#Snorkeling

Including “Manta scramble,” Kawahira district of Ishigaki Island has the best diving/snorkeling spots. Makoto Sonoda, who is a former chairman of Yaeyama Diving Association, and Ryo Shinya, who is a diving instructor, introduce the allure of snorkeling in Ishigaki Island.

Location:Ishigaki Island

Kabira Bay

Kabira Bay

Kabira Bay

Miyara Bay, Miyara River mangrove forest
  • Location

    Kabira, Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture

  • AccessAccess

    25 minutes by car from the city center

One of the world’s best manta ray viewing spots. Surrounded by coral reef, Ishigaki Island is shaped uniquely and is like a treasure box filled with a variety of coral and rare creatures. The magnificent sight of manta rays swimming with their wings spread wide is nature itself and a beautiful view that can’t be described in words.

Former chairman, Yaeyama Diving Association
Head of Diving School Umicoza
Makoto Sonoda

Satoru Yahata

Satoru Yahata

Selected as one of the top 50 guide divers in Japan.
Received the Grand Prize at the 1st “The Blue Earth Underwater Photo Contest”.
In the 1980s, he discovered the best point in the world to come across manta rays and named it the “Manta Scramble”.

Diving instructorRyo Shinya

Satoru Yahata

Satoru Yahata

A diving instructor that belongs to the Diving School Umicoza in the Kabira area.
He also belongs to the youth group of the Ishigaki City Tourism Association.