Tancha Bay Snorkeling
The 17th most popular snorkel dive spot in Japan.
Saturday 9 March 2019 07:03 GMT
North of Urma in the East China Sea, the snorkeling at Tancha Bay is very popular for the visibility. You can expect to see healthy corals and diverse marine life.
The snorkeling on 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. From the airport, there is a public bus #120 and also an airport limo bus that both head towards Tancha Bay. If coming from the Camp Foster area, Manza Beach is about a 40 minute drive.
Overall, Tancha Bay is the 17th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 19 snorkeling dives in Japan. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Tancha Bay including Cape Zanpa, Sunabe Seawall, Onna Point, Kadena Seawall, Manza Beach and Kariyushi Beach.