[LogBook] Diving day at Chatan – Okinawa – Japan

[LogBook] Diving day at Chatan – Okinawa – Japan

[LogBook] Diving day at Chatan – Okinawa – Japan

Ahoy Sailors & Mermaids! After refreshing dives at l’Estartit, and traveling across Japan for almost a month, I am more than ready to discover the tropical part of the Pacific Ocean around Chatan, on Okinawa island, southernmost point of the country, lost in the middle of the ocean!.. Are you ready? Let’s dive!

Chatan - Okinawa - Japan

#Maeda, Pacific Ocean

Oh, a video!

Temperature (at 20 meters): 26/27°
Sightings:  Painted Phyllidia, Blue Starfish, Stonefish, Saddled Puffer, Longfin BatfishVariegated Lizardfish, Cinnamon Clownfish, Domino Damselfish, Ocellaris Clownfish, Common Bluestripe Snapper, Warty Frogfish, Stripetail Damselfish, and other Damselfish species.
Notes: Plenty of beautiful and colourful fishes, and some rare ones, for which you will have to take your time to find them! Water is incredibly warm, and as you can see, corals are wonderful but a lot of them have bleached due to the water temperatures…

2nd dive in the morning:

#Yamada, Pacific Ocean

Oh, a video!

Temperature (at 20 meters): 26/27°
Sightings: Spotfin Lionfish, Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, Leopard Sea Cucumber, Parrotfish, Lionfish*, Yellowtail Wrasse, Blue Green Damselfish, Chinese Trumpetfish and Slingjaw Wrasse, Bluespotted Cornetfish. But also: Turtleheaded Sea Snake, Common Hatchetfish, Titan Triggerfish.
Notes: The size of the planted corals is impressive! Thank you to the divers for taking care of the Japanese coral reefs and restoring them!
Fishes are not shy at all in this area and some of them even tried to eat my hair! About the dance between the Chinese Trumpetfish and Slingjaw Wrasse, my DM has never seen that before (and neither did I).

After some cookies, and still in great shape, I finally decided to do the 3rd dive. This afternoon, I took my courage in both hands and agreed to dive in the Blue Cave, the most famous spot around Chatan.

#Blue Cave, Pacific Ocean

Chatan - Okinawa - Japan

Oh, a video!

Temperature (at 20 meters): 25/26°
Sightings: Indian Mackerel, Longfin Batfish, Longfin Bannerfish and other species which I cannot tell you the names of, unfortunately.
Notes: I have to admit I had a short apprehension as we went further in the complete darkness, but luckily, my torch provides enough light to comfort me and see how large the cave is (and overcrowded with beginners…)! After a few meters it’s finally possible to go back to the surface and this water, so dark before has now turned to an amazing blue. Large schools of silvery fish are waiting for us at the exit and their metallic sheen is just beautiful under the sun rays!

Good to know : The rest of the diving centers are run by Japanese and refuse foreign divers on their boats, because of the language barrier for sure, as outside of the biggest cities, population doesn’t speak english at all. Another small detail, as in Australia, there a some little things in the ocean you should definitely stay away from, you will find warning signs on the beaches!

The Go Pro settings aren’t the best ones yet, but I got better ever since, promise!

This is the end of this logbook at Chatan! If you liked it please feel free to let me know in a comment! Sea you soon for more bubbles!

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