Every diver desires the shining deep blue sea of Okinawa. There is so much fun to be had in these highly transparent waters, filled with sea life and beautiful corals only seen in tropical oceans, and much more. Here is the information you will need when diving in Okinawa. Let’s learn to enjoy diving safely.
The best thing to do is follow the instructions by the shop staff. Rough seas are already expected, although be aware that the weather looks calm right before a typhoon hits. The dive might be canceled due to the safety regulation, even if the sea condition looks safe to you.
It depends on each shop and the season, but the rough cost will be approximately 11,000 – 15,000 yen for 2 dives (boat dive), 15,000 yen – 20,000 yen for 3 dives (boat dive). Some shops offer online booking discounts or membership discounts.
In addition to mask, snorkel, fins and boots, you can easily rent BCD and regulators to enjoy diving in Okinawa. In order to dive safely, bring along a dive computer if you can.
The easiest and most economical way is to get started is by book one of the diving tours offered by a travel agent. It is very convenient because a tour includes air tickets, accommodation, and diving. If you have a favorite diving shop, book a tour which provides only air tickets and accommodation, and contact the diving shop directly online or by telephone to make a booking. Build your own itinerary by arranging air tickets and accommodations yourself. Furthermore, you also can save money by using LCC (Low-Cost Carriers) or take advantage of a discount for early booking offered by airline companies.
Open Water Certification is proof that you have obtained basic scuba skills and knowledge. You can make dives to a depth of 18 meters after obtaining this certification. In case you do not have certification, you can still experience the diving world by “experience” style of scuba diving.
Depending on the dive sites, you will not be able to dive without an advanced license because of the depth of water and swift currents. Find a site suitable for your ability in order to enjoy diving safely.