious underwater 'city'
other sites: all tropical stuff can see - manta, turtle, shark, shrimp, lobster etc. night dives are awesome - puffer, crabs, etc...

awesome: fresh sashimi after a dive, or hot miso soup / chilled beer after last dive awaiting sunset

i'd recommend a 3/2mm wetsuit (3mm on body, 2mm on arms/legs) thinner style main suit, and a rash guard + 1mm hoodie, cutaway gloves (fingers exposed). ditch the hood if too much weight. temp def not as cold as nusa penida bali.
with that u can have combination of i. just wetsuit, ii. all, or iii. rashguard/shorts/hoodie.

if u're diving with any japanese speakers it would help lots [e.g. car rental]
also, if u like to use smb please ask permission [friend told me that the DM there wanted me not to launch my own smb and only the local divemaster could do so as it was their duty - seeming usurp the established authority there. lol.]
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: caleb on 09 Oct 13, 11:54
few people go because it's too costly as a focus trip and probably they're in the vicinity in Japan itself or nearby Taiwan.
waters are largely temperate like phuket so 3mm is enough however yonaguni / night dives are a bit more chilly (hood recommended and long wetsuit not shorty).

yonaguni: the famous mysterious underwater 'city'
other sites: all tropical stuff can see - manta, turtle, shark, shrimp, lobster etc. night dives are awesome - puffer, crabs, etc...

awesome: fresh sashimi after a dive, or hot miso soup / chilled beer after last dive awaiting sunset

i'd recommend a 3/2mm wetsuit (3mm on body, 2mm on arms/legs) thinner style main suit, and a rash guard + 1mm hoodie, cutaway gloves (fingers exposed). ditch the hood if too much weight. temp def not as cold as nusa penida bali.
with that u can have combination of i. just wetsuit, ii. all, or iii. rashguard/shorts/hoodie.

if u're diving with any japanese speakers it would help lots [e.g. car rental]
also, if u like to use smb please ask permission [friend told me that the DM there wanted me not to launch my own smb and only the local divemaster could do so as it was their duty - seeming usurp the established authority there. lol.]

thanks for all the details! they are helpful! ^^
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: tingfeng on 09 Oct 13, 16:41
Hi ,

I am going in Dec as well. Able to recommend any good Dive Centres at Okinawa?
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: caleb on 09 Oct 13, 16:46
Hi ,

I am going in Dec as well. Able to recommend any good Dive Centres at Okinawa?

which period are you going? i am there between 7-14 dec. my friend is finalising the details with the dive centre, but i have to ask him which dive centre.
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: tingfeng on 09 Oct 13, 16:54
Hi Caleb,

I am going there from 9th to 16th Dec 2013. Do let me know which DC. What dives are you planning to do there?
Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: bunty99 on 21 Feb 15, 23:52
Anyone has recommendations for a Yonaguni DC? I'm planning a trip for Feb 2016 haha.

Is Ishigaki worth visiting as well during that time?
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: limk on 22 Feb 15, 09:41
went with jap friend to yonaguni and so it was arranged. i just remember it was NAUI dive shop
it's worth visiting of cos becos of the famous u/water ruins of the 'lost city'
a bit more chilly, recommend dive with hood n gloves
3mm + rashg is ok, or 5mm which is more bulky
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: bunty99 on 26 Feb 15, 14:46
went with jap friend to yonaguni and so it was arranged. i just remember it was NAUI dive shop
it's worth visiting of cos becos of the famous u/water ruins of the 'lost city'
a bit more chilly, recommend dive with hood n gloves
3mm + rashg is ok, or 5mm which is more bulky

Was the NAUI dive shop called Reef Encounters? I'm thinking of just booking direct with a yonaguni dive operator rather than go thru a middleman.

Still figuring out if Ishigaki is worth it in feb, otherwise I will just spend 4-5 days diving around yonaguni.

Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: limk on 02 Mar 15, 14:13
i think that's the one yep.
direct with yonaguni ain't bad
the island is v v tiny a round drive is like 1/2 hr or something.
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: chuanfatt on 17 Mar 15, 14:02
Interesting. I got think of it too.
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: Etherien on 17 Mar 15, 15:00
On a slightly related note, if all the staff at the dive shop speaks only Japanese, would they reject divers who can't speak Japanese?

If so, is there any updated list on the web for dive shops in Japan that can cater to English-speaking divers?
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: limk on 18 Mar 15, 10:56
On a slightly related note, if all the staff at the dive shop speaks only Japanese, would they reject divers who can't speak Japanese?
If so, is there any updated list on the web for dive shops in Japan that can cater to English-speaking divers?

Dunno man.
I think it depends...if you are a girl. or a guy. hahaha.
Diving related things no big issue the handsignals are all the same and they're wayy more conservative anyway.
For the English speaker it could be a thrill to learn some words, and immerse into what a trip with the shop is like.

I know of Mars divers http://www.marscuba.com/, Discovery divers http://www.discoverydiverstokyo.com/, and ocean-tech-divers.com, that are more 'angmo'...

Make sure u try visit one of many shops of www.mic21.com - they sell INON and other goodies made in Japan at great prices.
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: seabed on 02 Nov 15, 14:59
I am always interested in diving Yonaguni. Which flight route did you guys take? Anyone knows any connecting flight or boat from Taiwan? Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: Diving in Okinawa?
Post by: bunty99 on 02 Nov 15, 17:42
I am always interested in diving Yonaguni. Which flight route did you guys take? Anyone knows any connecting flight or boat from Taiwan? Thanks.  :)

I'm flying from SG-Beijing-Naha (Air China) and Naha-Tokyo-SG (ANA). Used miles so 2 different flight itineraries.

Naha to Yonaguni is via JAL domestic.