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Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. Since the climate in Okinawa is subtropical, the average temperature is around 22 Celsius degrees. Even for Japanese, Okinawa is a popular travel spot in the country!

Do you know that Okinawa is also known as the “Hawaii of the East”?

Because of Okinawa's climate is different from other parts of Japan, you can find unique local cuisines which are different from the Honshu of Japan (the main island of Japan).

Speaking of Okinawa, of course we can't miss the beautiful ocean and the water sports!!

In the ocean of Okinawa, you can see awesome views in the coral reefs, so Okinawa is a water sports heaven for everyone! 

The Best Shop for Those Who Want to Visit the Blue Cave



Marine Support TIDE ZANPA
Address: 950 Senaha, Yomitanson, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa
(沖縄県中頭郡読谷村字瀬名波950)
Map Code: 1005 627 774
Access: About 60 minutes drive from Naha airport
Tel.: 098-958-2646
Hours: 08:00 – 22:00

Services and Fees
1) Snorkeling in Blue Cave
Reservation in advance: 5,200 yen
Walk-in: 6,000 yen

2) Scuba Diving in Blue Cave
Reservation in advance: 12,000 yen
Walk-in: 13,000 yen

3) ZANPA Sea Kayaking
Reservation in advance: 5,400 yen
Walk-in: 6,400 yen

4) Night Healing Snorkeling
Reservation in advance: 5,400 yen
Walk-in: 6,000 yen

You can make reservation by phone or email. (Up to 3 days before your experience)
English speaking staff is available.
Inquiries Tel.: +81-80-2730-7076
Email: contact@bluecavemarintour.com

Why do we highly recommend Marine Support TIDE ZANPA to you?



1. Private Pier
Usually for other water sports equipment company, they just share the pier and it is not too convenient for the divers to get ready. However, at Marine Support TIDE ZANPA, you don't have to worry about that because they got a private pier for you! Also, it is said that other companies usually cancel the reservations due to high waves, but with the private pier that Marine Support TIDE ZANPA owes, you can totally ward off your worries!



2. Female Friendly Facilities and Services
Worry about getting changed and showering after getting into the ocean?
At Marine Support TIDE ZANPA, they have a clean and neat changing room, shower area, and a dressing room for girls!



3. Foreigners Friendly Services
Don't worry about the language. At Marine Support TIDE ZANPA, they have the forms and documents prepared in English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese for the foreigners. Also, English-speaking staff is available here to help you!



That is……….even you can't swim, you can still experience the underwater world! For the scuba diving course, a certified professional coach will accompany you all the way, so even if you can't swim or you are not good at swimming, you can still experience scuba diving safely. We highly suggest all the beginners to take this course first.

Scuba Diving in Blue Cave
Reservation in advance: 12,000 yen
Walk-in: 13,000 yen
You can make reservation by phone or email. (Up to 3 days before your experience)
English speaking staff is available.
Inquiries Tel.: +81-80-2730-7076
Email: contact@bluecavemarintour.com

 

Let’ Go Scuba Diving!! (Steps 01 – 07)



01. Meeting Point – At Marine Support TIDE ZANPA

Usually for other companies, guests are required to gather near the Blue Cave and get ready over there. However, Marine Support TIDE ZANPA does not require their guests to do so. Guests can just get themselves ready at the shop, and shuttles to the Blue Cave are provided too!

If you will go to Marine Support TIDE ZANPA by your own car, then you can just simply input the map code or the telephone number in the GPS system, then you can get to their shop easily!



02. Filling Out Forms

Before we get going, it is very important for us to get some instruction and information first. We also need to fill out a health statement; please note that for those who have respiratory disease or circulation disorders, you need to have a doctor's permission in order to go diving.

As we have mentioned earlier, you can find forms and documents in Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. Also, English-speaking staff is available here to help you!

*Waterproof Camera Rental
Free rental service is provided to those who join the Blue Cave scuba diving or the Blue Cave snorkeling programs (You can also upgrade to panorama camera by just adding 980 yen)

For those you join the other programs (sea kayaking and night healing snorkeling), you can also rent the waterproof camera at 2,000 yen.

*Free bath sets and towels
Bath sets and towers are provided to guests with no charge. However, you need to make a 500 yen deposit for the towel but it will be refunded after you return it.

03. Safety and Diving Instructions

After handing in the forms, next is to put on the diving suit! Next to the shop, you can find an area where you can try on the diving suit. After you are done, let's meet our professional coach! He is going to tell us 3 important things about scuba diving!

Three Important Things About Scuba Diving
1. Equalize underwater ear pressure
Once we dive into the sea, the pressure starts to change, and it will make our ears uncomfortable. In order to avoid this situation, we need to learn how to equalize our ear pressure underwater. Actually it is very simple, just hold your nose and close your mouth, then try to exhale forcefully through your nose, that's the trick!

