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Dive Logs

August 22, 2019

Larry hovers above the shallow reef at Kyan Lighthouse, Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

The typhoon is getting closer but we were still able to get in a couple of great dives down south today!  We skipped the swim-throughs at Kyan and went straight for the deep end. We found more reef and vibrant life even as deep as 100fsw.  With such great visibility the sun easily reaches these depths to nourish the corals.  Our new spot at Uenchi, near the Green Marker Bouy turned out to be great.  We were able to find the huge concrete block and chain that anchors the bouy at about 95fsw.  We were also able to find the "Angkor Wat" coral formation near our anchor point. All together it was an amazing day of diving.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain/Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 104ft

Average depth: 53ft

Temp: 84F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals, South Bouy

Bottom time minutes: 51

Maximum depth: 95ft

Average depth: 45ft

Temp: 84F

August 19, 2019

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We had Super Duper group of divers today for some awesome dives!  Our first stop was Oodokaigan (Channel Crevasses) for an amazing dive.  The white sands and contrasting rock pinnacles, which were covered in abundant soft and hard corals, were stunning. We hope to explore this area more in the future.  For the second dive we spent almost the first half within the tunnels of Angels Cavern at Kyan Lighthouse. The visibility was amazing as usual. We found some cute nudis and paid a visit to the tomato clown fish colony.  For the 3rd dive we drifted along the east side of Tokomasri, aka Turtle Reef. There were huge snappers, a large grouper, several turtles, an ornery blue banded sea snake and acres of beautiful corals.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Channel Crevasses (Oodokaigan)

Bottom time minutes: 48

Maximum depth: 67ft

Average depth: 45ft

Temp: 83F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse, Angels Cavern

Bottom time minutes: 48

Maximum depth: 80ft

Average depth: 42ft

Temp: 83F

Dive 3

Entry Point: Turtle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 76ft

Average depth: 41ft

Temp: 83F

July 28, 2019

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Great summer weather and amazing visibility made for some RAD dives today!  The deep end at Kyan was fun to explore. We saw Amber Jacks, Rainbow Runners and what looked like a huge Queenfish. The baitfish up shallow had to number in the thousands!  Castle Reef was amazing as always.  We didn't think it was possible but there are now even more juvenile reef fish there than last week!


Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse

Bottom time minutes: 45

Maximum depth: 94ft

Average depth: 47ft

Temp: 72F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 68ft

Average depth: 47ft

Temp: 82F

July 26, 2019

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These summer conditions are truly amazing.   The bright sunlight lit up the inside of angel cavern as well as the deeper areas of Kyan Light house.  We checked out the north end of Uenchi Table corals and it did not disappoint.  There was even a small sea turtle to greet us.  Both sites were teaming with juvenile reef fish and larger predatory fish looking prey.  The warmer temps mean less nudis but were were still able to find a few at Uenchi. 


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain/Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse, Angel's Cavern

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 87ft/26.5m

Average depth: 49ft/14.9

Temp: 81F/27C

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 51ft/15.5m

Average depth: 38ft/11.6

Temp: 82F/28

July 23, 2019

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We ended up at Rukan Reef this morning for a couple of drift dives along the eastern wall.  The conditions today were amazing both above and below the water.  We saw white tip reef sharks on both dives, a huge moray, schooling gurukun, hundreds of sea fans, a couple napoleon fish and colorful reef fish everywhere along the eastern wall.  It was a truly great experience and we hope to get back there soon. 

 

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Rukan Reef,  East

Bottom time minutes: 37

Maximum depth: 110ft

Average depth: 62ft

Temp: 81F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Rukan Reef, East

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 79ft

Average depth: 48ft

Temp: 81F



July 1, 2019

Crazy looig boxfish at Uenchi, Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

Another great day for some awesome diving in the south.  Nishizaki was dynamic with it's murky depths, wavy soft corals and bright white sands. Castle Reef was even better than yesterday with thousands of schooling fish, garden eels and more. Uenchi #2 did not disappoint with its abundance of hard corals, white sands and reef fish.

