A geography that stands out among the world’s oceans

Okinawa’s seas are known by divers the world over for their stunning geography.
“Geo” comes from the Greek word for “earth.”
Okinawa’s islands were formed from coral that rose above the sea and created solid land, and was subsequently carved by the sea.
You can feel the earth’s dynamism at many spots across the islands.
The ultimate in such spots, the so-called “geographic spots,” include caves, holes, and caverns, and provide a stimulating experience for the adventurous diver.

A limestone cave resembling a temple, carved by crashing ocean waves

Divers headed into an enormous cave, as if being swallowed up by it. The ultimate in adventure!
Miyako-jima Island, famous for sea caves and holes representative of Okinawa Miyako-jima’s waters are particularly well-known for their numerous geographic spots, which include sea caves and holes.
Miyako-jima Island is made of built-up coral that turned into limestone.
This limestone is prone to erosion, resulting in unique formations that have brought the island’s waters worldwide fame.
Miyako-jima Island’s most popular diving spot, “Antoni Gaudi”
Named after the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi—admirer of nature whose works have been praised as “creative masterpieces”—this spot is itself a masterpiece of form, created by the Okinawa’s nature and history.

Look up from the bottom of the cave and you can see six holes at once
You’ll find the entrance at a depth of around 20 meters—a gaping hole that looks as if the earth has opened its mouth wide. Proceed through this entrance and keep swimming for over 30 meters to reach the cave’s bottom. Look up at the main hall and you’ll see a fantastic sight of six blue holes displaying beautiful gradations of blue. Change your viewing angle for a somewhat humorous scene of a rock face smiling down from above.
“Antoni Gaudi” is representative of the geographic spots of Miyakojima Island and Okinawa. Each has a story that is reflected in its name, and features an intermingling of light and geographic formations.
In each of the Hall and Cave, everything is built on exquisite balance with light angle and strength, modeling , etc. ,. We used to call it " Art that God has left " .

Among Okinawa’s caves are places called air domes.
These caves are made of natural limestone.

Five ways to enjoy cave (geographic) spots

1.Go for the best timing! The sunlight that shines into caves and holes changes with the season and time of day.
While each spot has its own optimal light angle, in general, you want to aim for summer (when sunlight is strongest) and a time of day when the sun is at its highest.
It’s fun to dive multiple times and during different seasons, comparing the lighting and aiming for the best timing.

2.A beast lurking in the sea!? A g-giant! It’s gonna eat me! No, it just looks like a beast. This strange rock formation, known as Beast Canyon, lies at the bottom of the ocean.
Interestingly, it is said to resemble a variety of forms, from a human face, to an animal, and even a monster.
“Oh, it looks like …!” Searching for hidden images is another fun part of exploring Okinawa’s geographic spots.

3.Photograph a work of art and light! When diving Okinawa’s caves and holes, take advantage of both natural and artificial lighting to create marvelous pictures. Normally, divers will simply shine a light at their subjects, resulting in pictures in which light is focused on a single point. Here, however, we present you with a secret technique for playing with light in your photos.
Can you radiate dazzling light from your mask like the diver in this picture?!
No, this light is just the momentary reflection of the sun off of a diver’s mask as captured on film.
As the diver’s head lifts slowly up and down, the photographer tries to snap a photo of the exact moment it shines. If successful, it creates an interesting image like that seen here.

4.A natural cooler?! Delicious awamori alcohol in a cave Caves and holes are dark and can keep water at a fixed temperature, making them natural coolers.
It’s even said that awamori alcohol tastes better when placed inside these formations!

5.Caves are also a great place to watch fish! Caves conjure up images of mysterious, sprawling spaces. But there are also macro amusements unique to caves, such as observing darkness-loving creatures.
For example, the ceilings of caves contain air pockets (not water), which you can use as a mirror to create interesting reflected images of sea creatures like the one seen here.
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Photo by Takaji Ochi

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