2. Clear water from the scuba dive mask
In case water gets into your scuba dive mask, you just need to press the upper part of the mask, then use your nose to breathe forcefully again, then you can get the water out easily.

3. Breathing Technique
In the water, you can only rely on your mouth to breathe, but don't worry, actually the technique is very simple and easy, just breathe slowly…………In addition to these three important things, our coach also explains to us what should we do if water gets in the diving regulator, and some simple gestures to communicate with each other under the sea.



04. Shuttle Service to the Pier

Blue Cave is located near Cape Maeda in Onna Village. Marine Support TIDE ZANPA will take you there for free! You can also get there by taxi or bus.



05. Get Ready and Let’s Go!

After arriving at the pier, we need to get on the boat and get closer to the Blue Cave. Then, our coach and staff will help us to check all our equipment again. When everything is ready and set, you are ready to experience the underwater world!!



06. Follow the Professional Coach

When you finish the simple warm up, take a deep breath and hold your mask, then get into the water slowly. When you are in the water, just like you are walking on the ground, move ahead slowly, then you will get used to the water very soon.







Even you get used to the water, remember you still need to hold the coach's hand!

Actually the light you can see under the water is the reflection of light from the surface of water. Just 5 meters below the surface, you can see this beautiful emerald-like color!!

07. Showering and Getting Changed







After getting out from the sea, of course we need to wash away the salt on our hair and body. Please note that even the male and female shower rooms are separated, you still need to wear your swimming suit while taking your shower. Special shampoo is also provided.

At Marine Support TIDE ZANPA, individual changing room is prepared for their guests. For your valuable items, you can deposit them in the locker first. 

Things that we can trust Marine Support TIDE ZANPA – 01



The oxygen used in the diving tanks are produced by Marine Support TIDE ZANPA! Today we got this special chance to visit where they store the diving tanks. Actually it is very rare to find a shop which also provides its own oxygen.

Actually many other shops recycles the diving tanks which is very dangerous because impure air may get in, and if you use a diving tanks which contains carbon dioxide or other impurities, it may lead to dizziness or headache etc.

Things that we can trust Marine Support TIDE ZANPA – 02



All kinds of equipment can also be found here. They have different sizes for both men and women, and monthly checkup and maintenance is guaranteed. For those who are short-sighted, special mask with different degrees are prepared for you to use.

Not just the diving suits, the diving shoes are very important indeed. If you don't put on the diving shoes, there is a high chance you will get hurt in the coral reefs!! Also, these diving shoes can keep your feet warm too!

Other Water Activities



01. Snorkeling

Snorkeling is another good way to experience the Okinawa's ocean. Actually you just need a set of simple equipment, then you can enjoy playing with the fish and the underwater world up to 5 meters below the surface of water. Of course you don't need to know how to swim or scuba dive to try snorkeling.  You just need to put on your snorkel, life jacket and flippers, then you are ready to go!

Snorkeling in Blue Cave
Reservation in advance: 5,200 yen
Walk-in: 6,000 yen
You can make reservation by phone or email. (Up to 3 days before your experience)
English speaking staff is available.
Inquiries Tel.: +81-80-2730-7076
Email: contact@bluecavemarintour.com



02. Night Healing Snorkeling

Night Healing Snorkeling is a very special experience indeed. You can see red sky in sunset and the shining stars in the dark sky while floating in the sea. Don't worry about the darkness in the sea because coach will bring a light to light up for you!

Night Healing Snorkeling
Reservation in advance: 5,400 yen
Walk-in: 6,000 yen
You can make reservation by phone or email. (Up to 3 days before your experience)
English speaking staff is available.
Inquiries Tel.: +81-80-2730-7076
Email: contact@bluecavemarintour.com



03. ZANPA Sea Kayaking

Actually there is another way to enjoy the Okinawa ocean if you don't want to get into the sea! That is getting into a sea kayak and enjoying the beautiful sea and sea creatures from above! You can also paddle with your friends and have some great time together!

ZANPA Sea Kayaking
Reservation in advance: 5,400 yen
Walk-in: 6,400 yen
You can make reservation by phone or email. (Up to 3 days before your experience)
English speaking staff is available.
Inquiries Tel.: +81-80-2730-7076
Email: contact@bluecavemarintour.com

How do you like our sharing this time?

Next time we will show you other interesting and exciting water sports and activities in Okinawa! So don't miss it!

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950 Senaha, Yomitanson, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

CONTACT TEL:098-958-2646

CONTACT EMAIL:contact@bluecavemarintour.com

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    • Kansai (関西) is a region that includes Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Shiga Prefectures. Kansai contained Japan's ancient capital for hundreds of years, and it's making a comeback as one of the most popular parts of Japan. Kyoto's temples and shrines, Osaka Castle, and the deer of Nara are all considered must-sees. Plus, the people of Kansai are especially friendly, making it a fun place to hang out.

    • Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan between the years 794 and 1100, becoming a center for poilitics and culture, and to this day it's a great place for close encounters with Japanese history. The cobbled streets of Gion, the atmospheric road to Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji's golden walls and countless historic attractions, even Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge―Kyoto is a place of many attractions. With new charms to experience throughout the seasons, travelers can't stop themselves from returning again and again.

    • Nara Prefecture's important history reaches back to 710, a time now called the Nara era, when it was once capital of Japan. Called "Heijo-kyo" during its time as a capital, it's said that nara was once the end of the silk road, leading it to flourish as a uniquely international region and produce important cultural properties of all kinds. To make the most of each season, travelers head to Nara Park, where the Nara deer who wander freely, or climb Mount Yoshino, a famous cherry blossom spot.

    • Osaka is known for friendly (and funny) people, but its history is nothing to laugh at, playing a major part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 16th century unification of Japan. Thanks to long years of economic activity, it's one of Japan's biggest cities, and Osaka's popular food culture earned it the nickname "The Kitchen of the Nation." To this day Osaka is the model of western Japan, and alongside historic structures like Osaka Castle, it also has major shopping malls like Umeda's Grand Front Osaka and Tennoji's Abeno Harukas. Osaka is a place to eat, eat, eat, with local specialties like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and kushi-katsu, and for extra fun, it's home to Universal Studios Japan.

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      The Chugoku Region (中国地方) consists of five prefectures: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. In Chugoku you’ll find the sand dunes of Tottori, and Hiroshima’s atomic bomb site, plus centers of ancient history like Grand Shrine of Izumo.

    • HIROSHIMA

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      Hiroshima Prefecture has everything, from world heritage sites to beautiful nature and delicious local cuisine, and it's either an hour and a half from Tokyo by plane, or four hours by train. Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and the Atomic Bomb Dome, two Hiroshima UNESCO sites, are famous around the world, but in Japan it's also famous for food. Seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, especially oysters, Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, and Setouchi lemons are all popular, and the natural scenery alone is worth seeing.

    • SHIKOKU

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      On the other side of the Seto Inland Sea opposite Japan’s main island, Shikoku (四国) is a region made up of four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. The area is famous for its udon (in Kagawa), and the beautiful Dogo Onsen hot springs (in Ehime).

    • Kagawa Prefecture is on the northern part of the island of Shikoku, facing Japan's main island and the Seto Inland Sea. It's known for being the smallest prefecture in Japan, by area, but at the same time Kagawa is called the "Udon Prefecture" thanks to its famous sanuki udon. Aside from Kotohiragu Shrine and Ritsurin Garden, the prefecture's small islands are popular, and Kagawa is full of unique destinations, like Angel Road. They say that if you lay eyes on Zenigata Sunae, a huge Kagawa sand painting, you'll never have money troubles ever again.

    • Located in the most southwestern part of Japan, Kyushu (九州) is an island of 7 prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. The island's unique culture has been influenced by Chinese and Dutch trade, along with missionaries coming in through Nagasaki's port. Modern-day travelers love the lush natural scenery and fresh food, plus the natural hot springs found all throughout the area (thanks to volcanic activity)!

    • FUKUOKA

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      Fukuoka Prefecture has the highest population on the southern island of Kyushu, with two major cities: Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. Thanks to growing transportation networks, Fukuoka is more accessible than ever, and so are the many local attractions. On top of historical spots like Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, travelers shouldn't miss Fukuoka's food scene, with motsu nabe (offal hotpot), mentaiko (spicy cod roe), and famous Hakata ramen―best eaten from a food stall in the Nakasu area of Hakata. Plus, it's full of all sorts of destinations for travelers, like trendy shopping centers, and the beautiful nature of Itoshima and Yanagawa.

    • KAGOSHIMA

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      Kagoshima Prefecture played a major role in Japan's modernization as a backdrop for famous historical figures like samurais Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi, who pushed Japan out of the Edo era and into the Meiji. Because of that, Sengan-en Garden is just one of many historical destinations, and when it comes to attractions Kagoshima has plenty: the active volcano of Sakurajima, popular hot springs Ibusuki Onsen and Kirishima Onsen, World Heritage Site Yakushima Island, even what Japan calls the "island closest to heaven," Amami Oshima. Kagoshima might be found on the very southernmost tip of the southern island of Kyushu, but there's plenty to see.

    • OKINAWA

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      The island chain of Okinawa (沖縄) makes up the southernmost tip of Japan, which is why it's also the most tropical area in the country. Thanks to a history of independence and totally distinct political and cultural events, Okinawa has a unique culture, and remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom are still visible all over the islands. Food, language, traditional dress, it's all a little different! It's also said to be the birthplace of karate.

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