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The Kerama Islands have 76 dive sites, many of which are suitable for snorkeling as well. The local’s eco-friendly approach has prevented development of large-scale resorts allowing the Kerama’s pristine diving conditions to be maintained. In fact, it is one of the world’s premier dive destinations for spotting rare tropical reef fish and crustaceans. Visibility often exceeds 100 feet (30 meters) and most sites are just a short boat ride from the harbor. Shallow depths around gently sloping reefs make the Kerama Islands one of the most relaxing dive destinations that is suitable for all levels of divers.

This part of the East China Sea that surrounds the Kerama Islands boasts the greatest variety of corals and marine species. Ribbon eel, crawling filament finned stinger, pinecone fish, mandarin fish, gobies and leaf scorpion fish are some of the more rare inhabitants of the reef. While schools of circular spadefish, barracuda, palette surgeons, blue green chromis, black and fire dart fish and purple queen anthiases can also be seen.

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joe_bird - 3/07/2015 6:19 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/1/2014. Average viz: 101-110ft/31-34m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
joe_bird - 3/06/2015 2:18 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/12/2014. Average viz: 101-110ft/31-34m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
joe_bird - 3/03/2015 8:10 PM
I went scuba diving here on 1/20/2014. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
JulieH67 - 9/01/2014 10:45 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/30/2014. Average viz: 71-80ft/22-24m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
KadenaMarina Venture boat dive. DiveMaster Darlene. Very slow, relaxing dives off Tokashiki Island. Plenty of weight, obtained neutral buoyancy with no equipment issues or anxiety. Thin .5 neoprene pant, water socks, neoprene cap, gloves. Observed a turtle on both dives and a white and black spotted Moray on the 2nd dive as well as a dogface pufferfish. Vis was great and coral is still very plentiful but lack-luster. Watched a pod of playful dolphins on the boat ride back.
JulieH67 - 5/10/2014 8:34 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/10/2014. Average viz: 61-70ft/19-21m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Dive#16 to Nozaki off Tokashiki Jima I had 20lbs with steel tank and ended up sucking up my air too fast. Had to surface long before my group was ready. Still corked to surface once I ascended to about 25 feet. I need to work on controlling my ascent. Good news though, absolutely NO anxiety at surface or at depth. Buoyancy issues made observations difficult. I noticed a lot of elk horn coral. Not a lot of color but we saw a moray eel and SandgroperDiver did point me to my first nudibranch sighting. Had 400 psi at the end.
Dive# 17 to Sand Tra off Gishippu Jima Removed 6 pounds and dove with 14lbs. Changed groups to dive with students so we wouldn’t hold up our more experienced group. This was a much more relaxing dive. Noticed many more different types of coral but still not a lot of color. Lots of different and colorful fish, starfish, sea cucumbers, etc. Still struggling with achieving neutral buoyancy but had better luck controlling my ascent and made my safety stop. Had 500 psi at the end.
Dive# 18 to Paradiso off Mai Jima Considered adding 3 pounds but am glad I didn’t. Super relaxing dive. Had time to look around a lot more. So many different types of coral but basically the same as Dive 17, I just got to observe more of it. Attempted to work on neutral buoyancy while DiveMasters worked with students but still was unable to achieve.....it was better, but not completely neutral. Again controlled my ascent and made safety stop. Had 700 psi at the end. Practice is really paying off. Before you know it I’ll like our first group with longer bottom time. I can’t wait for the day when these logs are more about what I’m seeing than my technical difficulties.

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