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Scuba Diving in the Bright Blue Waters of the Amami Islands, a Look at the Scuba Diving Mecca of Japan

This video, titled "Tokunoshima, Amami Islands Scuba Diving in 3 Minutes" (奄美群島 徳之島 ダイビング動画3分), was uploaded by "kamuivision."
It introduces scuba diving around Tokunoshima in Japan's Amami Islands.

This article will introduce scuba diving in the Amami Islands alongside the video.
The video will introduce actual underwater footage of the Amami Islands, including various footage of the marine life found in the area.
From schools of fish and jawfish to whales and cuttlefish the Amami Islands are full of marine life, so be sure to check out the video as you read on!

Scuba Diving in the Amami Islands! Explore the Geography and Charm of the Fascinating Tourist Destination!

Image of the Cape Kanami Observation Deck, Tokunoshima, Amami Islands
Photo:Cape Kanami Observation Deck, Tokunoshima, Amami Islands

In 2019, before the Corona pandemic, scuba diving was becoming more and more attractive in Japan, mainly due to the 2019 Marine Diving Fair, a massively successful event that took place in Tokyo.
The city of Amami, located in the Amami Islands just halfway between Kagoshima and Okinawa, is classified as a remote island and is part of Amami Oshima.
Scuba diving is the backbone of the city's tourism industry and is incredibly popular, especially among those traveling to the Amami Islands from outside of Japan.

The main cities of Kagoshima's Amami Islands include Tokunoshima, Isen, and Amagi.
Amagi, one of the hubs in the Amami Islands, is a relatively large town with hotels, an airport, stores, and other tourist facilities, making it easily accessible to large numbers of travelers.
It's a small town with a population of around 6,000, but it closely resembles a resort area and is supported by tourists visiting on tours.

It has a subtropical climate, which is a rarity in Japan, and is relatively warm all year round due to its karst topography.
The island is home to many rare flora and fauna, including the habu, a variety of venomous pit viper, and is rich in natural heritage.

Image of a coral table at Amami Oshima
Photo:A coral table at Amami Oshima

During summer, the best season to experience scuba diving in the blue waters, the area is very popular.
In addition to scuba diving, you can also dive from the islands' dive sites and even enjoy snorkeling experiences as well.
As shown in the video, the Amami Islands are a unique and wonderful place where you can see sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, coral reefs, and other marine life in the beautiful, clear blue waters.

In the video, you can see sea turtles at 0:57, stingrays at 1:57, manta rays at 2:25, and whales of remarkable size at 2:41.
All of the fish swim gracefully and magnificently in the ocean, delighting the viewer, and visitors to the islands, with their beauty.

Learn More About the Nature of the Amami Islands!

Image of Innojofuta on Tokunoshima
Photo:Innojofuta on Tokunoshima

The Amami Islands are extremely attractive for their various natural heritages.
The nature has been carefully preserved via the "Happa Green Product."

On Tokunoshima, the heart of the Amami Islands, there is a place where you can watch a bullfight called "Tokunoshima Nakusami Kan" (Tokunoshima Bullfighting Hall).
Looking out to the sea, visitors will be overwhelmed by the natural heritages, such as Boma Heart (母間ハート), a heart-shaped hole in a rock, Innojofuta (犬の門蓋), with its sloping stone walls that form arches, and the Mushiroze (ムシロ瀬), a beautiful granite coastline, and other natural heritages found in nature.
Unbuki Underground Seawater Cave, a natural sea inside the land, is another attraction for those feeling adventurous to explore.

Tomori Beach in the northern part of Amami Oshima is also unique.
The coral cluster "Daibutsu Sango" (大仏サンゴ) is the largest leaf coral cluster in Japan and is said to be an underwater miracle.
If you go to the southern part of Amami Oshima, you'll find a jungle-like virgin mangrove forest.
A canoe ride through the primeval forest makes you feel like you're in a theme park and is an experience you'll never forget.

Summary of the Fascinating Nature of the Amami Islands, a Place of Scuba Diving and Endless Adventure!

As you can see in the video, there are many notable natural features and fascinating spots in the Amami Islands.
Scuba diving is a recommended activity where you can feel the beauty of the Amami Islands through your own skin.

Be sure to check out the video to get a better idea of what you can expect to experience when scuba diving!
Consider a visit to the Amami Islands, a tropical location in Kagoshima!

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Written By
Last Updated : Jun. 12, 2023
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
A writer born and raised in Asakusa, Tokyo who loves traveling and novels
The Kagoshima Amami Islands - The Mecca of Scuba Diving! Discover the Bright Blue Waters and Rich Nature Unique to Japan! If You Like Experience-Based Activities, You're in for a Treat!
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