|Experienced Divers AOWD w. 30+ dives
|2 or 3 Dives – approx. 7 -9 hours
|4 are required to make the the boat go out
|Swimwear, Towel and Sunscreen
Cash for Lunch
Proof of Certification
|Get your Drift Diver certification at Hedo Point
Cape Hedo is one of the more adventurous dive location here in Okinawa. Descents and ascents are happening in blue water without a visual reference or anchor rope. Most of the dives at Hedo are drift diving and currents can be strong. Participants must me able to equalize comfortably.
As a safety precaution, every participant is required to dive with us at a less challenging dive site prior diving at Hedo point. To be eligible, you must be able to demonstrate safe diving habits, such as good buoyancy and air consumption.
Below Hedo view point where the East China Sea flows into the greater part of the Pacific Ocean. The result of this watery meeting makes for great drift diving whereby we enter, sink quickly and float with the current along reefs and rocks, joining the odd turtle or two as they show how it should be done. At the end, I release my surface marker buoy (DSMB) and the boat picks us up for the next dive…
The captain manoeuvres the boat close to the wall and in the crystal clear water you can already see two pinnacles almost breaking the surface. The pinnacles are overgrown with corals and provide shelter from the current to the fish. There’s also a reef that drops steeply, but we usually prefer to stay a little shallower and check out the nudibranchs.
At Hedo Dome we anchor in a small bay hidden from the currents. But once everyone is set, we’ll descend to about 18m/60ft just at the bay’s corner where there’s a hole. This hole looks small but it opens to a huge hall and caves with amazing stalagmites and stalactites. As we swim past these, torch in hand, we reach a cool spot where we ascend inside the ‘dome’, a cathedral-like opening with freshwater dripping from its roof, black marks on a rock from a possibly pre-historic fireplace and a very eerie atmosphere. On the way out you might even see some of Hedo Dome’s crustier inhabitants – lobsters hidden in the rocks.