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Diving Subtropical Japan

13 Nights: from US$4603 per person (twin share) Trip Code: DSJ

The Diving Subtropical Japan itinerary features the best dives available in Japan's southern Okinawan Islands, ranging from the beautiful corals of the Kerama Islands to the truly mystifying Iseki stones at Yonaguni. Read more >

Okinawa not only offers some of the world's most unique underwater experiences, but also a wealth of culture and charm quite unlike anywhere else, and when complemented by a visit to buzzing Tokyo we are confident that this itinerary will not disappoint.

Your Japanese adventure will begin in Tokyo, the archetypal modern metropolis, sprawling across the horizon as far as the eye can see. Tokyo is not just neon lights and skyscrapers, however. For those who look, there are pockets of history to be found in the traditional Asakusa district, tea ceremonies in the serene Hamarikyu gardens, quirky youth culture on the streets of Harajuku and much more to be found just beneath the surface of this world-famous urban giant.

After an action-packed stay in Tokyo you'll swap the concrete jungle for the white, sandy beaches and palm trees of the Okinawan archipelago - geographically and culturally miles away from life on mainland Japan. Okinawa is home to a variety of dialects, subtropical terrain and rare wildlife, and a unique culture influenced by a long history of trade with mainland Asia. You'll begin your stay on the small coral island of Akajima in the Kerama Islands, where the surrounding waters provide some of the best diving conditions in the world in terms of visibility and marine life.

Having acclimatised to the relaxed pace of island life, you will then venture further south to the Yaeyama Islands, which are actually geographically closer to Taiwan than to the rest of Okinawa. You'll be staying on Ishigaki Island, which arguably boasts the finest beaches in Japan and, as a popular destination for Japanese tourists, some lively nightlife.

When not diving amongst the giant manta and diverse corals of Ishigaki, you will have the opportunity to make a short trip to one of the other Yaeyama Islands. Iriomote offers dense forests, mangroves and waterfalls, whilst neighbouring Taketomi has some beautifully preserved Ryukyu villages.

In terms of diving, the best has been saved until last! Your final destination will be Yonaguni Island, the westernmost point of Japan. Here, you will bear witness to the diving world's best-kept secret: the mysterious Yonaguni stones. Whether you believe that they are the remains of an undiscovered, ancient civilisation or just a strange natural phenomenon - it certainly makes for an impressive dive site, especially if you're lucky enough to be joined by schooling hammerhead sharks.

Akajima, Ishigaki and Yonaguni present some thrilling dives, whether you are a beginner or a diving aficionado. Please be advised that you will need a PADI license or other internationally recognised diving qualification to take part in the dives included on this trip.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and seven evening meals
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Domestic flights (Tokyo to Naha, Naha to Ishigaki, Ishigaki to Yonaguni, Yonaguni to Tokyo)
  • 15 dives including the services of an English-speaking Dive Master, tanks, BCD, regulator, weights, fins, masks and drinks
  • Return ferry tickets from Naha to Akajima
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for local transport in Tokyo
  • Eight hours private guide service in Tokyo
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destination unless otherwise specified
  • Any entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling – you will be expected to carry your own bags for the duration of the trip
  • Insurance – some of the dive companies do not offer full Dive Accident Insurance for non-Japanese residents. You must therefore take out your own insurance for diving activities

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the sights of Tokyo with a private guide
  • Marvel at the giant manta rays near Ishigaki Island
  • Discover the intriguing “lost city” under the waves at Yonaguni
  • Dive in the pristine waters of the Kerama Islands
  • Take a day trip to Iriomote Island's dense jungle and mangroves
  • See over 300 types of coral at Yonehara Arch

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Diving Subtropical Japan - 14 Days

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