“Churaumi” (beautiful sea): the product of exceptionally clear water and the tropical island sun
Okinawa’s seas are some of the clearest in the world.
They’re so clean that when you’re diving it’s almost as if there’s no water at all, and you can experience the ultimate floating sensation.
This exceptionally clear water and the tropical island sun come together to create Okinawa’s beautiful colors.
Looking up from a boat you can see an endless sky blue, stretching into infinity without a single cloud.
Lower your gaze and you will see a sea of indigo blue, so deep it’s almost navy, bordered by the horizon and extending far into the distance. Look down at the shoals to see robust coral reefs bathed in emerald green.
A big reason is that it is heavily influenced by the warm Kuroshio current, which travels upwards from just below the equator.
With a lack of plankton and other nutrients, the clear waters just keep getting clearer.
Light is readily transmitted through the water, where it reflects off of features such as white sands and beautiful corals to create a bright, lovely “Ryukyu” (Okinawa) blue for passing ships.
Okinawa’s stress-free seas are a delight for beginners; even C card training is fun!
“Easy diving” is one of the major draws of Okinawa’s waters.
Whether the subject is a lovely warm color or the dark silhouette of a large sea creature, you’re sure to get a great shot, and maybe expand your photographic repertoire along the way!
Watching the transparent bodies of pygmy sweepers and luminous cardinalfish sparkling in the sunlight will lift your spirits.
Robust coral and sprawling white sands
Circling tropical fish and warm, clear water whose visibility extends far into the distance
Your paradise can be found in Okinawa’s seas.