Located at the southwestern tip of the Japanese archipelago, Okinawa is comprised of 160 islands, 49 of which are inhabited.
Okinawa’s proximity to Southeast Asia once made it an important trading hub; now, the region is growing in popularity as a dive destination for Chinese and Korean tourists due to its beauty and close proximity to Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul.
Okinawa’s crystal-clear waters allow divers to truly appreciate its stunning underwater seascapes. Caves, tunnels, drops and wrecks are all commonplace, and the endless opportunities to explore are what makes the diving in Okinawa so addictive. From the mysterious ruins of Yonaguni and the scattered remnants from WWII, to the schools of gigantic hammerheads, Okinawa is a diver’s delight.
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The main gateway into Okinawa is Naha International Airport (OKA). It has direct international flights from Taipei, Taichung, Seoul, Busan, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. Naha is also a domestic hub to outlying Okinawan islands including Ishigaki, Yonaguni, Miyako and Kume.