Emerald Beach Snorkeling
The 13th most popular snorkel dive spot in Japan.
Saturday 9 March 2019 07:03 GMT
On the northwest coast of the Motobu Peninsula in the East China Sea, the snorkeling at Emerald Beach is highlighted by cobalt blue and emerald green water. The best site for snorkeling is off the northwest side of IE Island.
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. If coming from Camp Foster, it is a 90 minute drive.
Overall, Emerald Beach is the 13th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 19 snorkeling dives in Japan. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Emerald Beach including Cape Zanpa, Sunabe Seawall, Onna Point, Kadena Seawall, Manza Beach and Tancha Bay.