Enjoy sprawling formations!

The Okinawa coastline, with its precipitous cliffs, is popular among tourists for its scenic beauty. However, similar scenery can be found underwater as well.
To view such sprawling formations in 360 degrees is a privilege enjoyed only by divers, with their ability to move around weightless.

Okinawa’s precipitous cliff-lined coast

The sharp cliffs don’t end at the water’s surface. Enjoy stunning scenery above and below the water!

The open ocean has a steady current, and resembles the Grand Canyon due to the piling up and subsequent erosion of gigantic reefs.
At the Grand Canyon on land, the only thing you can do is look up. Underwater, however, you can look down into the canyon like you’re flying, and have a look around its cracks and crevices.

For the majority of gigantic reefs rising above the ocean, there is a very high likelihood that large sea creatures will appear. Such locations are known as “big spots,” and are a popular feature of any diving area.
These spots are particularly sought after by large animal and drift diving enthusiasts.

Tonbara, one of the grand diving spots of Kume-jima Island. That which is visible above the water is just a portion of the gigantic rock.

Tonbara’s true form is actually hidden below the waves.

Gigantic reefs serve as large marine animal crossings. Look up and you’ll see migratory fish swimming to and fro.

Given the history of land that was once above the water sinking into the sea, extremely uniform formations make us wonder “was this perhaps made by our ancestors long ago?”

Yonaguni-jima Island’s underwater ruins are the ultimate of such formations. This monolith resembles an enormous temple and contains features that appear to have been created by man, including areas that seem to have been carved by hand, passage-like openings just large enough for a human to walk through, stair-shaped walls, and holes that appear to have once housed pillars. So convincing is the resemblance that some researchers claim the formations are indeed ruins.
While the truth of the matter remains uncertain, being immersed in the romanticism of sunken ruins is one of the joys of diving around formations.
Divers, find out the truth with your own eyes!
Okinawa’s diverse formations Okinawa’s coastline isn’t limited to sheer cliffs; its varied scenery includes everything from white sands beaches to rocky terrain. A similar diversity can be found in the formations under the water.
The sea shows many different countenances. Each formation—gigantic reefs, shallow coral, sandy ocean floor, inlets, caves, and more—has its own unique scenery and resident creatures.

Okinawa’s seas are host to many mysterious geographic spots

pure white sand and coral reef extend along the shoals, creating a picturesque tropical island paradise

The presence of undersea limestone caves is evidence that the surrounding sea was dry land long ago

Drop offs are treasure troves of large sea creatures and schooling fish

kinawa’s open ocean contains many gigantic reefs that tower above the water. These formations make thrilling boat diving sites.
Drop offs are near-vertical drops from the top of reefs toward the sea floor.
Along drop offs the water is clear and the current steady, and it feels as if you’re flying through the air.

Drop offs are treasure troves of large sea creatures and schooling fish.
Drop offs and reef tops have steady currents and are home to incredible sights, such as barracudas circling around in a vortex and dogtooth tuna whizzing to and fro like bullets.

Barracudas swarming at a drop off

Look up at the reef top and you’ll see log-like dogtooth tuna swimming leisurely through the water

Reef tops bordering the drop offs serve as front row seats for migratory fish watching.
Have a seat and take in the aquatic drama unfolding before your eyes. (A thing to remember about migratory fish: the sharper the angle of their exhaled air, the faster the current)
What’s more, the area of the drop off exposed to the current is an abundant source of food, and many colorful fish gather there, including butterflyfish and anthias such as the sea goldie.
Perfect for enjoying underwater panoramic scenes worthy of film.

You may think of drop offs as a place where migratory fish swim around stunning geographical formations. But look closer along the walls and you’ll find that they’re a treasure trove of smaller sea creatures.

Drop offs contain an abundance of different habitats including rocky areas, sand deposits, and soft coral, attracting a variety of macro creatures for you to enjoy.
(The area along the drop offs is popular with photo enthusiasts who enjoy macro creatures)

Looking down at a sea fan, we discover a lattice-patterned longnose hawkfish
Whether you like large or macro sea creatures, whether you like to take photos or prefer to just float, drop offs are useful formations that meet the needs of all types of divers.
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Photo by Takaji Ochi

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