 

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Nishizaki Sand Flats

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 56ft

Average depth: 27ft

Temp: 75-77F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 49

Maximum depth: 66ft

Average depth: 47ft

Temp: 75-77F

Dive 3

Entry Point: Uenchi #2

Bottom time minutes: 42

Maximum depth: 50ft

Average depth: 33ft

Temp: 79F

June 30, 2019

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Rainy season is over for real this time! We had such an amazing day of diving today!  We had some Itoman veterans and some Itoman newcomers out in the water today enjoying the Summer weather. Nishizaki Sand Flats had all kinds of little critters hidden around for us to find. Castle Reef was super amazing since all the fish had babies and there were new fish everywhere and the visibility was fantastic. At Uenchi, Bill, spotted what turned out to be a baby ribbon eel!  That's a first for RAD! Thanks for the spot, Bill! We also saw a small green sea turtle and hundreds of schooling reef fish as usual.  Summer is here and the south is amazing!

 

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Nishizaki Sand Flats

Bottom time minutes: 49

Maximum depth: 44ft

Average depth: 25ft

Temp: 77-79F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 66ft

Average depth: 43ft

Temp: 79F

Dive 3

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 64ft

Average depth: 38ft

Temp: 77-79F

June 16, 2019

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It looks like the rainy season is finally over!  We had an amazing day today exploring the caverns at Cape Kyan! We drifted at Tokomasari, where we met a pair of huge green sea turtles and a big white tip reef shark. Castle Reef was amazing as always and it seems that the anemone shrimp have multiplied! 

 

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse

Bottom time minutes: 45

Maximum depth: 82ft

Average depth: 42ft

Temp: 77F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Tokomasari Dome

Bottom time minutes: 42

Maximum depth: 62ft

Average depth: 39ft

Temp: 77F

Dive 3

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 67ft

Average depth: 46ft

Temp: 77F

June 1, 2019

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We started the month right with a dive at Kyan Lighthouse and Tokomasari Dome.  Visibility at Kyan had to be over 100ft.  Angels Cavern was awesome as usual but we didn't hang out long.  We headed out deeper today and explored the rock piles in the 70-100fsw range.  There were lots of cool fish including a white tip shark and a very large grouper.  The current was really pushing at Tokomasari Dome.  We made it into the tunnel system, said hello to the batfish and a white tip reef shark, then ducked out and drifted south along the stony coral reef. There is so much stony coral here it seems to stretch for miles. A big friendly sea snake even came in close to check us out and say hello!

 

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 87ft

Average depth: 48ft

Temp: 75F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Tokomasari Dome

Bottom time minutes: 37

Maximum depth: 64ft

Average depth: 37ft

Temp: 76F

May 31, 2019

Nudibranch at Castle Reef, Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

We closed out May with a bang.  Our good friend Andrew came out from Hawaii and payed us a visit. We also had a Nudi Whisperer and her friends on broad.  There were so many Nudis and other amazing photogenic sea creatures that we thought we would run out of GBs on our memory cards.  I have to say, Uenchi and especially Castle Reef are home to some of the most amazing Nudis and macro subjects here on Okinawa.  Please check out the pictures on our facebook page.

 

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 54

Maximum depth: 59ft

Average depth: 34ft

Temp: 75F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 49

Maximum depth: 68ft

Average depth: 46ft

Temp: 75F

May 25, 2019

A white tip reef shark peeks out from under a rock at Tokomasari Reef, Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

 

Great weather and some great divers made for an awesome day down south!  We got 3 amazing dives in at some of our coolest sites.  We started off with a trip to the Arakasi Throne Room to explore the swim-throughs and tunnels.  Next on the list was Uenchi Table Corals to scout for sea turtles.  Lastly, we did a drift dive at Tokomasari Dome and saw some amazing things including two white tip reef sharks, a couple morays and a sunken boat engine with shaft and prop intact!  The hard corals at these sites is truly vibrant and healthy. We are always amazed every time we visit.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Arasaki Throne Room

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 79ft

Average depth: 42ft

Temp: 75F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 58ft

Average depth: 35ft

Temp: 75F

Dive 3

Entry Point: Tokomasari Dome

Bottom time minutes: 45

Maximum depth: 65ft

Average depth: 38ft

Temp: 75F

May 11, 2019

Drift diving at Rukan Atoll.

