Yonaguni

Only a short flight from Ishigaki Island Yonaguni offers not only a subtropical island feeling but also some fascinating diving thanks to an ancient underwater monument. Discovered in the 1980's the origin of the Yonaguni ‘Iseki' stones still remain a mystery today.

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The sub-tropical island of Yonaguni is a little rugged island 67 miles off the coast of Taiwan and a 30 minute flight from Ishigaki. This 15sq mile island isn't the most attractive in the Yaeyama chain but does have a feeling of remoteness being so far from mainland Japan. There is one big reason for heading to Yonaguni as a diver - an ancient and mysterious underwater monument.  The 'Iseki' were discovered in the 1980's by local diver Kihachiro Aratake and are thought to be an ancient monument modified by man in the last ice-age around 10,000years ago. If they are manmade, the stones would be the oldest manmade monument on earth predating the Egyptian Pyramids.

The Iseki consists of several monuments with the main terrace area consisting of a single platform 100 metres by 50 metres and more than 25 metres tall. The structure is seemingly carved out of rock and consists of perfect right angles, huge steps and deep corridors. There is debate between those that believe that it is an ancient manmade structure and those that believe that it is merely a geological phenomenon continues. There are also those that the stones are an extension of the lost continent of Mu and those that believe that this is the work of aliens. Either way, this dive site is truly stunning for the most experienced diver.

Away from the stones, the waters are great for diving. The visibility is crystal clear most of the year round and there is a lot of drift diving opportunity with strong currents that surround the islands. Between November and June is considered Hammerhead season with the winter months producing breathtaking scenes of schooling Hammerhead sharks with the creatures spotted on a daily basis. There are plenty of beautiful coral, interesting rock formations and an abundance of sub tropical marine life around the islands to make Yonaguni the best kept diving secret in the world.

The Iseki consists of several monuments with the main terrace area consisting of a single platform 100 metres by 50 metres and more than 25 metres tall. The structure is seemingly carved out of rock and consists of perfect right angles, huge steps and deep corridors. There is debate between those that believe that it is an ancient manmade structure and those that believe that it is merely a geological phenomenon continues. There are also those that the stones are an extension of the lost continent of Mu and those that believe that this is the work of aliens. Either way, this dive site is truly stunning for the most experienced diver.

Away from the stones, the waters are great for diving. The visibility is crystal clear most of the year round and there is a lot of drift diving opportunity with strong currents that surround the islands. Between November and June is considered Hammerhead season with the winter months producing breathtaking scenes of schooling Hammerhead sharks with the creatures spotted on a daily basis. There are plenty of beautiful coral, interesting rock formations and an abundance of sub tropical marine life around the islands to make Yonaguni the best kept diving secret in the world.

- See more at: http://www.insidejapantours.com/diving/yonaguni-island#sthash.KgpXf07X.dpuf

 

The Iseki consists of several monuments with the main terrace area consisting of a single platform 100 metres by 50 metres and more than 25 metres tall. The structure is seemingly carved out of rock and consists of perfect right angles, huge steps and deep corridors. There is debate between those that believe that it is an ancient manmade structure and those that believe that it is merely a geological phenomenon continues. There are also those that the stones are an extension of the lost continent of Mu and those that believe that this is the work of aliens. Either way, this dive site is truly stunning for the most experienced diver.

Away from the stones, the waters are great for diving. The visibility is crystal clear most of the year round and there is a lot of drift diving opportunity with strong currents that surround the islands. Between November and June is considered Hammerhead season with the winter months producing breathtaking scenes of schooling Hammerhead sharks with the creatures spotted on a daily basis. There are plenty of beautiful coral, interesting rock formations and an abundance of sub tropical marine life around the islands to make Yonaguni the best kept diving secret in the world.

- See more at: http://www.insidejapantours.com/diving/yonaguni-island#sthash.KgpXf07X.dpuf

The Iseki consists of several monuments with the main terrace area consisting of a single platform 100 metres by 50 metres and more than 25 metres tall. The structure is seemingly carved out of rock and consists of perfect right angles, huge steps and deep corridors. There is debate between those that believe that it is an ancient manmade structure and those that believe that it is merely a geological phenomenon continues. There are also those that the stones are an extension of the lost continent of Mu and those that believe that this is the work of aliens. Either way, this dive site is truly stunning for the most experienced diver.

Away from the stones, the waters are great for diving. The visibility is crystal clear most of the year round and there is a lot of drift diving opportunity with strong currents that surround the islands. Between November and June is considered Hammerhead season with the winter months producing breathtaking scenes of schooling Hammerhead sharks with the creatures spotted on a daily basis. There are plenty of beautiful coral, interesting rock formations and an abundance of sub tropical marine life around the islands to make Yonaguni the best kept diving secret in the world.

- See more at: http://www.insidejapantours.com/diving/yonaguni-island#sthash.KgpXf07X.dpuf

 

The Iseki consists of several monuments with the main terrace area consisting of a single platform 100 metres by 50 metres and more than 25 metres tall. The structure is seemingly carved out of rock and consists of perfect right angles, huge steps and deep corridors. There is debate between those that believe that it is an ancient manmade structure and those that believe that it is merely a geological phenomenon continues. There are also those that the stones are an extension of the lost continent of Mu and those that believe that this is the work of aliens. Either way, this dive site is truly stunning for the most experienced diver.

Away from the stones, the waters are great for diving. The visibility is crystal clear most of the year round and there is a lot of drift diving opportunity with strong currents that surround the islands. Between November and June is considered Hammerhead season with the winter months producing breathtaking scenes of schooling Hammerhead sharks with the creatures spotted on a daily basis. There are plenty of beautiful coral, interesting rock formations and an abundance of sub tropical marine life around the islands to make Yonaguni the best kept diving secret in the world.

- See more at: http://www.insidejapantours.com/diving/yonaguni-island#sthash.KgpXf07X.dpuf

Experiences in Yonaguni

Yonaguni offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites