Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Okinawa

Ready to check out the best sites in Okinawa for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 8 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Okinawa to suit your needs.
Oodo Beach

#1 - Oodo Beach

Japan, Ryukyu archipelago, Okinawa Island

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It's a wonderful spot for snorkelling. Divers can go to the outside reef by foot. The principal interest is that it's easy and uncrowded with an oncredible lagoon. It was my funniest day at Okinawa ! At Oodo beach. it's not easy to find.
Kadena North Marker

#2 - Kadena North Marker

Japan, Ryukyu archipelago, Okinawa Island

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First, North of this location an Ammo ship from WWII went down full, sea mines and other things have been found in the area, so STAY SAFE!!! Now, here you can see everything from eels to shrimp to puffers, even a stray shark or ray from time to time. I have seen six different eels there myself. With the oval shape of the reef you can do a loop of it once or twice and see many amazing things. Night Diving is just as amazing. The red light blinks giving you the markers location out in the water. Everything from decorated crabs to spiny lobsters and conga eels are seen then. With the mild swim in and out many do a second dive on the much closer reef along the shore. Park Along Fence at north corner. High Tide is best. Two ways in the water. One is over the big steps and down them into the water, my preferred method. Second is up the normal steps and down them into the water, There is more then twice the reef to go over this way. Once in the water look out at the red and white boat lane marker, it is on the reef you are diving. Surface swim to the marker, do checks, enjoy the dive. Kadena North Marker is also known as Sunabe North Marker.
Sunabe

#3 - Sunabe

Japan, Ryukyu archipelago, Okinawa Island

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Lots of great crevices and abundant sea life. Access can be a little tricky if waves are large. Recommend wearing protective foot wear for walk-in/out as the reef can be hard on your feet. Great assortment of species such as lion fish, sea snakes, puffer fish and parrot fish. Low surge in this area with great visibility. Have heard that this is also a tremendous night dive! Park near the Junkyard and close to an opening in the seawall. Access is walk in, there are reefs right up to the seawall, be careful as you dive the depth increases gradually with so much to see you may lose track of how deep you are. Sunabe is also known as Junkyard.
Kame Paradise

#4 - Kame Paradise

Japan, Ryukyu archipelago, Kerama Islands

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Sighting of sea turtles is almost guaranteed at this place.
Gishippu Island

#5 - Gishippu Island

Japan, Ryukyu archipelago, Kerama Islands

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Good spot for drift driving. The site has beautiful corals.
Nozaki

#6 - Nozaki

Japan, Ryukyu archipelago, Kerama Islands

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This dive site is popular for the last dives of the Open Water course. It has outstanding coral. There are many boat operators based in Naha and in Kerama Islands that will take you to this place.
Dragon Lady

#7 - Dragon Lady

Japan, Ryukyu archipelago, Kerama Islands

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Most of the dive is in shallow water (less than 10 metres) over sandy bottom with some scattered reefs. The remains of a cockpit lie at 28m bearing south, and the remains of a wing lie at about 15m bearing NE from the cockpit. Good place to practice deep diving. Expect to see spotted eel, lionfish, and the usual Okinawan sea life.
Sea Wall Steps

#8 - Sea Wall Steps

Japan, Ryukyu archipelago, Okinawa Island

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Park at the steps, Walk over them, Get in the water. Sea Wall Steps is also known as Kadena Sea wall south steps.