A little wind and rain didn't stop us from getting a double drift in at Rukan Atoll's East Wall.  Huge stingrays, white tips, a napoleon fish, amazing corals, fat snakes, logger head turtles and thousands of reef fish.  This is definitely one of our favorite spots in Okinawa and we will be going here more often during the summer diving season.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Rukan Reef, South East

Bottom time minutes: 39

Maximum depth: 83ft

Average depth: 45ft

Temp: 75F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Rukan Atoll, East

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 85ft

Average depth: 43ft

Temp: 75F

May 8, 2019

Diver exploring Angel's Cavern. Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

The rainy season is here but we had mostly clear skies for two great dives down south.  We did some exploring around Angel's Cavern at Kyan Lighthouse.  The tunnels seem to go on forever in different directions.  Great  visibility and clear skies made for an outstanding dive. We ventured further into the deep at Uenchi.  We didn't find any UXO this time but there were some lost anchors, a couple curious snakes and hundreds of fish including a HUGE puffer.  Next time we hope to find the buoy chain anchored at 95fsw.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain/Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse, Angel's Cavern

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 79ft

Average depth: 43ft

Temp: 75F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 44

Maximum depth: 90ft

Average depth: 49ft

Temp: 75F

May 4, 2019

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We got deep today with our friend Robert! Kyan Lighthouse was amazing this morning with at least 100ft of visibility. We had a lot of great swim through action and even passed through Angel's Cavern on the way. We got a chance to explore an area of Uenchi we havent been to before and actually got past 90fsw exploring the scattered rock piles on the sandy bottom. We were greeted by a large white tip reef shark at the very beginning of the dive and a nice green sea turtle on the way back to the boat. Great diving today and great weather!


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse

Bottom time minutes: 44

Maximum depth: 93ft

Average depth: 45ft

Temp: 75F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 91ft

Average depth: 41ft

Temp: 75F

April 20, 2019

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Spectacular diving today! Wind and rain didn't stop us from getting some great dives in this afternoon.  Special thanks to Captain Kimie for putting up with the bad weather! Even with the overcast the sites were amazing. A small turtle surprised us at Uenchi as we headed back from the deep. The garden eels, shrimps and nudibraches were out in force at Castle Reef. There were so many photogenic subjects out and about today that the dive time seemed to pass very quickly.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 58ft

Average depth: 38ft

Temp: 73F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 66ft

Average depth: 46ft

Temp: 73F

April 19, 2019

Divers preparing for a drift dive at Rukan Atoll, Okinawa, Japan.

Great news! We got in for some fantastic drift dives out a Rukan Atoll and Charles didn't delete the pictures! Rukan East side really blew us away.  The abundance of healthy corals and sea life along that eastern wall was stunning. We saw a huge loggerhead turtle, a napoleon fish, thousands of gurukun, a few smaller turtles and some rare nudibranches.  The second dive, on the northwest side, produced a huge green sea turtle (thanks to Jose for the spot!), a fearsome black barracuda and hundreds of smaller reef fishes. The landscape here was completely different. consisting of large coral mounds with sandy canyons cut between them by millennia of ocean currents. Amazing!


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Rukan Atoll, East

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 86ft

Average depth: 49ft

Temp: 75F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Rukan Atoll, NW

Bottom time minutes: 48

Maximum depth: 70ft

Average depth: 42ft

Temp: 73F

April 16, 2019

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It was awesome diving this morning with some familiar faces!.  We found lots of dragon nudibranches, some clownfish eggs and tons of reef fish at Okaha Island. The visibility is still a little off due to the airport construction but the corals seem to be growing nicely.  Uenchi table corals was  next on out list.  As usual the hard corals were abundant and beautiful. We got checked out by a curious grand trevally and helped with the Itoman Diving Association reef cleanup. Unfortunately Charles accidentally deleted most of the pictures and videos from the dive. 


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Okaha Island

Bottom time minutes: 42

Maximum depth: 51ft

Average depth: 33ft

Temp: 72F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 47

Maximum depth: 60ft

Average depth: 36ft

Temp: 72F

April 8 2019

DIvers prepare for a drift dive at Tokomasari Reef (aka Turtle Reef) in Okinawa, Japan.

