Diving Northern Okinawa

Diving at Cape Hedo in Okinawa

Cliffs of Cape Hedo

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Cape Hedo

Heading towards the most Northern point of Okinawa, after leaving Nago and the last convenient store behind, lies Cape Hedo or as the Okinawan people call it, Hedo Misaki. Arriving at the gracious cliffs after the scenic drive up on the West coast and stretching our muscles while looking down the blue ocean worth every second of the journey. 

At the end of the road stands the monument, which was erected for commemorating the end of US Occupation and return of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty in 1972.

Cape Hedo- Hedo Dome
Cape Hedo

Diving at Cape Hedo

The underwater geology of Hedo Misaki is very simple. Starting from the cliffs, a steep slope is running towards the deep ocean and disappearing into the blue waters and the mixture of the strong currents and deep fresh waters are providing the necessary nutrition for a very diverse sea life. Between 5-15 meter, the constantly moving ocean has created massive crevasses and arches, providing hideaways for many fish species.

Around 20m, human sized corals filtering the water, while at 30m Giant Travelly is hunting in the shadows, looking for its prey.

Please keep in mind that all our dives at Cape Hedo are drift dives! If you feel that you don’t have the necessary experience for this dive site please let us know well ahead of time, so we can arrange either some extra training dives, or recommend a different dive site in Okinawa that is more suitable for you.

Cape Hedo Dome

But the main attraction is the Hedo Dome! This massive air pocket cave is inside the cliff, only accessible from under the water, making it probably the most challenging dive in Okinawa. Inside the dome, where you can come up to the surface, the salt and freshwater is creating a unique mix of thermocline and giant stalactites are hanging from the ceiling of this limestone cave. A limestone cave is a natural underground structure formed from the gradual dissolving and re-precipitation of limestone rock. Over time, water containing dissolved calcium carbonate seeps into cracks in the limestone and gradually dissolves the rock, creating a network of underground passages and chambers. These caves can be filled with various features such as stalactites (hanging down from the ceiling), stalagmites (growing upward from the floor), and flowstones (smooth and shiny rock formations).

Short video from the inside of the dome : Cape Hedo Dome

Please keep in mind, that since all our dives at Cape Hedo are drift dives, we can accommodate only well experienced divers for this trip.

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Location: Cape Hedo

Prerequisites: AOWD with minimum of 30 dives

Number of dives: 2-3

Price: 16-21.000 JPY

Rental camera available on request and you can keep the memory card 😀

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The meeting is at 08:00 at Ginama Fish Harbor and our boat will leave at around 08:30 to the first diving spot.

We will return to the port after each dive and between the second and third dives, japanese bento (lunchbox) will be provided on shore.

Our last dive should finish around 14:00.

What to bring

Do you have sea sickness? Then an over the counter medication from the local drugstore called Drugstore Mori is highly recommended. No one wants to feed the fish on their dive in the ocean.

Other than that, your average beach going toolkit will be perfect. Water, towel, sun cream and swimwear.

Price: 2-3 dives 16-21.000jpy  

Number of dives: 3

Entry: boat

Prerequisite: Minimum AOWD with 30 dives, including plenty of drift diving experience

Duration: 4-9 hours

Gopro rental is available on request