Best Miyako Island Snorkeling

The 10th most popular snorkel dive spot in Japan.

  Okinawa, Japan


  May 18, 2017

Southwest of Okinawa, the snorkeling at Miyako Island offers snorkeling on the large coral reef called Yabiji. The Yabiji reef is located north of Miyako Island and is 17km long from north to south. It is a popular site to see clownfish. During the spring tides, the reef is typically slightly above the surface water.

The snorkeling off Okinawa is best from May through October when the water temperature is more enjoyable for snorkelers. However, that is also the prime time for the stinging Habo Jellyfish, which is a type of box jellyfish. Since 2012, the local authorities have been posting more snorkeling restrictions/prohibitions at Okinawa beaches, so make sure to look for signs and follow them to avoid being arrested.

To reach the snorkeling in Okinawa by air, you will need to fly into Okinawa Naha Airport (OKA) on southern end of island.

Overall, Miyako Island is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 19 snorkeling dives in Japan. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Miyako Island including Cape Zanpa, Sunabe Seawall, Onna Point, Kadena Seawall, Manza Beach and Tancha Bay.

Local Contacts:  Okinawa Tourism +81-98-859-6123; Reef Encounters, Okinawa +81-98-995-9414; Piranha Divers +81-98-967-8487.

Best Season:  May-Oct

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  24.945647, 125.24404

Date Published:  12/24/2011

Date Updated:  5/18/2017

ID:  24514

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