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Sustainable Tourism: Okinawa's Coral Reefs

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Join the locals’ efforts to restore the reefs while enjoying diving

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau



Surrounded by the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the Okinawa archipelago is blessed with crystalline clear waters and colorful coral reefs. Drive to the north of Okinawa Island to Onna Village, where you can enjoy diving into the warm ocean and also join local divers who are doing their part to regenerate the coral reefs as part of marine conservation efforts.

Onna has been actively working to protect the coral reefs since 1999. By 2003, the village was able to return cultivated corals to the sea. At Okinawa Diving Service Lagoon, you can learn about coral and participate in reef restoration. Combine the opportunity to explore the beautiful marine world while planting a living, long-lasting memento that helps to provide a new addition to the fragile ecosystem.

Okinawa, a major proponent of environmentally friendly travel in Japan, is promoting eco-tourism which is not only educational, but leaves a permanent positive footprint for all. Come as a guest to Onna, also known as “Coral Village,” and leave as family.


How to get there


Fly from Haneda Airport to Naha Airport (about 3 hours), then take a taxi or drive from Naha Airport (40 minutes to an hour). 


339 Onna, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken

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