The conditions today were spectacular.  Almost zero wind and waves in the morning with crystal clear water. Congratulations to Larry for his first drift dive and congrats to Eric for his first dives in the South!  We drifted by several huge green sea turtles hundreds of fish and amazing corals. We even met a large white tip reef shark at the safety stop as well. Uenchi Table Corals was a nice leisurely follow up dive. We enjoyed the white sand, pristine corals, hundreds of reef fish and the orange skunk clown fish that always bites Charles when he gets near.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Tokomasari Reef, NE

Bottom time minutes: 48

Maximum depth: 72ft

Average depth: 36ft

Temp: 73F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 50

Maximum depth: 61ft

Average depth: 37ft

Temp: 73F

March 27, 2019

Divers aboard the Southern Explorer prepare to dive at Kyan Lighthouse, Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

We had an amazing time down south this morning with the "Over the Hill" diving group.  After exploring Angels Cavern we bumped into a couple of huge cuttlefish! It must be that time of year for them.  The visibility was great and the reef fish were out in droves. We got a double turtle surprise at Uenchi; first a huge green turtle with two remora near the beginning of the dive and then a small green on the way back to the boat. Larry was on point today spotting the cuttlefish and the small turtle!  


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse

Bottom time minutes: 41

Maximum depth: 88ft

Average depth: 47ft

Temp: 72F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 50

Maximum depth: 64ft

Average depth: 42ft

Temp: 72F

March 14, 2019

Diving at Yamashiro Coast, Okinawa, Japan.

It almost seems like summer is here!  The weather today was great with the sun shining most of the day. We had an awesome time with our over 40 group and a couple of first time guests. We found a blue spotted stingray within the sandy nooks an crannies between the rock formations at Yamashiro. Castle Reef surprised us with a huge school of recently hatched cardinal and class fish.  We said hello to the garden eels, peacock anemone shrimps and all the other fish schooling around the reef.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Atsushi Takeuchi

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Yamashiro Coast

Bottom time minutes: 45

Maximum depth: 79ft

Average depth: 37ft

Temp: 73F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 45

Maximum depth: 70ft

Average depth: 45ft

Temp: 72F

March 8, 2019

Getting ready to dive at Kyan Lighthouse, Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

Awesome diving today back down south! The wind shifted and the seas calmed in the south allowing us to get back out on the Southern Explorer to conclude the brother team dive adventure.  Congtrats to Jack for completing his 10th dive and to Ted for his 30th! Kyan Lighthouse and Cape Kyan were spectacular today.  We saw a ton of nudibranches, lots of reef fish, the Tomato Clown Colony and lots of soft and stony corals. The geography of both sites is similar, huge rock piles jutting from the sand, but the cape has more distinct trenches and areas worn smooth by strong currents. We could feel the water coming off the shelf as the tidal flow pushed deeper to the south and west. Ted will be back soon for some more exploring and we hope Jack will come visit us again!


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse

Bottom time minutes: 41

Maximum depth: 45ft

Average depth: 27ft

Temp: 73F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Cape Kyan

Bottom time minutes: 34

Maximum depth: 50ft

Average depth: 28ft

Temp: 72F

March 7, 2019

Diving at Gorilla Chop, Motobu, Okinawa.

Super Strong winds out of the North West prevented us from boat diving today but our determined brother dive team was not giving up!  Today we drove all the way up to Gorilla Chop and it was worth the trip! Hundreds of porcupine fish were swarming the reef. The white sands revealed countless surprises including a pair of "Shawn the Sheep" nudibranches.  The corals, though not as vibrant as in Itoman, were colorful and diverse.  The brother team had a blast today but are ready to be back "On a boat" tomorrow!


Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Gorilla Chop

Bottom time minutes: 42

Average depth: 21ft

Temp: 72F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Gorilla Chop

Bottom time minutes: 45

Maximum depth: 24ft

Average depth: 16ft

Temp: 72F

March 5, 2019

Divers during a surface interval aboard the Southern Explorer. Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

We are so excited that we got to be part of something special today! Ted's brother, Jack, is in town and we got to take him on his 1st and 2nd ocean dives.  He was so amazed at how much fish and corals are in the ocean.  The sand flats was great even with the slightly murky visibility.  There were dragon nudibranches everywhere as well as several porcupine fish hiding among the soft corals.  Visibility at Uenchi was twice as good and we got to enjoy all the amazing hard corals and fish. Ted did a good job spotting some nice nudibranches today and Jack did great for his 1st time in the ocean!


