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Iriomote Diving

Okinawa is a great nature destination – above and below sea level. We decided to follow our B&B host Kiyoko’s recommendation and booked a two dive outing with Take Diving. Pick-up at the BnB, cool.

Take Diving has a great boat with a changing room, a toilet, hot water shower, and a well established procedure including a dive site briefing. Satoko-san, our friendly instructor, was a bit afraid that the wetsuit and the fins would not fit my size. It did … just.

The first dive at a site called “Flower Garden” is a shallow dive (max. 15m) to get used to the underwater equipment again. As the name of the Flower Garden suggests, large colorful corals spread like flowers under the water with countless tiny blue, red and yellow fish hovering around. Even through relatively weak sunlight, I (Yasuko) felt like being in a fantasy world and wanted to be part of it and float in the water forever…

Nice bento lunch and a quick snorkel around Baraso Island – a super tiny island purely made of coral.

With a bit more confidence (especially for Yasuko) we set out for the second dive at a location called Offshore Nakano (max 25m). We moved around in a spectacular setting made of many mini valleys, small tunnels, coral corridors and caves where Satoko-san pointed out all those many creatures we would otherwise never have spotted. One of such animals was a one-eyed little fish which Take-san, the owner of the diving school, observes for 8 years already. Interesting.

In the evening we were invited to Take-san’s house for today’s dive video viewing and local booze tasting of Awamori.  Take-san and Satoko explained again the fish we observed during the dives and we were awed the second time by the beauty of the colorful, tiny yet amazing underwater creatures.

We dove in many countries but we concluded that Take Diving is the most professional, best-equipped dive shop we ever chartered. However, we have no other Iriomote dive school to compare to. There may be other good ones around.

Phone: +81 9808 56871 / www.takedive.com (not well done)

Diving in Playa Larga

At the first sight this beach town looked forlorn and run-down. We looked at each other and talked about moving to another destination. But once we started diving, we changed our mind completely!

Between Playa Larga and Playa Giron there are more than 10 dive sites where you can simply put on diving gear, walk over the sandy beach and swim over to fantastic dive spots. No need for takig a boat was a great relief especially for me, because I get easily seasick :((

The water is cobalt-blue and we had superb visibility. Fish is abundant and swimming around you all the time. We saw crab, langoustine, lionfish, barracuda, enormous green moray eels and numerous schools of blue striped grunts. It was idyllic to see a big school of blue fish streaming down to the coral wall in front of you. The walls were impressive – it is said 300 m deep and it is a bit scary, you feel like you would get sucked in the blue-dark abyss…

In the end we dived two days and did a total of 4 dives at Punta Perdiz and Cueva de los Peces. Our dive guide was a young blond Cuban called Jankierl. He was friendly and helpful, especially because I (Yasuko) did not dive almost two years and was a bit nervous at the first dive – the rather rusty tanks and did not help neither :-).

For the rest of our stay we hanged out in the terrace of our casa, Kiki Hostel.