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Credit：The Okinoerabujima Caving Association
Explore otherworldly wonders in this underground cave complex
Just north of Okinawa, in the crystal-blue Pacific, is the coral-reef ringed island of Okinoerabu, rich in underwater wildlife and beautiful beaches. Travelers in-the-know venture to the east of the island, which is home to one of the largest cave systems in Asia. You can explore a 1.2-kilometer section of the caves, filled with emerald green pools and milky-white stalactites. This fascinating natural phenomenon features around 300 limestone caves and attracts spelunkers from around the world. Professional guides accompany you, pointing out geological features and explaining the formation of these caves. All guides have years of caving experience and will ensure your safety; each of them brings a love for this island to their work, passing on that enthusiasm to you.
There are abundant opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving in Okinoerabu. You can spot turtles, sea snakes, stingrays, and sharks in the island’s blue waters, as well as many species of coral. One of the dive shops on the island even offers a whale swim during the migration season (late January to late March). After a day of adventure, relax on one of the island's many hidden beaches covered with sun-bleached coral sand, and enjoy some local liquor made from sugar cane.
Credit Photo2：The Okinoerabujima Caving Association