Cape Hedo Hedo Dome, Hedo Pinnacles, Hedo Point
|Level:||Experienced diver. No less than 30 dives|
|Meeting time:||7 am at Piranha Divers in Onna Village|
|Trip duration:||3 dives – approximately 9–10 hours (includes a lunch break)|
|Main attractions:||Wall diving, reef diving, drift diving, cave diving|
|Location:||Cape Hedo, the northern tip of Okinawa|
A day trip to Cape Hedo brings with it a journey into Okinawa’s beautiful north, yanbaru in the local language, filled with dense forest and incredible coastal roads. The area is barely populated and the small fishing port we embark from and its sleepy village suggest a place few travelers, or divers, ever reach. Prepare for a day of adventure.
At Hedo Point…
The first dive of the day is usually the furthest out, just below the viewing point of Cape Hedo. As the boat takes us out you’ll see the waves going in two directions as this is the 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 (SMB) and the boat picks us up for the next dive…
At Hedo Pinnacles…
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 prefer to stay a little shallower and check out the nudibranchs. Then it’s lunch time and a return to port…
At Hedo Dome…
For the third dive we anchor in a small bay hidden from the currents. If we have time, you can also have a little snorkel around here before the dive. 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.
We always carry an emergency O2 cylinder on the boat and the nearest decompression chamber is located in Nago.
What to bring (other than your dive gear):
- Swimwear, Towel and Sunscreen
- Snacks and Drinks
- Your Logbook, Certification and Insurance Card, if you have one
Cost per Diver:
- 3 Dives = 25.000 yen (Boat fee and lunch is included.)
- Full set of Dive Gear = 5.000 Yen (per day)