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Nishizaki Sand Flats

Bottom time minutes: 44

Maximum depth: 33ft

Average depth: 20ft

Temp: 70F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 33

Maximum depth: 53ft

Average depth: 33ft

Temp: 73F

February 18, 2019

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Super awesome afternoon of diving in the south of Okinawa!  We were especially happy to find our favorite anemone shrimps at Castle Reef! There are now 3 pizza anemones with peacock shrimp and sexy shrimp! Divemaster Charles now has their locations dialed in and will be visiting them again soon! Visibility at Uenchi was excellent.  The hard corals and contrasting white sands were stunning. We found 5 of the 6 species of Okinawa anemone fish and Charles got attacked by the female orange skunk anemone fish again.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Atsushi Takeuchi

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 49

Maximum depth: 68ft

Average depth: 48ft

Temp: 73F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi

Bottom time minutes: 48

Maximum depth: 58ft

Average depth: 35ft

Temp: 73F

February 14, 2019

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Happy Valentines day under the water!  The RAD Over the Hill Divers were out again this week for a couple of awesome dives down south. The visibility today was amazing and there were so many fish swimming around.  Castle Reef was a blast as usual with all the schooling reef fish cruising around and a few sneaky scorpion fish hiding among the corals. There was a huge dragon nudibranch as well.  The second spot was near Gushikawa Castle Ruins and is called Rock Pile. Huge 2 to 3 story boulders covered in corals and sea life litter the coast here.  It gets deep very quick and the rocky bottom was clearly visible about 100ft below.

 

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Castle Reef

Bottom time minutes: 41

Maximum depth: 69ft

Average depth: 38ft

Temp: 73F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Rock Pile

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 62ft

Average depth: 36ft

Temp: 73F

February 10, 2019

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Today brought us an unexpected bit of good sunny weather and some awesome diving!  We explored around Angels Cavern an Kyan Lighthouse, swimming our way in and out of all the nooks and crannies.  Next we explored Arasaki Throne Room for the first time and it was amazing as promised.  There are so many little tunnels and pathways through the underwater mazes at Okinawa's southern tip.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse, Angels Cavern

Bottom time minutes: 27

Maximum depth: 63ft

Average depth: 39ft

Temp: 72F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Arasaki Throne Room

Bottom time minutes: 29

Maximum depth: 71ft

Average depth: 34ft

Temp: 72F

February 7, 2019

Pre dive brief aboard the Southern Explorer, Itoman, Okinawa, Japan.

This morning turned out to be the perfect time to get in the water.  We caught a break in the weather for some nice diving at the Uenchi Table Corals site.  Our small turtle friend was there to meet us again along with an ornery anemone fish which attacked Divemaster Charles! There is always so much to see here between all the beautiful corals, stunning reef fishes, and dynamic landscapes.  We are glad our divers had a good time and are looking forward to diving with them again!

  

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 38

Maximum depth: 54ft

Average depth: 34ft

Temp: 72F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 42

Maximum depth: 66ft

Average depth: 35ft

Temp: 72F

January 24, 2019

On the deck of the Southern Explorer.

What an awesome day today!  Ted was back on board with us for an exploratory dive at a new site near Cape Kyan.  We got a little lost in the twisting and turning reef labyrinth before we shot through a short tunnel to a steep drop off.  We were soon greeted by a friendly green sea turtle! The second dive, at Uenchi Table Corals, included nudibranchs, a small turtle, hundreds of reef fish, and stunning hard corals.

 

Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Ted's Turtle Town

Bottom time minutes: 29

Maximum depth: 48ft

Average depth: 27ft

Temp: 72F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 35

Maximum depth: 51ft

Average depth: 33ft

Temp: 72F

January 6, 2019

Divers prep at Kyan Lighthouse Okinawa, Japan.

Great conditions today! The water is much warmer than the cold wind at the surface.  Water temps were unusually warm for the middle of winter in Okinawa.  We had a very active typhoon season last year and summer temps were cooler than usual, but now winter is warmer than usual. Visibility was amazing, as it always is in winter.  The dynamic rock formations and Kyan Lighthouse were breathtaking as usual.  Schooling Gurukun, young Travally and a slender snake made for interesting company at the Uenchi Table Corals.


Port: Itoman Fisharina

Boat: Southern Explorer

Captain: Kimie Fleming

Dive Master: Charles Fleming

Dive 1

Entry Point: Kyan Lighthouse

Bottom time minutes: 46

Maximum depth: 90ft

Average depth: 56ft

Temp: 73F

Dive 2

Entry Point: Uenchi Table Corals

Bottom time minutes: 48

Maximum depth: 73ft

Average depth: 43ft

Temp: 73F