Best Snorkeling & Diving Spots in Okinawa Main Island

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We introduce snorkeling and diving spots in Okinawa Main Island that even beginners can enjoy.

While enjoying the beaches of Okinawa is great, snorkeling and diving allow you to fully immerse yourself in the underwater beauty of Okinawan beaches.

Snorkeling and diving options range from beginner-friendly to advanced, but this time, we will introduce spots suitable for beginners to have a great time.


Cape Maeda (Blue Cave)

Cape Maeda is located in Onna village in the Northern part of the main island of Okinawa.

There is “Blue Cave” which is famous for diving and snorkeling in Cape Maeda.

So this place is visited by many tourists every year.

The view from the observatory is superb, and the large jagged rocks and the blue sea are mysterious and you can enjoy it just by looking at the scenery.

AccessAbout 60 minutes by car from Naha Airport
AddressMaeda, Onna Village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture
ParkingYes (Paid)
100 yen per hour

Gorilla Chop

Gorilla Chop is a snorkeling and diving spot located in the northern part of Okinawa Main Island.

It is famous for its large rock formation called Gorilla Rock and Tetrapods, which are popular Instagram-worthy spots.

Gorilla Chop is frequented by tourists and locals alike who come here for activities like snorkeling, diving, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

The area is abundant with beautiful coral reefs and is home to a variety of fish species, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts to explore.

AccessAbout 90 minutes by car from Naha Airport
Address5232 Sakimomtobu ,Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa
(Free parking )

Odo Beach (John Man Beach)

Odo Beach is located in the southern part of Okinawa Main Island, in Itoman City.

It is also known as a popular snorkeling and diving spot.

The beach has relatively calm waves, and it features a coral reef and high water clarity, making it an excellent destination for water activities.

During the summer, it’s also a nesting ground for sea turtles, so if you’re lucky, you might have the chance to see them.

AccessAbout 35 minutes by car from Naha Airport
AddressOdo, Itoman City, Okinawa Prefecture
(Paid and Free Parking Both)

Anchi Beach

Anti Beach is a snorkeling spot located on Sesoko Island, in the northern part of Okinawa Main Island.

Although it’s on an island, it’s connected to Okinawa Main Island by a bridge, making it easily accessible by car.

Anti Beach is not only popular for snorkeling but also attracts many people who enjoy activities like stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

In its shallow waters, you can see beautiful coral and fish such as clownfish, making it a fantastic snorkeling spot.

AccessAbout 100 minutes by car from Naha Airport
AddressSesoko, Motobu Town, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture.

Apogama Beach (Mermaid’s Grotto)

There are many snorkeling and diving spots around Manzamo.

One particularly famous spot is called Apogama (Mermaid’s Grotto).

It’s a popular destination for diving and snorkeling, and when I visited Apogama, I saw several people enjoying these activities.

AccessAbout 75 minutes by car from Naha Airport
Address4484 Onna, Onna Village, Okinawa Prefecture

Miyagi Coast

Miyagi Coast is a snorkeling and diving spot located in the central part of Okinawa’s main island, in Chatan Town.

In addition to snorkeling and diving, you can also find many people enjoying activities like surfing, fishing, and swimming.

The surrounding area has many foreign residences, creating an Americanized atmosphere that you can also enjoy.

AccessAbout 45 minutes by car from Naha Airport
AddressMiyagi, Chatan town,Okinawa
(Free 5:00-22:00)

Minna Beach (Minna Island)

Minna Island is a small island located in the north of Okinawa Island, in Motobu Town.

It is easily accessible by ferry from Okinawa Island in about 15 minutes, and can be enjoyed as a day trip.

The beaches of Minna Island are known for their clear waters and white sand, and are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

The island is also surrounded by coral reefs, where you can see tropical fish and sea turtles.

Minna Island is a popular tourist destination for those who want to experience the natural beauty of Okinawa.

AccessAbout 15 minutes by ship from Watakuchi Port to Minna Island
Address6229 Sesoko, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
ParkingYes (Free)


In this article, we have introduced the best snorkeling and diving spots in Okinawa Island.

Okinawa Island has many snorkeling and diving spots, all of which are incredibly beautiful.

We hope this information will be helpful when choosing a snorkeling or diving location in Okinawa Island.

Thank you for reading to the end.