VISIT OKINAWA JAPAN Official Okinawa Travel Guide


Beginners Welcome! The Staple Marine Activity

Check the 10 basic activities to best enjoy the sea in Okinawa

Okinawa is known for its blue ocean, white sandy beach and glittering sun! You can experience an abundance of nature and meet a variety of creatures in the ocean of Okinawa. While it is amazing to spend a relaxing time at the beach looking at the shining surface of the ocean, why not experience and enjoy the water. Even for those who are worried about swimming, there are many safe ways to enjoy the water.

At the beach and marine activity shops in Okinawa, there are a wide range of activities that even a beginner can do that are safe and worry free.

Fly Board

A totally new experience of flying in the sky with water pressure!
The water pressure is controlled from a jet ski so maneuvering is easy.

The new and popular marine activity you can experience at many beaches! Connect a hose to the jet ski exhaust port and by injecting the water discharged from the nozzle under the board, you are able to float in the sky. Because it requires balance it is difficult. If you practice and get used to it you will be able to fly for a few minutes at a height of anywhere between 3 to 5 meters. For those moments it will feel like you are floating on a cloud! Please give it a try.

*Please contact the activity operator as there are restrictions as to height and weight.


Take a leisurely stroll in the sky while looking at the glittering surface of the ocean.
Enjoy the vast 360-degree panorama of the beautiful ocean from a variety of angles.

An exciting marine sport where you can enjoy a stroll in the sky, put on a parachute and rise to about 50 meters above sea level while being pulled by a motorboat. The beauty of the Okinawa sea, seen from the sky is incredible.
After putting on a harness attached to a parachute, you are pulled by a boat and will rise high in the sky like a kite. Even for beginners, or those who are unsure, you can easily try it out after getting a simple lecture from the instructor.
The body rises into the sky and you can experience the ocean and the sky becoming as one while enjoying the grand panorama that takes your breath away.

Banana boat

A Banana boat scampering over the water surface at 20-30 kilometers an hour is a staple of beach entertainment and you can experience thrilling speeds beyond your imagination.
The sensation of being shaken rapidly from side to side is like a water rodeo!

In a rubber boat resembling a banana, you are pulled by a jet ski or motorboat and you slice through the ocean. It can seat anywhere from 3 to 10 people so you can share the excitement with a few friends or as a group, sharing the fun is one of the reasons behind its high popularity.
It is thrilling when the speed increases. Sometimes you may get thrown into the water but do not worry because you are wearing a life jacket. Enjoy to the fullest the sensation of a thrilling ride where you don’t know where the next bump is coming from.

Sea kayak

Paddling in a sea kayak is a great way to feel the strange sensation of being at one with the sea while enjoying the vast nature of Okinawa.
This is a slower activity where you can enjoy your time moving around the water at your own pace.

It is popular as a form of marine leisure that does not use fuel making it very eco-friendly and with a bit of practice even a beginner can master it, so anyone regardless of age should consider giving it a go.

On a kayak the surface of the sea is so close and in Okinawa where the ocean water is clear, you can see the coral reef and the tropical fish while riding on the kayak. There are many tours available, such as one where you can go to an uninhabited island or explore the mangrove forests unique to Okinawa. With the tours, guides will always take you through the safest route so by the time you are out in the ocean you can manage the paddle easily and even beginners can relax and enjoy kayaking.

Maritime Athletics

Maritime athletics are so much fun even if you are an adult or a child you will forget about the time.

Depending on the venue it may be called water athletic, ocean park, aqua park or marine park, but fundamentally they are all a new type of water park.
Various attractions such as slides, jungle gym, trampoline and seesaw are inflated with air, so there is no worry of injury and as you are wearing a life jacket, there is nothing to worry about, and people of all ages will have lots of fun.

SUP (Stand Up Paddle)

New staple marine activity that has fans all over the world!
Basically, you are standing on top of the water so you do not get wet. If you wear something warm you can still enjoy SUP in winter.

You stand on a buoyant board that is more than 2 meters long and move along the water surface by paddling. It is a sport people of any age can enjoy.
You paddle with your hands so unlike surfing you are able to move without a wave. In contrast, if there are waves, you can ride the wave as if surfing so you can enjoy it in a variety of ways.
It feels similar to a canoe but because your eye level is higher, you are in a strange world, as if you are walking on water. People of all ages can enjoy this activity and we strongly recommend it for family travelers.


Because the water in Okinawa is generally clear, you can easily observe the world under the sea!
Because you do not need a license it is popular with both young and old.

There are many followers of this activity, from the young to the old and it is the most popular marine activity in Okinawa. The only things you need are a snorkel, goggles and fins.
The idea is to put the snorkel in your mouth and concentrate on breathing with your mouth, relax and just float. Most of the coral in Okinawa is located inside the reef (circular coral reef) and because there are not many waves, relatively speaking, if you put on a life vest, even those who are not good at swimming can enjoy it with a peace of mind.
Most of the beaches and marine shops require you to wear a life jacket. Think safety first by wearing such items like marine boots, gloves and rash guards.

Experience Diving

Even those who do not have a diving license can enjoy the underwater world.
Please experience the magical underwater world that coral reefs create.

As you most probably know, normally scuba diving requires a license, leading many people to think that it might be difficult just to try it out. However, there are some diving shops that have “experiential diving” that you can do easily without a license. An instructor will dive with you and support you all the way.
It is a great introduction to the magic of diving, and if you become hooked on this fascinating underwater world, then aim for a license.

Sea Walk

Just wear a helmet and enjoy strolling the bottom of the ocean.
You will be 5 to 10 meters deep, and this is the depth you cannot experience by snorkeling.

Depending on the place, the names are different, such as sea walker, marine walk and ocean walk but they are all the same. From a boat, oxygen is sent via a tube and wearing a large size specially made helmet you can enjoy an underwater stroll. Different to diving and snorkeling, your face does not get wet therefore women do not have to take their makeup off and those wearing glasses can enjoy it as well. Because you walk the bottom of the ocean by breathing just like you do above ground, even inexperienced swimmers can take a stroll underwater with safety and security.


Okinawa, is surrounded by ocean making it a fishing paradise.
This is something even a novice or a little child can easily enjoy.

Fishing tours held by fishing shops and resort hotels rent out sets consisting of a fishing rod, traps and bait so you don’t need to bring anything. Catching squid on very stable rafts is popular among individuals, families and women not keen on boats. Rafts floating near the fishing port are equipped with a tent and toilet and there are even places renting out barbeque sets.